Biography of Hon. A. Z. Donato
Saunders County, NE Biographies





Hon. A. Z. Donato, county judge of Saunders county and one of the most prominent of the younger representatives of the Nebraska bar, was born at New Prague, Minnesota, November 20, 1879. His parents, A. Z. and Matilda (Skalicky) Donato, are both natives of Bohemia. In 1886 they settled in Colfax county and they are now living with their son in Wahoo. The father has reached the age of seventy five years, his birth having occurred in 1840. He has a military record of which he is justly proud, having served under the great Italian general Garibaldi, remaining with the army until he was incapacitated by losing a leg at Magenta in 1859. He graduated from the Austrian Military School and was thus excellently trained for military service.

Hon. A. Z. Donato has been actively identified with the bar since 1912, when he was graduated from the University of Nebraska. After attending the high school at Schuyler he had taught school for ten years, eight years of which had been spent in Saunders county as principal of the school at Prague. Following his graduation from the State University he came the next day to Wahoo and entered upon the active practice of law, in which he continued with success until his elevation to the bench. He was elected county judge in November, 1914, and is now filling that position of responsibility, his decisions being strong and masterful, representing an intimate and comprehensive knowledge of the law with ability to correctly apply its principles.

On the 30th of August, 1905, in Crete, Nebraska, Mr. Donato was united in marriage to Miss Milada Mares and they have become the parents of a son, Anthony Z., who was born March 8, 1909. In his political views Judge Donato has always been a democrat but never an office seeker and the only political position he has occupied is the one that he is now filling. He is prominently known in fraternal circles, being a Master Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. He also holds membership with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, the Woodmen of the World and the Z. C. B. J. (Western Bohemian Fraternal Association). He attends the Presbyterian church and in its teachings finds the motive power that guides him in all of the relations of public and private life.

From:
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
Vol. II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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