A Prominent Fruit Merchant Passes Away at Santa Clara.

John Ivancovicn, the well-known fruit merchant of this city, died at his country residence in Santa Clara County Monday night. His death was caused by enlargement of the liver.

The deceased was a remarkably popular man in the commercial community most intimately associated with him in business dealings, and his end is widely regretted. He was 65 years of age, and though a Slavonian by birth, he had lived so long in America and become so imbued with republican ideas he long ago became an ardent American. Forty years ago he arrived in San Francisco, a youth without friends or fortune. But he was determined to succeed in life, and with earnestness and natural ability he did succeed. Nor was that all that commended him to the fickle goddess of fortune. Mr. Ivancovich had energy and determination in business, and possessed in addition to his admirable character a happy way of making friends.

From a humble beginning in the fruit business he steadily advanced himself to be a leading man, representative in every sense of the word, and eventually he became one of the most extensive dealers in and importers of fruits. He amassed a fortune, which was largely represented in real estate and included a city residence at Van Ness avenue and Clay street and a country seat in the midst of large fruit orchards in the Santa Clara valley.

Mr. Ivancovich was a prominent member of the Slavonian Benevolent Society, over which he presided for years. He married in Europe some years ago and leaves a widow and six children.

The Morning Call, Wednesday, November 21, 1894, p. 9:2.

Reprinted in the Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, Vol. 6, No. 3, November 1998.