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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Man of Marked Ability

An important man in Socorro history was the brother of our matriarch, Andrea Trujillo.

The obituary of her brother Juan Julian Trujillo – published March 30, 1907 – points out that he taught many schoolchildren in many districts through the years. Born in 1847 and married twice, he appears in Socorro records sometimes as J. Julian and sometimes as Julian J. Our family always called him Juan Julian, and many descendants are named after him.

We can gain a glimpse of his later years by way of multiple newspaper entries.

This line is from a June 1884 column in the Socorro Chieftain: “he is making his residence at San Antonio for the present, and comes up to Socorro quite frequently.”

In a January 1905 Socorro Chieftain: Julian J. Trujillo was “in town” from Lemitar enjoying “this Saturday's holiday (Epiphany) with friends.”

In September of 1905: he left for Magdalena, where he will teach “for the next 10 months.”

And just before his death, the March 9, 1907 “From La Joya Jottings” column in the Chieftain newspaper reports: “Mr. Julian J. Trujillo and wife have been for the last month suffering with a severe attack of grippe. Mr. Trujillo is also suffering with rheumatism.”

Below are links and copies of the obituaries for his first wife, Monica, and for Julian himself. Juan Julian remarried in October 1897, the same year of his first wife's death.

July 2, 1897, Socorro Chieftain, Page 1  – In “Of Home Interest” column 
Mrs. Monica Padilla de Trujillo, the estimable wife of Julian J. Trujillo, died yesterday morning
at 6:15 o'clock. The funeral takes place this morning at the family residence at 10 o'clock, from which the procession will proceed to the Catholic cemetery where the remains will be interred. Mrs. Trujillo had been in poor health for some time but her death was not expected. She was a loving wife and mother, a kind and obliging neighbor and her death is sincerely mourned by all who knew her. She leaves a husband and one son to mourn her death.  The sympathy of the entire community is with the bereaved husband and orphaned son.

JULIAN J. TRUJILLO DEAD
A Man of Marked Ability Suddenly Goes to His Reward.
Julian J. Trujillo is dead. Death claimed its own at eleven o'clock Tuesday night at Ranchos de La Joya where the deceased was teaching school. The news caused great surprise and profound sorrow among the many relatives and friends of Mr. Trujillo in Socorro and vicinity. Death resulted from a severe cold which developed into a fever and other complications.
The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at La Joya in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Mr. Trujillo was born in Socorro in 1844 (sic). He was educated for the priesthood but never took orders. At various times he occupied a variety of public positions, everyone of which he filled with credit to himself and satisfaction to those whom he served. It is doubtful whether any man in New Mexico ever taught public school in as many districts as Mr. Trujillo did. He was a man of unquestioned ability and kindly disposition. His sorrowing family have, therefore, the keen sympathy of an extremely large circle of friends and acquaintances. May he rest in peace.