A People’s History of the Inland Empire Digital Archive

Alfred Armendarez Interview

Item

Title

Alfred Armendarez Interview

Identifier

2019.003.002

Type

Sound

Description

2000 interview with Alfred Armendarez in which he discusses his early life, including his earliest memory: the 1930s fire at Elephant Orchard Packing House. Armendarez discusses both citrus picking and packing in Redlands as well as his family's experience picking grapes in August. As Armendarez recalls life growing up in Redlands he briefly mentions Lincoln School, Redlands High School, Sylvan Plunge, and the House of Neighborly Service. Armendarez was drafted right out of high school and recalls his experience in the Navy and the transition into civilan life in which he went back to agricultural work for a brief time before working at Universal Rundle until they closed in 1982. Armendarez shares his songbook with old songs dating back to the 1940s and discusses some of the organizations he was involved in such as LULAC and the Menudo Club.

Subject

Agribusiness
Americanization
Citrus Fruit Industry
Citrus Fruit Industry, Labor
Community life in Redlands
Education
Grape Industry
Great Depression
I-10 Freeway
Korean War
Lincoln Elementary School (Redlands)
Mexcian American Stories and Interviews
Mexican American History
Mexican American Military Service
Music
Racial/Ethnic Discrimination
World War II

Spatial Coverage

Redlands (Calif.); Orange (Calif.)

Temporal Coverage

1930s-1990s

Creator

Antonio Vasquez

Date

July 11, 2000

Contributor

Alfred Armendarez

Format

Audio Cassette

Language

English

Rights

In Copyright

Duration

Side A 46:52
Side B 03:57
Total 50:09