Totoricagüena, Segundo

Mikel and Daniel Chertudi
Interview Location: 
Boise, Idaho
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Segundo was born on 5 August 1914 in Bruneau, Idaho to José Francisco Totoricagüena and Leandra Erquiaga.  His father owned the Totorica Sheep Company, a large sheep ranch in Grandview, Idaho.  When Segundo was 2 years old, his father left the ranch with an associate and the family moved to Guernica, where they lived until Segundo turned 16.  By then, he was old enough to return to Idaho and help his father and brothers, who had come back earlier, with the ranch.

After several years at the family's ranch and other sheep outfits in Idaho and Oregon, Segundo and his brothers bought the ranch from their father.  Segundo had been investing on his own, building up his personal finances.  Eventually, he was in a position to buy the ranch from his brothers.  He took the opportunity, becoming the sole owner of the Totorica Sheep Company in 1967.  He sold the business in 1975.

Segundo and his wife, Serafina, raised their 7 children with a love for the Basque language and culture.  They have taken an active role in the Boise Basque community and enjoy the Basque Center's dinners and picnics.

Audio Recording: 
Buying the Totorica Sheep Company
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