Andrés Urquidi

June 1970

Interviewed by William A. Douglass

Aulestia, Bizkaia

Side 2: Cassette tape, Sunset brand C-60

Conducted in Spanish

 

002      July 1935 – date of immigration

004      had acquaintances in U.S.

005      came on quota

009      José Urquidi, his father’s cousin, sponsored him

011      father’s cousin was part-owner of sheep outfit

017      was oldest child, first to emigrate

019      helped his brother, Pedro Urquidi go to U.S.

021      Victor was sponsored by someone else

026      some of his brothers went to Venezuela

032      you earned more in U.S. than in Venezuela

039      there were 10 brothers on the family farm

042      jobs were scarce

043      went to U.S. to “start his life”, make money

046      planned on returning to Basque Country

049      car and truck – wanted to take to Basque Country

051      Spanish government

057      his permit to enter U.S. expired while he waited to register vehicles

059      checking account

062      ended up staying in Basque Country

072      didn’t have a clear idea about staying in U.S.

080      had chances to work on his own in the U.S.

090      had a chance to buy a ranch - $18,000.00 - $20,000.00

103      social security

123      working with sheep not difficult

128      3 year contract

132      social security

142      can’t take it with you

146      10 brothers on farmstead

149      had to leave farmstead

152      1935   

155      depression

157      crisis

163      ranch in summer

164      winter

165      6 years with sheep

167      left sheep to do construction work

173      12 years altogether

175      1947

177      23 years in Basque Country

178      saw mill

179      pine

182      young people don’t want to work with pines; mountain

187      learning a trade

195      rains a lot; can’t work on the mountain

202      discipline

211      brother

215      machinery

232      END