(c. 1940) Los Angeles, CA

[Submitted by Martha Jurado Arriola]

Jose was a very hard working, intelligent, and disciplined individual. He had breakfast at 5:00 a.m., lunch at 12:00 noon, and dinner at 5:00 p.m. never snacking in between.

One thing that he stressed to his own children was to teach their respective children the English language first. I remember walking with him from 1st and Utah Street in East Los Angeles to La Placita (now Olvera Street) in downtown Los Angeles where he would often give speeches about the importance of voting and learning English. He would even tutor people so that they could learn English and become citizens.

He was very proud of being born on the 4th of July 1876.

Jessie Jurado was a very loving mother. She always said the most important part of her life was her family and woe to anyone who said anything bad about any of us.

Even though we were not rich, Jessie was always helping someone out by taking them in. We used to go to the Keystone Theater a lot. On one of our outings, she found a family of 8 kids that were hungry. She brought them home and bathed and fed them.

My father was 50 when I was born and my mother was almost 40, but she would still play jacks and jump rope with me and her older grandkids. She had a very good sense of humor - she was the light of the family.

Jose and Jessie complimented each other. He was very serious and she had a great sense of humor.