A People’s History of the Inland Empire Digital Archive

Manuel Reynosa Interview

Item

Title

Manuel Reynosa Interview

Identifier

2019.003.051

Type

Sound

Description

1997 interview with road layer Manuel Reynosa and his wife Patricia Reynosa. The interview begins with a discussion of Reynosa's family history including immigration from Silao in Guanajuato and building a home in Colton, CA. The Reynosas discuss Manuel's stepfather, Elvenjez Nuñez's work selling fertilizer and magazines from Mexico for extra money, working in agriculture with citrus and walnuts, and working on the canals in Riverside. During the depression, Manuel's first job was picking mustard plants out of the alfalfa fields in Cooley Ranch for 25 cents a day, then putting fertilizer on orange groves, irrigating and picking oranges in Highgrove, Agua Mansa, and Bryn Mawr. After WWII Manuel worked laying roads in San Bernardino and at a winery in Colton, construction, and irrigating for Western Fruit Growers. Patricia Reynosa discusses some of the local organizations they were involved in including the Progrestista and the Feminil which started in 1970 and was still in existence at the time of the interview. Patricia also discusses her work at Norton Airforce Base. At the conclusion of the interview, they discuss the 1938 flood and other floods in the region.

Subject

Railroads
Grape Industry
Chicano History
Citrus Fruit Industry, Labor
Bracero Program
Entertainment and Leisure Activities
Mutual Aid Organizations

Spatial Coverage

Colton (Calif.)
Bloomington (Calif.)
Redlands (Calif.)
Bryn Mawr (Calif.)
Highgrove (Calif.)

Temporal Coverage

1940s
1930s

Creator

Antonio Vasquez

Date

December 5, 1997

Contributor

Reynoza, Manuel

Format

Audio Cassette

Language

English

Rights

Copyright Undetermined

Duration

Tape 1: 00:31:27
Tape 2: 00:31:22
Total: 1:02:49