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Story by: Mr. Victor J. Dodier

Thank you : The Laredo Morning Times 7/2/2000 Thanks to LMT's R.R., I received a snail mail from Mr. Victor J. Dodier of PO 11495, Portland OR including six pages of History of the "Ladrillera", his drawing of a "matachin" and map showing Fort McIntosh, Laredo Water Works, Eagle Pass RR tracks and listing all the streets from Washington northerly to Jefferson, and showing the block where the "Ladrillera" used to sit. Thank you very much Mr. Dodier.

matachin.jpg Mi Barrio

approval has arrived to post it. My sincerest Thank You,

Victor J. Dodier
PO Box 11495
Portland OR 97211
dodier@teleport.com
His Memories of Growing up in Laredo TX:

Kirk Douglas wrote book a bout his life and hard times titled "The Junk Man?s Son" in which he complains about the prejudice he encountered because he was a junk man?s son. He was luckier than he believes. He could have been like my brother or me, "The Money Changer?s Son" and attending the St. Peter?s Parochial School in Laredo Texas.

My father had a small dry goods store at 217 Convent Ave. Laredo TX. This address is about two blocks from the International Bridge on the Rio Grande. On the Mexican side of the river is the city of Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas Mexico. The year was 1927- 1928.

About a year later we moved the dry goods store across the street to 216 Convent Ave. He went into a new enterprise. He sold patent medicines only, no prescription drugs. Those premises were a part of a large building which extended from the corner to about the middle of the block along Convent and housing four groceries and my father?s place. None of these stores had back exit doors because along what would be the rear of this building was a large garage and auto repair shop on Grant St. This store had at least 25 by 40 feet for a total of 1,000 square feet of floor space. It had glass show windows and a glass door.

For me, those years from about 1929 to 1937 were not the most pleasant of my life, especially after 1932. My brother and I were either at school or at the family business. My brother and I were both in the 9th grade at St. Peter?s High School. For about one year, give or take a few days in 1933 my brother and I alternated one day on and one day off because working together had gotten too quarrelsome. But that was just a respite.

And so everything was going along quite well at home and our business. The Great Depression started in the Fall of 1929 and life was tough but my father was making a decent living. My brother and I helped at his business so that he did not have the expense of hiring someone. Until this year, he would always here somebody to help us in the running of our small business. I remember the names of some of the people who worked for him. Maria and Xenovia, Rolando Garcia, Mario Chavez, Dora Chapa.

The great depression was not a bad time for everyone with a fair and a steady income from government bonds, business rentals or a good job. Any person in Laredo with a steady income, even a modest income, could have servants , dress and eat well, could travel, drive a good automobile and own a good home. Our cousin who lived in Corpus Christi Texas once told me that he had gotten on at the Post Office about the year 1928 and that thourghout the depression he was earning $5.00 a day and that one of his biggest economic problems was trying not to flaunt his "wealth." His good luck and was difficult to suppress in front of his neighbors whom were struggling to survive.

We kept regular business hours from 0800 AM to 1900 hours PM six days a week until the year 1933 when father started the money exchange ( USA dollars to Mexican pesos) business. The hours then were adjusted to include working at night and we opened seven days a week. This was a hard-scrabble business in these times. The rate of exchange was very steady and the profits were $0.15 cents on the sale of 100 pesos. This worked out to about $0.75 cents per $100.00. Divided by the number of hours it took to earn that, it was basically a nickel and dime operation. Luckily, father seldom ever drank a beer, much less hard liquor, but he had a passion for the game of dominoes. That was dad?s most precious pastime.

During those years, and especially before prohibition was repealed, the Missouri Pacific ( or the International & Great Northern) used to have "excursions" from San Antonio Texas to Laredo Texas during national holidays and some weekends. The 4th of July was good for the money exchange business in Laredo because of this flow of tourist into Mexico.

I remember that it would cost the passengers a couple of dollars for a round trip and usually they would transport several hundred people about 99% being men. The train would arrive in Laredo early in the morning before daylight. Of course the main objective of these people were to be entertained in the many Nuevo Laredo saloons with cheap whiskey. The travelers did not have a lot of money and they did not waste it on taxis. They arrived from all directions to Convent Ave. and at the money exchange in mobs from the train station on the west side of town which is about five miles away. They exchanged their dollars and rushed on South of the Border towards the promised land. Our goal was to get to the money exchange early enough to get a little extra business but sometimes it was disappointingly small. For a large part of my life I disliked holidays because they remind me of the many times that I had to get up in the darkness before dawn to go down and work the money exchange so as to make an extra buck or two.

In the summer of 1934 my brother quit school to go to work at the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), a government relief program. He was an office boy working 14 days then being off work for two weeks. He was being paid $25.00 per month. Of course with that huge salary came his independence and he flat refused to help my father any longer and I was stuck with being the lone slave at my fathers place of business.

I was working there practically every free moment while I was not attending school. It got so stressful that once in a while I would play hooky and go to the movies. My mother was aware of this and she gave me her permission. I graduated from High School in May of 1935. I continued to work full time for my father. I also worked for Mr. Ezequiel Salinas, a lawyer, and later on I also worked for the Halsell Electric Co.

My life was stressful, I felt tired of working so hard and about June of 1937 I rebelled and stopped going to my dad?s Money Exchange business near the international bridge in Laredo TX. My father was forced into hiring someone and it was at this time he begun to supervise his business with greater attention. My dad continued his obsession with the domino games until he became extremely ill in 1949. That was his final Illness.

Mr. Norman Baker, lived in Laredo TX. A book titled "Border Radio," contains a lot of information on the life of Mr. Baker. He moved to Laredo in the year 1932. This book states that he had discovered a cure for cancer and had left a hospital and a radio station in Muscatine, Iowa. It is believed that he was more or less forced out of that town in Iowa. Mr. Baker opened a hospital in Laredo and then he went to Nuevo Laredo and built a powerful radio station, XENT, that beamed to the Midwest United States, from where he drew his patients by offering cures for cancer and other diseases.

The reason Mr. Baker is part of my life in Laredo Texas is that he bought the property where we had our business on Convent Ave. from Mr. Serna. One half of 216 Convent along the south wall, where we sold radios and victrolas. My father and Mr. Serna were friends. Mr. Serna?s business failed and dad bought all of his merchandise including a bankrupt electrical supply store for $200.00. There was a huge supply of pretty glass shades, both large and small. The electrical wire and stock was mostly obsolete. We helped our father partition off the rear third of the store and placed that new stock in the back and along newly built shelving along the north wall. We sold the small one bulb shades for $0.25 and the large ceiling platters for $1.00 to $2.00.

Following Mr. Baker?s purchase of this building and property, he arrived to collect the rent from my father. My father paid the rent and Mr. Baker angrily stated that he wanted the full month?s rent. My dad told him that was the amount that he was paying Mr. Serna for a full months rent and showed him his old receipts. Baker stormed out of the store to confront the rest of his tenants. Since nobody wanted to pay what Mr. Baker was asking for rent, they were given notice to move out in 30 days Every merchant moved out and the building was converted to offices. Baker realized he had been taken in, he refused and it became impossible to negotiate a fair increase in rent. He was angry at having been made a fool and took out his hostility on all the tenants.

Mr. Serna?s cunning and dishonesty coupled with Baker?s ignorance and greed, my father, and the other businessmen, were deprived of a favorable business location and forced to move to substandard places. All of us were barely able to scratch out a bare living for the next several years in money exchange. Father could not pay my brother, or me, or my mother. We did not have a weekly allowance like the other kids in school.

Had we been able to stay on at our location we could have continued with the drugstore, and perhaps added a prescription department and later enlarged to a complete Drug Store. We also could have given up on the medicine business and expanded the electrical supply business. In 1932 it was a time my brother was beginning to demonstrate that he understood electronics. We could?ve branched out into electrical or electronic merchandise. We could?ve also converted into a grocery store, or whatever. That location at 216 Convent Ave. was good because of the show windows, a wide sidewalk and glass doors.

My mother?s diary shows that on October 30, 1932 was the closing day of our drugstore. We survived one month without working while dad was looking for a place to open his business. Finally, he found a "hole in the wall" place which she wrote that it was 7-8 feet wife by 20 feet deep and without any sanitary facilities except for one water faucet. The address is 114 Convent Ave., and closer to the bridge. The great flood of 1932 left high water marks on the wall about fifteen inches from the floor all around the room.

We set up shop here and we promptly disposed of what was the reaming stock of patent medicines and that is when father started the money exchange business. This location was about the only type of business that it was suited for. The money exchange from dollars to pesos was a pretty much fixed rate, unlike the present state of that business, and the profits were really and truly only a tiny handling charge.

Next to 114 Convent was a little cafe. It closed down and we moved into that location. We gained some floor space but there was no toilet. It is beyond my imagination how a cafe could have operated at that location and passed the sanitation codes. These building were a group of shacks constructed on cedar post stilts and starting from 112 Convent to 120 Convent Ave. and were owned by Mr. George Reuthinger. George had paid $5,000.00 for all this property, all shacks and he never spent a nickel on repairs, improvements whatsoever. Our rent here was as high as the rent was at our 216 Convent address. We spent our time and our money to hire a handyman to help us put in a ceiling made of salvaged cardboard from shipping cartons, and other repairs.

My brother succeeded my fathers money exchange business and subsequently went into the insurance business was still at that location until about 1963.

Jacobs Photo Studio occupied at 114 Convent for a couple of years after we moved next door. Mr. Jacobs had a reputation of holding some liberal ideas on government and was referred to as a Communist by some of the local people of Laredo. Elias Faena went catty corner to Amado Leal?s old place, Jose Cruz suffered a heart attack and soon died. What became of the other merchants I do not know.

During the time that we were having trouble barely scraping out a living from that miserable money exchange we had a different situation at home. My father had purchased the house at 1412 Victoria St. for $2,000.00 in the year 1919. Even then it was an old house in need of major repairs but he intended to tear it down and build a new house on that very well-located lot in a nice neighborhood but it was right after WWI and his fortunes took a turn for the worse. My parents? dreams were shattered when his dry goods store, the Union Dry Goods Co., burned down about 1923 with little or no insurance. By being the owner of his home, he did not have to pay rent. Even back in those years an older home in a good neighborhood commanded a rental of $20.00 to $25.00 per month. Supposing that my father had been luck enough to find a house for $15.00 per month? That meant that he would have had to pay out $0.50 cents per day in rent but by not paying rent he therefore had fifty cents daily available with which to buy food. Incredible as it may seem, we ate T-bone steak daily in our house, it cost more of less twenty cents a pound. In Nuevo Laredo, across the river, T-bone was twenty five cents a kilo (two and two tenths pound.) We ate Falfurrias Creamery butter which cost sixty cents a pound which was double what Cloverleaf butter used to cost. Yes, that fifty cents available each and every day made a very, very large difference in our budget. After my parent?s deaths I bought my brother?s half interest in the old house and rented it for several years but in 1989 I had it torn down and the property was sold. The taxes on this house were minimal but we found out my father was not paying them. Our house was protected from seizure for taxes by the Texas Homestead Law. During my brother?s and my young adulthood we helped my father pay off the 10 to 12 years of accumulated tax debt.

What I learned from all these years of living in Laredo Texas:

1412 Victoria St. home made me a believer in home ownership.

The Union Dry Goods Co. made me believe in insurance.

116 Convent Ave. made a believer of business location out of me.

When we first married I promised my wife that soon rather than later we would have our own home, however humble it would be. I was lucky in that within a few years we were able to build a debt-free house on a lot my father-in-law gave us.

I guess that my experience as a young man in Laredo made me decide that we would always own our own home and that I would have insurance for everything we owned When I started my own business in 1955 the very first thing I did was buy a lot at 102 Gustavus St. and I got insurance on the stock. I have always been lenient, perhaps too much so, in my relations with my rental tenants.

Thank you very much Victor, I am sure a lot of us can relate to your growing up in Laredo.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2001 No Running Water en la Ladrillera

I remember very well that we moved from Dolores to Laredo Texas in the middle of the night, or to be more exact, when it was dark. I did not know until I was a teenager that the reason we moved was because my father, Hilario Riojas, was to be killed by the order of the owner of the properties in Dolores. I believe his name was Dick, I don?t know if that is his first or last name.

The time of year was winter. IT was very cold and we were packed on top of this open truck. Inside the Cab was the driver, my father, and mother holding our twin sisters, Esperanza and Enoe. On top of the houshold belongings were my uncle Rosalio Riojas, my sister Elvira Alicia, and my brother Emanuel Juan and me. I remember it being very cold on top of the truck and we were all cuddled up around each other.

Suddenly there was a violent change in the motion of the truck. We were out of control, there was a sense of the truck tilting abnormally to one side. Then we came to a stop. My parents were asking my uncle Chalio if we were all OK. Nobody was hurt except for the truck. IT lost a front wheel. I remember they got off and built a fire and the driver and father went on ahead looking for the wheel. It was daylight when somebody came to our rescue from Laredo Texas. The details of how they communicated with somebody in Laredo I do not know. I remember we were taken to a house in Laredo that was Owned by my maternal grandmother (her husband was deceased) Luisa Avila Cardenas.

I know we lived on Santa Ursula St near the school we attended which was named BRUNI Elementery School. Elvia and I attended school there until we moved to barrio "La Ladrillera" way out in the sticks almost on the high bank of the Rio Grande. My father bought a corner lot on Sanchez and Camp Ave. I lived there until I left of the U.S. Navy in September 1948.

My father paid $100.00 for a corner lot. My paternal grandparents, Matilde and Juan Riojas, moved from Dolores after we were already gone, and they paid $25.00 for one half of a lot, and some other distant relative of my paternal grandmother paid the other half of the price of a middle of the block lot. Ultimately they had an argument about the entrance to the back of the lot where my grandfather had moved the house to and they were forced to sell their half and move to the corner of Park and Camp Ave, a block from our house.

When we moved to La Ladrillera, we did not have running water or sewage or electricity. That land was farm land. We had to buy water and haul it in buckets to a 55 gallon drum we had in the back of the house. My father and one of my uncles, Juan Cardenas, dug a deep square hole to sit the outhouse toilet on. Dad built a small shack in the back of our house so that we could bathe there using a tin tub and a bucket. He built the floor of cement which drained to the back where we had some trees planted.

It was not much of a shock moving from almost downtown Laredo to way out in the boondocks at la ladrillera. The main difference was that we did not have running water. Also , there was no paved streets or bus service. La Ladrillera is a barrio at the extreme end of Sanchez street in Laredo. The opposite end of Sanchez is at what we used to refer to as Las Lomas. There are about a dozen or more railroad tracks to cross right at the Brick Factory on Sanchez. Of course they could have several trains blocking the street at the same time, so that one never knew if we would be late for school. As everything else that was a problem with living there, we eventually adapted to all situations. Erasmo Riojas

When we first moved into the house that was moved from somewhere in Laredo TX to 1820 Camp El barrio La Ladrillera there was no sewage, no running water, only electricity. All the roads were dirt and when it rained, the few autos that drove in and out of our barrio created large pot holes. Most all the teenagers rode bicycles. Dad, my sister and I used to haul water from a faucet that was at the corner of Pinder and Sanchez. I don't remember whose water it was, but that is where the city of Laredo put water to that house. I don't remember how much we paid per bucket of water that we hauled to our house. We walked from Camp through Anna, Lee, to Pinder Ave. Long city blocks. We filled the buckets with water, and our father built us mesquite carrying sticks, padded on the center with rags and which extended on each side of our shoulders about 15 inches. There were attached a wire on each side with a hook about our hip level where we attached the buckets. Dad carried larger containers that were square and held about 2-3 buckets of water. The water we used at home to bath, etc, was always dumped on our plants and trees. We had three peach trees on our lot. No water was ever wasted!

Dear Doc Riojas,

Any reproductions made from the WCHF can be published with our permission and credit is to be given to the Foundation. The credit line should appear as Webb County Heritage Foundation, Laredo, Texas. Thank you for allowing us to download the photos in your website. They will sure help us in the on going research of Laredo's history.

Sincerely, Research Assistant


Thank you for reminding me. I'll get a check to you right now. I appreciate your response, at age 70, my brain is getting slower. I want that info for my web site, you think that be OK?

From: Elsa Navarro

Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 10:08 AM Subject: Dolores, Texas

Dear Erasmo "Doc" Riojas, The copies on Dolores, Texas are complete. The cost is ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) which includes mailing costs. Would you please provide us with your mailing address? Please mail us a check in the amount stated above to the Webb County Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 446, Laredo, Texas 78042. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at elsanavarro@surfus.net .

Mr Riojas; By the way, I visited your website and it's great! The photos are wonderful. The Foundation has a wide collection of old photographs and we would like to add yours to it. These photos would sure assist in the research of old Laredo. The Foundation is dedicated to historic preservation and promotes historical awareness. Sincerely, Elsa Navarro Research Assistant


Sep 8, 2001

Unsolved Mysteries

Tonight on Lifetimes, Unsolved Mysteries will air an episode I shot a couple
of weeks ago. I hope you can watch.

I am the woman with the short black hair and large glasses. Her daughter is
missing.

Pass the word around among your family and friends.

Counting the days, can't wait to see all my friends and family in Mi Querido
Laredo.

Julia


Dear erasmo,

My name is Marco Ortega I am writing you because I have seen your

webpages on Las Minas, La Ladriella,and Los Matachines.I have gone to Dolores

to visit my grandmothers grave in the cemetary. Not exactly knowing where she was buried

or what her name was,but incredibly I found her. I never met my grandmother since

she died before I was born.I did know my grandfather his name was Hemeregildo

Ortega or Mere as he was known to many people,he used to do the gardening for Mr. Dietz

when he lived in las minas. My dad Mencho talks a lot about las minas when he was there

he was a laborer not a minero. So he would tell me stories about the time when

la mina flooded that it made a swooshing sound right before water came out for a little

bit.When los matachines would dance and as he calls him (el millionario) built them a

concret slab that had a roof.He has 1001 stories to tell all the time I never get bored

of listening to his stories over &over again. Today I showed your web page to him

with the pictures he sort of remembered a little,he said it was a long time ago

but nevertheless he said there were two water tanks uno de madera y uno de

metal. He remembered the store era una bodega de ladrillo bien grande.

I metioned Mr. Tiburcio Cardenas he said that he would build guitars coffins

and he also played the guitar or bass -he mentioned his wife's name but I can't remember.

I mentioned your name he said there were a couple of Riojas in las minas. The ones he

remembers un Erasmo era el que entendia el la tienda,he remembers he had brothers

or relatives named Hilario who liked to play baseball(era un pelotero),and some one named

Chalio he didnt know his name but thats what they called him he also mentioned that they

had a younger brother. He finished by saying ellos eran mineros. I am personally thankful

for the pictures being that Dolores is where my dad & his sisters our tias grew up makes it very special.He talks about los liendos Nico, Tetole,and they're family. He has told me that

Nico liendo has a huge rock of coal they brought from las minas. As I walked from grave stone to gravestone looking for my grandmother's grave I ran across a jose liendo I

believe.It has become a place for the forgotten hardly anyone visits ,only for a few that are clean. I talked to chuy, at the ranch for permission he remembered my dad and started asking me questions about him. Chuy has brothers named Rodlfo and one they call La Pipa.

I am sorry if I have taken up some of your time but I have to thank you for great memories

your pictures have brougt our family. We are planning to visit Dolores in the near future

(my dad and my tias)to place a corona on my grandmothers grave. I am sending some

pictures of my journey back in time I hope you will enjoy them and please write back.

Sincerely,

Marco A. Ortega


I was born at home at 609 Victoria St. to be exact. My father had a grocery store at the corner of Victoria and San Dario. I meant to ask you if you had ever met the Bratton guys, Julio, Samuel and Edmundo. They are older than you but they are military. Julio served in the Navy for many, many years. They lived on Victoria St.

Arturo, who is 58 (I am 62) was raised across the street from Holy Redeemer Church. His grandfather used to live caddy corner from the church in a white house.

Sylvia Bird



HI, MY NAME IS MARIA RAMIREZ

I WAS LOOKING AT
YOUR WEB SITE .ME AND MY BROTHERS HAVE BEEN GATHERING
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT DOLORES,TEXAS. MY FATHER AND
ALL MY AUNTS LIVED IN DOLORES ,TEXAS.MY GRANDMOTHER IS
BURIED IN DOLORES ,TEXAS.RIGHT KNOW MY FATHER IS 82
YRS OLD.MY GRANDFATHER USED TO BE A CARETAKER IN THE
FIELDS IN DOLORES. I'M REAL SURE YOU OR SOMEBODY MIGHT
REMEMBER THEM.ALMOST ALL MY AUNTS STILL LIVE IN
LAREDO,TEXAS.MY FATHER NAME IS FLORENCIO (MENCHO)
ORTEGA.MY GRANDFATHERS NAME WAS HEMERELDO ORTEGA AND
MY GRANDMOTHERS NAME WAS MARIANITA ORTEGA.SOME OF MY
AUNTS NAMES ARE TIA SOCCORO ORTEGA,CLEOTILDE
ORTEGA,VICTORIA ORTEGA ,PETRA ORTEGA.MY TIA SOCCORO
MARRIED JUAN VELASQUEZ THAT HE JUST PASS AWAY FEW
MONTH AGO.WE USED TO LIVE IN SANTA RITA AND
GONZALEZ.MY DAD WANT TO GO TO WERE THAT LITTLE TOWN
WAS.MY BROTHER WENT TO TALK TO A MAN NAME CUYO AND HE
KNEW MY FATHER. HE WANTS TO GO AND TAKE UNA CORONA
TO MY GRAND MOTHER IN THE CEMETARY IN DOLORES THAT
ONELAST THING HE WOULD LIKE TO DO.WELL ONCE AGAIN IT
WAS NICE TO SEE OUR WEB SITE.I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM
YOU OR SOME BODY THAT KNOWS MY FAMILY.

MY E-MAIL IS MARIA963@YAHOO.COM

BY THE WAY MY DAD HAS SO MUCH STORIES DE LAS MINAS Y
DE DOLORES ,TEXAS.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING YOUR TIME TO READ MY
E-MAIL.GRACIAS PLEASE REPLY BACK TO ME.THANKS AGAIN

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Shaman, whew! lots of e-mail to answer...sooo, how was your fourth of
July? the RR reunion was just great! sorry you missed it....everyone was
there...and glad to meet everyone in person....we all took a lot of
pictures. I extended my vacation and didn't come home til
yesterday....I didn't want to leave Laredo, even tho it was 105 degrees!
Saw family, new friends, reconnected with old friends and it was party
every night. How come you haven't been posting in the rem. rm. lately?
Your inputs are always enjoyable.... hope you are well... will write
later...regards...Norma

Hi Familia, this time I would like to share Mundo Duarte with all of you as
some of you probably know, I'm the adopted Laredoan and Mundo, out of the
kindness of his heart adopted me, as the brother he never had..Well I'm
quite priviliged to say the least.. In return for his generosity I want to
show off Mundo to the Rem Room Family, and his souvenirs, from WWII..

During the War there could of been more souvenirs brought home, but if you
didn't make it home, it would of been useless to haul a lot of stuff
around.. Mundo shared with me, that gold coins were all over the floor in
one of the banks in Germany.. But there was a war to win first, an no time,
to mess around picking up coins...

It was definetly a joy to get together with Connie Valls Hughes, at the
Taco Tote, the few that got together with her will remember it for a long,
long time..
Enjoy the pictures, Mundo had explanined the purpose of the three little
stars on the CIB, it stands for Combat Infantryman Badge, that Mundo had it
turned into a bracelet...and added the stars for each campaign that he was
in..
Enjoy the pictures, and if you ever see Mundo on the street let him know,
that you witnessed what I'm including here for all of you.

Mundo con todo Cari񯠹 Respeto..

Tu Brother-ACR/Temo

     

Erasmo,

If you read the rr reunion guest list (click here is right before the
postings) you will see that they are asking for COPIES of old pics. of
Laredo from us to donate to the Webb Co. Herit. Found. Yours is a good
collection!
Norma Adamo   nadamo8709@webtv.net

Dear Norma, They are welcome to get them from my web site, tell them to give me credit.  

Thank you E.T. (el ticitl)  


I recall a gym which was a large Bodega,that was where we dressed for Football games and practice and our coach was non other then our beloved Doc Novoa,esto must have been 1940 or 1941,and now back to the Cubre Vientos at lunch time it was under the cubre vientos.


Delis.......seems you have been away from Laredo a long time,well let me por favor hit the refresh button for you,your dad's news paper El Dia was on the north east corner of San Eduardo and Lincoln and El Teatro Azteca was 2 and 1/2 blocks east of your home on Lincoln St.Delis,que tiempos aquellos de juventud en nuestro Laredo.Suerte mi Amigo.......El Viejo


I have been asked many questions about Laredo as the result of Peter Jennings' broadcast from Laredo yesterday, particularly regarding remarks made by Mayor Flores.

First of all, people here were taken aback that Laredo is no longer the quaint if boring border town they thought they were familiar with through popular history and literature.

Second, they were disturbed to hear how much the border has disappeared. Above all, they were upset that, in response to Jennings' question about loyalty, Flores responded by quoting a Mexican poem to the effect that, today, people in Laredo are equally proud when they hear the Mexican anthem or the American anthem.

I replied that the men of my generation had been raised as Americans, that we had, many of us, fought for the USA, but that I could not speak for the current generation which, to judge by the Mayor's remarks, has been infected by that dreadful disease known ad political correctness. I added that the last thing the parents of my generation desired was to go back to a place that had had struggled so hard to escape.

A friend of mine in Congress rejoined that the only hope was for the new masses to be made Republican as soon as possible.
Pete Martinez
WDC, USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 10:34:52 (CDT)


Re: Pete Martinez' comments about the men in his generation being raised to be "Americans."

Can you please tell me just exactly what this means? You always seem to confuse terms, or use them expeditiously to suit your purpose. To me, the term "American" can be used as both a "legal" term denoting citizenship or a cultural term denoting cultural relevance. As an "American" as a legal term, I served my country in the U. S. Navy, I have pledged to be loyal to my country, and I strive to be a "good" citizen. But as an "American" in a cultrual sense, I am far more inclusive -- I identity culturally with Mexico (not the legal entity as a country), but with its culture.

I really prefer Spanish to English (much more romantic and expressive), but I feel that I can write English as well as anyone who feels that Spanish is somehow not genuinely "American. My skin tingles when I hear marichis strumming their guitars, and I find it hard to keep that "grito" in me from bursting out and claiming to anyone that there is a lot of "Mexican" in me. Is this an act of betrayal, or a recognition that "culture" does not stop automatically at the border? Every time I look at a mesquite, eat the fruit of a prickly pear (do you know aht a tuna is?), take a shot of tequila or hear the lonely, distant howl of a coyote, I am connecting to a culture that I cannot ignore. This does not mean I am not a "good American legally, butthis a recognition that I am connecting to a past which I cannot ignore, and I am confirming a hertiage that still resonates deep within me.

It is the yearning of someone who realizes he does not have to shed his "culure" in order to be "a good American" because being a "good American" is not a quid pro quo. Like, Mayor Flores, I am proud to be a "Mexican" culturally; and this does not detract one iota from being a good patriot. Be a good Republican, and even consider yourself "a better man" because you feel you have reached to zenith of that pole, but please, please, do not expect me to shed my culture because of your xenophobic views of Americanism, for I am a proud citizen of the United States and an equally proud "Mexican." The former defines legal status; the latter cultural preference.

Pete, you've been living too long in D. C. In the border, we can distinguish beteen culture and legality, y esto esta "a toda madre." Does this make cannot hide the fact the "Mexican" in me is coming out. I
fernando pinon fpinon@accd.edu>
san antonio, tx USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2001 at 10:22:43 (CDT)


Dr. Riojas,
I rcd your address from Walter...From the info you posted ,I believ we
knew each other during our growing up years.

My mother was born in Dolores,Tex. Moved to Laredo (?) year. her maiden
name was Ana Valdez Guzman
Married my Dad Armando A. Ayala.

Yo tambien fui a la Mcdonell ,el Old Hi (La Posada),y La Martin Hi. I
graduated in 1949, then 4 years in the Air Force,one semester in
LJC,then to East Tex.State...got a B.A. ...started teaching in
Bakersfield ,Ca, Ten yeard later I recd a fellowship to Ca,State
Univ,-Sacramento Where I recd. my M.A. in Anthropology in Education &
Linguistics, I continued my work in Bilingual -Multicultural Ed, to help
nuestra raza. Most of the field work was writtin programs for diffrent
school districts...pero lo que comense para nuestros chavalitos
(M.A.thesis- "dual Language Model '70) extended and worked for the
Refugees that started coming into Ca....Vietnamese,Hmong ,Mien,Laotians
Combodians, then came the Slavics -Russians, Romanians ,Ukranians etc.

I finally retired in '92 from directing all these programs ,but I kept
my position with the Univ. where I still am teaching.

The theater in front of the comandasia was "El Elisondo"

I lived at 1312 Salinas two blocks from "El Mexico" Remember the Bingo
ganes?
Las gangas de la ladriera si eran muy CABRONES!

Bueno ya estufas por hoy ...si te aquerdas de mi o no por favor
cantestame. O si un amigo mio tambien saco su M.D. en Mexico ---Luis San
Miguel (RIP)

Un Fuerte abrazo de un Bro poraca en Califas Aztlan,
Armando A Ayala Ed.D.
(en Laredo soy conocido por "El Hueso" Ayala)

"Juntos pero no
rebueltos"


What does ticitl mean? I drive my argentino friends crazy with aztec words
and I think I'm about to learn a new one. Que dices? Delis Negron Jr. CDR USN (Ret)

DNegronJr@aol.com please see my web site for the answer, but if you don't want to waste your time, it means: Doctor.


Ah So...now what is Nauhatl?? pardon my ignorance, but I will never
learn if I don't ask...I figured it must be a Native tribe
somewhere...but I will look it up and also go into your website from
your e-mail....it's probably easier....late at night (since I have
insomnia) is when I have time to read the rem rm. and will also have
time to read your site. are you a shaman doc(ticitl)....?? what's a good
yerba for insomnia??....what's the Nauhatl word for
"metiche"...or "entrometida"..?? I'd like to confuse a couple OR more
people.... Norma Adamo

Norma, I usually consult in an exam room, with the patient undressed. In your case, I will do it on the internet and you make keep your cloths on.

For insomnia I recommend you start with drinking one or two glasses of vino de la RIOJA, tinto preferible. Get a good book, like "Animal Farm" and before you get to the last page, you will be asleep. If that does not work, we know other tricks. tu amigo erasmo

Erasmo,

No, my maiden name is Varela. My husband Toribio Saucedo's family lived on Iturbide Street. My family still lives on Farragut Street. Sorry. Hope to see you at the Reunion.

Diana Saucedo

Thank you. . tu amigo erasmo



Erasmo,

I have a very good friend (Henry Enriquez) that lives in Pearland, Texas.
We both served onboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea CVA-43 in Vietnam.
I lived in Houston for 15 years before moving up to Maryland in January,
1988. Man, what a small world.

So is Hilario Riojas that graduated in 1967 your bro? If he is, we used to
go drinking with Rafael Plasencia (Puffy), Joe Soto, Juan Sauceda (my
cousin),
Jose De Anda, Oscar Castillo and Paulino. Last I heard of Hilario he was
living in San Antonio and working at either Kelly or Lackland A.F. Base.

I won't make it to the pachanga Rem Room Reunion, but I'll be in Laredo
July 2nd thru July 18th when I'll be flying back to D.C.

If you and Hilario are still in Laredo after July 1, just call any Sauceda
in the phone book and you can get in touch with me.

Later amigo,
Erasmo,

I don't know if I know you, but my mother was the one that was born in
Dolores, Texas. Thanks for writing and I'm glad to hear from you though. My
mothers
maiden name was Guzman and my grandfather was Francisco Guzman (the one
that worked in the mines). Not too long ago one of my mother's brother
(my uncle) Roberto Guzman passed away. My last name is Sauceda but I do
know a Rudy Saucedo who went to Martin High School with me and I graduated
in May, 1967.

Your name sounds familiar and I do remember a friend named Erasmo from el
barrio de Canta Ranas C/S. Had to add the C/S my friend as you well know,
Ha!
I haven't visited your web site but I will. Are you related to Hilario
Riojas from La Ladrillera? He also graduated with me in 1967 but he joined
the Air Force and I joined the Navy.

Well Erasmo, thanks for writing and I'll be staying in touch amigo.

Danny Sauceda

Thank you Danny. I'll be in Laredo and will try to make phone contact. tu amigo erasmo


Erasmo,
Speaking of the ladrillera that was my route when I delivered the Laredo
Times around ''53 and '54. That route included around El Rendentor all
through Main and then to la ladrillera. I remember this family on my route
the Limones. There were about three or four girls, I liked the one that was
named Rosario, but that was so loooong ago.

Raymundo Garcia USMC (Ret)
Dr. Riojas:

You responded to my post on the Laredo Times chat room a couple of days ago regarding your eye doctor friend in MX. Thanks for your note. I am a gringa girl who speaks a little Spanish, so I understood most of your note. However where is Dr. Rodriguez' office? In Nuevo Laredo? Or Matamoros?

I visited Laredo, TX and Laredo, MX during eastertime 1999. I had a nice time there. I traveled there with the Mendoza family of Pasadena, TX. Sr. Mendoza is from Zapata but his brother and elderly mother live in Laredo. His daughter and I are friends and we stayed in a hotel in Laredo, but went over to NL to do what girls know how to do best - SHOP! I would like to go there again.

My novio is from Matamoros. I have been there with him twice. We stayed in the home of his brother. His brother lives here but owns a pretty nice home on the east side of Matamoros. We will probably go down there before the end of July. I need a plain old contact lens exam and I thought I might get one over there if I could save some $$. If not I can go to my regular place here for about $90.

I looked at your website and really enjoyed it. You have had an interesting life! And you have done a lot of work on the site. I would like to learn how to develop web sites. I might go take a class at the Houston area League of PC Users.

Well if you could write back and tell me where Dr. Rodriguez is located I would appreciate it.

Robin Read
a.k.a. Chata Bonita :-)XT37@aol.com XT37@aol.com


Erasmo,
What a treat! Your picture in ROTC uniform is exactly the way I
remembered you. You asked where I lived .....we use to live right next to
Luis Ortiz (the little grocery store) right off the corner of Sanchez and
Pinder. Mr. Marcelino Martinez lived right on the corner of Sanchez and
Pinder, Luis Ortiz lived next door and we lived next door to them at 1814
Pinder. Let me know the the webb page address of the family album. Maybe
this time I can see them and make copies of them. Thanks for the pictures.
Tu amigo Alberto.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: El Ticitl
> Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 8:35 PM
> To: APOrozco@SWRCO.ATF.TREAS.GOV
> Subject: Re: La Ladrillera



> http://www.mi-vida-loca.com/
>
> go see a pictue of the 1948 flood in laredo.
>
> tu amigo erasmo
>



> > Hey, Guy!!!
> > It is good to hear from you......I tried and tried to contact you some
> time
> > back when I discovered your family album web-page. The pictures were
> > fantastic. Brought many memories about La tienda, el Tonel and La
> marqueta.
> > The pictures only triger your mind to so many little flashes of memory
> that
> > take you back. I wanted to make copies of the pictures, but when I
> tried
> > getting in again.....I could not. I wanted to show my mother (94 years
> old)
> > the pictures. I remember Ramiro Sauceda his sister and father and
> mother.
> > Mr. P鲥z, (To񯩬 gave me many a hair cut too. You may not remember,
> but
> > you and I use to walk to Martin all dressed up in our ROTC uniforms.
> Where
> > are you living now......? I worked for the Dallas school district and
> > retired some ten years ago....and started to work for The Bureau of
> Alcohol,
> > Tobacco and Firearms..."just a flunkie"...and maybe will quit working
> for
> > good some time soon. At any rate, nice to hear from you and keep in
> touch.
> > Beto Orozco

> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: El Ticitl
> > > Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 12:30 AM
> > > To: APOROZCO@SWRCO.ATF.TREAS.GOV
> > > Subject: La Ladrillera
> > >
> > > and Sanchez and Sta Maria, Santos Grocery, and the barber shop del
> se~nor
> > > Perez from las minas. 10 haircuts. His nephew "Moe" Sauceda joined
> the
> > > marines and I joined the USN before the Korean war. We both got to
> go.
> I
> > > was a USN Corpsmen with the marines in Korea F-2-1 1951 to 1952.
> > >
> > > You remember some great facts about los matachines, all my carnales
> and
> I
> > > were matachines. Los Vigiles had the Santa Cruz then.
> > >
> > > we all came from Las Minas, i was born there in Dolores, TX.
> > >
> > > Many other mineros moved to Canta Ranas and some came to dance
> matachines
> > > in May with the rest of us.
> > >
> > > good reading your note on the L.M.T.
> > > tu amigo y homee
> > > http://www.mi-vida-loca.com/


Oiga, mi Ticitl: It only seems that I have some time on my hands, es que yo
escribo bien fast! The ones who seem to have too much time on their hands were
some white folks that performed a "vodoo mass" on the street in a barrio de New
Orleans. Esos Vatos! Ya no saben ni a quien rezarle. I wish I could be in
Laredo the weekend of the reunion, pero la escuela no me deja. It's a 13-hour
drive and I don't have the feria for the flight. My wife could not agree with
you more when it came to the difference between nursing and practicing
medicine. She had a stint as director of nursing some time ago and her
experience leads her to say that nurses should not pretend to practice medicine
just like doctors should not interfere in the nursing practice. Se trata de
respeto a dos distintas vocaciones que requieren cooperacion para el bien del
paciente. My carnal gave me the "Whoop-Ass" T-shirt, figuring I was crazy
enough to wear it. He's right. Todavia me queda mucha lena por quemar. I saw
the same caricature on your web page! Despues te cuento de la lectura que di
en Guanajuato a mis camaradas "non-Hispanics" about the "elaboracion de mescal
y tequila". Bueno, despues nos vemos...I better get my ass back to work,
although they think I'm working right now!

Carlos Valle cvalle@uno.edu


Oiga, mi Doc, (con todo respeto):
I just went through your web page. Te aventaste. You're about 16 years older
than este Tejano. Que Diosito te bendiga, but that's quite a life you've had
and by the photos, you certainly are not ready to slow down. Todavia no te
conosco y ya me caiste bien. My brother-in-law was UDT also, pero el nomas
tiene como 42 years of age (esta pollito). He lives in Patzcuaro,
Michoacan and owns a small furniture factory. He trained hostage rescue
squads for the Mexcian Army for a while, pero ahora tiene familia con una
gringuita de Corpus Christi.

About Pearland, mi camarada de high school (St. Joseph Academy, aca los
broditas)is el Chemistry Dept. Chair at UH-Clearlake. Se llama Ramiro Sanchez
(a.k.a., "El Diablo de la X).

My jefita was born in San Luis Potosi, SLP pero la cruzaron mis grandpas en
1923. She was raised in Galveston, que por alli esta cercas. Three of her
carnales(Marcos, Jesus and Eduardo) were USN in WWII and one (Francisco) in
Korea. The Korean veteran, mi tio Frank Rodriguez, lives in Galveston. My
abuelo (their Dad) was from Puebla, Pue. He was in the Carrancista cavalry
during the revolution.

No, hombre...yo estuve en el USAF y (don't laugh) nunca sali de Texas. I was
stationed at Laredo AFB. Mi carnal put in 22 regular USAF years and retired in
the Mojave Desert of California. Alla se quedo. El si estuvo in Germany,
Thailand, and he TDY'd to Vietnam a few times.

Pues aver cuando hablamos mas. Yo por aca dandole a los libros con intencion de
regresar a Laredo and maybe do a little teaching at the local A&M de la
frontera. Poco a poco, right?

CARLOS
VALLE

Moi, laugh? My brother Hilario Riojas Jr. retired from the USAF. I may have laughed if you would've said Coast Guard! tu amigo erasmo


Thanks for your willingness to share. I appreciate it.

I would like the picture of Las Minas where you say it later flooded during
WWII.

Then I would like the picture of the cemetery.

The picture of Las Minas when pulled up we get your father's picture at a
younger age.
The cemetery won't come up at all.

I appreciate you help, I will check next week and hopefully they will work
out.

Have truly enjoyed your web site. Great Job.

Judi Perez


Yo era Del Cuatro. Y repartida el times en yonka. Estaba bastante grande la
ruta. I take a look a your web page.

Raygar44@aol.com


Shaman...Whew! your Nauhatl dictionary sure is long...it will take me
two years to read it all and to learn...well that's another story. Norma Adamo


I finally got to your web site, boy te abentates(your threw yourself) I
viewed the first this morning and some more this evening. I like the
photos of las minas. I'm going to tell Dennis to get into your URL and
check it out. Maybe if you go to Laredo we can meet with Dennis, his
parents were from las minas too. I saw your name as going to Laredo for
the REM reunion that is great!!!
Bueno Amigo, hasta la vista..mas later,,,Walter L. Herbeck Jr...........


Mi Amigo Erasmo,quiero que sepas que yo el ultimo de tus Amigos te felicito
en compartir los escritos que tienes en tu pajina de correo electronico,por
que para entrar en un estudio de una carrera tal dificultosa como es el
medical field ,por alli tiene que tenerlos un en su respectivo lugar.Mi
Amigo tambien te digo que yo a mi edad que le piso 75 anos estoy en el
segundo semestre de computer information and computer maintenance at Laredo
CC.Estos escritos de tu pajina se los voy a enviar a mis hijas nomas para
que se curen y asi que aprendan de la vida........Bueno se me esta asiendo
tarde,como que son las 11:30 PM y tengo que ver las noticias por el canal de
Mexico,again god bless you and good night.....Tu Amigo Edmundo

Erasmo,
Speaking of the ladrillera that was my route when I delivered the Laredo
Times around ''53 and '54. That route included around El Rendentor all
through Main and then to la ladrillera. I remember this family on my route
the Limones. There were about three or four girls, I liked the one that was
named Rosario, but that was so loooong ago.

Raymundo Garcia USMC (Ret)

muchas gracias, i retired as a chief in 1970 after my third 6 mo tour of the 'nam war games with SEAL Team TWO, Little Creek VA. Next time you go to the book store page thru the book "GOOD TO GO" by Harry Constance. Most all the pictures in that book I took. tu amigo erasmso riojas USN (Ret)

You asked where I lived .....we use to live right next to
Luis Ortiz (the little grocery store) right off the corner of Sanchez and
Pinder. Mr. Marcelino Martinez lived right on the corner of Sanchez and
Pinder, Luis Ortiz lived next door and we lived next door to them at 1814
Pinder. Let me know the the webb page address of the family album. Maybe
this time I can see them and make copies of them. Thanks for the pictures.

Tu amigo Alberto Orozco, de la Ladrillera

Go to my web site:



From: 
cvalle@uno.edu
To: Doc Riojas
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 8:30 AM
Subject: Desde Nueva Orleans y Elaboracion del Mescal y Tequila

> Oiga, mi Ticitl: It only seems that I have some time on my hands, es que
yo
> escribo bien fast! The ones who seem to have too much time on their hands
were
> some white folks that performed a "vodoo mass" on the street in a barrio
de New
> Orleans. Esos Vatos! Ya no saben ni a quien rezarle. I wish I could be
in
> Laredo the weekend of the reunion, pero la escuela no me deja. It's a
13-hour
> drive and I don't have the feria for the flight. My wife could not agree
with
> you more when it came to the difference between nursing and practicing
> medicine. She had a stint as director of nursing some time ago and her
> experience leads her to say that nurses should not pretend to practice
medicine
> just like doctors should not interfere in the nursing practice. Se trata
de
> respeto a dos distintas vocaciones que requieren cooperacion para el bien
del
> paciente. My carnal gave me the "Whoop-Ass" T-shirt, figuring I was
crazy
> enough to wear it. He's right. Todavia me queda mucha lena por quemar.
I saw
> the same caricature on your web page! Despues te cuento de la lectura que
di
> en Guanajuato a mis camaradas "non-Hispanics" about the "elaboracion de
mescal
> y tequila". Bueno, despues nos vemos...I better get my ass back to work,
> although they think I'm working right now!
>
> Carlos Valle; Laredo barrio unknown

Carlos, espero tu "disertation" de los dos liquidos maravillosos que dejaron cietos de mis camaradas totalmente quebrados y sin resuello.



From: "Walter L Herbeck Jr." wlherbeck@juno.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 11:12 PM
Subject: Re: las minas , Dolores Tx

Dennis Moreno has contacted the Priest and the record will be available
> for to copy on Friday. Ay te watcho.. Walter

Mi carnal, you are working at the speed of light on the Dolores TX files. Te felicito!




From: "EDMUNDO DUARTE"
To: el ticitl
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 8:47 PM
Subject: Re: HOLA QUE TAL
Erasmo,amigo,please don't forget to enter your name for the reunion as I
> understand they are printing name tags,as I expect to meet personalmente
you
> and all the persons present, Sin mas tu amigo,Edmundo(MUNDO)Duarte........
> PS,I checked the list and your name does not appear.

more of the good old days in Laredo TX:

To Melinda Coleman and Alberto Orozco,Yes I remember(like all who went to L.J.Christen School)los very large cubre vientos,I recall a gym which was a large Bodega,that was where we dressed for Football games and practice and our coach was non other then our beloved Doc Novoa,esto must have been 1940 or 1941,and now back to the Cubre Vientos at lunch time it was under the cubre vientos.Mi pobre madre (RIP)me preparaba unos ricos tacos de frijol refritos and a very good friend of mine named Jimmy Ward and I used to pull an exchange,one of my frijol taco for one of his ham Sandwich........Now before it slipped my mind I also remember the Family of Delis Negron when his Family own and operated a news paper called El Dia or El sol at the north-east corner of Lincoln and San Eduardo,his father always on the job.Estos escritos nada mas son para recordar los a~nos 1936 or 1937.Delis con todo respeto para ti y creeo que tienes otro hermano no recuerdo su nombre.Un fuerte abrazo para Mi Hermano Temo,mi Amigo de la infancia Tony Uribe,El Quito Peres,El Doc Rio y toda La Gran Familia del Rem Room,espero conocenos en El Reunion. Sin mas,que pasen Buenas Noches. 

Edmund

edmundo_duarte@hotmail.com>

Muchas gracias Edmundo, por favor enviarme el URL para inscriberme en esa mentada junta de los votos viejos de Laredo TX.


From: To: E. Riojas
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 2:36 PM
Subject: Your Vida Loca


> Oiga, mi Doc, (con todo respeto):
> I just went through your web page. Te aventaste. You're about 16 years
older
> than este Tejano. Que Diosito te bendiga, but that's quite a life you've
had
> and by the photos, you certainly are not ready to slow down. Todavia no
te
> conosco y ya me caiste bien. My brother-in-law was UDT also, pero el
nomas
> tiene como 42 years of age (esta pollito). He lives in Patzcuaro,
> Michoacan and owns a small furniture factory. He trained hostage rescue
> squads for the Mexcian Army for a while, pero ahora tiene familia con una
> gringuita de Corpus Christi.
>
> About Pearland, mi camarada de high school (St. Joseph Academy, aca los
> broditas)is el Chemistry Dept. Chair at UH-Clearlake. Se llama Ramiro
Sanchez
> (a.k.a., "El Diablo de la X).
>
> My jefita was born in San Luis Potosi, SLP pero la cruzaron mis grandpas
en
> 1923. She was raised in Galveston, que por alli esta cercas. Three of
her
> carnales(Marcos, Jesus and Eduardo) were USN in WWII and one (Francisco)
in
> Korea. The Korean veteran, mi tio Frank Rodriguez, lives in Galveston.
My
> abuelo (their Dad) was from Puebla, Pue. He was in the Carrancista
cavalry
> during the revolution.
>
> No, hombre...yo estuve en el USAF y (don't laugh) nunca sali de Texas. I
was
> stationed at Laredo AFB. Mi carnal put in 22 regular USAF years and
retired in
> the Mojave Desert of California. Alla se quedo. El si estuvo in Germany,
> Thailand, and he TDY'd to Vietnam a few times.
>
> Pues aver cuando hablamos mas. Yo por aca dandole a los libros con
intencion de
> regresar a Laredo and maybe do a little teaching at the local A&M de la
> frontera. Poco a poco, right?
>
> CARLOS VALLE

Doctor, Otro recadito de este Tejano:
>
> You're right about the difference between practicing nursing and
practicing
> medicine. My wife is a nursing instructor and I've heard her say what you
> stated over and over again. Nurses should in no way attempt or pretend to
> practice medicine: APPLES & NARANJAS!
>
> I accessed your Nahuatl dictionary. You're a ticintl (physician) for
sure!
> Read your webpage section on your educational experience. I think I'll be
about
> 54 or 55 when I earn my Ph.D. Conozco a un tipo que se llama
> "Cuitlahuac", which was the name of one of the Aztec emperors. It means
> "excremento seco". Nice touch.
>
> Despues hablamos mas.
>
> Carlos Valle Jr., C/S

Co񯠃hico, dale! con bastante animo! Te deseo lo mejor en tu vida y tu carrera. USAF, moi, laugh? Nunca! mi hermano Hilario Riojas Jr. retired from the USAF. He was in the 'Nam war games when I arrived there on my second trip. Thank you USAF for air support!


APOrozco@SWRCO.ATF.TREAS.GOV>
To:
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 8:23 AM
Subject: RE: La Ladrillera


> Hey, Guy!!!
> It is good to hear from you......I tried and tried to contact you some
time
> back when I discovered your family album web-page. The pictures were
> fantastic. Brought many memories about La tienda, el Tonel and La
marqueta.
> The pictures only triger your mind to so many little flashes of memory
that
> take you back. I wanted to make copies of the pictures, but when I tried
> getting in again.....I could not. I wanted to show my mother (94 years
old)
> the pictures. I remember Ramiro Sauceda his sister and father and mother.
> Mr. P鲥z, (To񯩬 gave me many a hair cut too. You may not remember, but
> you and I use to walk to Martin all dressed up in our ROTC uniforms.
Where
> are you living now......? I worked for the Dallas school district and
> retired some ten years ago....and started to work for The Bureau of
Alcohol,
> Tobacco and Firearms..."just a flunkie"...and maybe will quit working for
> good some time soon. At any rate, nice to hear from you and keep in
touch.
> Beto Orozco

Beto, from one flunkie to another, go to my web site


"JOE LOPEZ" paracap13@hotmail.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 12:42 PM
Subject: QUE LA ESTAN
> CAGANDO
> Si,once in a while you have to speak up and let people know, QUE LA ESTAN
> CAGANDO. I know, that we can all express ourselves in the manner that feel
> is right for us, but dont put people down just because you dont agree with
> them. Hasta la vista, tu amigo,

Joe Lopez

Joe, parece que yo ya la cague! a little ass wipe should fix that, no? Te prometo no escribir mas letras derrogatorias para esos maleducados que son tambien cobardes ( I don't care if they are at work!) porque no quieren que uno les haga respuesta! Up their ass with mobile gas and happy motoring! Olle, me avente otra vez, perdoname! C/S erasmo riojas


DNegronJr@aol.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: I get it right all the time without calandola


> What does ticitl mean? I drive my argentino friends crazy with aztec
words
> and I think I'm about to learn a new one. Que dices? Delis
>
Delis, please go to my web site:


<PerezJudi@aol.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 3:13 PM
Subject: Las Minas


> Hi,
> You have pictures of Las Minas on your web page and I was unable to view
them.
>
> The picture of Las Minas will not come through and also the matachines
> picture.
>
> The cemetery one won't either, would appreciate your assistance on it. I
am
> putting a book together for my children and since their grandparents came
> from Las Minas and later lived at La Ladrillera, I would like a copy of
those
> pictures.
>
> Thanks,
> Judy


"Walter L Herbeck Jr." wlherbeck@juno.com>
To: E. Riojas
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 3:20 PM
Subject: Re: las minas , Dolores Tx


> What kind of web site do you have? I notice you posted on the Guessbook
> part of the LMT web page. Use the Reminiscing Room to post about old
> times in Laredo. We are having a reunion of those folks who contributed
> to Rem. Room. I'm planning on going. I'm suppose to meet with Mr. Dennis
> Moreno in Laredo Friday, he is going to copy the church records for Las
> Minas. I'm going to try to go on Friday to help but my wife works won't
> get off until after noon, anyway I hope something comes up and I can go
> on Friday. Mas later ,,Walter..


APOrozco@SWRCO.ATF.TREAS.GOV>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Monday, June 19, 2000 8:23 AM
Subject: RE: La Ladrillera


> Hey, Guy!!!
> It is good to hear from you......I tried and tried to contact you some
time
> back when I discovered your family album web-page. The pictures were
> fantastic. Brought many memories about La tienda, el Tonel and La
marqueta.
> The pictures only triger your mind to so many little flashes of memory
that
> take you back. I wanted to make copies of the pictures, but when I tried
> getting in again.....I could not. I wanted to show my mother (94 years
old)
> the pictures. I remember Ramiro Sauceda his sister and father and mother.
> Mr. P鲥z, (To񯩬 gave me many a hair cut too. You may not remember, but
> you and I use to walk to Martin all dressed up in our ROTC uniforms.
Where
> are you living now......? I worked for the Dallas school district and
> retired some ten years ago....and started to work for The Bureau of
Alcohol,
> Tobacco and Firearms..."just a flunkie"...and maybe will quit working for
> good some time soon. At any rate, nice to hear from you and keep in
touch.
> Beto Orozco

go get them! they are open to the public for one week. Right mouse, save as and put them on your hard drive. El MOE, Ramiero Sauceda and I were great buddies. He was a great USMC hero in the korea as a forward observer. hijole, y con tanto frio por alla solito callin artillery! con suerte, tu amigo erasmo


"EDMUNDO DUARTE" elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 11:27 PM
Subject: HOLA QUE TAL Vato del Azteca

> Erasmo,leei tus dos escritos en el Remm Room,te felicito primero por tu
> pajina en el correo electronico y segundo por que a mi tambien me traee
> muchos recuerdos los tiempos viejos de la WWII,as I grew en El Barrio del
> Azteca,Los Pachucos,el pelo largoy bien en Vaselinado.Ersmo vuelvo de
nuevo
> a felicitarte por tu Web page......Sin mas Edmundo Duarte.


DNegronJr@aol.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: I get it right all the time by tapping it without calandola la sandia

> dear erasmo: I went in right after mhs, where I spent wwii. I joined the
> navy in the flight program at the time. I got my wings in 48 and flew
over
> 5000 hrs in everything from a biplane to supersonic jets and asw patrol
> planes. I flew off about 5 or 6 aircraft carriers both in the pacific and
> atlantic fleets. I went to the United States Navy Post-Graduate School in
> Monterey and earned a degree in electronic and comunications engineering
and
> retired a commander in 1966. I worked for a think tank in DC my last four
> years in the Navy and stayed on as a retiree for a couple of years. Then
I
> formed my own computer applications co. in PA and have been here ever
since.
> I was a basic flight training instructor in Pensacola and later on I wasI
was
> a flight instructor in advanced fighter tactics in the San Diego area.
This
> was precursor to Top Gun.
>
> See you, Delis
James Pappas" james.pappas@juno.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: Laredo memories


> Erasmo,
> My tio Peter Pappas managed that team, as well as the old Laredo Apaches
> baseball team, or so I'm told. I played on a few teams but never coached
> or managed. Like so many others, as soon as I graduated from high
> school, I was outta there! We still go back because so many of our
> family mmbers and friends live there. We move so often thatno place is
> home, all are resting stops, compared to la tiera de mis padres. Take
> care,
> James Pappas


GRANNYG70@aol.com>
To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 12:55 PM
Subject: Re: WPA during WWII in Laredo

FROM THE 30'S TILL 52 WE HAD AN OUTHOUSE. I AM STILL POOR BUT TO COMPARE TO
THOSE TIMES I, AM.
WILL YOU BE AT THE REUNION? I AM ALSO RETIRED. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? IN
LAREDO OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?


> I was referring the LMT reunion this coming July 1 in Laredo.
> Yes, I speak and read Spanish. Yo soy mexicana nacida en Laredo en el 1929
> asi es que soy mas viejita que tu por 2 anos. Mi madre era de Jalisco.
> Walter Herbeck es pariente mio. La abuela de el y me abuelita eren
hermanas.
> Asi va el cuento. Yo era Olivia Moreno antes de casarme. Mi primer esposo
> his last name was Despain, After my divorce I left Laredo and went to
> Houston. There I met Mr. Smith and married him and went to Alabama where
he
> was from. After he died I came to the St Louis area where my cousin Mary
> Dalrymple lived. I have been here since 1975.
>
>
> Happy thoughts Olivia


Walter Herbeck 
> > > > > wlherbeck@juno.com
> > > > > Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 11:31:07 -0500
> > > > > wherbeck@juno.com
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Prof. Juarez to head society
> > > > >
> > > > > Dr. Jose Roberto Juarez, former professor of history at Texas
> > A&M
> > > > > International University, has
> > > > > been named president of the Texas Catholic Historical Society
> > for
> > > > > 2000-2001. Juarez, will head the
> > > > > Austin-based organization dedicated to documenting and
> > preserving
> > > > the
> > > > > history of Texas
> > > > > Catholicism.
> > > > >
> > > > > Born and educated in Laredo, Juarez graduated from St.
> > Augustine
> > > > High
> > > > > School and earned
> > > > > bachelor's and master's degrees at St. Edward's University. He
> > > > received
> > > > > his Ph.D. from the
> > > > > University of Texas at Austin. His academic research has
> > earned him
> > > > > numerous awards, including the
> > > > > prestigious Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright Fellowships, which
> > > > permitted
> > > > > historical research in the
> > > > > U.S. and Mexico archives.
> > > > >
> > > > > He has published numerous research articles including
> > appearances
> > > > in
> > > > > journals such as The Hispanic
> > > > > American Historical Review, Historia Mexicana and Atzlᮮ He
> > > > remains a
> > > > > popular lecturer on
> > > > > Mexican history and the history of the Mexican American in
> > Texas
> > > > and the
> > > > > Southwest.
> > > > >
> > > > > In addition to his faculty service at A&M International from
> > > > 1994-1997,
> > > > > he has been a member of
> > > > > the faculties at St. Edward's University, the University of
> > Texas
> > > > at
> > > > > Austin and the University of
> > > > > California at Davis. In addition to his service to the TCHS,
> > he is
> > > > > secretary of the Webb County
> > > > > Heritage Foundation, Historical Markers Chair of the Webb
> > County
> > > > > Historical Commission and
> > > > > Chair of the Membership Committee of the Texas State Historical
> > > > > Association.
> > > > >
> > > > > He is currently completing a manuscript on the recuperation of
> > > > church
> > > > > wealth in the archdiocese of
> > > > > Guadalajara, 1860-1911. He and his wife Toni, also a longtime
> > > > educator,
> > > > > make their home in
> > > > > Laredo.


To: AEUribe25@aol.com AEUribe25@aol.com From : El Ticitl

Alfredo Santos grocery on Santa Maria y Sanchez used to give us three kids, Erasmo, Elvira, Emanuel Riojas pilon when dad and mom used to go there to buy groceries. We had to go to 'tote the "redes llenas de mandado."

The younger generation at least her around Houston do not know what pilon is or was.?

As for the 'coa! we used to have an elderly gentelman with a wagon that had car tires come by the barrio de la ladrillera. The wagon was pulled by a burro. He would relentlessly be shouting: "coa, coa, coa calientita."

De aquella, parece que a dime la libra. tu amigo erasmo

Mas Recuerdos mios:

that ain't no lie about having to fight for your corner at Jarvis Plaza .

shoe shinning thrieved when the US army air force was in it's prime in laredo. Reynaldo Vargas "el morro" and I also sold lime, 12 for a dime. We bought a whole box for 50 cents, or about two hundred or more limes en la bodega near the ice plant.

I left Laredo for USN 1948.

Never, never sit where the balcony ends on the bottom floor.

la raza tiraba popcorn boxes, drinks etc.

that was fun, especially on the midnight shows.

then we had to walk home to La Ladrillera through the monte, y la raza decia que nos iva a salir la llorona.

One has not lived if he has not helped dig a hole for an outhouse. we dug ours about 15 feet deep, the dirt was used to cover the other one.

que mugrero!

Alfredo Santos grocery and Sanchez and Sta Maria, Santos Grocery, and the barber shop del se~nor Perez from las minas. 10 haircuts. His nephew "Moe" Sauceda joined the marines and I joined the USN before the Korean war. We both got to go. I was a USN Corpsmen with the marines in Korea F-2-1 1951 to 1952.

You remember some great facts about los matachines, all my carnales and I were matachines. Los Vigiles had the Santa Cruz then.

we all came from Las Minas, i was born there in Dolores, TX.

Many other mineros moved to Canta Ranas and some came to dance matachines in May with the rest of us.

good old days of taking showers standing on a wood plank using the water hose, but that was not until about 1946. before that we did not have piped water to my house in la ladrillera. We toted water from about four blocks away where the water main stopped.

And to think we lived less than one mile from the Laredo Water Plant on the Rio grande.

it was like a holiday in the basement toy department.

>

on the main floor, we used to go there during our lunch hour from 6th grad school where LA POSADA MOTEL stands, we used to get like about two pounds of mixed galletas quebradas for five cents.

Reynaldo "el morro" Vargas and I used to deliver the San Antonio light hasta las lomas. We stopped at the AGUILA Bakery for un piesa de pan y un cafe for one nickel

I remember the sirens for the air raid drills, the blackouts ( we had no electricity in the barrio de la ladrillera, so we were always blacked out. I remember collecting tinfoil, buying 10 cents saving stamps towards bonds, and I remember the Army Air Force base way out like going towards Corpus Christi. We used to ride our bikes out there to watch the airplanes.

"Walter L Herbeck Jr." wlherbeck@juno.com>
> > To: elticitl@mi-vida-loca.com>
> > Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2000 12:58 PM
> > Subject: Re: wherbeck@juno.com
> >
> >
> > > Hola Erasmo,
> > > Go to the Laredo Morning Times (LMT) where you posted your message
> > in the
> > > Locator page, they have the Guestbook page, the Locator page and
> > the
> > > Reminising Room (REM)
> > > so just click in the Rem y agi estas.
> > > We live in San Antonio, moved from Laredo in 1967, considered
> > > myself from El Azteca but we lived all over Laredo during my
> > youth. I
> > > attended La Bruni, Urban, St Joseph, Lamar Jr. Hi and MHS. 1 year
> > of LJC
> > > and then the USAF. I retired from Kelly AFB as a civil servant but
> > well
> > > paid, just kidding about the pay.. Mas later..Walter...


Does anybody remember the blackouts during WWII? The sirens would sound then the street lights would go out. Then a Civil Defense marshall would walk around the neighborhoods to make sure that the houses had the lights out or the shades drawn in such a way as to prevent light from leaking out. It was a drill in case enemy bombers attacked our city. It must have been very effective because Laredo was never attacked.
Carlos Pe񡠦lt;cpena4@compuserve.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 21:12:57 (CDT)
In 1935 I attended "primer" at the Ursuline Convent on Convent Avenue. The building was sold to Customs between then & 1940, when the nuns opened their new Ursuline Academy on Galveston. For 1st grade, I transferred to St. Peter's School, a 2-story wooden building which was rickety and creaked when you walked around upstairs. The Ursuline nuns taught there, also, and I especially remember Sister Mary Theresa because she taught me in 3rd, 4th and 6th grades. Last year I bought an old postcard at an antiques show. The picture is of Convent Avenue and the bridge and the old Ursuline Convent, and must have been taken in the 20's. Would be glad to lend it to LMT if wanted for their "end of the century" stories. I also have old postcards of Mercy Hospital by Jarvis Plaza and the Casa Blanca "Country Club" in the 30's, as well as a black-&-white photo of the neighborhood baseball team of the Zaragoza street/San Agustin Church area in 1909: 8 boys & 1 girl (my aunt Bruna Puig Sutton, who is now 96).
Sara Puig Laas
Spicewood, TX USA - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 10:27:26 (CDT)
.remember those funny light bulbs inside the tivoli theatre? .remember the heavy curtins at the plasa theatre? .remember going to the plasa theatre to watch matinees for the cost of an emply coke bottle? .remember the police department's tricyles parked down by the old police station where the mercado is now downtown .anybody remember marita's little shack candy store at the northeast corner of san agustin plaza?
frank
laredo, tx USA - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 21:21:00 (CDT)

There used to be a convento on Zaragoza away from the Ursuline Academy that was later abandoned and turned into the neighbrohood center. My grandmother and Uncle to used to run the place and it was across from her house. All that you guys talk about sure bring alot of memories back I have not lived in Laredo in 22 yrs but it she is nice to go visit. Remember all the pachangas that the politicians used to carry on. Do those still take place??? ahhh those those were some days.
Iliana Gonzales
longview, tx USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 06:24:21 (CDT)


Raymond... Both hamburger stands were Coney Islands... No 1 was the Tivoli's and No 2 was the Royal's... I got my sobre-nombre right in front of the Coney Island No 2... As my Azteca buddies across the street from the stand and when they saw me they called me by my name, Uribe, Uribe, Uribe... With them was a friend that tought that they were saying Wiri, Wiri, Wiri when the girls went by... Everytime that girls went by , this friend would holler wiri, wiri, ... so from then on I was Wiri... My kid brother took that name to when the word Wiri was mentioned , people would give a second look...
Joe D. Uribe
Victorville, Ca USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 18:43:23 (CDT)

Olivia I have one sister her name is Elia Martinez. No my father was a truck driver died at the happy age of 91. I went to San Agustin from the 1st grade through the 12th grade& Graduated in 1958. So what is your father's name? I remember el Senor Guillen who worked in the church's sacristy and lived below the sister's convent. He had a daughter by the name of Dolores, and a son Joe Guillen. For Joe U. was the name of the Tivoli the Rialto before el Rialto moved across from the Royal Theater? I remember the Coney Island next to the Tivoli, but I can't remember the name of the hamburger stand next to El Royal. Sunday again tomorrow you all lucky people in Laredo enjoy that delicious barbacoa de cabeza.
Raymond Garcia
Austin, Tx USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 15:35:00 (CDT)


I am Luz Aguilar Uribe... I got married in 1950 and left my beautiful Laredo... I lived across from the Arroyo del Sacate and I played there with a lot of my peers, looked for bottles so we could exchange them for an ice cream cone from Don Aurelio Lopez and also fished for sardinas with a hook made up from a pin...Does anyone remember the 2-story building on Iturbide between Convento and Salinas ??? During the depression it was used by the WPA as a sewing factory... My mother worked there from 1936 to 38 and she was let go because she was not an American Citizen... Sure that I remember the convent on Zaragosa and it was called San Jose and it was run by the Amigas del Obrero... The Amigas del Obrero were on forth block of Farragut and moved to Zaragosa... The Strand was the name of the Tivoli before... Does anyone remember Rene Garcia "La Nigua" ??? People would look for him when somebody drowned on the Rio Grande... I also went to the convento and saw the nuns...My mother's best friend, Maria Gonzalez. used to be their seamstress and made all their outfits...Also my padrino was Don Antonio Gomez and his family lived across the street on Convento... His fruit stand was Gomez Fruit Stand and the money exchange was Don Camilo de Anda...Does anybody remember Don Lupe's Panaderiaon the corner of Iturbide and San Enrique ??? How about Borcher's Bread delivery truck... Does anybody remember a tailor in Laredo by the name of Longino Aguilar... He is or was my father as I lost contact with him about 50 years ago...
Luz Aguilar de Uribe
Victorville, Ca USA - Saturday, July 03, 1999 at 18:17:49 (CDT)


La politica en Laredo.....el Partido viejo y el Partido nuevo. I am sure things are not the same since we call those partidos the Democrates and the Republicans. El Partido nuevo was anyone who opposed those in office......that still goes on...everywhere....doesn't it. Remember my father rejecting 1.75 from workers of the party so he could buy his poll tax so he could vote their way....I am proud of Laredo, just like any other city, they are growing and they are doing wonderful things...considering those who have short sighted visions and they only think on how to profit from the offices they hold. El high school viejo...all the kids from the city came to that school for 6th grade. I think that that is one of the reasons we met so many people, because it gave us an apportunity to make friends with kids from all over Laredo. Do any of you remember some of our teachers at that time? Mr. Benavidez, Ms G. Cox, Ms. Trevino, Ms. Baird, Ms. Ayala, Ms. Reyna those are just a few...Remember the long lines at the cafeteria which was next door to the school. To Olivia Smith...enjoy your comments. To Mike Castillo, you are something special at the Times...thank you for all your good work and just think how many people you have brought together and talk about our beautiful city. THANK YOU!
A.OROZCO
DALLAS, TX USA - Friday, July 02, 1999 at 07:14:32 (CDT)

want to thank LMT for giiving us oldtimers an opportunity to reminisce. I very well remember all the places that have been discussed. Does anyone remember Tarver School. Used to be where the La Posada is now. Also las monjitas de San Agustin convent used to be where La Posada's banquet room is. Come on Mr. Joe Uribe where have you been.
Raymond Garcia
Austin, Tx USA - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 19:21:38 (CDT)
Thanks for this ROOM. I will enjoy reading.
olivia smith grannyg70@aol.com>
florissant, MO USA - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 18:03:10 (CDT)
testing
Mike Castillo mike@lmtonline.com>
Laredo, TX USA - Thursday, July 01, 1999 at 17:18:07 (CDT)

 

                              

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