Hernandez, Feliz Todd 1989-08-17

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Feliz Todd Hernandez, a Lubbock resident talks about here life in this city, her financial and work issues and the effect of the tornado of 1970.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Feliz Todd Hernandez

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: August 17, 1989

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Yolanda Romero

Length: 85 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1930; Parents: Daniel Todd, mother’s name unknown; Brothers: Alex Todd, Julian Todd and Joe Todd; Sisters: Celia de León, Ernestina Logar, Francis Hernandez and Elvira Segura; Children: Homer, Cecilia Zachary, Olivia Rodriguez, Raymond Jr., Eric Hernandez; Mother: Housekeeper; Father: Manual labor; Life in Lubbock; Father and grandfather’s work; They use to clear the skin of goats and trim trees; Why they came from New Mexico to Lubbock; Work in the laundry; Lubbock laundry; She use to iron; Other ladies helped her; Todd family; She has four brothers and four sisters; One sister lives in Grand Prairie, one in Dallas and one brother in New México. All the other ones live in Lubbock; Education en the family; Everybody tried to go to school; They quit to work; The ones that finished school were in the Service; Feliz dreamed of being a nurse; Discrimination in Lubbock; Kids didn’t like Mexicans in the schools; Teachers were hard with the kids too; The Guadalupe neighborhood; No many people lived there; Humble and small houses; She lived on Avenue L; Memories of her neighbors; Her father’s death; He died of pneumonia; Feliz and siblings worked to help; Her brothers in the Service helped too; Visiting; They used to visit an uncle not their friends; Only during the weekends; Feliz worked in Arthur Lay; Temporary, only during the summer; She worked with other three hundred people; They produced clothes for the soldiers; Feliz worked in Patterson; sewed; How she met her husband; He was a friend of Feliz’s brother; They knew each others since ever; They started their relationship at a dance hall; They had to go in as a couple to be admitted; Married life; They had three boys and two girls; They all reside in Lubbock.
Tape 1, Side 2: Life in the neighborhood; They lived in a small house with two bedrooms; Tornado of 1970; Rain and hail before the tornado; How they covered to avoid injury during the tornado; How they got the children to take cover; Their house and most of the neighborhood were destroyed; Their oldest son stayed in the church helping people; The aftermath of the tornado; Feliz house was destroyed; One neighbor was lifted by the tornado and died; Another neighbor was buried underneath the walls and a truck; They got a lot of help from relatives and others; They moved after the tornado; People that worked in Lubbock; They got along with the people in the neighborhood; They use to dance and drink beer; The murder of a Police officer; Feliz saw him on the ground; She knew the officer; The murderer is still serving a life sentence; Medical attention for the family; They used to go the Porter clinic; They didn’t have insurance; they paid from their own pockets; Hispanic newspaper; Feliz doesn’t remember any.

Range Dates: 1930-1989

Bulk Dates: 1930-1989

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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