Ray E. Reaves

Title

Ray E. Reaves

Description

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee: Ray Reaves was born in Missouri, but due to difficulties with his mother’s health, his family moved to Alpine, Texas, when he was an infant; his mother died when he was only four years old, and he was raised by his step-mother; in 1945, he began working with the Border Patrol; later in 1950, he worked with the Trans Pecos Cotton Association and the bracero program.


Summary of Interview: Mr. Reaves vividly recalls the details of his childhood and early adolescence; during World War II, he tried to enlist in the service but injuries to his knee kept him from being accepted; in 1945, he was hired on a temporary basis as a Border Patrol agent; he recounts his experiences as an agent and how he patrolled certain areas in west Texas; his appointment with the Border Patrol became permanent in 1951; he later began working with the Trans Pecos Cotton Association and the bracero program; it was his responsibility to ensure that the farmers’ contracts were fulfilled with the correct number of workers; in addition, he describes how he would travel to various recruiting centers in Texas and Chihuahua, México, to process the braceros.

Creator

Baquera, Richard
Reaves, Ray E.

Date

2003-02-19

Subject

Trans Pecos Cotton Association

Contributor

Cristóbal Borges

Rights

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Language

eng

title (Spanish)

Ray Reaves

creator (Spanish)

Baquera, Richard

contributor (Spanish)

Cristóbal A. Borges

Rights Holder

Institute of Oral History, The University of Texas at El Paso

Interviewer

Baquera, Richard

Interviewee

Reaves, Ray E.

Location

El Paso, Texas

Original Format

Mini Disc

Duration

2:00:10

Bit Rate/Frequency

24 bit
96 k

File Name Identifier

Reaves_ELP041

Citation

Baquera, Richard and Reaves, Ray E., “Ray E. Reaves,” Bracero History Archive, accessed August 19, 2022, https://braceroarchive.org/items/show/80.