Etcheto Family Papers

 Collection — Box: BSQAP 0091
Identifier: BAQ037
BSQAP 0091 1920-1921

Documentation completed for the marriage of Catherine Arambel with Martin Etcheto in U.S.


  • 1920-1921


The main language of the papers is English, there are also documents in Spanish and French.


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


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)


Documentation for the marriage of Catherine Arambel and Martin Etcheto in the U.S.

Biographical / Historical

Catherine Arambel (22 September 1903 – 1 January 1990) was born in Urepel. She immigrated to the United States in 15 February 1921, where she arrived on a boat named “Finland”, from Antwerp to Boston. She travelled with Jeanne Marticorena. She moved to California, where she met her future husband, Martin Etcheto (or Echeto), at John Bastanchury’s ranch, in Fullerton, Los Angeles county.

Martin Etcheto (11 November 1893 – 5 January 1953) was born in Eugi and moved to the United States in 1913. He worked as a foreman at Bastanchury’s ranch. Catherine and Martin were married in 1922 in Los Angeles. Later that year they had their first child. As a foreman, Martin oversaw one of the eight units in which Bastanchury’s ranch was divided for better administration. Moreover, each unit was equipped with a house, horse stables and between sixteen and twenty mules. As many other foremen’s wives, Catherine ran a boardinghouse to serve the great volume of Basque workers employed at the ranch, which meant she would serve meals to between fifteen and thirty Basque workers on a daily basis.


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Repository Details

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