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.
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Interview with Clara Eligio Tenorio by Mireya Loza, 2008, "Interview no. 1435," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.