Wednesday, June 22, 2016

South of the Border

After the prison break in June 1916, it was unclear whether Louis Basso had made it to Mexico or was hiding in Arizona. An article from 1 February 1917 (see the end of my previous post) indicated that Basso might have been working as a waiter at a restaurant in Nogales, Sonora. An article published on 2 February 1917 provided another possible direction for Basso.
Arizona Daily Star, 2 Jul 1917
It is ironic that a man who had been in jail in the US would later be working as a policeman in Hermosillo.

In order to understand what happened next for Louis Basso, we have turn our attention back to Jesus Anaya. I have sent a request to the Colorado Archives for a copy of her file in the Department of Corrections. In the meantime it looks like she was released from prison sometime in early 1917, as she appears in the Sonora Civil Registration database in December 1918 for the birth of her daughter, Loreto, in Hermosillo. The father was listed as Luis Basso.
Ancestry. Sonora, Mexico, Civil Registration, Births.
The document above indicates Loreto Basso was born on 27 October. It also shows Louis had become a Mexican citizen, and it lists his parents as Jose Basso and Josefina Rose from Italy. The document also lists Jesus Anaya's parents as Jesus Anaya and Loreto Moreno of Hermosillo. There is potential for another family connection with the Moreno family of Hermosillo in my tree.

Finding the birth record for Loreto Basso led me to another series of records, this time involving border crossings for Jesus Anaya and her children, including photos. The record below shows Jesus was deported to Mexico after her release from prison in 1917.

According to the record above, Jesus Anaya was living in Tijuana, Mexico with her husband Louis Basso in August 1925, and they had four children:
- Loreto Basso, born in 1917
- Luis Basso, born in 1922
- Roberto Basso, born in 1924
- Oscar Basso, born in 1925

So after everything, the jail house wedding, Louis Basso's prison break and escape to Mexico, Jesus' incarceration in Colorado, they were able to reunite in Hermosillo and settle into a life in Baja California. Jesus and her children were even able to regularly cross the border into San Diego, California. The kids may have attended school in San Diego.

It looks like Basso may have died around 1927, as Jesus Anaya appears in additional border crossing records as Jesus Anaya de Cano. These records also show that Immigration was always aware she had been deported in 1917, but admitted her entry to the US. First on one day visits, and later she was able to take the train from San Diego to Tucson to visit family. Jesus had at least four children by this marriage: Ernestina, Antonio, Sylvia and Martha Magdalena Cano.

Jesus Anaya de Cano died in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico on 21 November 1953.

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