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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:32

Arturo Jaramillo of Chimayo

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Arturo Jaramillo


His Life and Contributions to His Community


Born November 9, 1931 in Santa Fe, NM


When asked to write a biography about someone I admire, I did not have to think long to select my uncle, Arturo Jaramillo.  Arturo has accomplished much in his lifetime.  Achievements which have affected the history of Northern New Mexico and impacted many people’s lives in personal and positive ways.   Too, he has always been an adored son, grandson, brother, uncle, father and grandfather, becoming the patriarch of the Jaramillo family and being there in times of support. 


Included here are both a small composite of photographs and a list of accomplishments, which will be woven to tell the story of Arturo’s life and triumphs.




Arturo’s Early Years in Chimayo


The precious world he witnessed: La vida en norte New Mexico




Arturo Jaramillo’s life is the personification of deep cultural roots, devotion to family and duty to community.  He was born on November 9th, 1931, in Santa Fe, NM, to my mother’s oldest sister, Laura Jaramillo Sisneros.  A single mother who needed to continue her work in Santa Fé, Laura turned over custody of her precious baby to her parents, my grandparents, Hermenejildo and Trinidad Jaramillo of Chimayo.  Later Laura would raise four other children who would be lifelong close siblings to Arturo.  However, his grandparents adopted and raised Arturo as their own son.  My mother, Emma, was twelve years old at the time.  She loved and protected him her whole life as her baby brother.  Their lifetime relationship was a deep bond and loyalty; always there for one another during life’s joyous moments as well as their greatest hardships.  I would grow up to think of him as my Tio Arturo and he would have a great influence on my life.


A thoughtful person who wins the hearts of those who know him, Arturo listens to what you have to say with great focus and interest.  In a soft spoken and gracious manner, he talks about how blessed he is to have the life he has led.  His early experiences would shape Arturo’s goals as a charitable advocate for his beloved norte New Mexico.  Born with an outgoing personality as well as a genuine compassion for people, he would hold close to his heart the old traditions and richness of his heritage, unique in this country. 




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

Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:30

Fulton Market on the Plaza, 1889

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Eva Scott Muse and her daughter, Leonora, on the Santa Fe Plaza, 1889.

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