South Colton Oral History Project Collection



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Tom Rivera interviews Al Vasquez, a man from South Colton with an extensive family history in Spain, Mexico, and California. As Vasquez says throughout the interview, much of the family genealogy consists of colonizers who came from Spain and settled in Mexico and, later, the United States. With familial ties to even Pio Pico, Vasquez explains working with cement and having a good work ethic thanks to his impactful grandfather. The interviewee then continues to go over the role of the Catholic Church and parochial schools in his youth, especially the San Salvador and the Immaculate Conception churches in Colton. Vasquez then discusses his time at San Bernardino Valley College and how his life currently revolves around art, especially his at-home ceramics studio. He also speaks of working as an assessor in San Bernardino, Ventura, and Orange Counties. The interview then ends with Vasquez’s happiest memory being getting a bicycle from his father and how a then-girlfriend persuaded him away from joining the Marines.