East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

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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…

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Raised in La Puente California, Lilian Rey has lived in El Monte for several decades. She recounts the history of the city and raising her family here. For the past three decades Lilian Rey has headed El Monte and South El Monte Emergency Services.…

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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.…

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Accident report for Rikizo Nishida

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Chief Ernie tells the story of how his family, living in San Gabriel at the time, preserved a Japanese-American business, the San Gabriel Nursery, when its owners were interned during World War II.

El Monte resident, Richard Hernandez and his family traveled around California for agricultural work. They worked for a Japanese-American family in Northern California that was later interned, leading Richard’s parents to temporarily leave El Monte…

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Photo of Kumezo Hatchimonji in front of the Valley Seed Company at 402 East Valley Boulevard.

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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…

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Jan 16 & 30, 2–4pm Latino Americans DocumentaryFilm Screening Film screening will be followed by acommunity discussion with VirginiaEspino, oral historian and co-producerof No Más Bebés, and Romeo Guzmán,co-director of South El Monte Arts…

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Summary: Ernie Gutierrez has spent a lifetime navigating the politics of El Monte. In this three-part interview he talks about segregation, the school system, problems of discrimination that Mexicans have faced through the generations in the city. He…

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Summary: Born in 1921, Lilian Aparicio still maintains an active life at 93. She was born in Italy and met her husband, Felix Aparicio, during World War II at a dance for American GI’s. He was Mexican-American from EL Paso and while the war kept…

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This folder contains a partial record of periodical clippings contained in a folder labeled “South El Monte Historical Articles” behind the reference desk at the South El Monte Public Library. As the inside of the folder (IMG_2303.jpg) notes,…

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This folder contains scans of a booklet prepared for the 25th Anniversary of the City of South El Monte in 1983. Two copies are held at the South El Monte Library, one in circulation and one behind the reference desk. The booklet is titled “South…

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South El Monte Wins Top Achievement Award Newsletter

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Abstract: This wide-ranging, two-hour-long group interview began with the oral history of the Kizh-Gabrieleño band of Mission Indians (self-described) from their settlement of the San Gabriel Valley through the missions and conquests of the Spanish,…

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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…

Abstract: Father and grandfather bought two acres in EM from “old man Dinas” in 1937, built house that Griffith still lives in. Grew up agricultural setting, playing in the river, drank goat’s milk until kindergarten. Mother was teacher in EM…

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Dust Bowl, Okies, Cherokee, Norwalk, South El Monte, Valle Lindo High School, El Monte, Multi-Service Center Gallery, LACE, Rio Hondo College, Murals, Native History, Country-Western Music, El Monte Legion Stadium, CSUF, Estrada Courts, David…

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Abstract: Grandfather came during Mexican Revolution, settled on Montecito Drive in Medina Court, had 13 children, of whom Richard’s mother was one. Parents started out as agricultural workers, became factory workers in SEM and EM (Richard would…

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Bio (via Romeo Guzmán, as confirmed by Ray): Ray is the child of Ramon and Leonor (Ramon was a bracero from Zacatecas, met Leonor in Mexicali, where her family was from). They lived along the border for years, then moved to GDL and eventually to…
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