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WASHINGTON COUNTY FORMER MIGRANT FAMILIES AUGUST 2007

See the slideshow at the end of this page for more!

FAMILIES IN MARION COUNTY WHO BEGAN TO UNITE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR JOURNEY TO OREGON STARTING IN THE EARLY 1940'S INFLUENCED OTHER TOWNS TO DO THE SAME. DURING A WET SUMMER IN AUGUST, ALMOST 200 PEOPLE ASSEMBLED TO CELEBRATE THEIR ARRIVAL TO WASHINGTON COUNTY.

TODAY IT IS WELL KNOWN THAT MARION COUNTY AND WASHINGTON COUNTY ARE HOME TO MORE FAMILIES OF TEX-MEX ROOTS THAN ANY OTHER COUNTY IN OUR STATE.

MIGRANT LABOR IN EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE IS KNOWN FOR ITS QUALITY. FARMERS IN MULTIPLE INDUSTRIES HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE MIGRANTS WHO CAME MAINLY FROM THE SW TO WORK IN SEASONAL JOBS. THE RELATIONSHIP THAT EVOLVED BETWEEN THE LABOR FORCE AND FARMERS SOON PROOVED TO BE A MUTUAL BENEFIT. THE MAJORITY OF THE SEASONAL WORKERS DECIDED TO MAKE OREGON THEIR HOME.

EVENTS SUCH AS THE ONE THAT TOOK PLACE THAT WET SUMMER DAY ON AUGUST 2007 WAS A GOOD REMINDER OF A SPECIAL TIME. A FEW FAMILIES BROUGHT EARLY TIMES PHOTOS AND SHARED MANY STORIES. IN THE BACKGROUND …. WHAT ELSE?.... TEX-MEX MUSIC BY DJ-MARTINEZ WHO CAME TO OREGON FROM CARRIZO SPRINGS, TEJAS.

SPECIAL NOTE---A YEAR TO REMEMBER IS 1848 AND THE "TREATY OF GUADALUPE"… A DATE THAT WOULD CHANGE THINGS FOR 1/3 OF THE UNITED STATES AND THOUSANDS OF MEXICANS. THIS PERIOD WAS CHALLENGING FOR THE MAJORITY OF MEXICANS WHO BY THE STROKE OF A PEN HAD TO ADAPT TO A NEW IDENTITY.

Photos by
Miguel A. Salinas

INFORMATION

Many resources are available via the internet and libraries to learn about a Treaty that expanded the US land mass and thousands of people whose national status changed overnight! Below is one of the links that presents a good tour of this HISTORICAL EVENT!

http://www.history.com/topics/treaty-of-guadalupe-hidalgo

CONGRATULATIONS A NUESTRA GENTE DE WASHINGTON COUNTY

☺ ☺ T I M E   FOR       A N O T H E R       REUNION ☺ ☺

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