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Document Details


Title: Joe Soto
Local code: OH-139
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Tempe Historical Museum. Research Library
Collection: Barrios Oral History Project
Description: In this interview, he talks about the Ruiz family, which came to the Tempe area in the early 1900s. He talks mostly of his grandfather, José María Ruiz (born 1877 in Pala, California), who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and as a freighter during the construction of Roosevelt Dam. He also discusses his grandmother, Marina Ceballos Soto, his uncles, who also worked for the railroad, and family members who moved to California after World War II because of better work opportunities. Other topics discussed during the interview include social life, landmarks in and around the barrio, the demolition of the barrio in the 1950s, and Hispanic mutual aid societies, such as the Alianza Hispano Americana and the Sociedad Mutualista Porfirio Diaz.
Extent: 21 pages
URL: http://www.tempe.gov/museum/oh139.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1994 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Soto, Joe, 1937-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 5-Mar-1937
Speaker place of birth: Tempe, AZ; Arizona; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 57
Document date: 25-Jan-1994
Interviewer: Solliday, Scott
Locations discussed: Arizona; North America; Tempe, AZ; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Arizona; Family--History; Hispanic American families; Hispanic American neighborhoods; North America; Oral history; Tempe, AZ; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Barrios; Micke Mouse Town
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022451-23782