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Arriola, Teresa Aldape
Interview Location:Boise, Idaho
Teresa was born in Boise, Idaho in 1917 to Felipe Aldape and Maria Josefa Azpiri. She and her sister, Angeles, recount their parents' immigration stories in detail, including several bits that made their experiences unique. Teresa grew up surrounded by Basques in sheep camps, schools, and boarding houses in Meridian, Dry Creek and Boise.
After graduating from Boise High School in 1936, Teresa went to work for Montgomery Ward in town. Her ability to speak Basque proved to be useful when assisting Basque patrons. Teresa left the department store to pursue a position as a division manager at Sears, where she stayed for 17 years. In 1970, she went to college to learn the business of selling real estate. Feeling at home, Teresa was very successful.
Teresa is a charter member of Euzkaldunak, the Basque Center in Boise. Noting the commitment of today's generation to preserving Basque culture, Teresa sees a bright future for Basques in Idaho.