Gabriel Ramos Ibañez


Mireya Loza


Bracero Oral History

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Gabriel Ramos Ibañez was born in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca, Oaxaca, México on February 24, 1928; His parents worked in the field and died when he was a child; Mr. Ramos had four sisters and two brothers; He started working since he was seven years old and earned $0.25 cents per day; Mr. Ramos worked as a bracero picking lettuce, watermelon and cotton in Arizona, Texas and California.

Summary of Interview

Gabriel Ramos Ibáñez started working since he was seven years old; He heard about the bracero program when he was twenty six years old; He started working in Arizona for two years watering lettuce and vegetables; he traveled to Manteca, California and picked peaches, nuts and tomatoes. He renewed his contract and worked in Bythe, Arizona; He also traveled to Yuma, Arizona and worked picking lettuce. He bought clothes and sent money to his wife every time he could; Ramos felt very satisfied with his job and the salary he received while he worked as a bracero it helped to give him an education to his sons.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

24 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1451

Transcript Number

No. 1451

Length of Transcript

15 pages



Interview Number

No. 1451

Terms of Use



Interview in Spanish.