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An Interview With Paul Rojas
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TitleAn Interview With Paul Rojas
AbstractInterviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded June 24, 1977. 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. Includes a typed list of contents.
NotesAt the time of the interview, Mr. Rojas was a Missouri State Representative. He was born on July 13, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri. In the interview he discusses his early life in the West Side, education, family, military duty, Committee for County Progress, political career, etc.

Number 50 on MP3 disc. No side B on tape.
Date1977-06-24
LocationSC69-1, Tape 55, CD 55
Local SubjectPoliticians
State Representatives
Hispanic Americans
Oral History
West Side
Rojas, Paul
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Paul Rojas was born on July 13, 1934, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Daniel Napoles Rojas and Isabel Garcia, both born in Mexico. He was raised in the West Side neighborhood which has not changed very much. Most of the family activities revolved around the church. His father worked for the Swift Packing Company. His mother died in 1939.

Mr. Rojas attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School from the first to the seventh grade. He then went to the Redemptorist School and graduated from De LaSalle in 1952. He is a life member of Our Lady of Guadalupe church and as a child belonged to The Holy Name Society.

During World War II his father joined the Civil Defense . The flood of 1951 did not affect the family directly but they sheltered flood victims. Mr. Rojas finished high school at age 16 and jointed the Navy for three years (1952-1955). He spent 27 months in the Pacific in an aircraft carrier. He worked in the fields picking vegetables and worked for the railroad for two summers while in high school. He worked at The Wishbone Restaurant bottling the famous Wishbone salad dressing.

Mr. Rojas started being attracted to politics at the age of 13 when he met Governor Smith, then Missouri state governor, while working at the Wishbone. His political career actually started by working in precincts and he learned how the system works in elections. He married Maria de la Luz Fernandez and they have eight children.

He helped to found the Committee for County Progress. In 1968 he ran for City Council but lost by 250 votes. He later became a Missouri State Representative, 23rd Legislative District.
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Item ID210414
CONTENTdm number36589
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