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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Registering for the Draft

In 1917 and 1918, about 24 million men of draft age registered. Those U.S. registration records give a peek at the lives of the four Torres brothers at that time. They were a little old to serve in World War I. But this is what draft registration records tell us about them.


  • Apolonio was a 45-year-old white man. He was a carpenter who worked for Ed Dodd in Socorro, N.M. His wife was Aurora Tarin de Torres. He was of medium height and slender build and had brown eyes and black hair. Birth date: 28 September 1873. He completed his registration in Socorro County, N.M., on 12 September 1918.


  • Ignacio, 42, also worked for Ed Dodd in Socorro, N.M. His wife was Andrea Montoya Torres. He was white. He was a tall man of medium build who had black hair and black eyes. Birth date: 25 October 1875. He completed his registration in Socorro County, N.M., on 12 September 1918.
    Anybody know who Ed Dodd was?


  • José, 36, worked for AT&SF Co. in Needles, Calif. His wife was Josefa Torres. He was white. He was a tall man of medium build with brown eyes and black hair. Birth date: 10 October 1882. He completed his registration in San Bernardino County, Calif., on 12 September 1918.
    His birth year is actually 1881.


  • Rogerio, 29, was single at the time and a self-employed farmer. He was white. He was a tall, stout man who had brown eyes and black hair. Birth date: 8 December 1887. He completed his registration in Socorro, N.M., on 5 June 1917.The draft card notes that he was missing a right leg. Looks like he signed his name Rogerio C. Torres.
    What does the C stand for? Maybe Crespin?


Here's a view of Rogerio's draft card.



Here's José Torres. Note he uses his mother's maiden name Trujillo.


Here's Ignacio Torres.


And Apolonio's draft card.


Source: World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. Socorro County, New Mexico, FHL Roll: 1711808, Draft Board: 0 and San Bernardino County, California, Roll: 1543648, Draft Board: 3.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dying Young - and Old

  • Andreita (Montoya) Torres' daughter Manuelita (Marquez) Baca died 11-3-1941 at age 40. Meanwhile, Manuelita’s grandmother on the Marquez side lived to be 105! Juana (Lucero) Marquez’ death certificate is dated 2-27-1933. As for Andreita? She didn’t match her first mother-in-law, but she made it to age 90. She died 7-9-1974.
  • Rogerio Torres, youngest son of Crespin and Andreita, also died young. He was 46 when he died 11-26-1934. Pneumonia was the cause of death for the man who had lost a leg in an accident earlier in life.
  • Crespin Torres was just four days away from his 90th birthday when he died 11-21-1937.

    Anybody know some others who enjoyed a long and fruitful life? Or those who expired much too soon?

    Order death certificates of New Mexico family members who died in the first half of the 20th century at the New Mexico Death Index Project.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dolores and Vivian Stapleton

Dolores Torres married Vivian Stapleton, a butcher and partner in a Socorro general store. Vivian’s father was Edward S. Stapleton, who established the Socorro business. His grandparents were Robert H. and Pabla (Baca) Stapleton. Irish-born Robert served in the U.S. Army. See a little more information about the Stapleton families from an online excerpt of a 1907 “History of New Mexico, Vol. 2, Page 623.”
Dolores and Vivian married Feb. 19, 1920 and lived at 321 Mt. Carmel. Next to their house was a barn-like building where Vivian raised chickens and a kept a couple of cows.
Their home was three doors down from Crespin and Andreita’s homeplace. Papa Crespin was living in his daughter Dolores’ home at the time of his death in 1937.
Dolores and Vivian never had children.
Nieces and nephews who remember Aunt Lola say she was neat and precise, and kept an immaculate house. Her home was filled with nice furniture, including a piano.
Upon Lola's death on Dec. 27, 1952, Vivian was quoted in an obituary as saying: "I believed that as she lived, quick and busy, but always generous and kindly, she died, without making too much of a fuss for me and those around her."

See Vivian Stapleton and Edward Stapleton houses in a brochure: “City of Socorro Historic Walking Tour,” Page 6

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Anniversary

April 5 is the anniversary of Crespin and Andreita Torres. They were married 141 years ago today at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. They were married 57 years.