|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1884|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 1978|
Caroline McArthur Conn and Robert Conn, parents.
AUNT JANE (CONN) ALBONICO'S story about the family's journey to Madera.
"I was born on January 1, 1884 in Laws, a thriving community near Bishop, Inyo County, California, where my mother and father, Caroline and Robert Conn, were homesteading on the banks of the then lush and beautiful Owens River. Laws, was a stop in the Southern Pacific Narrow Gage Railroad.
When I was not quite four years old and my brother, Bill not quite two, my parents brought us in a covered wagon pulled by four horses, from Laws across the Green Horn Pass to Visalia and then to Fresno, Borden, and at last, Trigo, Madera County, California. My father also brought his twenty-four head of prize horses, three ranch hands on horseback, and our Shepherd dog, "Old Puppy", who helped drive the stock. One mare had a colt. My father tied her to the back of our wagon; her colt and the other horses followed her along. At days end, we would stop near a stream to water and feed the stock, and my mother would prepare our meals over a campfire.
One incident along the way amused me. The old mare pulled a sack from the back of the wagon and shook it. Out tumbled the coffee pot and other cooking ware, over the side of the road and down a steep ravine. One of the ranch hands, "Crazy Louie," slid down the bank after them, and I remember laughing to see him climb up then slide back down the sandy, steep bank. Being only four, I didn't see the danger in it, and we had to have the cooking ware. We couldn't just borrow from the neighbors or run to the store for new ones. We were out on the trail in the wilderness. We didn't have packaged food. You had to cook the food and had to have pans to do it in.
Another fond memory enroute was my father lifting me up to let me ride on one of the horses he was leading down the stream to water.
Shortly after our arrival in Madera, (Fresno County at the time) my second brother, John, was born, and our family settled on the original 80-acre homestead. My father worked the homestead as well as hiring out with his teams of horses to plow neighboring farms.
I have many memories of and have seen many changes and much progress in Madera County since those early days. One of the pro-Madera County electioneers stopped by our home and talked with my father. He was invited in, introduced to the family, and proudly shown my little brother Bob who was but a few days old. A short time after this my father read in the paper an account in which this electioneer told of his visit and commented that baby bother Bob was very much in favor of the Madera split from Fresno County.
Seven other brothers and sisters were born here on the homestead. They are Robert Roy, who married Verna Hack and later moved to Coalinga, Archie Ben, who married Rose Byrnes, Margaret Helen, who married Walter Boring, James Arthur, who married Genevieve Barcroft, (my parents), Rose Lenore, who married Loren Lowe, Fredrich, never married, and Mary Alice, who Married Dick Farlinger, later moving to Oakhurst."
Jane Conn Albonico lived in Madera from 1887, until her death. She returned to the old homestead, in 1926 when her husband Philip Albonico purchased it from her brothers.
Supplied by Harriet Sturk.
Phillip N Albonico (1886 - 1966)
Carolyn Albonico (1915 - 1984)*
Robert C Albonico (1916 - 1960)*
Arbor Vitae Cemetery
Plot: Blk 3 Row 9
Maintained by: Rose
Originally Created by: Linda Creamer Furr
Record added: Oct 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59711435