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"Voices in the Valley"
The Tubac Historical Society Oral History Project
page 7 of 7

Narrator:

Elvira Hildalgo Amado
Yolanda Amado Wells

Tucson, Arizona

Interviewer: Betty J. Lane
Date of Interview: October 18, 1990

Wells: It wasn't like .... You're thinking of when they had the big roundup. We didn't have a big roundup like that where we went for days and days and days. They'd bring all the cattle from up at Madera Canyon I'm using my hands! that's what we do all the time, we speak with our hands and we'd be up there and they'd bring the cattle down to Amado to the ranch, and then we'd drive the cattle from there down to the depot, which was about three miles.
Lane: Yes, it really wasn't very far, not like the big long roundups.
Wells: No, it wasn't.
Lane: But you had a lot of cattle to round up, I imagine.

Wells: Well, I don't know how much it was it was plenty. Then the train would come sometimes and they'd scatter or whatever. That would happen every so often. (phone rings)
Lane: What kind of cattle did you have? Hereford?
Amado: Corrientes. Do you know what that is?
Lane: Yes. Did you ever go out on the roundup?
Amado: No, I never learned to ride. I didn't like it.
Lane: You never learned to ride, but your children did?
Amado: Yes. Oh, they loved it!
Wells: Right.
Amado: Once in a while they'd make me go with them, and I'd go and I'd ache all over! (laughs)
Lane: Did the train arrive when you expected it?
Amado: Yes.
Wells: I don't remember that part.
Amado: It used to arrive around a quarter to twelve. And it wasn't every day.
Lane: I was thinking about roundup.
Wells: I just can't remember that far. Maybe they sent us home, I just can't remember.
Lane: But there was a daily train, from what, Tucson?
Wells: From Nogales.
Lane: I see. And then it would go back in the evening, would it?
Amado: Yes, about two o'clock it would go back.
Lane: Could you board the train there at Amado?
Wells: Yes, sure.
Amado: It did stop there, no? Sure a lot of people would stop at Amado and get off there. Well, it had to stop to leave the mail and ice. They delivered ice, too. Can you imagine?
Lane: I wonder when that train stopped stopping at Amado.
Amado: At around noon.
Lane: I mean, about what year? Do you have any idea when they quit stopping at Amado?
Amado: 1940s, maybe.
Wells: During the war, probably.
Amado: Uh huh, I think so, because then they had a bus from Tucson to Nogales. I think that's why the train stopped everybody would take the bus. The bus would stop along the highway and pick up passengers from the different ranches.
Lane: Do you remember ever taking the train that ran from Benson to Nogales? Did you ever take that excursion?
Amado: No. They were having a roundup.
Lane: When you were first married?
Amado: Yes. Just a few months. I didn't know how to cook and here I was cooking for my husband and my father in law and I used to worry! (chuckles) And we had a roundup and Mr. Amado invited all the cattle buyers to come and eat. I was so worried! I had made a pan of macaroni and cheese, and I had beans and I didn't have any bread. My husband had gone out (phone rings) to look for some bread, because there were no stores then. So they came in to eat, and that's all I gave them. Soda crackers, the macaroni, and the beans. (chuckles)