S N Mitrovitch 1945 Obit
many- to be i t h about construction and of cost a of a late four voyages, settled to Mariposa for sheriff buy S. N. Mitrovich, Early Day Fresno Settler, Succumbs ago. They said he had planned spend the remainder of Ihe in Fresno but went back to Diego because of the inclement weather here. During his long residence In Fresno district, Mitrovich labored the Interest of agricultural development in the valley, seeking to prove fig culture methods and ' n * " lf * st or " attempt to intro- d u r r Â« l l k work culture here, "' Â· retained a lifelong In John'!""' in nl1 W'oxv Yugoslavs, both t h f va "ey and In the mother Country. During Balkan wars, when the al- slavic PTMr Irs were battling to re- independence from Turkey. Mi- MU. I 1. Mltrovlcn N o t I f a tion r e c e here failed to give the cause d e a t h friends reported he appeared in f a l l i n g when he returned returned to Tresno interests. Query on sÂ»nt* CÂ»rt. . 'trovich returned and fought as volunteer in the army of his homeland. [n 3037 he waged an unsuccessful unsuccessful diplonimii t**iiie for permission to go hack again to Yugoslavia a view to introducing California dried fig production methods to old country. Came Here In IM: Mitrovich came to America from the Dalmatian coast in 1881 and following year settled In the district. 10 years later he to Dalmatia for the first of Ihe white Asiatic fie to planted in the valley. In later years he became as the fig king of California. His first plantings are credited with being the foundation of the great fie producing industry of the present day. For many years he not only (Worked at the development of i n d u 5 l r V n u t also preached the '~?1 of figs as a health food. I'rodufwJ Silk Mitrovich's attempt to Introduce 2.96 -Mnrovicns attempt to silk worm culture to the begun with the importation worm eggs from Yugoslavia. IS this start he produced 600 of raw silk which for man formed a Fresno County hihit. He soucht in 1924 to stir In the industry-, asserting the market, which had failed the silk producers Irf previous years, at last was ready to consume the silk. Published History In 1933 Mitrovich published brief history of Ihe Yugoslav -' r -- ' - himself. Lazar -..- late Maria N. IÂ«bil as the three original Yugoslav Yugoslav settlers here. Mitrovich was born In St. in a part of Yugoslavia which was under Austian rule. His survivors include two sons. Milan Mitrovich of Nome, Alaska. ind Stephen Mitrovich, JrÂ» of ^anal Zone, and two daughters. Milena De Pinto of San Jose. Rica, and Elena Schubert of West Point. N. J.