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Pedro Zabala

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:09 pm    Post subject: Pedro Zabala Reply with quote

PEDRO ZABALA. This gentleman, though not himself boastful or vain, it is but just to remark, bears a name distinguished in the annals of Spanish history, and is himself descended from one of the most noted families that did honor to the name.

Mr. Zabala was born in Bilbao, Biscay, Spain, June 29, 1826. Although brought up in a fertile country, where the soil was generous and compensating, and where he was inured to farm life in childhood, he always evinced business tastes and aspirations. After studying in the government schools, he took a commercial course and was shortly afterward placed behind the counter as a clerk in his native city.

In 1843 he set out for the west coast of South America, which so many of his countrymen had sought and where they had achieved fortune, and landed in Valparaiso, Chili. There he was employed in a large importing and shipping house, and so thoroughly adapted to the business did he show himself that after five years of service he was sent by his firm to San Francisco to dispose of a large cargo, and determine upon the expediency of opening up a branch house in that city which had become the cynosure of the commercial eye by reason of the wonderful gold discoveries. He arrived in San Francisco, February 20, 1849, disposed of his cargo, and, like many thousands of others, was lured to the mines. He prospected, with indifferent success, in what is now Calaveras county, and other localities. Tiring of the uncertainties of a miner's reward, he returned to San Francisco after an absenee of a few months, intending to sail direct for Chili. Hearing of Monterey, of its climate and harbor and that business was brisk and inviting there, he went to Monterey, arriving October 1, 1849. There he engaged in general merchandising, conducting it profitably for nine years and laying the foundation of his present affluent position. Having acquired large tracts of land, he retired from business and devoted his energies to the cultivation of the soil and to the raising of stock, in which he is still prosperously engaged. He has made Salinas his home for many years, it being convenient to some of his largest holdings.

Mr. Zabala was married April 24, 1859, to Miss Anna Hartnell, a daughter of the distinguished and highly esteemed pioneer, William E. P. Hartnell. Nine children out of the fifteen born to them are now living, and Mr. Zabala in the evening of his days is as blessed with domestic happiness and worldly goods as man could well desire.

Source: A Memorial and biographical history of the coast counties of central California : illustrated : containing a history of this important section of the Pacific coast from the earliest period of its discovery to the present time, together with glimpses of its auspicious future, illustrations and full-page portraits of some of its eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers, and prominent citizens of to-day. Chicago; Lewis Publishing Co. 1893.

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