|Birth: ||May 10, 1905|
San Mateo County
|Death: ||May 6, 1984|
Tony Brazil was born May 10, 1905 in San Mateo, California to Antone Alves Brazil and Angelina Praeder, who were both probably of Sao Jorge, Azorean heritage. Tony's parents lived in the San Mateo area when he was little and moved to Half Moon Bay when he was about 10 years old. Tony grew up in the Half Moon Bay area and worked as a dairyman at an early age as his father died when he was about 13 years old. According to his sister, Tony graded the first road down to Martin's Beach. He and his mom and sister lived in a house near Martin's Beach. During Prohibition, the Half Moon Bay area was a very active area for bootlegging. Tony's sister, Eva, remembers seeing "rum runner" boats come into the beach north of Martin's Beach early in the morning when she was going to school, and at night.
Tony Brazil was living in Half Moon Bay when he met his future wife, Florence Rita Vargas. Tony's mother, who had been a widow since Tony was 13 had married the Warm Springs barber and moved to that community. The barber used to bring home sardines to Tony's mother and she didn't know what to do with them. One time she said, "Take me to Mrs. Vargas because she always gives me pork when they do their butchering." So Tony went to Florence's parentsí house, the Vargas', and brought the sardines and his mother. Anna Vargas told her young daughter, Florence, to take Tony to the field to fill a box of grapes. Tony and Florence talked and laughed and he said "I'd like to see you again." So she said "Bring some more fish!" He did. He also started to write letters to Florence that were delivered to her by Fred Breitweiser, the local mail man. This was how their romance blossomed.
Tony Brazil actually moved to the Warm Springs area in 1928 and farmed for his future brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Annie Maciel, before he was married. Annie cooked for him and he lived in a converted area of their barn. Tony and Florence were married July 14, 1929 in Mission San Jose.
Tony Brazil farmed on his own, in Warm Springs, all of his married life. Tony was also a volunteer fireman for about 20 years in Warm Springs. He was close to the Warm Springs junction and would hear the fire calls and often went alone to accidents that occurred there. He knew how to resuscitate. Eventually they decided to pay him. Tony was the first paid firefighter from Warm Springs and he held that job for 15 years before his retirement. Fremont Fire Station Number 5 has his picture hanging on its wall in recognition of "Captain Antone J. Brazil's" service to his station in Warm Springs. He was a member of the I.D.E.S. Lodge. Tony died May 6, 1984
Antonio Alves Brazil (1864 - 1918)
Angelina Praeder Brazil Azevedo (1887 - 1974)
Florence Rita Vargas Brazil (1912 - 2004)*
Donald Anthony Brazil (1931 - 2002)*
Note: s/w Florence V. Brazil
Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
Maintained by: Susan Vargas Murphy
Originally Created by: Thomas
Record added: Aug 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41186281
Relationship to me: brother-in-law of wife of 1st cousin 1x removed of wife of brother-in-law of niece of husband of aunt of husband of aunt. Never forgotten and always loved.|
Christopher Erin Lindstrom
Added: Jul. 1, 2012
You were in my thoughts today,|
Added: Oct. 21, 2009