Manuel Escaño Marfil, natural de Macharabialla [sic], Málaga, Spain…

Obrero de profesión; casado de estado. Tenía 61 años cuando cumplimentó este certificado de nacionalidad en 1937 en el Consulado de España de San Francisco, California. Foto del documento original de Steven Alonzo. Steven writes: “Manuel Escaño Marfil married Maria Diaz Sanchez in 1895 in Benagalbon, Malaga. The family story is that he intended to go to Hawaii along with his two oldest sons, Manuel and Eduardo. Maria told him that she was NOT going to be like those families of other men who were still waiting for their men to return. She told him that the only way he was going was if they all went. She was pregnant with their 8th child when they left Chilches, Malaga along with their cart and donkey. They traveled to the City of Malaga to join the wagon train to Gibraltar. While in Gibraltar Maria delivered her 8th child. Her oldest daughter, Gracia age 8 [my grandmother], took the baby with her father into La Linea de la Concepcion where she was baptized. Four days later they left Gibraltar aboard the SS Orteric with their children: Manuel [14], Eduardo [13], Jose “Pepe” [10], Antonio [9], Gracia [8], Alfredo [5],Maria who died aboard [3], and Dolores [4 days]. They worked on a plantation near Hilo and in site of the volcano’s glow at night which frightened Maria who covered the windows so she wouldn’t see. She insisted they leave Hawaii at the earliest possible time. With 3 boys working along with their father and tending their plot of land where they grew sugar cane which was sold to the plantation, they were able to save enough to go to California where they knew people in Penryn, CA. However, when they arrived in San Francisco and went to the train station their pronunciation of “Penryn” could not be understood. Manuel then named another place where he knew someone, Vacaville which became their home and home to Escano Market near Merchant and Main.”