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RIOS,

Ramon (D) & Soledad Ramirez

Year that family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest 1949
Texas Hometown, EDINBURG, TEXAS
Settled in, WALLA WALLA, WA

Other members of the Original Family:
CARLOS R. RIOS (DOMITILA YBARRA) COLLEGE PLACE, WA.
ROJELIO R. RIOS (ROSARIO BADILLO(D)) COLLEGE PLACE, WA
SAMUEL R. RIOS (ELODIA MARTINEZ (D)) MABTON, WA.
RAMON R. RIOS (SHEILA M.PARKER) KENNEWICK, WA
BEATRICE R. RIOS KENNEWICK, WA.

Information submitted by RAMON R. RIOS

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
ARRIVED AT THE WALLA WALLA FARM LABOR CAMP, FEB. 1949. WE TRAVELED WITH THE BERRONES FAMILY. LIFE AT THE LABOR CAMP WAS ENJOYABLE BECAUSE, MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT CAME FROM THE VALLEY STAYED AT THE LABOR CAMP, SOME WE KNEW AND MADE NEW FRIENDS WITH THE OTHERS. THERE WERE DANCES ON SATRUDAY NIGHTS, WITH RECORDS UNTIL WE ROUNDED UP SOME LOCAL BOYS, WHO HAD INSTRUMENTS AND WE FORMED A CONJUNTO. THE FOURTH OF JULY, WAS A BIG CELEBREATION DAY WITH FIRE CRACKERS, A BIG PICNIC, AND DANCE FOR THE WHOLE CAMP.

MY MOM WOULD BE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING, TO START THE DAY GOING, WE HAD A RADIO AND MOM WOULD TUNE IT TO A STATION IN LOWER CALIFORNIA THAT PLAYED SPANISH MUSIC, AND THAT WAS THE ONLY MUSIC, PLUS RECORDS, 'TIL A LADY (CAN'T REMEMBER HER NAME), STARTED A SPANISH RADIO PROGRAM IN SUNNYSIDE.

AFTER THE ASPARAGUS AND SUGAR BEETS SEASON, WE TRAVELED TO SUNNYSIDE FOR PICKING POTATOES, THEN TO GRANDVIEW TO DO HOPS. AFTER THE HOPS WE TRAVELED SOUTH TO CORCORAN, CA., WORKING ALONG THE WAY (PEACHES, TOMATOES) AT CORCORAN WE PICKED COTTON, 'TIL EARLY DEC. THEN ON TO ARIZONA (COOLIGE, CASA GRANDE) AND MORE COTTON, THEN TO PHOXNIX TO FINISH THE WINTER WORKING WHATEVER CAME. (WE WERE PROBABLY SOME OF THE FIRST SNOWBIRDS AND DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT). HA-HA. COME FEB., AND WE HEADED BACK TO WALLA WALLA, (NOT AN EASY TRIP WITH SNOW AND ICE ALONG THE WAY), TO START ANOTHER YEAR AGAIN, (FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS), WE WENT BACK TO EDINBURG EVERY OTHER YEAR STOPPING IN IDAHO (POTATOES) AND WEST TEXAS (COTTON),THEN HOME FOR THE WINTER. AFTER WE SETTLED DOWN IN WALLA WALLA, THE BOYS MARRIED AND WENT THEIR OWN WAY, BUT WE KEPT IN TOUCH ALL THE TIME , BAR-B-QUES AND TEJANO MUSIC OF COURSE (TWO FAMILY REUNIONS).

THERE WERE SAD TIMES BUT MANY MORE HAPPY TIMES, AND WE SURVIVED. THANK GOD. SO MANY STORIES. FOR NOW QUE VIVA EL TEJANO.
 
                                    I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES THAT GOT TO GO TO SCHOOL;
                                                                      W.W.H.S. 1957
                                                                    ARMY 1961 - 1963
                                                                       WWCC. 1969
                      RETIRED: ENGINEER (1994) FROM WESTINGHOUSE HANFORD CO. RICHLAND, WA.

 

 

 

ROBLES,

Francisco (D) & Maria Amador (D)

Year that family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest 1960
Texas hometown: My Grandpa Frank Robles Jr was born Sept. 4, 1918 in Nuevo Laredo, MEX. And the very next day was brought to Texas where he was raised. And later met and Married my Grandma Maria Amador, Who was born in Alfonso, TX. And they lived in Edinburg, TX until their journey to The Great State of Washington in 1960.
Settled in: Sunnyside, WA

Other members of the Original Family:
Joe Robles(D)
Dora Garza-Sunnyside
Angie Robles-Sunnyside
Gloria Cantu-Sunnyside
Abundio Robles-Goldendale
Maria Riojas-Sunnyside
Gracie Zaragoza-Sunnyside

Information submitted by: Alejandro Fernandez Jr (Grandson)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
This is dedicated to my Grandparents, Ama and Apa. Who are always loved and never forgotten. And for their struggle in providing and finding a better place for their family in Washington State. And that our ancestors shall never be forgotten.

 

 

 

RODRIGUEZ,

Leocadia (D)

Year that Family first Migrated to The Pacific Northwest, 1960
Texas Hometown, Mercedes, Tejas were Ruben Vela was the king of "el taquchito".
Settled in, Sunnyside, Wa.


Other Members of The Original Family:
Robert and Rosie Chavez - Ballar WA
Adan and Leticia Rodriguez - Kennewick WA
Hilario Castillo - Sunnyside WA.
(Bad Drummer) On tour with "El Palomo y El Gorrion". 

Information submitted by, Adan Rodriguez

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
The Gonzales brothers (David, Daniel and Juan) and Gilberto Rodriguez(my brother) started "El Conjunto Del Mar" in 1961. At that time musica Regional was not played by many groups in the Yakima area. We were fresh from Tejas with hits from el valle de Rio Grande. Ruben Vela, Tony de la Rosa, Bernal, Rodolfo y Lalo, Freddie Gomez, etc,etc.... El Conjunto Del Mar migrated the fields of California, Arizona , Idaho and Oregon and at the same time Tour with our musica de acordeon. Some places we were welcome and some places they didn't like our sqiuze box. We started "los afficionados" en el Ranchito on Mothers Day and "tardiadas" every Sunday. It was a hit.

 

 

 

RODRIGUEZ,

Rogelio & Adela

Year that family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest: 1965
Texas Hometown: My family may have come from Texas but I am not sure which part and my current relatives are still living in San Antonio and Brownstown.
Settled in: Yakima Valley, Wapato, Toppenish

Other members of the orginal family:
Higinia Duenes Hernandez (D)
Jacinto Hernandez (D)
Simona Menchaca (D)

Information provided by: Maria Iracheta
 
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
My moms side of the family is noted for the Tamale Restaraunt, Los Hernandez in Union Gap, Washington and Portland Oregon.I don't know alot about my fathers side of the family.

 

 

 

ROJAS,

Jesus (D) & Cirlila

Year that family first migrated to the Pacific Northwest. 1971
Texas Hometown, MCALLEN, TEXAS
Settled in, GRANDVIEW, WA

Other members of the Original Family:
MONA, (GRANDVIEW)
MARIA, (GRANDVIEW)
VERONICA, (SAN ANTONIO TX)
MIKE, (AUSTIN)
JUAN, (DEL RIO)
ANGIE, (GRANDVIEW)
NINI, (CHALAN)
JESUS JR., (YAKIMA)
CIRILA, (6MONTHS IN TX,6 MONTHS WASH)
JESUS SR.,(D)

Information submitted by, RAMONA ROJAS (MEJIA)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
A GREAT MEMORY OF MINE WAS THE VERY 1ST DAY AFTER ARRIVING FROM TEXAS OF MY MOTHER AND I TRYING TO CUT ASPARAGUS IN A DRESS.THATS ALL WE WOULD WEAR EN TEJAS. I KNOW EVERYONE WAS LOOKING AT US.( CUTE HUH). THANK GOD ON THAT SAME DAY ALL THE FAMILIES FROM WYCOFFS FARMS CAME WITH ALL KINDS OF CLOTHES INCLUDING ACOUPLE OF PANTS. THE NEXT DAY MY MOM WAS OUT THERE WEARING PANTS THAT WERE PROBABLY 3X HER SIZE.REMEMBERING NOW, WHAT HELD HER PANTS UP WAS PROBABLY AN ASPARAGUS BELT. ANOTHER MEMORY WAS HEARING MY DAD SINGING SONGS AND YELLING "SOY TEJANO".

 

 

 

SANCHEZ,

Lazaro & Nohemi Botello

Year the family first migrated to the Northwest: Sanchez Family: 1953       Botello Family: 1955
Texas Hometown: Eagle Pass, Texas
Settled in: Toppenish, Washington

Other members of the original family:
SANCHEZ FAMILY
Lazaro Sr - Eagle Pass, Texas
Jose Sr - Toppenish, WA
Jesus Sr - Eagle Pass
Francisco Sr. - Eagle Pass
Juanita Ramirez - Yakima, WA
Dolores Garcia - Eagle Pass, TX
Maria Guevarra - Eagle Pass, TX
Maria Rodriguez - Kennewick, WA
Gloria Sanchez - Kennewick, WA
Consuelo Martinez - Eagle Pass, Texas
Antonia Martinez - Eagle Pass, Tx
Jela Gomez - Houston, TX

BOTELLO FAMILY
Jesus Sr. - Toppenish
Manuela - Toppenish
Nohemi - Toppenish
Antonio - Toppenish
Jesus Jr.- Eagle Pass, TX
Alfonso Sr. - Yakima, WA
Elias - Toppenish
Jela Velasquez - Toppenish
Elma Cervantes - Toppenish
Manuel Botello - Yakima 
Mercedes Garibay - Toppenish

Information provided by: Mirta Laura Contreras

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Sanchez family traveled to Montana in 1943, and began migrating into Washington since then. Botello family began coming to Washington in 1953 when my mom Nohemi married my dad Lazaro in 1953. We've been here ever since!!