East of East

East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte

A Project of the South El Monte Arts Posse

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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…

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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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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 help…

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 at…

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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 postwar…

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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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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, “These…

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Apolonio Morales is a community organizer who works on immigration issues at the national level. Apolonio Morales has worked in several communities around the country in order to organize labor workers. The reason he got into politics…

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Abstract: The story of Michael Jaime Becerra begins with his family’s Mexican origins and their
migration to LA. His father, a child born out of wedlock, spent his childhood in a small mining
town south of Durango. He spent the first 10 years of…

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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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South El Monte Wins Top Achievement Award Newsletter

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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 El…

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

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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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.
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