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An Interview With Agustin Medina
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TitleAn Interview With Agustin Medina
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded April 13, 1981. 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. Interview is in Spanish.
NotesAt the time of the interview, Mr. Medina operated the El Taquito restaurant on Southwest Boulevard. He was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico on August 28, 1919. In the interview he recalls his early life in Mexico, soccor career, coming to Kansas City in 1953, living in the West Side, restaurant experience, etc.

Number 30 on MP3 disc.
Date1981-04-13
LocationSC69-1, Tape 34, CD 34
Local SubjectHispanic Americans
Medina, Agustin
El Taquito Restaurant
West Side
Oral History
Restaurants
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of interview:

NOTE: This tape is in Spanish. Mr. Medina operates the "El Taquito" restaurant. Born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, August 28, 1919. Parents were Luis Medina and Luz Maria Dural de Medina. Youngest of 5 children. Studied in a seminary, intending to become a priest. Realized that was not his calling and left the seminary, which greatly saddened his mother. Before entering the seminary, Medina was an avid soccer player. Participated in organized children's teams. Did not play while in the seminary, but returned to the sport after leaving his religious studies.

Father was, by family tradition, a leather and skin tanner. Tanning and shoemaking were the biggest industries in Leon. Father worked for someone else, but brother eventually opened his own store. Around 1938 a semi-professional soccer team offered him a job in Mexico City. The rest of the family moved to the capital with him, except for one brother and one sister, who remained in Leon. Brother still lives there, sister deceased. Played soccer for professional teams all over Mexico until he was 30. Married Maria Teresa Garcia of Kansas City in 1949. Met her through relatives she was visiting in Mexico. Had two children in Mexico. Came to Kansas City in 1953, had 2 more children.

Always lived on the West Side, except for 3 years during the 1970's when the family moved to California. Initially worked at Swifts for 5 or 6 years, was laid off for a year and returned for another 5 years. After leaving Swifts, worked 5-6 years at Sterling Coach Co. doing body and fender work on cars. Left because he wanted to have his own business. There had been another El Taquito in the neighborhood, on Belleview and 23rd.

Went to California, gained experience in tortilla-making. Returned and opened the current El Taquito. Is constantly tied down now, but is very happy. Public has supported his business. Family attends Guadalupe church. All four children attended parochial schools. Three now married. Moved to California at the request of a nephew who owned a tortilla factory. Became a supervisor for the nephew, learned about tortillas and how to run a business. El Taquito has been open 2½ years (at time of interview). Family members have outside jobs and also pitch in to help run the business. Medina feels his children are getting excellent experience if they want to run their own businesses in the future.

Active in the Sociedad Cultural since coming from Mexico. Feels various organizations have tried to help the West Side but the people do not respond. Believes the West Side needs a strong leader to represent and organize them. Must be well educated, prepared, respectable, strong morals. The leader must come from young people in the area, yet youth seem uninterested in doing anything. Various reflection on problems in the community, why West Side has never produced a strong leader.
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Item ID210355
CONTENTdm number36352
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