Summary of Interview
Ms. Apodaca brought to the interview a dress she wore when she was little for a photoshoot she had at the Casasola Studio that was later on featured in the newspaper. Ms. Apodaca remembers the blue dress very well because it was hand-made by her mother and her aunt especially for her. Like most of the clothing back then was made at home.
Ms. Apodaca was raised on a farm in New Mexico along with her other five siblings. She loved living on the farm but used to come to El Paso every weekend to visit her grandmother and do some shopping in town.
Her grandfather came from Germany and married her grandmother in San Luis, Potosi, Mexico. After a couple of years there they had four children and then moved to the US for her grandfather to work at a smelter town here in El Paso. When they arrived in El Paso they had other four children who went to school near the smelter town. They then acquired a farm which is where Ms. Apodaca and her siblings grew up after her grandfather passed away and left the farm to Ms. Apodaca's father.
When Ms. Apodaca and her other sister graduated from Loretto Academy. After graduating they started college at New Mexico State University. A couple of years later she got married and left college to raise a family.
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Interview with Wilhemina Apodaca by Claudia Rivers, 2008, "Interview no. 1721," Institute of Oral History, University of Texas at El Paso.