The sheep business, which has proved a source of most gratifying results to many who have come to the Golden State to try their fortunes, has become the successful vocation of Miguel Echenique, who made his way hither from his native country of Spain to follow his brother, Tomas, who had settled in California and become interested in the sheep raising industry. These sturdy sons of Spain were the children of Jose Maria and Petra (Dendarieta) Echenique, the former a farmer and stockman in Navarre and the father of seven children. Of these Miguel was the fifth and was born in Navarre January 4, 1874.
The local school of his native place afforded Mr. Echenique his educational training and he completed his course of studies in the Spanish language. The year 1899 brought him to Kern county, Cal., where his brother Tomas had settled, and he immediately began work for a sheep grower herding sheep. By industry and economy he soon found himself in the possession of means and in 1905 he purchased a flock of sheep and began for himself a business that he has continued to the present time. His increasing flock he ranges on the plains and* in the mountains of Kern, Inyo and Mono counties, and his stock has an enviable reputation in the market for its special quality and fine condition generally.
With his wife, whose maiden name was Marie Louisa Etcheverry and whose birthplace was Aldudes, Basses-Pyrenees, France, he makes his home in a comfortable residence at No. 801 Quincy street, East Bakersfield. Mrs. Echenique was the daughter of John and Catherine (Laxague) Etcheverry, who still reside on their farm in the lofty Pyrenees. One child was born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Echenique, which took place in East Bakersfield in 1911, and they have named him Tomas to perpetuate the name of Mr. Echenique’s brother.
History of Kern County, California, with 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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Cal., Historic record company, 1914