Gonzales, E.L. Gonzo-Artwork. Near Fine. 6" X 9" Signed by Author 273 Pages Indexed. A four line inked insription with the top two lines blacked out and a three line signature of Dolores Valdez de Pong all on the title page. No other marks or stamps to this otherwise As New book with faultless interior text pages. Illustrated throughout with 76 black and white photographs. This book is a detailed account of the lives of people who once lived in an isolated Spanish-speaking village of the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. Olivama Salazar de Valdez records her recollections experienced there during a window of time in the Twenties and Thirties of the Twentieth Century. Farm practices, daily life, cultural aspects and spiritual mat-ters are among the various topics discussed. There are occasions of joy, sadness and humor in the true stories recorded. The book also includes historical facts, which contributed to the events that led to the settlement of this village near the confluence of two rivers, the Rio Grande and Rio de Conejos. The book should be of special interest to those who have a heritage connection to Los Sauces, and to others who would like to gain a better understanding of what life was like in such a place at that time. Olivama Salazar left Los Sauces in 1939 as a young woman of twenty-one to go work and attend school in Denver, Colorado where she lived for ten years. She returned to the San Luis Valley in 1949, and has spent most of her adult life living in La Jara, Colorado as a farmwife. She and her late husband, Bonifacio Valdez, raised two children. After her husband's death she has been involved in church volunteer work, traveling, helping her son with his business and enjoying her grandchildren. Dolores Valdez de Pong was born in Alamosa, Colorado and raised in La Jara, Colorado. A graduate of Centauri High School, she earned a B.S. degree from Colorado State University and a M.A. from University of New Mexico. She has been a teacher in Santa Fe Public Schools for 29 years, and is a children's playwright. She has composed over 70 children's songs for teaching the culture, history and geography of New Mexico in Spanish. Dolores has written and produced historical musical productions, which have been performed by her school children for the past ten years. She is married to Ricardo Wai Pong from Hong Kong. Contents in 25 Chapters: El Valled de San Luis, Jose Rubel Salazar and Preciliana Montano, Daily Life and Common Experiences, Seasons, Farm Practices, Empapa's Contract Work, Other Money-Making Endeavors, Women's Life, Cultural Practices, Church Life and Spiritual Matters, Christmas and New Year's, Special Occasions, Health Practices, School, Children, Fun Times, The Big River Nearby, Modern Inventions Enter Our Lives, Death and Burial, Witches, Large Ranches Near Los Sauces, Memorable People, Changes, Closing, and Our Departed Family Memers. Plus Artwork Credits, Adult Children of Jose Rubel and Preciliana Montano de Salazar, List of Illustrations, Introduction and Bibliography. There are Ten Addendums: Village Mapo of Los Sauces, Residents of Los Sauces 1920-1945, Descendants of Early Settlers, Remigio Salazaar Interview 1975, El Cerrito de Los Kiowas, Salomon Martinez Descendant of Vicenta Salazar, People Buried in the Los Sauces Cemetery, Spanish Place Names, Recipes, and a Spanish/English Glossary. A very attractive and well researched family history book of interest to genealogists and other researchers that is filled with places and names, all indexed.
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