Interviewer

Myrna Parra-Mantilla

Project

Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Roberto Ponce Covarrubias was born in Camargo, Chihuahua, México in 1929; he helped his father work the land; his father was 108 years old when he passed away, and his mother was 104 years old when she passed; both he and his brother decided to enroll in the Bracero Program; he worked for ten years as a bracero in Texas and New Mexico.

Summary of Interview

Mr. Ponce and his brother decided to enroll in the Bracero Program due to their family’s financial difficulties; when they were taken to Rio Vista, a processing center in Socorro, Texas, they were deloused and given a blood test; they were offered help when filling out work contracts; Mr. Ponce’s first work contract took him to Las Cruces, New Mexico; the worst place he worked was Lamesa, Texas; he recalls that the graveyards near the ranch were said to have been for the braceros; he sent money to his family via certified mail.

Date of Interview

6-12-2003

Length of Interview

34 minutes

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Tape Number

No. 986

Transcript Number

No. 986

Length of Transcript

26 pages

Interview Number

No. 986

Terms of Use

Unrestricted

Comments

Interview in Spanish.

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