Arguello, Epifania 1987-10-13

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Epifania Arguello delves into her life experiences. She talks about family, work, and education. She goes into detail concerning the property where she grew up and her family’s subsequent move to the United States.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Epifania Arguello

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: October 13, 1987

Location: Idalou, Texas

Interviewer: Ruben Ramirez

Length: 120 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born on January 6, 1901 in Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Her father’s name is Luis Chavez, does not mention her mother’s name; Mentions a brother named Victoriano Chavez; Describes life at The Aguilar Estate; Explains the revolution in Mexico; Remembers her education; Her husband’s name is Juan Argüello; Talks about her children; She mentions at least two children who have already passed away.

Tape 1, Side 2: Had marital problems; Came to Welder with her family; Worked in cotton fields; Mentions how much she suffered because of the arduous work that had to be done; Mentions that on occasion she had to take her children with her to work. One of her boys got bitten by aunts while one of her daughter got bitten by chickens; Moved to Big Spring; Some of her children went to school; Reminisced about Mexico; Went to Colorado, worked in beet.
Tape 2, Side 1: Prepared the cotton fields; Did not learn English; Moved to Idalou; Talks about her son Miguel; A painter from a very young age. He has painted murals, cartoons, etc; Has grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Tape 2, Side 2: blank

Range Dates: 1900-1930

Bulk Dates: 1920s

Access Information

Original Recording Format: audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: digitized; CD available in Reading Room

Transcript: drafts of Spanish and English transcripts available in Reading Room

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