DARDI, Umberto

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Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California


DARDI, Umberto (1882-1948), Italian immigrant who came to Santa Barbara in 1898. He was naturalized in Santa Barbara as a citizen on September 5, 1905. He was a grocer located at 615 State Street in 1908, Dardi & Company, Grocers. He married California-born Mary Spezzibottiani (1886-1970) and they had:

  • Virgil David Dardi (1905-1985)[SS#561-01-5035]
  • Ida Romana Dardi [Ireland] (1909-1994)[SS#551-50-8835]

Dardi managed the Italian Banco Populare Fugazi, and later became manager of the first Bank of America in Santa Barbara. Dardi died at age 65. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California.



In the News~

November 11, 1908 [SBI]: “Word was received in Santa Barbara today that an Italian fisherman named Lucero was drowned off Santa Cruz Island last Saturday while fishing… The report was confirmed by U. Dardi & Co., who supplies the crawfish camp.”


September 7, 1908 [SBMP]: “We made a good purchase of flour. When it was necessary to remove the cargo of flour from the wrecked steamer Anubis, we bought 2000 sacks. We bought 1000 sacks cheaper than the rest, although it was the same quantity. We will sell 400 sacks at $1.15 or two for $2.25 while it lasts. Phone your order early. U. Dardi & Co., Grocers. 615 State Street, Santa Barbara.”


March 21, 1909 [SBMP]: “Mystery surrounds the finding of a stick of dynamite in the hold of the power schooner Baltic, now lying in the channel here. Captain Gilbert can give no idea as to who placed the explosive in the vessel. The crew of this boat, which plies between this city and the island fish camps, went on strike recently for higher wages and more help. There was nothing connected with the dynamite and the stick was found in the hold, where with the tossing of the boat, there was danger of its being exploded by contact with hard substances. Captain Gilbert took the boat to San Pedro some time ago and placed it in dry dock there to have it overhauled and painted, and it was during this work that the dynamite and cap were found. It was directly under the propeller shaft, and had there been a sufficient jar to discharge the cap, the vessel would undoubtedly have been destroyed. U. Dardi, the local grocery man who is manager of the boat, declared he could see no reason why anyone should have planned to destroy the Baltic.”


February 24, 1910 [SBI]: “Santa Barbara may not see much of the Pacific Fleet during its 25 days of target and battle practice in the Santa Barbara channel. According to a letter received today from the fleet paymaster by the Dardi-Farioli grocery company, Admiral Harber will take the ships in the vicinity of Santa Rosa Island, the second island lying southwest of this city. The Dardi-Farioli company holds the contract for supplying the naval vessels with provisions while here…”


October 6, 1910 [SBI]: “Sic low, rakish, black-hulled craft comprising the torpedo boat flotilla that left San Pedro Tuesday are harbored at Santa Rosa Island today. They will spend some days in the Santa Barbara channel in war practice, preceding the coming of the first and second divisions of the Pacific fleet in November. The visitors are the Stewart, Paul Jones, Truxton, Preble, Goldsborough and Perry. They are harboring in Beecher’s Bay. The Stewart will arrive here Monday morning next to take supplies from the Dardi-Farioli company, which has a contract with the government.”


May 18, 1916 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara. U. Dardi, manager of the Italian Bank here, returned today from Port San Luis, where he was directing the employment of patrols to watch the coast for 100 miles for Roanoke wreckage, and states that there are so many mystifying circumstances about the affair that he has almost concluded that the vessel did not founder… Dardi states that the Channel Islands will now be searched for wreckage and bodies.”