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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 21:29

Roybal Home Video 1950s With Santa Fe Fiesta Parade

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This home movie was made in the 1950s by Edie Gonzales' uncle.  It includes some footage of a Fiesta Parade in the early 1950s.  Here is Edie's captioning of the video:

A 13 minute home movie from my cousin, Richard Mendoza.  I have listed the different parts so you can scan through to the scenes you are most interested in (ie, 1950s SF Fiesta scene 01:17 to 3:00)  Enjoy:

01:00  My Aunt Laura Roybal de Mendoza

01:17 - 3:00  1950s SF Fiesta

02:38  Quick shot of my grandfather Pedro Rodriguez (married to Ernestine Roybal)

03:48  My great grandfather Emiliano Roybal

04:07  Santa Fe Scenery

06:46  Really nice shot of great grandfather Emiliano Roybal (Grandma Ernestine's father)

09:05  Richard Mendoza's father in red shirt - Rich looks just like him!

09:10  Santa Fe Scenery

09:35  Bransford family

10:38 - 11:07 - Rich's dad

12:46  Richard's dad...in red shirt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3leYPE-xQ&feature=youtu.be


Sunday, 15 July 2012 21:01

Photo of Charles F. Lummis by Charles E. Lord, 1926

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This post is about the photographer, not the subject.  In 1906, my great-grandmother Marietta separated from my great-grandfather Charles N. Lord in a bitter divorce.  She then married her attorney, Alois B. Renehan while Charles N. Lord left Santa Fe and moved to southern California.  It was charged in the divorce that my great-grandfather, a dentist, "had carnal knowledge of one Rosalea, who was purported to be his assistant."

When I was a boy, I was constantly asked if I was related to Charles Lord, who owned Lord's Photography Studio on the Plaza.  I once asked my great-grandmother if we were related and she angrily insisted that there was absolutely no connection.  I remember being surprised at her vehemence and I never mentioned it again.

In 1925, the population of Santa Fe was about 7,500, and the odds of having 2 Charles Lords a generation apart with no familial connection whatsoever would be astronomical.  I wonder if Charles E. Lord was the illegitimate son of my great-grandfather and Rosalea.  He would have been 21 or 22 when he made this photograph of one of Santa Fe's most prominent citizens.  Thus far I have been able to find little about Charles E. Lord and would be most appreciative if anyone has more information.

Thanks to Kristi Davis for the photo.

--Mike Lord

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