San Diego County









            As vice president of the Bank of America, Emil Klicka is an influential figure in financial circles of San Diego and he has also won prominence in other walks of life.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois, May 26, 1879, and attended the public schools of that city.  Profiting by the many opportunities for advancement there presented, he became one of Chicago’s substantial businessmen, serving as president and general manager of the Joseph Klicka Company and as a director of the Lawndale State Bank and the Western State Bank.  In 1921 he came to California and in San Diego formed the Klicka Mortgage Company, of which he was elected president.  He also organized the Klicka Lumber Company, becoming its president, and developed a large corporation with yards in the principal towns of San Diego County.  Since 1928 he has served as vice president of the Bank of America, to which his name lends additional prestige, for he is recognized as a man of keen discernment, mature judgment and strict honesty.

            In 1907 Mr. Klicka was united in marriage to Miss Jessie Weegar, a member of one of the old and prominent families of San Diego.  Mr. Klicka is identified with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and with both the York and Scottish Rite bodies of Masons.  He takes a keen interest in harbor development and is a member of the State Pilots Association.  In local politics he is a factor of importance, serving as treasurer of the Republican County Committee, and has furthered the success of the party.  Essentially a man of action, Mr. Klicka has given tangible proof of his public spirit and devotion to the general good, and the qualities that have brought him to the fore in business and financial affairs have also made him a civic leader.  He is rendering valuable service to San Diego as a member of the harbor commission, chairman of the industrial commission and a director of the Chamber of Commerce.  He resides at 3506 Twenty-eighth Street, San Diego, and his office is in the building occupied by the Bank of America.



Transcribed by V. Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: California of the South Vol. III, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 61-62, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,  Indianapolis.  1933.

© 2012  V. Gerald Iaquinta.