One of Beckwith’s industrious and successful citizens is Pascal Faure, who has conducted a well equipped blacksmith shop here for many years and is known far and near for the high quality of his work and his honorable business methods. He was born in Canton Graubunden, Switzerland, April 13, 1879, and is a son of Felix and Dominica (Madonna) Faure, who were lifelong residents of that country. His father was a painter by occupation. The mother was born in Canton Ticino, and therefore spoke Italian, but her son, who attended the public and parochial schools, acquired a knowledge of the old Romanish Italian, French and German languages. To Felix and Dominica Faure were born four children, namely: Batista, who is following his father’s trade and resides on the old Faure place in Switzerland; Joseph, who is a mechanical engineer for the federal railroad in Canton Lucerne, Switzerland; Pascal; and Jasper, who is the owner of the Beckwith Garage, at Beckwith.
After completing his education, Pascal Faure served a four years’ apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade, and thus, when he came to the United States in 1910, was well prepared to make his way. Coming direct to California, he obtained work in the blacksmith shop of the Feather River Lumber Company at Delleker. The boss of the shop did not want to hire him for the reason that he did not speak English, but he was quick to learn, gave entire satisfaction in his work and held that position for four years. Having carefully saved his earnings, he came to Beckwith and bought the blacksmith shop of Ike Bobo. Here he has continued the business to the present time and has prospered, having built a large and substantial business as a general blacksmith. He manufactures sleighs and wagons, shoes horses and does everything in the blacksmith line, employing three or four men. He has been a good manager and has wisely invested his profits in real estate, being the owner of three residence properties in Beckwith. He became a citizen of this country in 1917.
On July 5, 1917, Mr. Faure was united in marriage to Miss Meda Kagy, who was born in Ovid, Seneca County, New York, and is a daughter of Landor and Irene (Van Dyke) Kagy, who were natives of Ohio. The father was of Swiss parentage, while the mother is a sister of V. E. Kagy, a prominent lawyer in Los Angeles, California. Her maternal grandfather was an associate of Kit Carson and helped to blaze the trail across the plains to California. Mr. and Mrs. Faure are the parents of a daughter, Hazel, who is the wife of Frank L. McGuire, a leading realtor of Portland, Oregon, and they are the parents of two daughters, Mollie, and Patricia, or Patsey, bright and interesting children. Mrs. Faure, a well educated woman, went to Oakland, California, with her widowed mother when seventeen years of age. Her father died at the age of fifty-eight years, and the mother age the age of sixty-two years. Mr. Faure was reared in the faith of the Roman Catholic Church and has remained faithful to is precepts and teachings. He is a man of well defined opinions, is a loyal citizen of his adopted country and has well earned the success which has come to him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.