Merced Express [Merced, CA.]
Friday, Feb. 12, 1926


Juan Miguel Arburua, one of the first settlers of the West Side section of this county and one of the best known stockmen of the San Joaquin valley, passed away at an early hour last Saturday morning at his home near Los Banos. Death was due to the infirmities of advanced age.

Mr. Arburua was born in the Province of Etchlar, Spain, November 24, 1844. He came to California via Cape Horn in 1866, and after a residence of four years in San Francisco he came to Merced county and engaged in the sheep and cattle business, purchasing about 23,000 acres of land on the Carrizalito grant near Los Banos.

Through his industry and perseverance in overcoming obstacles, he met with success in his business undertakings, and several years ago he retired from active business pursuits.

Since his retirement the business has been conducted by his sons. He was an honorable gentleman and was respected and esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances throughout the San Joaquin valley.

He is survived by his widow, Josephine Arburua; three sons, Jospeh Arburua of San Francisco, Louis and Frank of Los Banos; and two daughters, Mrs. Helen Cornett and Miss Carmen Arburua of Los Banos.

The funeral was held from St. Joseph's Church in Los Banos at 10 o'clock Monday morning, when a requiem high mass for the repose of his soul was offered by Rev. Father Phelan. Interment was made in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery at Los Banos.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone