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Mexican-American Oral History Project: Interview with Alfonso de Leon
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Alfonso de Leon was born in Antila de Nopales, Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 1902. He traveled with a military band during the Mexican Revolution and in 1918 came to the United States, where he worked in a mine in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He got married in 1922 in Bridgeport, Texas, where their first child was born. From 1923 to 1929 he worked in beet fields in Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa and Minnesota. They moved to Minnesota in 1929, and he started working in the Armour Packing House. He became involved in Mexican-American community organizations and activities in St. Paul. He retired from Armour in 1965. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life in Mexico; the Mexican Revolution; life in Texas; work in the beet fields; the early Mexican-American community in St. Paul, including its organizations and festivals; his family; and personal views and philosophy of life. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: In Spanish, transcribed into English. This is an extremely valuable interview on the early history of the Mexican-American community on St. Paul's West Side.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
15 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 01:28:32 running time
Creation Narrator: De Leon, Mr. Alfonso
Interviewer: Saucedo, Mr. Ramedo J.
Interviewer: Barela, Mr. Victor
Made in Saint Paul Park, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Mexican
Made in Saint Paul Park, Washington County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 07/08/1975
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
ID Number OH 49
Accession Number AV1996.92.17
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Mexican-American Oral History Project'