Carmona, Connie 1999-12-20

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Connie Carmona, a resident of Lubbock, Texas, discusses her life leading up to today and the social and financial issues that have effected her. She also talks about Mexican-Americans in Lubbock, Texas.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Connie Carmona

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Date: December 20, 1999

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel U. Sanchez

Length: 38 minutes


Tape 1: Connie Carmona, b. March 3, 1926, Roswell, New Mexico, parents: Juan Carmona and Julia Segura Garcia, mother: moved to Lubbock, Texas to live with her mother, Nieves Flores, Childhood , five brothers and sisters, Lubbock, Texas – smaller population, school, did not speak English, punished for speaking Spanish, twelve or fourteen children in each class, Mr. Chapel – school teacher, now practices law in Lubbock, Texas, Carol Thompson Elementary – very few Mexicans , school was optional, step-father – Francisco Garcia, five other brothers and sisters, 25 cents needed to eat at school, stopped attending school, Julia Segura Garcia , education, taught by a local woman, learned to read and write in English, schooled for three years, Jobs, picking cotton, hauling cotton, Lubbock sales, Marriage - 1944, (_?_) Valdez, three children, stopped working, husbands death - 1949, Work, receptionist for 23 years at Dr. Pellaje’s office, many Mexicans from the Rio Grande Valley , Lubbock sales (again), factories, retired - 1982, Children, sent all three to school, Connie, Gloria, & Joe, Re-Married - 1950, Julio Moreno – baseball player, Lubbock Hubbers , four more children, Julio, Sonia, Louis, Theresa, Julio Moreno left to Mexico and never came back - 1963, raising children alone, Government Grant, working hard to support family, children’s jobs, children’s education, Guadalupe Elementary, Carol Thompson Jr. High, Lubbock High School, Lubbock Tornado, damages, neighborhood was quieter, people moved, Mexicans from the Rio Grande Valley, restaurants in homes, neighborhood was violent, Downtown Lubbock, discrimination in restaurants, stories, prejudice, differences, The Depression, items were scarce, Relief Program, California, helped her sister at a restaurant, children disliked California, moved back to Lubbock, Texas, moved to California again in 1962, Madrid, Spain, visited her daughter, three weeks, disliked Spain, Poor Neighborhood, stores – necessities, Jose Gonzalez – local store owner, Cinco de Mayo, traditions, culture, Lubbock Tornado stories

Range Dates: 1926-1999

Bulk Dates: 1940-1999

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