Lorenzo (D) & Cirila

Year that Family first migrated to The Pacific Northwest 1967
Texas Hometown, San Juan, San Benito, Texas
Settled in, North Plains Oregon

Other members of The Original Family
Ramona Landeros - Sacramento CA
Bernie Landeros - CA
Maria Landeros - CA
Leticia Landeros - CA
Yolanda Landeros - CA
Francisco Landeros - CA
Rocky Landeros - CA
Larry Landeros (D)
Sylvesre Landeros (D)

Information submitted by, Ramona Landeros

We also share the same fate, history and dreams of so many Tejanos. I have decided to start the First Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in Sacramento Ca. We are now in our 2nd Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival It is important for my children to experience the beauty of our music and the many contributions that we have made to the settlment of the Northwest. It was the music that kept us alive,emotionally.






Year that Family first migrated to The Pacific Northwest 1960
Texas Hometown, Robstown, Texas
Settled in, Lodi, Califas

Other members of The Original Family:
Felipe Luna
Alejandro Luna
Juan Luna
Jose Luna

Information submitted by, Juan J. Pichardo

My family was a typical family that traveled all over the U.S.A.. We went as far as Wisconsin. My grandfather Felipe Luna was a troquero. In the early 60's he came to California, we were in Colorado working in the sugarbeet fields. He wrote to my mom that there was a lot of work in califas, the rest is history we never went back to Robestan.





Julieta (D)

Year that Family first migrated to The Pacific Northwest 1940
Texas Hometown, Edinburg, Texas
Settled in, Wapato, WA

Other members of The Original Family:
Maria Delgado (Maltos) Los Angeles, CA
Teresa Ayon (Maltos) Santa Maria, Ca
Alice Castilleja (Maltos) (D) Grandview, WA
Pedro Maltos Everett, WA
Louie Maltos Everett, WA
Maria Davila (Maltos) Toppenish, WA
Eva Briones (Maltos) Lynnwood, WA
Diane Ortiz (Maltos) Wapato, WA

Information submitted by, Stephanie Baldoz

I remember listening to my grandmother Julieta talking about growing up in Edinburg and how they had to pick cotton to help support the family. Her father was a general in the Mexican army at that time so he was never home. He spent most of his time in Mexico but my grandmother and all her sisters and two brothers were born and raised in Edinburg until the earl 40's when they migrated here to the Northwest. At the time when they all lived in Texas, my grandmother told me that they would travel to Arkansas and work closely with the African Americans and eat lunch with them because at that time the Hispanics were being discriminated against as well. My grandmother migrated to the Pacific Northwest where she met my grandfather who is from the Phillipines and they started their own farm growing watermelons, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and other vegetables. My great-grandmother lived with my grandparents until she passed away in late 1973. I always enjoy listening to stories from the past and when you listen how your ancestors struggled through life to survive, it really makes you appreciate them all the more because without them, there is no you!





Nasario Sr (D) & Santos Gutierrez

Year that Family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest 1942
Texas Hometown McAllen, Texas
Settled in, Granger and Sunnyside, Washigton

Other members of the Original Family:
Nasario Martinez Jr.-Sunnyside, WA
Juan G. Martinez Sr.-Quincy, WA
Frank G. Martinez Sr, Sunnyside, WA
Jose G. Martinez Sr - Sunnyside, WA
Maria Martinez Melendrez-Sunnyside, WA
Rose G. Martinez-Sunnyside, WA
Rudy G. Martinez Sr. - Sunnyside, WA
Homero G. J. Martinez Pasco, WA
Carmen Martinez-Barrera-Sunnyside, WA
Sandra G. Martinez- Sunnyside, WA
Rachel Martinez-Romero-Sunnyside, WA
Irene Martinez-Sanchez-Sunnyside, WA
Roel Martinez- Sunnyside, WA

Information submitted by Rose G. Martinez

Nasario Martinez Sr. born and raised in McAllen Texas, Santos Gutierrez Martinez Born in Amarillo, Texas and
was raised in Mc Allen, Texas. the first six children Maria Luz, Nasario Jr. and twin brother, Juan G. Martinez Sr., Maria Martinez-Melendrezand Rose G. Martinez were born in southern Texas. They were migrant workers since 1942 from Texas to the to over 39 states wherethey followed the agriculture harvest throughout the United States.Shortly after 1953 they found themselves settling primarily in Prosserand Mabton and ended up buying a home in a small town, Granger, Washington which in now home of the first Tejano Music Station(Radio Cadena) better known as Radio KDNA . Nasario and Santos bought thier first home in Southern Texas, which was lost to a fire in1952, and found themselves settling in Granger until 1978 when Nasario and Santos moved to Sunnyside, WAshington and haveremained loyal Tejanos living in the State of Washington. Nasario and Santos Martinez were self employed farmers in the LowerYakima Valley and raised thier children to know, understand and continue the Tejano culture and music.

My father the late Nasario Martinez Sr. was a strong beleiver that Tejano culture-Music and the State of Texas always had the best food and music. He never let us forget where he and his wife/my mother Santos came from. Together they had 23 children and raised every one one of us to know and undestand his Tejano roots and never, but never forget the Tejano culture and background. he was aproud Tejano and he passed on as a proud Tejano-Americano.





Maria Ortiz (D)

Year that Family Migrated to the Pacific Northwest 1958
Texas Hometown SINTON,TEXAS

Other Members of the Original Family:

Information submitted by, RAUL ORTIZ MORIN





Florentino (D) 1918-1978 & Elvira Garza

Family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest. 1963
Texas Hometown Hargill, Texas
Settled in, Sunnyside, WA

Other members of the Original Family:
Tino Patina [Martha] Grandview,WA
Janie P. Lopez Sunnyside, WA
Trudy P. Carbajal Sunnyside, WA
Mia P. Rios [Juan] Sunnyside, WA
Felipa P. Pina [Juan] Sunnyside, WA/Donna, TX (winter Texan)
Ruben Patina Sunnyside, WA
Ji Patina  Sunnyside, WA
Emilia P. McMillan [Rick] Sunnyside, WA
Joe Patina [Irene] Sunnyside, WA

Information submitted by Trudy Carbajal

When our family came to Sunnyside in March 1963, we came along with 3 other families. It was Don Lupe Esqueda that brought us in his truck. Memories of having a child's recollection of a long trip and the awe of crossing the Continental Divide peering through a hole in the canvas that covered the box of that flatbed truck. We left a very large extended family in Texas, though Dad had family here, all of our Mom's family including our only surviving grandparents stayed behind in Hargill. Our family had migrated all over Texas and other states especially the Mid-West, but always returning back home for the Winter, we didn't know that as a family we would never again return to live in Hargill.

We arrived at the Johnson farm on South Emerald Road, and we were cutting asparagus within a week. There, we were greeted by Salvador and Hortencia Betancourt and their family, our first friends of many that we were to make in the years to come. By the end ofthat year we were living at Newhouse Farms where it became our homebase until 1968. With our parents we worked in and harvested all types of crops in the Yakima Valley. During the Summers we would travel to The coast to pick berries, then down to the Willemette Valley
in Oregon for snap beans, and back to Sunnyside. 

Though farmwork was a way of life for our parents, and for generations before, they saw that occupation as, low paying, physically demanding and working conditions that can be dangerous. In 1968 both our parents decided that they would try to set an example by seeking employment outside of farmwork, where they were to remain until their retirement. Our father with a third-grade education went towork for the Sunnyside School District with the Maintenance Department, and our mother who had a seventh grade education went back to school, and worked as a Nurse Assistant for 23 years at our local hospital. We have the most admiration and respect for our parents, Dad was functionally illiterate but went ahead with his plans, and Mom with 9 kids and not knowing how to drive (still doesn't), and going back to school. Their example must of worked because none of their offspring has had to worked as field labor for more than 25 years.Our parents instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage and a love of our Tejano Music, as Dad was a vocalist and had even recorded with Los Donenos back in Texas. He was always singing. They also taught us not to forget our background, where we came from, and to serve others. 

Three of us have worked most of our lives with the underprivileged. Tino is a case manager with the Early Headstart Program with Washington State Migrant Council in Sunnyside. Mia is a Dental Assistant at Yakima Valley Farmworkers' Clinic inToppenish. Trudy is a Physician Assistant and has worked with the underserved most of her life.

Tino is a Vietnam Era Veteran, ex-paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, and is President of PNTMA.Trudy is Secretary and Resource Coordinator for PNTMA. Mom, Mia, Felipa and Ruben have volunteered many hours for PNTMA.