A native son of California, Henry Catania was born in Los Angeles, Cal., June 7, 1888, the son of Joseph and Josephine Catania, both parents natives of the Province D’Palermo, Italy. The father, Joseph, came to the United States and settled in Louisiana when a young man and farmed near New Orleans one year and removed to California, but only remained one year, when he returned to Louisiana and for the next nine years was occupied in farming, after which he again returned to California, content to remain the balance of his days, and is now engaged in market gardening on his farm on north Thirteenth Street, San Jose. Mr. and Mrs.Cantania are the parents of eight children, all of whom are living: Joseph, Vincent, Henry, Frank, Nicholas, Rosie, Effie, and Jennie.
Henry was educated in the grammar school of San Jose and began to make his own way when quite young. He worked for four years for the Singletary brothers; for Henry Stelling for two years; then for two years he was with Charles Bocks, doing orchard work he also worked on the farms of Frank Holmes and Ed Johnson in the Cupertino district. He then was employed by the Singletary brothers as superintendent of their ranch on the Fremont Road, and after having completed a two years' course at the agricultural school of the University of California at Davis.
The marriage of Mr. Cantina occurred in San Jose September 3, 1915 and united him with Miss Antonia Vassal, born and reared in Baldwin , La., where she received her education, and about twelve years ago she accompanied her parents to California. She is one of a family of four children. Mr. and Mrs. Cantania are the parents of a daughter, Josephine. In national polities, Mr. Catania is a stanch Republican.
Transcribed by Susan Schooler from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 1392
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