Archive ID: 1982-048-2

Martha Martinez

Date Created: 1948

Donor: Carmen Martinez Arias

Media Type: Photograph


The Martinez family donated many items to the Southeast Chicago Historical Museum. This picture shows Martha Martinez on her back porch in 1948. Martha was the child of Lucio and Pasquala Martinez, who emigrated to the United States from the Zacatecas region of Mexico in the period during, and just after, World War I. Martha and her other five siblings lived in South Deering near Wisconsin Steel where Lucio worked. The family originally attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and, later, St. Kevin’s in South Deering. The daughters, Carmen, Olga, Faye, Coni, and Martha, along with Carmen’s daughter Rita Jirasek, provided a lively oral history of growing up Mexican-American in South Deering to Dominic Pacyga and the Southeast Chicago Historical Project in 1982.

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Community Life   Family   Parades/Events   Portraits   1940-1949 (WWII Era)   South Deering   Mexican-American   Photograph   1982-048   Children   Families   Hats   Houses   Our Lady of Guadalupe   Porches   Skirts   St. Kevin's