Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Plutarco Vasquez Campuzano

My great-grandfather Plutarco Vasquez Campuzano (also called "Pete"), was born on 18 April 1900 in Altar, Sonora, Mexico. Plutarco was the son of Vicente Plutarco Campuzano and Maria Jesus Vasquez. He was a painter - initially of houses, later art work and figurines.

Plutarco married my great-grandmother Manuela Portillo on 1 December 1923 in Tucson, Arizona (see their wedding photo).

I previously posted about Plutarco and Manuela's 1929 visit to Nogales, their Barrio Viejo neighborhood in Tucson, and the family in the 1930 and 1940 US Census.

Plutarco first came to the US in 1910 with his father Vicente Campuzano. He obtained permanent resident status on 10 January 1929. We're very fortunate to have these records, as they help fill in the gap between his arrival in Arizona and the years between the 1930 & 1940 US Census.

A copy of Plutarco's resident alien border crossing identification card from 14 October 1945 is below:
From the US-Mexico Border Crossing records, it appears that Plutarco regularly traveled back and forth between Tucson and family in Nogales, Altar and Pitiquito, Sonora. There are crossings referenced on 9 August 1934, 2 October 1937, 2 January 1938, 20 February 1939, 21 January 1940, 3 February 1940, 21 February 1942, 29 August 1942, 28 February 1943, 14 October 1943, 4 April 1944.
His replacement resident alien border crossing card was issued on 19 March 1946:
Another card was issued to him on 4 July 1946 at Nogales, Arizona, following his crossing on 10 June 1946 to Mexico. Another crossing occurred on 30 October 1946 to Mexico, returning on 3 November 1946 at Nogales, Arizona.

Plutarco and Manuela regularly appear in the Tucson City Directory. A page from 1936 shows them at 1321 E. 11th Avenue in Tucson.

This picture is of me and my sister with Plutarco from about 1983 (such a bad picture of me, but the only one I have of me & my sis with him).
About 1983 in Tucson - Photo source Patty Marple
Plutarco Vasquez Campuzano died on 7 September 1996 in Tucson, Arizona, at the age of 96 years old.

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