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Latinos in Pasadena (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

Latinos in Pasadena (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))

Language: English

Pages: 128


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Histories of Pasadena are rich in details about important citizens, time-honored traditions, and storied enclaves such as Millionaires Row and Lamanda Park. But the legacies of Mexican Americans and other Latino men and women who often worked for Pasadena's rich and famous have been sparsely preserved through the generations--even though these citizens often made remarkable community contributions and lived in close proximity to their employers. A fuller story of the Pasadena area can be provided from these vintage images and the accompanying information culled from anecdotes, master's theses, newspaper articles, formal and informal oral histories, and the Ethnic History Research Project compiled for the City of Pasadena in 1995. Among the stories told is that of Antonio F. Coronel, a one-time Mexican Army officer who served as California state treasurer from 1866 to 1870 and whose image graced the 1904 Tournament of Roses program.

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young men on Fair Oaks in 1917 are sending a message; how much it may be real and how much may be posturing was probably known at the time. The names written on the picture’s back include Heliberto, Simon, Joe Meza, Manual Lara, Tony C., Trini O., Joe L., and an illegible name. This part of Pasadena was referred to as the Sonora or Southern section. (Pasadena Museum of History.) These Pasadena librarians wearing masks reflect their commitment to sharing knowledge and to the gravity of the

front ready for the return of “the Boys.” (Contreras Collection.) Belen Lopez’s parents attended Pasadena schools, met, and married in Pasadena. The Lopez family was repatriated and lived in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, from 1931 to 1934. While they were in Mexico, a brother was born. A sister died and was buried in Mexico. They left Pasadena because they were promised land in Mexico, but the land they were given was not good for growing crops. Belen was conceived in Mexico and was born in

ideals of racial equality. Besides social events, topic meetings are held to discuss racial problems, the purpose being to try to decrease racial prejudice. Members strive to offer participation all campus activities and thereby insure greater cooperation and understanding among P.J.C. students of different nationalities.” The group’s advisor, with the dapper moustache (below, far right), is Stephen Reyes. Born in Etiwanda, he worked the fields with his family and began kindergarten at age eight

colonies, and convert their subjects to Roman Catholicism. The era of the acceptance of multiple religions—Muslim, Catholic, and Jew—in the Iberian Peninsula had ended. Those who left Spain represented the religious and cultural communities that had lived together for five centuries and had preceded Ferdinand and Isabella’s ascendancy. Colonizing Nueva España was of paramount importance. Pedro Alonso Niño, of African heritage, served as navigator for Christopher Columbus. For the next three

intermarriages between groups to occur. Some marriages were made for love, some were made in order to secure family lands, and some were made looking to the future. Hubert Howe Bancroft, late-19th-century publisher, found Mexican and Californian history fascinating in its complexity. He found memorias and reports by officials a valuable source of information. Learning about Mexico was an interesting and profitable study. Several of the subjects of oral histories that were written for him and

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