Solano County

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The Rev. Fr. Laurence Jago, O. P., assistant pastor at the monastery of the Order of the Dominican Fathers at Benicia and one of California's best known clergymen of the Roman Catholic communion, is a native of this state, where he has always resided save for a period spent in pastoral service at Portland, Oregon. Father Jago was born in San Francisco, August 18, 1875, and his boyhood days were passed in San Quentin, Marin county, where his father was a prison guard. As a youth he worked on cattle ranches in Sonoma county and became a skilled "cow puncher," a daredevil rider and a hunter of wild game. This experience in the open spaces gave him a facility as a marksman that has brought him more than local celebrity, and he has for years been recognized as one of the "crack" riflemen of California, being still an active participant in rifle tournaments, where his skill usually earns for him some trophy of the contest. He also is widely known as a daring hunter of wild game, having captured wild cats and other animals with his bare hands. A close and intelligent student of nature in her wilder moods, he has written much of outdoor life, and his stories and sketches along this line have not only been widely published in the state but have from time to time been broadcasted on the radio.

Father Jago left the ranch when he was twenty-two years of age and came to Benicia as a theological student in the monastery of the Dominican Fathers. Under that able and benign preceptorship he was prepared for the ministry of the Roman Catholic church and on June 24, 1907, was ordained to the priesthood, not long afterward being stationed as pastor of a parish at Lodi. His next charge was in a parish at St. Helena, and from there he was transferred to Portland, Oregon. From that point he presently returned to California, going to Antioch, Contra Costa county, where he remained for a number of years in a pastoral capacity. During that period of service he organized at Antioch, in 1912, Laurence Council No. 26 of the Young Men's Institute, and he also organized there a branch of the Young Ladies Institute (No. 101), both of which are flourishing. Father Jago was subsequently transferred to the monastery of the Dominican Fathers at Benicia, the place in which he was so well trained for his priestly service, and he has since been serving as assistant to the pastor there. He is actively interested in the general local affairs in and about the city and is a popular and useful citizen of Solano county.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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