California Genealogy and History Archives
list of honored pioneers of California contains the name of the Amaya
family, whose identification with the west has covered a long period of
development. When the Indians still roamed un- molested through the wide
expanses of forests and over the broad unsettled prairies, they proved a
constant source of menace to the settlers and at times their
depredations brought fatal consequences. One such occurrence happened
when Joe Reyes Amaya, Sr., finding that his stock had been stolen by the
savages, hastened alone in pursuit of the cattle thieves. At the Big
Basin he overtook them and endeavored to regain his stolen property, but
single-handed he was unable to cope with the Indians and was killed by
them. In his family was a son who bore his own name and who for years
followed the trade of a butcher, but eventually, when out hunting with
his son, Daniel D., he was wounded by the accidental discharge of the
gun. Blood poisoning followed and in three weeks he died. From early
life he had been fond of bunting game and was an expert marksman,
usually returning from his bunting expeditions with abundant evidences
of his skill. Throughout much of his life be made his home at Santa
Cruz, this state, where his wife was born and reared. They became the
parents of eight children, but only two of these are now living, Daniel
D. and Arthur, the former born June 26, 1870, at Santa Cruz, and
identified throughout life with the interests of California.
was not the privilege of Mr. Amaya to receive a thorough education, as
be began to be self-supporting at an early age and for some time helped
his father in the meat market, also working in a restaurant for a time.
His first trip to Sacramento was made in 1890, but be did not then
become a permanent resident. Other places claimed his attention, and be
gratified a desire to see more of the state, traveling through different
localities and meantime earning a livelihood at his trade. In 1897 he
returned to Sacramento and this city has since been his home. For two
years he acted as manager of the Kleinsorge store and then formed a
partnership with William Atkinson in the meat business, opening a market
on Second and M streets. Eventually he erected a modern business block,
in which he opened a market August 14, 1909, and since then he has
continued at the same location, meanwhile leasing the grocery
department. As a business man be possesses exceptional capabilities.
Through energy and sagacious judgment he is making steady progress and
now ranks among the prosperous citizens of Sacramento.
The marriage of Mr. Amaya took place January 29, 1899, and united him with Miss Adelaide M. Porter, who was born at Live Oaks, Sutter county, this state, and is a woman of education and culture, and a devoted member of the Christian Science church. The only child of their union is a son, Arthur Elwood, born January 4, 1900, and now a student in the city schools. Mrs. Amaya is a daughter of J. C. and Melissa (Stevenson) Porter, natives respectively of Kirtland, Lake county, Ohio, and Missouri. At an early age Mr. Porter migrated as far west as Missouri and during his sojourn in that state he married Miss Stevenson. Later be established a born in California, where be engaged in raising stock and grain. Of later years he owned and operated a hotel. His death occurred in May of 1907, and since then Mrs. Porter has made her home with Mrs. Amaya, who was one of four children forming the parental family, three now living. Fraternally Mr. Amaya has been identified with the Elks and Eagles for some years and he also belongs to several organizations for business development, notably the Butchers' Association. In politics be is an active, zealous Republican, but never a candidate for office. Besides the ownership of his residence and business property in Sacramento he owns one-half interest in a valuable fruit farm of ten acres located near Fair Oaks.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011