Martin Etcheto

March 31, 1888, to November 4, 1969
Martin Etcheto

"The proprietor of the Turlock French Laundry and an enterprising and progressive man is Martin Etcheto, a native of Ustarits, Basses-Pyrenees, France, born in March, 1888, where he was reared on a farm. His parents being in limited circumstances, he was early set to work and from a lad helped to support the family. When seventeen years of age, he entered the employ of a nobleman for three years, when he enlisted in the Fourteenth Regiment of Artillery in the French Army from Tarbes, serving for two years. Having served the required time, he was honorably discharged and free to leave his country for other shores."

"In 1911, Mr. Etcheto migrated to California, choosing San Francisco as his location. He purchased an interest in the Pleasant French Laundry, which he ran for four and one-half years. Selling out, he removed to Reno, Nev., where he worked at stock raising and riding the range for a year. "

Tur1ock French Laundry

"In March, 1919, he came to Turlock and purchased the Tur1ock French Laundry, then located on North Broadway, and continued the business. It prospered and grew and he found it necessary to secure a new location, so in the fall of the same year he purchased the present location on South First and erected the new building, 25 x 120, installing new, modern machinery for the latest and most up-to-date method of laundry work, having ample boiler and electric power capacity. He is meeting with deserved success and is well satisfied with his venture and pleased with the prospects of the town of his adoption."

"Mr. Etcheto's marriage took place in Modesto September 6, 1913, when he was united with Miss Marie Claverie, also born in basses-Pyrenees, where she secured a good education in the public schools. Her father had made a trip to California in former years, but returned to his native land and resided until his death; her mother is still living."

- History of Stanislaus County, California, by George H. Tinkham, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, CA - 1921, p. 1438

Martin and Marie


From the Ellis Island web site, Martin, 23 years old, left Le Havre, Seine-Inferior, France on the 7th of November, 1911, along with his brother Bernard and sister Graciense, both listed as 20 years old.

They sailed on the Chicago, built by Ateliers et Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France, 1908. 9,350 gross tons; 508 (bp) feet long; 57 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 16 knots. 1,608 passengers (358 first class, 1,250 third class). Built for French Line, French flag, in 1908 and named Chicago. Le Havre-New York and later Le Havre-Caribbean service. Renamed Guadeloupe in 1928. Scrapped in France in 1936.


Photo: Frank Pichardo Collection


Delux Laundry Photo: Laura Etcheto, 2000


Rites Wednesday For Marie Etcheto

Requiem mass for Mrs. Marie Etcheto will be held Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catherdral at 10 a.m.

Recitation of the rosary will be held Tuesray (sic) at 7:30 p.m. in the Ross-Burke Co. chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in the form of mass cards.

Mrs. Etcheto died here suddenly on Saturday, a few minutes after admission to a local hospital.

A native of France, she came to the United States in 1913 and had lived in Reno since 1937.

With her husband, Martin Etcheto, who survives her, she operated the Deluxe Laundry.

She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Madeline Urustoy of France and many nephew abnd nieces, including Mrs Emilie Quintuburu of France; Peter Etcheto, Kansas; Capt. R. J. Etcheto of Japan; John Etcheto, Reno; James Etcheto, Mexico; Mrs. Jose Sejas, Stockton, Calif., and Mrs. Morlan Tanner, Sacramento, Calif.

- Reno Evening Gazette, 1959








Martin Etcheto

Martin Etcheto, former owner and operator of the Deluxe Laundry here, died Tuesday at the age of 81.

A Native of Ustaritz, France, he came to San Francisco at the age of 24, went to work in a laundry operation, and later owned and operated laundries in California before coming to Reno.

He had resided here at 1295 wilson Ave., and had operated the Deluxe Laundry on South Wells Avenue until 1966 when he sold it and went into retirement.

He was a member of the Church of the Little Flower congregation.

His wife Marie, died in 1959. They had been married 45 years.

Surviving are: nephews, Raymond, Peter and John Etcheto, all of Reno; nieces, Frances Sejas of Stockton, Calif., June Tanner, of Sacramento, and several other nieces and nephew in France.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in the Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary.

Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. Entombment will be in the Mountain View Mausoleum.

Pall bearers will be: Joe Lembeye, Gilbert Mandagaran, Bernard Etchemendy Sr., Jean Barnetche, Ambrose Arla, and John Sapparrart.

Honorary pallbearers will be; Emil Gezelin, Lino Del Grande, Glenn Dory, John Petri, Simon Toulouse, Paul Bernadicou, Gaston Larre, and Martin Indiano.

- Reno Evening Gazette, Thursday, Nov 6, 1969


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