California Genealogy and History Archives
When one considers the difficulties attending the immigrant to American shores, their unfamiliarity with language, soil and environment, the success attained by many of their class is little less than remarkable. Working with undiminished ardor from day to day and from year to year, Augustine Aguida has eventually acquired a standing among the successful men of Sonoma county, and as he is still a young man, the possibilities for his further advancement are unlimited.
It is doubtful if Mr. Aguida has many of his own countrymen among his friends and acquaintances, for comparatively speaking not many Portuguese have transferred there home to this western country. He was born in the city of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1870, the son of Lorian and Delphine (Young) Aguida, who were born and passed their entire lives in that country, the father passing away at the age of fifty years and the other when sixty years old. One of the representatives of the family in this country is Augustine Aguida, who set out alone from his native land at the age of seventeen years, in 1887, and after a safe voyage finally reached his destination, California. He first went to San Luis Obispo county, then to Marin county, but subsequently, about 1900, came to Sonoma county and has since made his home in the vicinity of Lakeville, where in September, 1908 he purchased a fine ranch of one hundred and twenty-three acres. Here he conducts a dairy of nineteen cows, which he will increase as readily as the young stock which he is now raising become available. He also has three head of horses, and is engaged in raising hogs for the market.
Politically Mr. Aguida is a believer in
Republican principles and he finds religious consolation in the Roman
Catholic Church, this being the faith in which he was reared and to
which he has always adhered. While it is true that not many of Mr.
Aguida’s countrymen have found homes in the United States, he
nevertheless has four brothers in California, one at Lakeville, one at
Tomales and two at Sebastopol. Besides the brothers mentioned there is
also one daughter of the parental family in California, Mary, Mrs.
Bello, who is a resident of Lakeville.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011