South Colton Oral History Project, 1890-1960

The purpose of this oral history project was to produce a historical record of life in South Colton, a 1.3 square- mile ethnically segregated Mexican American community within the city limits of Colton, California, in the period from 1890 to 1960.

Study informants are life‐long residents of the area whose parents or grandparents settled there during the study’s time period. In digitally recorded interviews, they were asked to share knowledge and perceptions of life in South Colton. The collection of recordings and their transcriptions is now available to researchers and the general public at the CSUSB Pfau Library and on its website

The study was a collaborative effort between CSUSB Pfau librarian Dean César Caballero, the California Humanities Foundation, the Colton Area Museum, and a volunteer research team of three retired educators: Henry J. Vásquez, Frank Acosta and Dr. Tom Rivera.

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Adam Ornelas, CSUSB

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Alfonso "Hok-Lee" Garcia, CSUSB

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Bobby Vasquez & Rudy Oliva, CSUSB

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Boys Scout Troop 45, CSUSB

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Boys Scout Troop 45 Part 2, CSUSB

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Charles Cervantes, CSUSB

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Connie Cabrera, CSUSB

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Deacon Robert "Bob" Amador, CSUSB

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Dr. Ernie F. Garcia, CSUSB

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Dr. Tom Rivera, CSUSB

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Ernie Villanueva, CSUSB

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Fernando Rodríguez and Sammy Hernández, CSUSB

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Genevieve Perez, CSUSB

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Gloria Castillo, CSUSB

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Joaquin Granado and Tony Vilches, CSUSB

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Joe "Jose" Hernandez and David Gasca, CSUSB

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Luis Lopez Contreras, CSUSB

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Mayor Abe Beltran, CSUSB

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Mayor Frank Gonzales, CSUSB

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Mel Salazar, CSUSB

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Ralph Medina & Ruben Aguilera, CSUSB

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Ramona Aranda Genemara, CSUSB

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Rose Mercado Robles, CSUSB

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Sal & Francis Ayala, CSUSB

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Terry Padilla Constance, CSUSB