Bracero Oral History
Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee
Gabriel Ramos Ibañez was born in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, México on February 24, 1928; His parents worked in the field and died when he was a child; Mr. Ramos had four sisters and two brothers; He started working since he was seven years old and earned $0.25 cents per day; Mr. Ramos worked as a bracero picking lettuce, watermelon and cotton in Arizona, Texas and California.
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Gabriel Ramos Ibáñez started working since he was seven years old; He heard about the bracero program when he was twenty six years old; He started working in Arizona for two years watering lettuce and vegetables; he traveled to Manteca, California and picked peaches, nuts and tomatoes. He renewed his contract and worked in Bythe, Arizona; He also traveled to Yuma, Arizona and worked picking lettuce. He bought clothes and sent money to his wife every time he could; Ramos felt very satisfied with his job and the salary he received while he worked as a bracero it helped to give him an education to his sons.
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Interview with Gabriel Ramos Ibañez by Mireya Loza, 2008, "Interview no. 1451," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.