Interview with Vincente Vargas

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Description: 

Interview with Vincente Vargas by Laurie Bretz as part of a project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Vargas was born in the Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kansas, in 1925. He discusses Mexican workers being recruited by railroad companies along the border, and the types of work they would do, and workers living in bunks in passenger cars until they were able to settle and obtain other housing. Vargas also describes his father taking the childred out of school in the spring for farm work in Nebraska, and returning to Mexico during the Depression. He returned to Kansas City with a brother in 1941 and describes in detail the work he did for local meatpacking houses.

Modern Location: 
422 Ruby Drive
Kansas City, KS
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Rights Statement: 
Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of this image or the accompanying data requires prior written permission from the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. Use of this image also requires that credit be given to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.
Collection Title, Call or Box Number: 
Kansas City, Kansas, Spanish Speaking office interviews and slides, RH MS 752
Digital Object Identifier: 
KU-RHMS752-F006-0001
Transcription: 
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.