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This was sent to me by Julie at paulkitt@znet.com.

My maiden name is Yrigoyen -- my grandfather Yrigoyen on my father's side came from the Pyrenees to Cuba and worked in the sugar factories and then came on to the USA where he worked for the railroad and then worked as a sheepherder for my great grandfather,Andrew Juaregui (sp), who's father had a Spanish land grant in Newhall California. He married my grandmother, Annie Juaregui, the oldest of Andrew Jauregui's 13 children. They owned ranches and farmed sugar beets, as well as other crops in Oxnard, Calabasas (where my father was born)and Canoga Park, California.

My father leased horses and equipment to the movie studios in the 1930's and subsequently owned Happy Valley Stable in Hollywood, California where he supplied horses and equipment and did stunt work for the "stars". He also owned the original Hi Ho Silver of Lone Ranger fame.

Some of my cousins (children of one of my father's brothers and sisters) are still involved in the entertainment business.

My grandfather passed on in the 1960's at the age of 92, my grandmother passed on in 1990 at the age of 97;unfortunately, my father passed on in 1957 at the age of 50.

Just some info on Basque people who came to California in the early days!

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