NAME: ALVAREZ, FIDEL C.

BORN: Fort Madison, Iowa (1938)

DIED:

GENDER: m

RACE: h

 

NAME: ALVAREZ, SEBASTIAN

BORN: Guanajuato, Mexico (1914)

DIED:

GENDER: m

RACE: h

 

NAME: REYES, FRANK

BORN: Guanajuato, Mexico (1909)

DIED:

GENDER: m

RACE: h

 

INTERVIEWER: Davis

DATE: 02/03/90

 

UNION:  Railroad Workers, Maintenance of Way Employees

 

TIME PERIOD: 1900s–1960s

 

INDEX

African American workers––employment in railroad industry, 13, 58–59

Alvarez, Fidel, 1–72

Alvarez, Sebastian, 1–72

Atlee, John C.––support for Mexican American community, 54–56

Baseball––Mexican American team in Fort Madison, 41–42

CCC––in Maquoketa, 9–10

Chicago, Illinois––railroad industry, 13–14

Childhood––games and recreation, 1910s, 7–8, 41–42

Churches––discrimination against Mexican Americans, 47–48

Depression (1930s)––impact on railroad industry, 8

Discrimination against Mexican Americans––exclusion from jobs, railroads, 15–17, 44

Discrimination against Mexican Americans––in Iowa towns, 18–19, 36, 38–43, 46–49, 53–58, 61–62

Ethnic relations: in Iowa towns––Fort Madison, 16–19, 36, 38–43, 46–56

Floods––Fort Madison, 1920s, 53–55

Fort Madison, Iowa, 1–72

Fort Madison, Iowa––b. 1938, 3

Fort Madison, Iowa––Mexican American community in, 18–19, 27–66

Holidays and celebrations––Mexican Independence Day, 51–52, 64

Immigrants––Mexicans, 3–4, 27–35, 50, 63, 64

Mexican American workers––employment in railroad industry, 4–7, 14–17, 27–36, 58–59

Mexican American workers––in Iowa towns, 5–10, 14–18, 22–64

Mexico––b. 1909, Reyes, Frank, 1

Mexico––b. 1914, Alvarez, Sebastian, 2

Military service––World War II, Mexican Americans, 14–15, 19–20

Railroad industry––decline of, 16, 57

Railroad workers, see also Mexican American workers

Railroad workers––knocking fires, 4–5

Railroad workers––section hands, 58–60

Reyes, Frank, 1–72

Veterans––fight for racial equality, 44–45