|1883-84 Tucson City Directory|
|1883 Tucson City Directory|
"In the shop of Don Manuel Martinez in Magdalena, the iron forged by hand was rough, and even after straightened by much filing, was still crude and without symmetry or grace. It was a revelation to me to see the beautiful shaped hand forgings perfectly fitted to the wood parts, the graceful lines of the wood work, and most of all, the mirror like finish of the carriages. I made up my mind I was going to learn that trade!"
The carriage partnership of Dalton and Vasquez only lasted a few years. By 1884, Dalton went into farming. Vasquez continued the carriage business. It looks like they remained business partners over the years, as their families were living in the same household in the 1900 US Census and Dalton and Vasquez appear to be working together. They entered into joint ventures for mining in Arizona and Mexico.
Federico Ronstadt recalled the partnership between Dalton and Vasquez. "Mr. Dalton decided he could do better by taking government contracts, and discontinued his connection with Mr. Vasquez in carriage shop about 1884. Mr. Vasquez gave me the additional job of keeping the books for the shop. I knew very little about this, but by following the single entry method that Mr. Dalton had used and with an occasional aid from Mr. Dalton and the help of a bookkeeping manual that my father had gave me, I managed to get by."
Vasquez later sold the carriage business to Federico Ronstadt, who had already been regularly running the shop while Vasquez visited Mexico looking for a wife. Adolfo Vasquez and Amelia Herras were married in Altar, Sonora in 1887. Their informacion matrimonial appears in the Sonora Catholic Church records on FamilySearch, dated 12 March 1887. Leonardo and Rafael Suastegui were witnesses on the informacion matrimonial for Adolfo and Amelia.
Adolfo and Amelia had at least the following children:
- Raul Vasquez
- Laura Vasquez
- Randolph Vasquez
- Gustavo Vasquez
- Adolpho Herras Vasquez
Laura Vasquez later married Francisco Suastegui, the Mexican government commercial attache I mentioned last week in my post In Between Stories, bringing the Suastegui & Vasquez families back together again.
After Adolfo became a citizen in July 1890, he regularly appears in the Arizona voter records starting with the elections in 1891. He was also frequently in the Tucson area newspapers about his mining activity. Some of the mining claims were filed with Winnall Dalton, so clearly they remained close business associates over the years.
Adolfo Vasquez died on 14 April 1925 in Tucson, Arizona.
|Vasquez and Dalton families, 1888. Source: Borderman, Federico Ronstadt. P. 61.|
The next post will look at the family of Maria Jesus Vasquez and Winnall Dalton.