A People’s History of the Inland Empire Digital Archive

Prudence "Lencha" Gonzales Interview

Item

Title

Prudence "Lencha" Gonzales Interview

Identifier

2019.003.031

Type

Sound

Description

One of the earliest interviews conducted for this project was done on a rainy Valentine’s day in 1995 with Prudence Gonzales.  Mrs. Gonzales or ‘Lencha’ as she was known to countless friends, neighbors, and relatives was a native of Redlands and at 92 the oldest woman interviewed for this project to date.  Our conversation dealt mostly with her youth and early Redlands.  A self-professed tomboy, Lencha worked with animals and frequently drove a wagon for her uncle’s manure business.  Her observations on married life are also unique to this series. Born a generation earlier than most of the women interviewed for the project who generally worked outside of the home and reflect less on home life and personal relationships, her story is compelling for its depth and strength in these areas. Her keen memory, wit, and directness shine through in this far too short conversation. Mrs. Gonzales’ son Joe and daughter-in-law Irene were present during parts of a 90-minute interview conducted at their Webster Street home.  Joe Gonzales was also interviewed the same day, his comments are included in a separate volume of this series.

Subject

Bracero Program
Lincoln Elementary School
Ranching
St. Mary's Church
Entertainment and Leisure
Community Life in Redlands
Citrus Fruit Industry

Spatial Coverage

Redlands (Calif.); Cone Camp; Chinatown (Redlands, Calif.)

Temporal Coverage

1902-1940s

Creator

Antonio Vasquez

Date

February 14, 1995

Contributor

Gonzales, Prudence ""Lencha""
Gonzales, Joe

Format

Audio Cassette

Language

English

Rights

Copyright Undetermined

Duration

Side A: 48.25
Side B: 28.19
Total: 76.48