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Albert Martinez

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I was born on January 23rd 1947 in Pomona California. As far back as I can remember my father was a Farm Labor Foreman. He had a 1947 red ford truck with a cabin in the back to transport the workers. Most of the time he would pick them up in Irwindale, California, but sometimes at the camp in Pomona or Upland California. As time went on he bought a 1956 Chevrolet truck and later a 1965 Chevrolet truck. Each time the cabin in the back got larger. My father would leave our house in San Dimas, Califorina at about 4:30 a.m. each morning, usually 7 days a week. My mother would gut up earlier to make him breakfast, and lunch which consisted of burritosn and were packed in a Thermos lunchbox. As kids my older brother and I would go with him on Saturdays and pick Oranges, Lemons, Tomatoes, Cucumbert, Peas, Grapefruit, or whatever was in season. Each Noverber we would go to Porterville, California, for the Orange season. This lasted until about 1965 when the program ended. I still have many pictures of my father in groves with the Braceros, and of his trucks.


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albert martinez, "Albert Martinez," in Bracero History Archive, Item #3071, http://braceroarchive.org/items/show/3071 (accessed February 21, 2019).

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