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Historical Notes

Why did Josemaria’s father’s business fail?

Tags: Barbastro, The Escriva family, Poverty, Josemaria Escriva
Between 1912 and 1915 the effects of successive bad harvests impacted on textile sales. At the same time, a former partner in the family business opened up a competing business in the same town, which he had previously committed himself not to do under the terms of a severance agreement. Jose Escriva and his partner successfully took legal action against him, but the costs involved, coming on top of the reduced income, brought the business to its knees, and they were compelled to wind it up in 1915. Josemaria was 13 at the time, old enough to appreciate the fact that his father chose to pay off all debts with his own money. Mr Escriva preferred to face personal ruin rather than let third parties suffer because of the failure of the business.