Chronicler: Jim Zatika

Interviewer: Miel Anjel Elustondo

Location: Jordan Valley (Oregon)

Language: English

Duration: 00:30:07

 

Indexes, translations, and sound byte files by Pedro J. Oiarzabal

 

00:00:25           Jim Zatika from Jordan Valley (Oregon); born in U.S; both parents from Bizkaia; his dad was from Ispaster and his mother from Artea.

00:00:48           Father came as a child to work as sheepherder, the mother worked as a maid.

00:01:08           His parents met at the ranch and married in Boise (Idaho).

00:01:10           Father came into the US in 1900 and the mother did in 1910.

00:01:15           Zatika was born and raised in Jordan Valley.

00:01:26           He has three sisters and a brother. Two of her sisters, Sola (?) and Maria Luisa married to Basques: one of them called Kortabitarte).

00:02:15           Different spellings of his surname Zatika or Satica.

00:03:15           He has never been in the ‘old country’. He has no interest in going to the Basque Country. He rather prefers to travel around Canada and US.

00:04:04           During the school years there were many Basque children. 80 to 90% of the business in town were Basque, now only few businesses (e.g., Alkorta)

00:05:43           Many Basques have died. He is 61 years old. Basques schoolmates e.g Galtzakorta (?), Jaca (?), Eguren (father of Roy Eguren; Kordigortia (?), Phil Bieter (?) (Republican attorney).

00:08:13           Story about old friends: Domingo Iturri (?) married Justa (in the 90s now), two sons Toni and Lui who live with her in Ontario.

00:09:30           His friend Toni Iturri (?) as a politician and an attorney. He tells the story when he asked to Toni for legal advice.

00:11:01           He tells about his business: ‘Basque Station Incorporated’ in 1959. He began with a trailer park and in 1968 he build a Station. He bought motels, build a new motel, a store, and a shop. Why is that name? He answered “because I am 100% Basque”.

00:12:35           Discussion about if Basques helped to built the church, as stonemasons.

00:13:43           About relatives in the Basque Country and the visits made by his mother, also by his sister.

00:14:05           Basque language was spoken in the house during his school years. He could not speak any English the first time he went to school. Then he learnt English and forgot Basque. Most of her mother lady friends also spoke to him in Basque during their social meetings after school time.

00:16:40           The name Jose Tellerias pop out in the conversation, they do not live in town anymore.

00:16:51           About Basque youth in town; most are ‘half breed’. His grandchildren are fourth generation Basque.

00:17:27           He had two children: daughter is 33 years old and the son is 30 years old. About keeping Basque identity: They do keep it much alive. He remembers his visit to the Basque museum (most of the donations came from Eastern Oregon).

00:19:21           Reference to the name John Olarriaga he is also from Jordan Valley, he used to play baseball after coming back form WWII.

00:19:49           He was in the Korean War. He experienced a nuclear blast in the Nevada desert.

00:21:19           He describes himself as Basque, but also an American…of Basque heritage. His wife is from Oklahoma…hard working lifestyle always saving money.

00:23:12           His brother owns a grocery chain (9 supermarkets).

00:25:00           Basque Oregon, population 10.

00:27:50           $60,000 was raised to repair the old pelota court in town. He remembers that when he was younger many people used to play pelota.