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An Interview With Henry Infante
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TitleAn Interview With Henry Infante
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Date of interview unknown. 1 sound cassette (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesMr. Infante was born April 7, 1931 in the West Side area of Kansas City, Missouri. At the time of the interview he was an associate of Ralph E. Kiene and Bradley Architects. In the interview he discusses his early life and living in the West Side, 1951 flood, architectural career, etc.

Number 22 on MP3 disc.
LocationSC69-1, Tape 25, CD 25
Local SubjectHispanic Americans
Oral History
West Side
Infante, Henry
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Mr. Infante is an associate of Ralph E. Kiene and Bradley, Architects. Born April 7, 1931, on the West Side of Kansas City, Missouri. Parents: Ignacio Infante and Felicitas Fernandez, natives of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. One of five or seven children, only he and a sister survived. Both lived in foster homes until Mr. Infante was 12.

Remembers West Side as being an active and viable community with many businesses. Neighbors were all close friends. Most residents were working class people employed by railroads, meat packing plants. Very few professionals.

Attended Guadalupe School, Manual Vocational High School. Graduated from University of Kansas in 1956 with a degree in architecture. Attended on a Boy Scout Scholarship. After father remarried, he established a restaurant on the West Side. Children worked there during summers. Boy Scouts had big influence in his young life. Belonged to a troop which met in the Salvation Army at 13th and Broadway. Troop was half Mexican, half Anglo. Very few Blacks.

Liked to collect junk as a hobby. Rocks, Indian relics, coins, model planes. Played basketball with Salvation Army team. Happy experiences as a child related to certain teachers, Boy Scouts. Difficulties adjusting to college life. Vague memories of WWII. During the flood of 1951, the Infantes housed several families until they could return home or find other lodging.

Married after he was out of college. Wife from Colima, Mexico. Met while she was in U.S. visiting friends. Had wedding ceremonies in both Mexico and U.S. Three children. Has worked for six to eight architectural firms in Kansas City to gain experience in all phases of the profession. Would liike to obtain funding and work with West Side businessmen to rebuild the area. Not active in community organizations. Member of honorary society in architecture. Optimistic about the future.
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Item ID210317
CONTENTdm number36342
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