Uberuaga, Pedro

Daniel Chertudi
Interview Location: 
Homedale, ID
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Pedro was born 1 June 1944 in Gerrikaiz, Bizkaia, to Teodoro Uberuaga and Feliciana Zabala.  He describes growing up on the family baserri in considerable detail.  Farm chores were numerous and difficult, school was often a challenge, but there were always opportunities for fun.  Pedro worked for several families as a child, and they usually sent him to school wherever they were.

At 14, Pedro decided to stay home and help out while his father worked in a paper mill.  Soon, however, he got the urge to make a better life for himself, and his uncles helped secure a job for him in America.  He arrived in Idaho in October of 1962.  Through the years, Pedro has worked as a sheepherder, at a feedlot, in a mill, and finally, as the owner of his own trucking operation.

Pedro married Monica Telleria in 1968, and the couple has three children.  The whole family loves to attend regional Basque events, and they have all been active in promoting the Basque culture in the US.  Pedro has returned to Euskadi several times, but is happy at home in America.

Audio Recording: 
School in a Murelaga bar
Euskadi changes
Impressions of America
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