A is for Armijo

1851 Pencil sketch by Norman Coombs, Sr.
Senora Jose Francisco Armijo and her granddaughter

Armijo by Katrina

Armijo first came to Suisun in 1828.

Armijo married a woman named Lolita Maria. Armijo and Lolita then had 7 children. Later Armijo went back to Mexico and came back with a lot of family. Armijo owned land in our area. Armijo lived to be 59 years old.

Armijo was one of the first Mexican settlers. Armijo sold hides and brandy. Armijo did not like battles or wars. Armijo and Lolita and their 7 children settled on Rancho Solano.

In 1842 Armijo built a small tule hut on a small hill. Later that house got set on fire and burned. One reason he is famous is because a high school was named after him. Armijo High's mascot is the Indian. They are called the Armijo Indians and the mascot is soon supposed to change to a brand new mascot.

In 1839 asked Vallejo for a piece of land now known as The Tolenas Land Grant. Armijo built adobe houses and also raised cattle or cows on The Tolenas Land Grant.


Works Cited:

Information about Armijo was found at:

"The Historic ABC's Of Solano County", written by Jackie Albright and Jackie Lillis Illustrated by Tina Akuda. Published by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, 1997

"Brandy and Wine were Jose Armijo's Trade" by Kristin Delaplane Echoes of Solano's Past, February 4, 1996 www.The Reporter.com (www.thereporter.com/Current/Conti/Archive/conti020496.html We used this web page on April 16, 2002.

1851 pencil sketch of Senora Jose Francisco Armijo and her granddaughter by Nathan Coombs, Sr. Courtesy of Solano College Library Archives. Published in the book:

Keegan, Frank. Solano, An Illustrated History, Published by the Windsor Publication, Inc., 1989, page 21.