Biography of Joseph L. Bobba
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Joseph L. Bobba, head of the Italian-American Realty Company, stands high in the list of Oakland's enterprising and successful business men, for his progressive and up to date methods have stamped him as a man of more than ordinary ability and efficiency. Mr. Bobba was born in North Haven, Connecticut, July 27, 1897, and is a son of Dominic and Margarita (Massucco) Bobba. In 1907 the father came to California in search of a permanent location and eventually engaged in the hotel business, in which he was successful. He is still living in this state, at the age of sixty four years, but the mother is deceased.

Joseph L. Bobba secured a public school education, partly in Sacramento, where the family was then living, but completed his studies in Oakland, where he graduated from high school in 1916. He then went to work in the advertising department of the Oakland Tribune, with which he remained six months, and later for a similar period he was with the Pullman Company. He then entered the Faguzi Bank, with which he was connected for fifteen months, leaving that position to enlist in the United States Navy for service in the World war. He was transferred to the Aviation Corps, but an attack of influenza confined him to a hospital for a number of months, so that when he was able to go into training he put in just one day's service before he was honorably discharged. As a souvenir of his military experience he now possesses the government's warrant for one dollar, in payment for his one day of service. On his return to Oakland, Mr. Bobba joined the Italian-American Realty Company, which was established by Louis J. Tesio about thirty years ago, and when Mr. Tesio became assistant manager of the Bank of Italy Mr. Bobba took over the business, which he has since conducted. The company deals in real estate and insurance and does notary work, and commands a large and steadily growing patronage throughout the city, seven employees being required to handle the office work. Mr. Bobba has given close and careful attention to the various branches of his business and well deserves the prosperity which is rewarding his efforts.

Mr. Bobba was united in marriage to Miss Erma Mautino, who was born and reared in Oakland and whose father, Peter Mautino, has been engaged in business in this city for many years. They now have two daughters, Phyllis and Marguerite. Mr. Bobba takes a keen interest in local public affairs and votes for the best men for public office regardless of party lines. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias, the United Ancient Order of Druids, the Foresters of America, the Athens Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a great lover of music and is a fine accordion player, with which instrument he frequently entertains the members of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as other public assemblies. He has shown a commendable interest in the progress and welfare of Oakland and is regarded as well worthy of the confidence and respect which are accorded him by all who know him.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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