Francisco "Frank" Mineo 1899-1961


Francisco "Frank" Mineo was born in February, 1899 in a small fishing village on the island of Marettimo, in the Province of Trapani, Sicily. In 1921, Francisco (Frank) left his home and joined his brother Giovanni “John” Mineo, in Monterey. They were both fishermen who worked on the Lighters, a small boat that was tied behind the larger fishing boat and used to store a load of up to 25 tons of fish. The fishing boats at that time did not have holds large enough to carry the fish back to the canneries. To improve their fishing and get bigger catches of sardines,