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Reminiscing: My grandparents’ children
Uncle Raul, Uncle Doroteo, and my mother, Jovita
In an earlier article, I wrote that my grandparents, Anita Rivera and Doroteo Pacheco Muniz, married on Feb. 21, 1908. He was 23 years old and she was 19. Their first three children were Jovita (my mother), Raul, and Doroteo (pictured above). I do not know the date of this picture. My mother is the oldest, my Uncle Doroteo, the youngest. They attended school in a one-room country school in the Picoso community.
I marvel at their upbringing and the quality of their education under such primitive conditions. In her adult years, my mother became secretary of the Picoso Community Church, where she exhibited commendable penmanship, and an equal ability of writing the church proceedings in faultless Spanish.
My Uncle Raul raised nine children.
My Uncle Doroteo joined the Army when World War II started, and was stationed at Fort Sam Houston as a horse cavalry soldier. That was when they wore cavalry boots and riding trousers. Their hats were the flat rim type, similar to what I wore with my Boy Scout uniform. He later became a medic and was sent to England as an ambulance driver.
He witnessed the beginning of the D-Day invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. He told me of the huge armada of bombers and fighter planes that took off from England, and that the huge airlift blocked the sun, and created an eerie shadow over the countryside. He passed away from diabetic complications in his apartment in Floresville on Jan. 20, 1992.
Rudy Elizondo is Julia Castro’s nephew and formerly of Floresville.
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