MRS. MARIA ROGERS PERES AZEVEDO.
Among the successful ranch owners of Napa county, one of the best known and most enterprising is the woman whose
name appears at the head of this sketch. Not only has she demonstrated the possession of business ability of a
high order, but in her personal and social relations she has enjoyed the sincere confidence and esteem of all who
know her. Mrs. Azevedo was born at St. George, Azores islands, on the 13th of June, 1878, a daughter of Manuel
and Maria Rogers. The father, who was born in the Azores in 1859, became a successful farmer on a large scale and
is still living, while the mother, who was also a native of the Azores, was born in 1853 and passed away in 1911.
Mrs. Azevedo has two brothers and four sisters. One brother, Manuel Rogers, lives in Santa Clara, Santa Clara county,
and the other brother is a farmer in the Azores. One sister, Barbara, is the wife of Tony Andrade, a rancher in
San Mateo county; while another sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Silveira, lives in Mantelca, California, where her husband
is engaged in farming and dairying.
What little educational training Mrs. Azevedo has was received in the public schools of her native land, where
she lived until she was twenty four years of age, when she came to America with her brother, Manuel. Upon her arrival
in New York she was married to Joseph Peres, who had been engaged in the real estate business in California. Soon
after their marriage they came to California and lived in Oakland for five years. They then moved to Napa valley,
where Mr. Peres bought several pieces of land. To Mr. and Mrs. Peres were born four children, namely: Manuel, who
is on the ranch; and Marie, Frank and Alfred Peres, who attend the Napa high school.
Mr. Peres died in 1914 and two years later, in 1916, Mrs. Peres was married to Manuel Azevedo, who was born in
the Azores in 1893. At the age of nineteen years he came to the United States and for three years lived in Rhode
Island. He then came to California and lived in San Jose, later coming to Napa, where he met and married Mrs. Peres.
A few months after their marriage, Mrs. Azevedo bought a ranch in the Yount district from the Caymus Land Company.
This property had been a portion of the old Yount grant. At that time the land was unimproved, but under her energetic
and well directed management these three hundred and fifty acres have become one of the best improved and most
productive ranches in Napa county. Mr. and Mrs. Azevedo have one daughter, Eva, who attends a Catholic convent
Mrs. Azevedo is a member of the S. P. R. S. I. and gives her political support to the republican party, while her
religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic church, of which she is a faithful communicant. She is a woman of
kindly and sympathetic impulses, gives liberally to all worth benevolent objects and is deeply interested in all
local movements for the public benefit. She moves in the best social circles of the community and is extremely
popular among her associates.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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