East of East

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

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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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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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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: 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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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…

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Alfred was born at LA/USC Hospital to Mexican immigrant parents and raised on the south side of El Monte. Mother and father and were from Tijuana, father had been laid off from a metalwork plant before he was born and sought earnings from narcotic…

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Abstract: Dana’s father (originally from Montana, came to Southern California during WWII) moved his family to South El Monte to a two-acre lot on Potrero south of Rush that housed his business, Ababa Demolition, which employed many…
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