Richard C. Vandewater


Sarah E. John

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Resident of El Paso, Texas.

Summary of Interview

Born near Dona Ana, New Mexico, in Shalam Colony (home for orphan children run by his family): family history; childhood and school recollections in El Paso (came to El Paso in 1903); experiences as a paper boy in South El Paso, later as a messenger boy for BH&SA railroad; Diaz-Taft meeting in 1909; brief comments on the Mexican Revolution; Juarez during Prohibition; experiences on railroad and as a caddy; comments on some prominent El Pasoans of the early years; Garrett; shootouts in El Paso; early voting procedures; George Ashley; former high school classmates; comments about his wife; inter-ethnic marriages; Harry Mitchell; floods in the early years in El Paso.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

1 hour 15 minutes

Tape Number

No. 366

Interview Number

No. 366

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