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Anita Fuente Garcia
INTERVIEWEE: Conrad Robert Castillo
INTERVIEWER: Gary Mormino
DATE: January 19, 1985
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
G: But in 1918 when the flu epidemic came here oh, there were all those to fight
it, they came to they did not have more money to
No, it and all When my father died eight months
after nine months after my father, he died in 1927 and of
course I had been working until Dr. Gonzolez took over and when Dr. Gonzolez died, why
other doctors you know. And they remodelded
our whole building because that, we were just upstairs and downstairs they had a
I V`( Lstore and different stores. They took and bought the from
And they really, they really only left the outside walls and the remodeled all the in-
side. That is why it is not mistaken as an antique, or is that what they call
MM: Staco, but it is really brick.
G: Of course it still had the old, all the brick buildings on the other side. So,
went like that until
Then Dr. went away to or to Miami _. So he went until
Mrs. Gonzolez because......
and of course she had a good time, it was very prosperous until about 19 is when it
started You know when the insurance company were offering too many
things, a lot of people went to insurance ........ And then
y-aie- it for the people, and medicare I do not care _________
I think that was the main reason for the ....and then things went so high, you
had to pay more rent, you had to pay more salaries, more than anythingelse. And it
was not until _____________. That is about the
end I do not have much more to say but I was .._ for two years.
M: Let me ask some other questions. Tell me something about your family's background
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M: the Fuente family. Tell me something about your father and grandfather.
G: My father and Dr. were very close friends.
M: Tell me something about his background.
G: Well, my father came to this country in 1901 and then my mother came a few years later.
M: From Cuba or Spain?
G: From Cuba. Well, my father came from Spain to South America, but I remember he went
M: So, where was your father born?
G: He came from Spain to then to Havana and then he came here. And my mother had
two children before they came here.
MM: ?Ddnde nacio en Espana?
G: I think in Mala a.
M: In or ?i\c \4 ?
G: I can not think of it.
MM: Malaga is the name of the city?
G: Yes. But I can not think of the very town he was born at.
M: What did his family do?
G: He used to be a teacher in Havana, but then he came here and in Cuba to the cigar maker.
But he was not making too much and and
then he was a Latin And then they had
the cigar industry by the union you know when those old
were getting seven dollars a week, .Well it belonged to the
union too, it used on the union paper too and then and another fellow, Antonio
Cuerto, they made up that__ cigar factory and And they had it there for
years and it burned down and they ...... again on seven-teenth street I think it
was, until finally it was not working too hard, so they closed. So he dedicated himself
to work........ .
Swe were very close friends, very close.
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M: Tell me something about ?
G: Well, I have known him ever since doctor came in my house and ?
And he had that boy. He was'm& boy. I would say now momma would
slap his boy because momma did not worry much about him you know.
__, he was terrible, he was
very intelligent the way he used all intelligence. My son is
intelligent during great that would be wonderful, but he just took the wrong
pace and of course that is the only son they had.
right on the twenty-seventh, it was nine months old
M: What did your father's family do in Spain? Do you have any idea what their occupations
were in Spain? And why he came to America? Why did your father immigrate?
G: Why do you think, because I imagine a lot of Spanish were just
make better I suppose. And stop at and then from he went to
Havana, from Havana he came to Tampa. He better himself
M: And how about your mother?
G: My mother was a very healthy woman. She had eleven children. There were not many
however, at the same time. At the same time there was