Entries by wkilgore

Condes de la Torre Family Story

September 17, 2013 11:24 AM by Yvonne Condes

Latino Americans premieres tonight on PBS and it’s a thoughtful and entertaining documentary tracing Latino History in North America going back 500 years. As I was watching a screener of the show that airs tonight, I thought about my own Latino History.

My uncle chronicled that history in a family newsletter Confidencias Los Condes. The story begins in 1884 in Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico when my great grandfather Pedro was born. He was forced into work as a boy when his father, a federal judge, died. Pedro joined the Navy ...

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The American Dream that Came True

September 9, 2013 10:28 AM by Roy Lopez

As a child growing up with two parents from Monterrey, Mexico, there were many challenges that I faced. One of the challenges was that neither of my parents spoke English. My parents, Emilio and Gloria Lopez, moved from Monterrey, Mexico to Bryan, Texas. In the 1960’s, jobs were scarce in Bryan, so we moved to Fresno, California, and this is where my story began. My sister Dora was thirteen years old, my brother Emilio Jr. was ten, and I was seven. Growing up in Fresno, California, my family worked ...

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