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A 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.

Until 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 associates.

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. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011