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"Voices in the Valley"
The Tubac Historical Society Oral History Project
page 3 of 7


Gustavo "Gus" Antonio Amado
Beverly Irish Amado
Rancho Nuevo
Amado, Arizona

Interviewer: Betty J. Lane
Date of Interview: March 3, 1989 and March 15, 1989

Lane:   Was there anything at the intersection there at Arivaca Junction at that time? I know the Cow Palace wasn't there, or anything like that, was there?
Amado:   No, Kinsley's Ranch was there. That's what used to be the Cow Palace, and the guy's name was Otho (?) Kinsley. It was always a bar and restaurant--you could always have something to eat. They had gas pumps right in front, the old hand-type.
Lane:   And the lake?
Amado:   The lake came afterwards.
Lane:   Did it?
Amado:   I remember when they built the lake. Probably in 1943 or 1944, in through there. Otho Kinsley also drilled irrigation wells and domestic wells. He was pretty much a jack of all trades. He just got into any business that he saw he could make money in. A big man. He'd give rodeos there, and dances, and ...
Lane:   Where were the rodeos?
Amado:   You know where that little Amado Plaza is now--that shopping mall there?
Lane   Yes.
Amado:   Right behind it where that Dale's Feed Store is--the Amado Feed Store is. Right in there, that's where the rodeo was. They'd walk across to the bar, back and forth. Oh, did he draw people! Man, they came from all over. You see, he had that hill terrace. I don't know if you noticed it, it's towards Lakewood and the cars would park on that. You know, they could see the rodeo down below.
Lane:   Were you in Sopori Ranch ever, or often?
Amado:   To visit or anything like that?
Lane:   Yes.
Amado:   The guy's name that had it when I was a kid, his name was John Angulo. I don't know how many owners that ranch has had. As far as I know, the Warners have had it since 1944. I've never met them; never saw them or nothing. I don't know myself if she's ever seen the ranch. Beautiful ranch.
Lane:   I wonder if he was ever here.
Amado:   Mr. Warner? I couldn't tell you. I really don't know. I just knew the manager. I know the manager now, Jeff Cameron, but I've never seen any of the Warners.
Lane:   Mr. Amado's mother has two sisters--the Hidalgo family.
Amado:   They live in Tucson, but they moved to Los Angeles in 1929 or 1930. They worked there until about 1974, and they retired and came back to Tucson. They all live within a block of each other.
Lane:   What part of town is that?
Amado:   Right behind El Rancho Shopping Center.
Lane:   The Speedway area up there.
Amado:   Right behind that Catholic church.

She's got two cousins that live right across the street from her, and they're all eighty to eighty-seven years old. [Only] Mike Hidalgo, Elinor Hidalgo and Julia Hidalgo and my mother left in that family--four of them.
Lane:   They'd have many memories, then.
Amado:   Yes, especially one of them--Julia. You want to talk to her if you want information about me. You got to get them by themselves. You know what you were saying about Lil and the other sisters?
Lane:   Uh-huh.
Amado:   Well, Julia will be just as bad. (laughs) My mother would just sit there and she won't compete with them. You can get information there from Edna Hughes, and Sophie Aros,
B. Amado   [Inaudible]
Amado:   Yeh, from Mike you can pick up a few words. You can call my mother at [phone number removed for privacy] in Tucson and tell her that I ...
B. Amado:   They have a lot of memories of when they used to give parties up here at the ranch.
Amado:   At this ranch here.
Lane:   Now you're talking about which ranch?
Amado:   Antonio Amado. He'd give a party every year on his Saint's Day, and big ones! All the people in Tucson would come. I'm talking 'way back--I don't know when.
B. Amado:   They'd start hauling stuff [in] by buckboards and stuff a few months ahead of time.
Amado:   I remember the last one he had was 1963. It was the last
party he gave. For years he didn't give any, because he
got older. In 1963 they gave a birthday party--the kids
did. I don't know how many people showed up--maybe 300
or 400--to the old ranch. But before that, he'd give
a party there that, oh man, they'd just ....

No, here. That's the one I'm talking about because that's
the one I remember. It was maybe in about 1939 or 1940.
And everybody in Tucson would come. We knew a lot of
people. Well, not everybody in Tucson, but families from
there. The Eliases, and Amados, and Redondos--I don't
know, some of these Oteros, and what have you. They'd
just make a day of it.
Lane:   Let's get back to when you went to high school. Was that
part difficult for you, coming from a one-room school to
go to Tucson High?
Amado:   Yes, when I came to junior high here--the seventh grade was where I started--they told me that my reading capabilities were that of a second grader.
Lane:   My goodness!
Amado:   Oh, yes, bad.
B. Amado:   Then you had tutors.
Amado:   Then I had tutors and then finally I got into it Well, I never thought I'd graduate from college, but if you study I guess you can do anything you want to. I just had bad grades until I married her, and then the last few years I studied a lot easier. (Mrs. Amado chuckles)
Lane:   What did you major in?
Amado:   Animal science.
Lane:   Animal science, yes. And you were married in what year?
Amado:   1954. And you also (aside to B. Amado), August 4, 1954.
Lane:   Were you in the university at the time?
B. Amado:   No, I worked for Southern Arizona Bank.
Lane:   I see.
Amado:   And then in 1956 we moved here.
Lane:   You did? Now, was this property in the family?
Amado:   Always, yes.
Lane:   Had you heired it, or ....
Amado:   Yes.