Life goes on- Life after the Great Depression

In spite of the hardship the Great Depression put her family through, Concepcion had some important life events happen during and towards the end of the Great Depression. Shortly after graduating from Salamale, Concepcion wed her husband, a taxi driver that worked hard to help provide for the family. By the age of 20, the very next year, she received citizenship with the United States. Concpecion remembers that she had to answer questions, raise her hand and tell the truth. She had to travel from Douglas, Arizona to Tucson, Arizona for the ceremony. Concepcion recalls that “I went there and I raised my hand to was that I was telling the truth… then they admit me there and gave me my citizenship”.

After being married for a couple of years, Concepcion started having children. Between the years of 1937 and 1944, Concepcion had 3 daughters (Lydia, Alicia, and Maria) and one son (Jesus). Lydia is the eldest, followed by Alicia, then Jesus, with Maria as the youngest. Despite the joys of having children, Concepcion and her husband were still within the clutches of the Depression, Maria recalls that even when she was a baby, they were still working hard to provide for the family. In the years after she had children, Concepcion went on to work in a cannery, and also worked for a time in California as a housekeeper. While working in California, she would sometimes take Maria, who fondly remembers that California was very beautiful. Concepcion was a housekeeper in Paloma, California, and lived in San Diego, California. She would take the bus to work, about a hour to and from work, which made for very long days at work.

Fast Forward- Concepcion’s life since her early years.

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