Bienvenidos. In the latter part of the 19th century Walter Pentland, an amateur photographer and mining engineer, worked in Mexico. Pentland, the son of a Scotish dentist who moved his family to Prescott, Arizona, in the 1850's, worked at mines throughout Mexico during his career. His career took him to Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa, and Sonora.
A daughter, Edith, and son, Walter Jr., were born in 1910 and 1912 respectively. In 1929 Walter Sr. was in Caborca Sonora on business and renewed a friendship with a prominent local businessman, Don Manuel Salcido Cesma. The following summer, Walter Jr. worked for his father as a laborer in a mine near Caborca, receiving an education in mining, engineering and Spanish.
Walter Jr. met Dolores "Nande" Salcido Rodríguez when working with Walter Sr. at the Juárez Mine, outside of Caborca in 1930. He had graduated from Phoenix Union High School and from there proceeded to Lamson Business College, which he continued to praise only months before his death. Walter Jr. and Nande were married September 23, 1939. Unfortunately, the wedding was delayed when Nande's brother, Manuel, was wounded a few weeks before the wedding date. Manuel survived his gunshot wounds and later become Municipal President.
Walter Pentland, Jr., Walter IV, and Delia Salcido Rodríguez have graciously shared family photographs chronicling mining work in Mexico during the early 20th century. Images from photographs of their family history, as well, portray a story similar to that of others in the State of Sonora and the U. S. Southwest. We thank them for sharing it.
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