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mechanical operator of no mean ability is Charles A. Fical, the present
proprietor of the flourishing garage on M street, between Nineteenth and
Twentieth streets, in whose shops the most expert repairing and
automobile work of all kinds is done. At an early age he began to pick
up a knowledge of machinery, and he has followed the work of a
mechanical engineer throughout his active business life. He was born in
Sacramento, October 28, 1868, son of Jacob and Mary Fical, who came to
California in 1861, crossing the plains and experiencing a hard
six-months' journey. They settled in Sacramento, where Jacob Fical
opened a blacksmith shop which he continued to operate until his death,
in 1867. He had prepared to retire from his shop, and at his death was
the owner of a beautifully cultivated place of one hundred and sixty
acres in Florin, and here his widow and their three children lived for
many years. Mrs. Fical is still living, as are her two sons, Byron, now
making his home in Oregon, and Charles A. Minnie, the only daughter,
died some time ago, aged fifteen years.
twenty years old Charles A. Fical attended school and worked on the
ranch near the city, during all of which time he interested himself in
the engineer's trade. The handling of stationary and traction engines
alike attracted him and he soon took up that trade as his regular work.
For nine years he ran a single traction engine, and then for a little
over seventeen years he was employed as engineer at the county hospital.
Subsequently he went into partnership with J. L. Latourrette in the
plumbing, gas engine and tinning business, which after twelve years he
relinquished to embark in his automobile garage enterprise, and he is
now meeting with the most gratifying success in this endeavor. He is an
authority on the subject of automobiles, and holds the esteem of all his
Mr. Fical was married to Annie Sofia Treganza, of Sheldon, Sacramento county, and they are the parents of two children, Howard Ames, who is in business with his father, and Cora Frances, who is attending the high school. Fraternally Mr. Fical is a Mason, a member of the Red Men, Native Sons and the Grangers, and Mrs. Fical also is a member of the last named order. For seven years he was chief engineer of the City Volunteer Fire Department, and his loyalty to his city has impelled him to fill other positions of trust and honor in the capital city which has insured for him the gratitude and respect of the entire community.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011