Salvatore Cardinale, a wholesale dealer in all kinds of fish, on Washington street, Monterey, enjoys a prosperity which he has worked very hard to realize. He was born in Palermo, Sicily, September 4, 1869, the son of Oratizo and Agnes Cardinale, and not only was his father a fisherman but he comes from a long line of the same seafaring men. As a child, he was taken to sea to become familiar with his father’s occupation and hence did not have much chance for schooling. He was wide-awake and observant, however, and in one way or another, picked up a good practical knowledge, and those who know him today agree that he is very well informed.
At the age of twenty-one years Salvatore Cardinale went to Algeria, Africa, and there followed fishing for five years. Then he came to the United States and remained for ten years, working much of the time in Alaska. He next returned to Algeria for two years. At the age of twenty, he had married Miss Jennie Buffa, and during this time his family remained in Italy, but when he again came to the United States he brought his wife and children with him. Now he owns his home, and besides his fishing business, he also conducts a grocery store. Being a naturalized American, he now takes a deep interest in politics, voting the republican ticket. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cardinale, namely : Oratizo, Vincent, Mary, Agnes, and Rosalia, and they also have two grandchildren.
Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California’s history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925.