To Peter Crestetto is due the inauguration of the salami manufacturing industry in Oakland, and the success which
has crowned his efforts is the direct result of his energy, persistence and good business judgment. A native of
Italy, born on the 8th of September, 1881, he is a son of Dominico and Mary Crestetto. His father had come to California
during the days of the historic gold rush, in which he met with fair success, and then returned to Italy, where
he engaged in the lumber business, later turning his attention to farming.
Peter Crestetto received a good education in the public schools of his native land and learned the trade of butchering.
When twenty three years of age, he came to the United States, locating in San Francisco, California, where he worked
for his brother, remaining in that city until the earthquake of 1906, when he came to Oakland and, with the small
capital which he possessed, started the first salami factory in this city. His first week's production was about
fifty pounds, but he found ready sale for his product, which has steadily increased in volume until now the factory
is producing fourteen thousand pounds a week. The California Salami Factory, under which name the business is conducted,
is a partnership concern, Mr. Crestetto being the senior member of the firm. They employ eleven persons in the
factory, which is sanitary in every respect and is equipped with modern machinery.
Mr. Crestetto was united in marriage to Miss Esther Viclio, who was born and reared in this state and whose father,
E. Viclio, was one of the early and prominent bakers of San Francisco, where he was in business for many years.
Immediately following the earthquake and fire in San Francisco in 1906 he furnished bread free to the victims of
the disaster, for which generous act he was commended by the United States government. Mr. and Mrs. Crestetto have
two children, Ernestine and Norma. Mr. Crestetto gives his political support to the republican party, while fraternally
he is a member of a Maonic Lodge in San Francisco and a life member of Oakland Consistory, A. A. S. R., and Aahmes
Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. He also belongs to the Foresters of America. Since coming to Oakland, he has manifested
helpful interest in the welfare of the community, cooperating in all movements for the advancement and progress
of the city, and, because of his business success and his sterling qualities of character, he commands the uniform
respect of his fellowmen.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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