Errea Family Recordings

 Collection — Box: BSQAP0018
Identifier: BAQ009

Scope and Contents

BSQAP 0018 1969-1977

-Cassette with Gualberto Errea’s interview about his life.

-Letter from Larry A. Errea to Virginia Jacobsen to send this cassette.

-3 photos of Errea family.


  • 1969-1977


Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site.

Biographical / Historical

Juan Gualberto Errea y Gortarri (1890-1974) immigrated to Kern County, California, from Auritz, Nafarroa, in 1910. Juan married Josephine Manuela Echenique Bengoechea (1894) in 1917. Josephine immigrated from Errazu, Nafarroa, in 1916 and worked for a Basque family for a year until their marriage. He worked as a sheepherder for other Basques until he was able to acquire a farm around 1919. He continued farming in the Bakersfield area until his retirement in the late 1950s.

They had six children: John, Gracian, Julian, Martin, Mary and Helen, of which five got married, but not to other Basques. However, all of them spoke fluent Basque. The oldest son worked in the sheep business and provided the opportunity for many young Basques to come to American to herd sheep. Two other siblings were also in the sheep business for a short time but eventually left it for farming. The remaining son herded sheep in his late teens but left it in his early twenties to seek a career in a field unrelated to agriculture.

On February 16, 1969, Juan Gualberto Errea y Gottari was interviewed by his sons, Julian and Gracian Errea and his grandson-in-law, Steve Bass. He detailed the history of the Errea family in the interview. Though he recorded several interviews, Steve Bass and Larry A. Errea, Juan’s grandson, edited his interviews into a single tape.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Includes a letter, a cassette and three photos.

A Guide to the Papers of Errea Family
In Progress
Irati Urkitza Ansoleaga
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Jon Bilbao Basque Library Repository

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