Latinos in Pasadena (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing))
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Histories of Pasadena are rich in details about important citizens, time-honored traditions, and storied enclaves such as Millionaires Row and Lamanda Park. But the legacies of Mexican Americans and other Latino men and women who often worked for Pasadena's rich and famous have been sparsely preserved through the generations--even though these citizens often made remarkable community contributions and lived in close proximity to their employers. A fuller story of the Pasadena area can be provided from these vintage images and the accompanying information culled from anecdotes, master's theses, newspaper articles, formal and informal oral histories, and the Ethnic History Research Project compiled for the City of Pasadena in 1995. Among the stories told is that of Antonio F. Coronel, a one-time Mexican Army officer who served as California state treasurer from 1866 to 1870 and whose image graced the 1904 Tournament of Roses program.
all-American games of basketball, baseball, and tennis. They were also cognizant of the sundown “rule,” which meant that they were to be off the streets and home by sunset. Mendez v. Westminster began to bring an end in segregation based on national origin. (Pasadena Mexican American History Association.) Joe Jaramillo was killed in Italy. He was one of nearly 400,000 Mexican Americans who served during World War ll. Although many died, none were tried for desertion or treason; many soldiers
secularization of lands, records were lost or not kept. Members of the Tongva nation are currently investigating and reconstructing their culture and searching for relatives who were absorbed into the society of Nueva España. (Chester King User.) For over two centuries, the Manila-Acapulco galleons were the “spice line” for trade whose cargo included porcelain, processed silk cloth, and silver. With the trade came interaction among groups of people. Dances, diseases, food, language, and musical
connected. The regular trips ended following Mexican Independence in 1822. (University of Southern California, USC Special Collections.) Establishment of colonies by Russians, French, and English caused King Carlos II of Spain great concern. Reinforcing and expanding settlements was seen as the solution: regents and soldiers would secure treasures, religion would secure souls. This image of the founders of Los Angeles in all likelihood bears a strong resemblance to those who settled in the San
horseman. Trained as a lawyer, Don Juan served as administrator for Misión San Gabriel and was a business partner with Abel Stearns. His daughter-in-law, Helen Elliott Bandini, writes, “his ... dances would cost as much as a thousand dollars ... but as his income was at the time eighteen thousand a month it was not considered reckless expenditure.” Initially supportive of the United States during the Mexican-American War, he became critical after the Land Act of 1851, which allowed Mexican land
also taken as a way of memorializing commercial ventures, events, and groups. In the early 20th century, the person of average means began to have his or her picture taken. The faces of the adults in the earliest studio images often express a combination of concern, curiosity, and formality. This was also true for Mexican American children in Pasadena. Joe Meza (right), in Chihuahuita in his lovingly altered suit and well-worn shoes, seems at the age where the import of the photograph matters to