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Monday, February 21, 2011

Seeking Apolonio

Apolonio was the oldest son of Crespin and Andreita Torres, born Sept. 28, 1873. In 1900, he married Aurora Tarin in Socorro, N.M. Their six children who lived to adulthood were born between 1901 and 1917. They are: Luis, Max, Johnny, Nestor, Josefina and Clarence. Pictured, at right, in Socorro in the early 1900s are: Aurora with kids, Josefina and Clarence. Apolonio also is pictured here on horseback with a Socorro friend.
  • The 1920 census (taken in February in their Socorro neighborhood) shows a 5-month-old daughter named Jennie.
  • A New Mexico death record shows a child named Crespin Jr., born to the couple June 30, 1923, and who died Feb. 5, 1924, from diphtheria. He was buried in the Socorro Catholic cemetery.
  • Apolonio, Aurora and the living children resided in Los Angeles when the 1930 census was taken.
  • Aurora died in L.A. on Feb. 1, 1944, according to an obituary from the Los Angeles Evening Herald-Express, and she was survived by husband Apolonio. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in L.A.

    But there’s much we don’t know. If you’re from Apolonio’s family line, get in touch. We’d like to know more about the families.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Who's In This Picture?



This picture brings together some young adults from different family branches. It probably was taken in Socorro the same day as a 1919 family portrait – on Crespin and Andreita Torres' 50th anniversary.

In the back are: Lupe (Torres) Gallegos and Francisco Sanchez. Lupe (who is yet to marry Tomas Olguin at the time of this photo) is Francisco’s aunt.

In the front are: Guadalupe Gallegos, Lupe’s sister-in-law from her first marriage; Lola (Torres) Stapleton (not yet married); and Luis Torres. Luis is a nephew of Lupe and Lola – and son of Apolonio Torres.

Who's the girl in the background? Luis' sister Josefina, perhaps?