|First wife Ernestina Eschoyez (married 1873), second Emma Gebhardt |
There is a family picture of his family dated 1919 (see the link below).
Standing from the left: Fernando, Guillermo (Wilhelm/Willy), Alfredo, René,
Isidor I (as a picture) and Oscar
Seated from the left: Matilda Berraz de Marsico, Emma Gebhardt,
Isidoro Berraz, Carlota Berraz De Gay
A story about the family:
The intrepid Virginia.
Destiny's family Evariste Berraz Fert and Virginia who settled in Santa Fe in Argentina. The temperament of Virginia as it was nicknamed the "the brave" in light of selflessness and ingenuity she used for her second husband. Satisfied with their lot in Argentina they describe in their letters to family back in Switzerland, spouses Berraz gave a very good situation to their children whose descendants today have inherited the qualities of Virginia Intrepid.
"THE NATION, THE MEN AND THE COURAGE" - Miguel Angel de Marco 100/103
Virginia, the intrepid
In January 1856 came to Santa Fe steam with 120 immigrants Assumption Swiss Valais, Vaud, Aargau, Bern, Zurich and Geneva, Savoy, Germany and the Rhine provinces of Bavaria, and the party of French Jura. The initial quota was hired by Aarón Castellanos employer to install, in fertile land close to the provincial capital, Santa Fe, the first agricultural colony of the Confederacy Argentina. The presence of these men, women and children from diverse backgrounds, meeting for the purpose of achieving prosperity that their homes were denied, was the practical application of the axiom of Juan Bautista Alberdi: to govern is to populate.
Among the included valesanos Berraz Evaristo, a native of Champéry, FERT and his wife Virginia and their seven children. There livelihood was difficult and there were almost no prospects. One man close to half a century, accustomed to fighting adversity, versed in the use of the ax and spade, knowing no more fun to sing on Sundays with his friends after joining the mass evoción, had in his woman a witty and selfless partner. In the village she had milked cows, helped in the work of tillage, raised chickens and conjeos and developed with his rough hands daily bread, while the delicate mending outfit their children and sought protection from the cold which enveloped her modest home.
On the trip to the Rio de la Plata, to the kind of order to reach the world which had departed from the French port of Dunkirk, the lady in her late thirties, had earned among his nickname vicissitudes of Virginia, the Intrepid.
In a letter to his cousin, Augustin, Evaristo he wrote on 26 June
1857: "The food was not as good as on land, because water deteriorates certain foods like potatoes. The largely moldy bread. They are called bun biscuit. We promised in our contracts that would have butter, cheese and sugar, but these things are invisible to the settlers. ERa crew who received them.
Virginia added the farmer who had been ill for several weeks, but not, as stated in the Swiss village, pregnant again. "I also say it has been gossip in Campčry! That I have sold my first three children! Phooey. Do you think such things would we? If necessary to reach that point, you will die sooner."
After reaching the Rio de la Plata, transshipped to Asuncion who began sailing the Parana.
"When we landed in Santa Fe-Evaristo recounted her cousin was the vigil of Pentecost. We stayed there about two hours. After we made up a large two-wheeled cart drawn by six oxen.
We did two hours away with ma's risk of falling during the sea voyage. "They were placed temporarily in a barracks in the" Estanzuela of Echagüe "and after a fortnight's discomfort marched Hope.
Lor pimer times were very hard for the settlers and Virginia did so knowing his compadre Agustin Fert Berraz three years later, in 1859, when they were exposed early achievements: "To give an accurate description, I begin by narrating the arrival of this beautiful country without any
mound or stone, with a very fertile turf on which grows a large quantity of all kinds of livestock.
"We had a terrible trip by sea, and the beginning of the stay in the colony, since we had no house, no well, nor store for families, something hard to bear, but thank God our troubles have been crowned.
"The first three years we have been visited by a terrible plague, locusts, which come in such numbers that obscure the sun.
"For our part we are very pleased about our luck, as my children Juana Maria, Gaspar and Elijah are always on duty and have good salaries. It is they who sustain us in the finances. Otrso Hipólito, Lucia, Isidore and Maria Virginia with me and do everything they can to make us happy.
"We just plant our wheat that consists of 200 measures of land as between you that will yield an appreciable amount to support the family. The corn is planted twice a year, as well as potatoes, gardening and others.
"At the moment we have only four cows, four calves, 5 horses and a number of chickens."
In successive years the prosperity was growing. Evaristo and Virginia saw it grow and marry their children, and had the fortune to meet children and grandchildren, will live for 90 and 84, respectively.
Some remained in Esperanza, others equipped with pockets of money, moved to Santa Fe and developed various activities.
Mary Virginia, the youngest, very similar to his mother for his spirit and temper, Adriano Berraz married, educated with a firm hand to his 14 sons, who, led by his father, owner of the famous hotel Colonies, formed a family orchestra acting both on stage and in the
gatherings, on a whim, without charging a penny. Upon the
September 1893 revolution, some of the sons and sons of Evaristo Berraz showed the unerring aim of the Swiss cantons defending radicals Santa Fe
The name of the Intrepid was among his people as a synonym for dedication and perseverance. Maybe that's why women still maintain their blood as a precious legacy, as neither daughter Mary Virginia that descends from it.
In February, the Administration gave the following
Believing that interpret the feelings are encouraged all the residents of this county
to solemnly celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Constitution of the authorities of this
Colony, populated in February 1856 by Swiss and German farmers, hired
1855 by Mr. Aaron Castellanos, pursuant to a law passed in the Province
1853, Governor Don Domingo Crespo, whose painstaking work children trod ground
Argentina in January 1856, the Mayor
Article 1) appoint a Committee composed of former and deserving residents of this municipality with
extensive powers to organize in the manner it deems appropriate to the festivities with
to be commemorated, on March 26 next, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the
Art 2 °) The Commission's form. The following gentlemen Aufranc Amado, John Rambo, John
Bautista Keller, Henry Ouellet, Benito Mahieu, Isidoro Berraz, Ripamonti Cayetano, Francis L. Zucchi, Pedro Invernizzi. Eduardo Vionnet, Julian S. Barbieri, Jorge Schlie, Peter Bernasconi Miltiades Echagüe, Nicholas Schneider, Federico Meiners, Rodolfo B. Lehmann and Luis Premoli. .
Section 3) to Communicate. etc.
This decree is dated February as the colonial population and 26 March as date of establishment of authorities, namely the Magistrates Court and police depended on the same. Perhaps the date was chosen to avoid suspicion, but very authoritative versions, set that date as the arrival of the German contingent.