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.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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