pictures of life in Mackay, 1920s and 1930s. They involve family members,
but they demonstrate the lifestyle in Mackay between 1920 and 1940
when we left to make our home in Houston. I feel good that they are
being seen in public, as they should be, as part of a historical montage."
- Ruben R. Hernandez, July 05, 2005
"My extended family and I want to thank you for posting the Mackay
pictures... Our ancestors live on through these photos and stories.
Attached are a few more photos..." - Respectfully. Ruben R. Hernandez,
October 04, 2005
Hernandez, La Cruz Azul
"The picture of the woman in white is my mother, Manuela "Meme"
Ramirez Hernandez in 1925 as a member of one of the civic organizations,
the Blue Cross, very much a part of Mackay."
maternal grandmother, Martina Mendez Ramirez feeding her chickens,
July 7, 1925"
Ramirez family home in Mackay. It is typical of the homes provided
the farm hands by A.P. Borden. Most of the tenants had beautiful flowers
and shrubs planted around their homes in addition to well tended vegetable
M. Ramirez as a Texas A & M cadet in 1927. He is a maternal uncle
who was sponsored to A & M by A. P. and Marie Borden. Following graduation
in 1928, "Lupe" returned to Mackay as an elementary school teacher.
picture of the flood in the 1930s was taken by my uncle, Guadalupe
Ramirez, as he stood on US 59 looking east. To the left is the Company
Store and to the right is the warehouse and some of the school buildings
and teachers' homes.
I think this is the warehouse
photographed by Ken Rudine."
Ramirez Girls in the circa 1930 flood are my Mom's sisters, Inez,
Isabel, and Maria."
Ramirez Homestead, 1936, is my maternal grandparents home in Mackay
along the the Bosque Slough or Creek."
man and the Model A (or is it a Model T?) is a paternal uncle, Rafael
Hernandez, driving along the main road in Mackay, 1926. Rafael also
worked in the Borden Manor House and as a chauffer."
School Yard. - "My paternal uncle, Miguel Hernandez, in the forground,
with teacher Irene Bennett on the right. The teacher on the left is
unidentified, but the other boy is a maternal uncle, Pepe Ramirez.
Miguel went on to work for the Bordens as a butler and chauffer. Irene
Bennett was from either Taft or Refugio."
Hernandez of the Mackay Home Demonstration Club, improves the yard
about her home on the Borden Ranch with shrubs and screen plants.
All Mexican tenants are encouraged by the Bordens to improve their
home environment." - News clipping.
Girls 4H Club, 1936
family members on a picnic in Mackay enjoying delicious watermelons
that were grown on the rich fertile black soil of Mackay. From left,
Isabel Ramirez, her brother, Pepe, sisters Inez and Rosa, and brother-in-law,
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