Severiano Jorge, –
San Antonio de Los Banos is some six or seven kilometers from what eventually became the Finca El Curro, residence and central point of the tobacco business.
Don Severo was, as many of his forefathers from the Canary Islands, a peasant and a farmer in the area of San Antonio de Los Banos, Alquizar and Guira de Melena, a rich land in the form of a triangle known as El Tumbadero, and one that eventually Don Severo totally controlled. He was a hard working, clever and astute man, he saved all of his earnings and started buying little by little plots of land that eventually became his farms known as El Curro, Granados, Gato, Lazo and Baralt.
In his farms he planted the world known tobacco from the zone of Partido. He also developed large orange groves, bananas, coffee and other fruits. He also started a dairy farm in Alquizar.
At the time of the Cuban insurrection against Spain in the 1895, Severo donated much of his wealth to the cause and fled to Mexico where he also succeeded as farmer. When Cuba became independent in 1902 he returned to Cuba and created enormous wealth for his direct heirs as well as many of his cousins from the Canary Islands that were all working in the business. He was a generous man that shared his fortune with his workers.In some instances he would distribute half the profits among his workers.
Maria-Antonia Jorge told her son, Ruben, that upon his death, the entire area, dressed in black, rode buses to attend his funeral.