Sunday, May 30, 2010

Piedad (Baca) Torres - A Trusted Soul

Piedad Baca Torres was born July 30, 1921, in Socorro, New Mexico, to Max and Lidia Baca. At age 18, she married Anastacio Torres – who was born January 5, 1921, and was the son of Ignacio Torres, who was known to the grandchildren as “Papanacio” and Andreita (Montoya) Torres, known to her grandchildren as “Mamaita.”

Piedad went on to become the mother of eight: Rosemary (Baca Torres) Mora; Piedad (Baca Torres) Aragon, AKA “Sister”; Anastacio “Nash” Torres Jr., AKA “Brother”; Andrew Torres; Lydia (Baca Torres) Lares; Maryagnes “Mickey” (Baca Torres) Chavez; Loraine (Baca Torres) Harding; and Lawrence Torres.

Piedad and Anastacio moved to San Francisco in 1942 and lived there from 1942 to 1944. Lydia, or Lila, and Andrew were born there. Anastacio worked in the ship yards and Piedad worked as a homemaker.

Piedad left San Francisco with the children and Anastacio soon followed back to Socorro, where he went to work as a day laborer while learning the painting trade. Piedad and Anastacio moved to Albuquerque, where his brother Joe lived, with a promise of a job as an apprentice painter. While he worked as a painter, Piedad worked for Jill's Bakery for over 15 years, then moved on to work for the APS school system until retirement.

Piedad was one individual who could keep a secret, no matter. If she could not say something good about someone, it was left unsaid. Although her life was hard, she made the best of it by living it one day at a time and making the best of it. When Anastacio died, Piedad went on to marry Salvador Montez. In her later years she was beset with Parkinson's disease and with a very unyielding case of rheumatoid arthritis. Piedad died at the age of 73 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her children at her bedside.

Monday, May 24, 2010

2 Young Mothers

These two mothers died around the turn of the century – last century, that is.

  • Monica (Torres) Montoya, left, was born in 1872 and married in 1887 in Socorro. She died before 1902, leaving behind her husband, David, and young son, Juan José. Monica was the second daughter of Crespin and Andrea Torres.

  • Marcelina (Sanchez) Luna was born in 1885 and married in 1902 in Socorro. She died before the 1910 census, leaving behind husband, Francisco, and young daughter Andreita. Marcelina is the oldest daughter of Domitila and Moises Sanchez.

    • Wednesday, May 19, 2010

      Lovely Lupe

      Guadalupe Olguin, the youngest of Crespin and Andreita’s children, lived to age 90. Many family members may remember the lifelong resident of Socorro County because she lived until 1981. Most people recall her as easygoing and kind. Her first husband José Gallegos reportedly died during the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic. She married widower Tomás Olguin soon after. They raised three of his children and two of their own.
      Do you remember Aunt Lupe?

      Wednesday, May 5, 2010

      5 (or 4) Generations of Mothers

      This picture spans five generations. Seated is Domitila Sanchez, known by many as Mama Tila. With her are her granddaughter Andreita (Luna) Gonzales, Andreita’s daughter, Marcie, and Marcie’s daughter, Ernestine. Who’s missing? The oldest daughter of Domitila’s and the mother of Andreita was named Marcelina (Sanchez) Luna. She died young.

      Mama Tila married Moises Sanchez in 1884 at age 14. He died in 1921 in Socorro. Their living children were: Marcelina, Francisco, Victoriano, Crespin, José, Monica and Enrique. Mama Tila died in 1952 in Los Angeles.

      One of her granddaughters shared this: Mama Tila used to sew and make beautiful dresses. She also crocheted and made quilts that twice won county fair competitions. She liked reading, politics and dancing. And once, when she was a girl in Socorro, she danced with none other than Billy the Kid.

      Sunday, May 2, 2010

      In Celebration of Mothers

      Domitila (Torres) Sanchez had 21 pregnancies. Monica (Torres) Montoya is believed to have died in childbirth before she reached age 30. Guadalupe (Torres) Baca took in her nephew Crespin when he was a boy.
      There are many women in the family who we have cherished as our mothers or who acted as a mother to others.
      In the month of May, we invite you to share stories about mothers in our families.
      You can post your memories by clicking on Comments, below. Or you can become a contributor to the blog itself. If you prefer to have someone post a memory for you, email w/ Subject Line: Mothers. Photos would be nice.