Tag Archives: Gilroy

Sig Sanchez

Sig Sanchez Presentation Poster, by Ricardo Alvarado II
Oral History By: Ricardo Alvarado
Submitted December 2013

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Sig Sanchez was born on November 11th 1920 in Hollister California. To a family with ten siblings, four whom were boys, the other six were girls. He grew up working on his family farm, and graduated from San Benito High School. After he graduated he stayed in Agriculture his whole life up to a few years ago. He had farms in Gilroy, Hollister, Merced, Imperial Valley, and Sacramento.
In 1953 Sig was told about an opening in the Gilroy City Council. That was when he started his political career. He stayed for nine years on the Gilroy City Council. He served two terms. He then ran for mayor and was elected in 1958 where he stayed for two terms, until 1963. In 1963 he ran for Santa Clara County Supervisors. He stayed for four terms, from 1963-1978. In 1980 Sig was appointed to the Santa Clara Water District board, where he stayed for thirty years. Sig had a very successful career in both politics and agriculture.

Rito Nunez

Rito Nunez Presentation Poster, by Marissa Nunez
Oral History By: Marissa Nunez
Submitted December 2013

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Rito Nunez is a Mexican-American male born in 1946 to a big family that would later consist of 16 children. he was very family oriented, even though before his childhood was up he departed from his mother and some of his siblings, they reunited later on in his teen years. Rito lived all over the Bay Area during his early life, living with his Uncle and Aunt in Hayward, then finding his mother and living with her in Oakland for a while, where he met his soon-to-be wife Patricia Ramirez. With Patricia, Rito had four children who subsequently gave him eleven grandchildren who look up to him as a role model, and six great-grandchildren. Rito held many different jobs in an effort to make a better life for himself and his family. he worked as a mechanic, he was a field worker, and he joined the Marines in his mid-20’s. During his time in the Marines he was involved in the Vietnam War. his job was an Amphibious Tractor operator. he was not only stationed in Vietnam, but also in Japan, the Philippines ,and San Diego. His time working in the fields coincides with the start of the United Farm Workers Union. During the latter part of his life, after his time in the Marines was up and he got injured while working as a mechanic he moved to Gilroy, California and has resided here for close to twenty years with his wife. This paper will examine his early life, the jobs that he held in pursuit of a better life, more specifically his involvement in the Vietnam War.

Edward Delgado

Edward Delgado Presentation Poster, by Jessica Gonzalez
Oral History by: Jessica Gonzalez
Submitted December 2013

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Edward Delgado worked most of his life to protect and serve carpenters, and to make sure they were treated the way they are supposed to in a time when that was a rare experience. Edward Delgado was born in Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was born to Nacha Delgado who was a single parent. They both moved to California right after the Mexican Revolution when Nacha thought it was a good time to start a new life in the United States. To help provide for her family, Nacha worked at Stokley Van Camp Cannery. Later, when Edward was ten years old, he joined his mother and worked in the frozen foods department. Edward Delgado went to Santa Clara High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Delgado. After graduating from high school, Edward attempted to join the Air Force but was rejected because of his citizenship. He continued to look for an organization to be a part of that would give him work to help him provide for his family. The Carpenters Union was that place, a place of refuge for him. Edward worked his way up from apprententice to a labor representative. Later, he becomes a representative for the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC). This paper tells the struggle against racism of a young Mexican American in the work force and how the Carpenters Union provided help for this Mexican American men in his time of need.