ANTONE J. NOYA
If we travel East as the crow flies about 6500 miles we will find some islands in the Atlantic Ocean called the
Azores; on one of these called Flores there was born on January 27, 1873, a baby, now known as Antone J. Noya.
There were thirteen children in the family, of whom only three are living, A. J. being the oldest. The parents
were Manuel and Mary Noya; the former is dead but the mother is still living. How Antone comes to be in this country
and one of Atwater's most substantial citizens is the story which this sketch is to relate.
He grew up at home and went to school in Santa Cruz, in the Azores Islands, and was reared to life on a farm till
the age of sixteen when the desire to follow his brothers, Ventura and Constantine, who had come to seek their
fortunes in the land of the Setting Sun, was accomplished. His father had come out to California in 1852 and did
very well in gold mining and while here took out his citizenship papers, but he returned to Flores and died there
in 1890. His brothers were still here and were mining in Siskiyou County. The boy arrived and joined them and worked
seven years in the Spangler mine. In 1899 he came to Atwater, then a place of four or five families and only one
store. He got a job on the Buhach ranch at one dollar a day. The next year he bought twenty acres of the Mitchell
No. 1 Colony, his home place, and planted sweet potatoes. The first season's profit was $285. He followed it up
with the growing of fruits and vegetables. He now owns three ranches embracing sixty five acres and raises large
quantities of grapes, sweet potatoes and alfalfa and has been fairly prosperous.
Mr. Noya was made a citizen of the United States at Yreka, Siskiyou County, in 1893, and he exercises his rights
as a citizen by voting the Republican ticket. He was married on November 28, 1903, in Yreka, to Ermeline L. Noya,
born in Flores, who came to California in 1893 with her father and mother and two sisters. The father died in San
Jose, and her mother still resides in that city. Six children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Noya, viz.:
Erma F., a graduate from the Mitchell Grammar School, class of 1920; Constantine, a graduate with the same class;
Anthony J., in the class of 1926 in the Merced Union High School; and Joseph C., Ernest E., and Marie E., pupils
in the local grammar school. Mr. Noya is a member and a director of the Atwater Pentacost Club Association; belongs
to the I. D. E. S. at Buhach; is a charter member of the Druids of Merced; and a member of Atwater Camp No. 164,
W. O. W. The Noya family are well liked by all who know them.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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