East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

Oral Histories of the Barrios of El Monte

Dublin Core

Title

Oral Histories of the Barrios of El Monte

Subject

Collection of Oral Histories about Hicks Camp, Medina Court, Canta Ranas, and La Mission

Items in the Oral Histories of the Barrios of El Monte Collection

Interview with Manuel Martinez and Ofelia (Martinez) Silva
Manuel Martinez and Ofelia Silva, brother and sister who have spent most of their lives in El Monte. They lived in La Mission and have seen events in the LA area from the 1920’s to the present, their lives included World war II, segregation, the…

Summary: Albert Locks has lived in South El Monte all his life. His family moved into South El Monte and what was then Canta Ranas in 1949. His family has moved several times yet he still owns the house he has lived in since birth. Descriptions of…

Interview of Vernon Wickstorm
Summary: Vernon Wickstorm is a lifelong resident of El Monte and has been a teacher for four decades. Here he recounts his life growing up in the city in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Interview with Felix Ramos
Summary: Felix Ramos has living in El Monte his entire life. Growing up in Hicks Camp in the 1940’s and 50’s he remembers the conditions of the Mexican workers who made their lives there. He was raised by his God-parents who owned a convenience…

Summary: Gilbert Ramos has spent his whole life in the city. His parents were from Mexico but migrated during the Cristero Wars to Los Angeles and settled down in El Monte. Growing up in Hays Camp (Medina Court), he was a fan of wrestling and…

Interview with Vincent Rojas
Summary: Vincent Rojas grew up in Hicks Camp. His family was from Sonora and Guanajuato Mexico, agriculture migrants. Descriptions of life in Hicks Camp and El Monte from the post-war period. Was one of few Mexican students to graduate high school,…

Interview with Angie Godina
Abstract: Born in California, came to El Monte as a young girl, lived in Medina Court and then moved to South El Monte, leaving at age 14, returning at age 28. Mother was daughter of landholding Mexican-American in Riverside who married a Native…

Interview with Thelma Rodriguez
Abstract: Thelma’s father was born raised in Hicks Camp to Mexican immigrants, and her parents migrated within California for agricultural work. He was a photographer who developed his own photos, many of which hang in La Historia. Both of her…

Interview with Elisa Beltran and Evelyn Gonzales
Abstract: The Beltran Family has lived in El Monte in 101 years at the same location, on a parcel of land at what are today Orchard and Cypress streets in the Medina Court neighborhood (formerly the Medina Court barrio). The family came in 1914,…

Interview with Robert Irwin
Abstract: Born in Whittier and raised in SEM (not yet incorporated) on his father’s walnut farm (10 acres, some trees still remain along Durfee Avenue). Interview contains vivid description of the agricultural landscape in interwar and early…

Oral History with Eulalia Ramos
Summary: Eulalia Ramos grew up in Medina Court. After her parents eloped they settled in El Monte, in Medina Court just behind Lady of Guadalupe Church. She recounts growing up in a town that was primarily rural and people worked in the fields. She…

Oral History of the Ramos Family
The Ramos family arrived in El Monte’s Medina Court in the early 20th century. The family patriarch, Nicolas Cervantes built a successful walnut business and became the richest person in El Monte and was greatly respected in the community and out.…

Oral History with Lily Laredo
Summary: Lily Laredo has lived her entire life in El Monte. Daughter of Vincent and Concha Rojas, she grew up in Hicks camp in the 1940’s and 50’s. In this interview she recounts life in Hicks Camp, the youth culture of the 1950’s, and her…