Interviewee

Clara Eligio Tenorio

Interviewer

Mireya Loza

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Clara Eligio Tenorio was born on the Isla de Janitzio, Michoacán, México; she comes from a large family with a number of sisters, all of whom passed away; her parents were fisherman; Clara later married at the age of sixteen; her husband served in the bracero program and completed two contracts; they went on to have seven children, four girls and three boys.

Summary of Interview

Ms. Eligio briefly talks about her family; she later married at the age of sixteen; her husband served in the bracero program and completed two contracts; he left with her brother, which helped her feel more at ease; in the United States her husband picked tomatoes and was gone for a few months at a time; while he was away she made nets to sell, which was how she survived; moreover, she was also able to catch and sell fish to supplement her income; she lived with her mother-in-law, and they had a good relationship; Clara was also able to visit with her mother quite often while her husband was not there; she recalls that there were a number of wives left without husbands as well; upon her husband’s return, he brought back what little money he managed to save; Clara and her husband went on to have seven children, four girls and three boys.

Date of Interview

6-26-2008

Length of Interview

13 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 1435

Transcript Number

No. 1435

Length of Transcript

14 pages

Transcriber

GMR Transcription Services

Interview Number

No. 1435

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Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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