Born in Mexico City on March 3, 1813, Don Jose Abrego ran a billiards
parlor in Monterey in 1848 and was president of an association which
operated a quick silver mine.
When California became a state in 1850, he was an official of both the
Mexican and Yankee governments. In 1862 he established a soap
factory in Monterey and was active in local affairs until his death in
April 1878. His historic adobe is preserved there.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Sacramento Bee, 12-14-1940; Pacific Monthly, Aug. 1863; California State Library (Sacramento); San Jose Pioneer, 4-20-1878 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here