Lasuen, Eugenia

Interviewer: 
Mikel Chertudi
Interview Location: 
Mountain Home, ID
Interview Date: 
04/3/02

Jean was born on 20 September 1918 in Boise, Idaho, to Agustin Yrazabal and Francisca Muguira.  She describes her parents' early lives and immigrations to the United States.  Agustin was eventually a partner in the Bruneau Sheep Company.  Jean paints a vivid picture of what her life was like as she was growing up in Mountain Home, including school, chores and fun.

Jean and her sisters always spoke Basque at home when they were young, and initially had a few problems adjusting to English when they began school.  There were many Basque families in town, and although Jean experienced a small amount of prejudice, on the whole she had a wonderful time.  Dances and picnics and music were not only popular during the holidays, but were also a cherished part of everyday life.

Jean married Victor Lasuen, from Aulesti, in 1946, and the couple has raised 3 children.  Her husband opened a Mountain Home restaurant, for which she prepared the desserts.  Today, she is very proud of her Basque heritage, and has learned many lessons from her family.
  

Audio Recording: 
Distinguishing Basque/American Indentity
Difficulty with language in school
Stories from the old country
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