Uriguen, Domingo

Daniel Chertudi
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Caldwell, ID
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Domingo was born on 12 May 1929 in Aulestia, Bizkaia, to Teodoro Uriguen and Maria Onaindia.  Growing up on the family baserri, he never knew his mother.  He describes his childhood, which was full of chores, school and church (and occasionally some fun with his friends!).  Domingo remembers the effects of food rationing and war on his hometown.

When he finished school, Domingo worked at several sawmills before deciding to come to the US.  He immigrated in 1954, and recalls adjusting to the American way of life over his nine years in the sheep camps.  Domingo soon began working for Simplot, for whom he operated a mill until his retirement in 1986.

Domingo married Faye Nelson in 1958, and the couple has raised three children.  The family speaks mostly English at home, but remain very involved with the Basque culture.  Domingo returned to Euskadi for the first time in 1997, and describes the many changes he noticed.  After all these years in two different countries, today, Domingo feels both Basque and American

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Ornery attitude
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