Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Apolinar Salazar Arteaga: Learning to Walk Again in Industrial Chicago

Academic journal article Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy

Apolinar Salazar Arteaga: Learning to Walk Again in Industrial Chicago

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Apolinar Salazar Arteaga was born on 10 March 1929 and passed away on 15 October 2009. My grandpa was a true survivor and never adapted to the extravagant/excessive lifestyle Americans developed after the Great Depression. His family consisted of his father, Augustin Arteaga, his mother, Adalberta Salazar Arteaga, and his six siblings, Maria, Jovita, Augustin, Jose, Zenon, and Ventura. They lived in a three-story house on 88th and Burley that is no longer standing on the South Side of Chicago. He believed he was lucky to be a baby and toddler in the early 1930s because his mother did not cut too far back on most of his needs. His father worked at U.S. Steel, and his mother was a housewife. Their diet consisted mainly of rice, beans, and tortillas. He said he vaguely remembers eating meat and fruit as if it happened only a few times a year.

He told me that his father, Augustin, once won eight chicks in a bet over a handball competition at Calumet Park. In order to keep the chicks a secret and lessen the risk of them being stolen, my great grandfather kept them in the basement, and it was my grandpa's "job" to feed them. These chickens provided them with eggs and, eventually, meat. His mother was also able to barter the eggs for milk when necessary.

His older sister, Jovita, got married very young to a man named Larry Flores. Larry entering the family was a blessing. He was several years older than my grandfather's eldest sibling and he took a responsible role. Eventually, my great grandfather was only able to work two to three days a week due to cutbacks. Jovita and Larry rented the top floor from my great grandparents and paid rent to help the family meet its needs. …

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