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An Interview With Tomas Angel Prospero
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TitleAn Interview With Tomas Angel Prospero
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded February 18, 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. This tape is in Spanish.
NotesAt the time of the interview, Mr. Prospero had recently arrived in the United States, He was born in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico, on October 26, 1929. He came to Kansas City in 1980. In the interview he discusses his early life in Mexico and remembers stories his father told of the Mexican Revolution.

Number 38 on MP3 disc.
LocationSC69-1, Tape 43, CD 43
Local SubjectWest Side
Prospero, Tomas A.
Oral History
Hispanic Americans
Mexican Americans
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Note: This tape is in Spanish. Recently arrived in the U.S. Born October 26, 1929, in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, Mexico. Parents were Pedro Angel and Catalina Prospero. One of 3 sons. Moved to Juarez where he spent most of his life. Lived in the working class neighborhood. Father worked on a small ranch. Attended school in Santa Barbara and Juarez. Worked construction after leaving school. Married Rosario Gonzalez in Juarez, had 3 children. Two now live in Kansas City.

Separated from wife for many years. Attends Catholic church. Remembers playing ball barefoot on the ranch as a small boy. Was still young in Mexico during World War II. Came to Kansas City in October, 1980. Recalls some of father's stories of the Mexican Revolution, including one where his father was hiding from enemies in a church in Dunango. Because he was not found he made a yearly pilgrimage back to that church. As a child he was not permitted to listen to adults recount the horrors of the revolution.

Santa Barbara was flooded in 1938. Went to El Paso 3 years before coming to Kansas City. Had an accident, came to stay with children while recouperating. Son is employed by a vending machine company. Was in hospital over 1 month after accident. Likes to read, still unable to work. Went to school only 3 years. Family here attends Guadalupe Church, lives on Mercier Street.
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Item ID210390
CONTENTdm number36361
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