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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Alberto Rodriguez was born in 1934 in San Marcos, Jalisco. He migrated to the United States in the early 1940s. His family settled in Chula Vista and returned to Mexico during WWII. Mr. Rodriguez eventually moved to El Monte, his wife’s hometown, in…

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Toni Plummer grew up with mixed heritage in South El Monte. This interview notes the impact of a childhood spent with Plummer’s divorced, Latina mother and the ways it shaped her concepts of ethnicity and culture. Plummer explores the…

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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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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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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 life.…

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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 them…

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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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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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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 postwar…
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