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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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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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,…

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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Abstract: Patsy Sutley moved to El Monte in 1964, after moving to California from Amarillo, TX, where she was born and raised, two years prior. Her children attended schools in the Mountain View District and then Mountain View HS. She began work as…

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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,…

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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…

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Abstract: This was a somewhat impromptu interview that began when Olga (who was overseeing walk-in oral histories at La Historia) began speaking about her experiences as an educator with me (I had just returned from UCLA, which prompted the…

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Abstract: Mark Durazo graciously agreed to participate as a narrator in a teaching interview, with five high school students from the KCET Youth Voices program at Mountain View High School and the vice-president of La Historia. Mark is the son of…

Abstract: Parents met in lighting factory in El Monte. Father was from Guanajuanto, mother was from Juarez via East LA. Frank grew up in El Monte, felt EM/SEM shared an identity on account of constant traveling back and forth between the two. Started…
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