FAMILY HISTORY PROJECT PART 2 Geography-10 Amanda Madaus
MY MOTHERS SIDE My grandma’s grandfather Jesus Rego was born in Spain in 1900.He was one of six brothers and no sisters. The country of Spain hada dictator at that time. The dictator was named Francisco Franco.When Jesus was 16 Years old his father did not want him to live underthis dictator. He sent 4 brothers to the US and 2 to Argentina, SouthAmerica so that they didn’t have to fight in the WW1 war and liveunder the dictatorship.
This is Jesusand one ofhis brothers.Jesus is onthe left.
Jesus Rego came to Ohio 1916 working in the coal mines. Heworked in underground coal mining.Back then mining was done by hand with the help of animals such asmules, ponies, goats, oxen, and even dogs to haul the coal. He came by ship.
In 1920, Jesus Regovisited Puerto Rico and there he met mygrandma’s grandmotherDominga Cruz. She wasborn in 1898 in Yauco Puerto Rico.
PUERTO RICO Puerto Rico is an island and unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico (Spanish for "rich port"). Because of its location, Puerto Rico has a tropical climate and also experiences the Atlantic hurricane season.Puerto Rican Flag
W h i l e Je s u s Re g o wa s i n P u e r t o R i c o, h e worked in the sug ar cane fields and D o m i n g a wa s l e a r n i n g t o b e a s e a m s t r e s s.
This is the house in Yauco, Puerto Rico whereDominga grew up in.
FOOD OF PUERTO RICO Puerto Rican’s cuisine is of the Spanish and Mexican culture The main Staple of people of Puerto Rican descent is rice and beans. They eatrice and beans with every meal. My grandmothers specialty is pork. The use lots of seasonings and ingredients such as coriander, papaya, cacao,nispero, apio, plantains, and yampee They use a lot of green peppers, sweet Chile peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro,potatoes, olives stuffed with pimientos, or capers in their stews. Meat pies arecommon of many Puerto Rican dinners. Salt pork and ham are often used for thefilling and are cooked in a caldero. This medley of meats and spices is covered witha pastry top and baked.
FOODS CONTINUED Puerto Rico produces a wide variety of vegetables. A favorite is the chayote, a pear-shaped vegetable called christophone in English . Its flavor is often compared to asummer squash. Breadfruit is also popular with main dishes. The flavor is close to a sweetpotato. Tostones -fried green breadfruit slices- accompany most meat, fish, or poultrydishes served on the island. Tostones may also be made with plantains. Plantains seems to be the most popularside dish served on the island. Plantains are a variety of banana that cannot be eaten raw.They are much coarser in texture that ordinary bananas and are harvested while green,then baked, fried, or boiled. Plantains were something I remember my grandma cooking that was a traditionbrought back from her parents in Puerto Rico.
FOOD CONTINUED Coconut is probably the most common dessert ingredient Papayas and mangoes are popular for jellies and preservatives. They like strong, black, aromatic Puerto Rican coffee, which is produced on the island.It is still one of the islands exports. The island does not produce wine, so it is proper to order a cold beer before evenlooking at the menu. The most popular brand on Puerto Rico is Medalla. Rum is the national drink, and you can buy it in almost any shade. Puerto Rico is theworlds leading rum producer; 80% of the rum consumed in the United States hails fromthe island.
RELIGION In Puerto Rico, as in most ofLatin American countries,Catholicism was the mainreligion. Later on my family becameprotestant because of the U.Sculture.
When Domingaturned 22, (1920) she got married to Jesus.They had one daughterMinerva Cruz-Rego in 1921 in Puerto Rico.
ARRIVAL TO THE UNITED STATES Dominga and Jesus left Puerto Rico in 1922 and moved to Manhattan New York. They came by ship to New York to find work and start a new life in the United States.This is them arriving In the UnitedStates from Spain on a boat.
Minerva stayed in PuertoRico with Dominga’s mother (Romona Cruz). Minervaturned 18 (1939) and movedto New York to live with herparents. Minerva got married when she was 20 (1941) to Adrian Alvarez.
IN NEW YORKIn New York Jesus worked for a bank until he was retiredand Dominga continued to be a seamstress in a factory untilshe retired. In May 1938 Minerva and Adrian had their first daughter Marie Alvarez.
WHILE IN NEW YORK Dominga also loved dancing andwas a flapper in New York The 1920s was the Jazz Age andone of the most popular past-times forflappers was dancing. Dances such asthe Charleston, Black Bottom, and theShimmy. were considered "wild" byolder generations. For the YoungerGeneration, the dances fit their fast-paced life-style.
The Great Depression THE GREAT DEPRESSION My family then suffered from The Great Depression. It was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in 1930 and lasted until the late 1930s or middle 1940s. It was the longest, most widespread, and deepest depression of the 20th century. This is Wall Street, in NYC where a crowd gathers outside the Stock Exchange after the crash. 1929.
MOVING WEST Two years later, 1940 they had their second daughter CamilleAlvarez. The third daughter Minerva was born in 1944. The last childthey had was their son Adrian junior Alvarez was born in 1947. Theycontinued to live in Manhattan New York City until 1959 when theymoved to Pasadena California. There started to develop gangs in NewYork City, and Adrian Alvarez didn’t want that environment aroundhis children.
(From left to right) Minerva Cruz-Rego, Minerva Alvarez, Renee Hull & Me, Camille Alvarez, Laura Alvarez (Camilles daughter) Mom & MeGreat Grandma Grandma Marie
Marie and Camille went to Pasadena high school. Marie graduated from Pasadena high school in 1956 at Rose Bowl Stadium Right after graduating high school, Marie’s first job was at the Los Angeles police department. In 1960 Marie got married to James Lee Hull. In 1961 they a daughter named Lisa Marie Hull. Feb of 1967 they had another daughter Renee Leanne Hull. (my mother) Everyone moved to San Dimas. They both graduated from San Dimas High..
Where I came in Renee Leanne Hull married Jeffery David Madaus in 1987. They moved to Fountain Valley where they had their son Jeremy David Madaus in 1988. They moved to Nevada in 1991 where I was born in March 1993.My Great Grandmother Minerva &my father Jeffery at my mom anddads wedding
A L L I K N OW F RO M M Y DA D S S I D E My dads moms side of the family came from Wales-England. They all came to the United States by the Mayflower. They moved to Idaho where they owned acres of wheat farm. They had a huge house where workers could live while working on the farm. There was a huge bell that rang when it was time for the family and the workers to eat. They all ate together at the family dinner table. They grew and ate all their own food.