Foix Avenue

You’ll have to ask residents how they pronounce this street – “Foiks”? “Fox”? “Fwah”? – but I can tell you about the folks it’s named after. Dominique Foix (1832-1912) brought his family to Los Angeles from Montréjeau, France in 1882. A Crimean War veteran, he proudly wore the medal which he said was given to him by Queen Victoria herself. In 1885, while running a saddlery, he and his first wife Bertrande set up a side business: a bakery at their home on Macy Street (now Cesar E. Chavez Avenue). It was eventually dubbed the Foix French Baking Company and was later relocated to Frogtown and finally to Cypress Park, where it operated until around 1994. At least two more generations of Foixes would oversee the bakery: Dominique’s son Aubin (1868-1946) and Aubin’s boys Bertrand (1894-1945) and Louis (1898-1978). In fact it was Bertrand and Louis who co-owned the tract on which Foix Avenue was named in 1924; Bertrand’s wife Grace (1897-1970) was also an owner. Apparently this was just investment property: Newmire, Ohm, and Piuma avenues honor other owners.