Zamora, Carmelo

Mikel Chertudi and Julian Achabal
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Gooding, ID
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Carmelo was born on 7 April 1936 in Ispaster, Bizkaia, to Eugenio Zamora and Tomasa Cortabitarte.  He describes the Ispaster he knew as a child, and what life was like growing up on the family baserri.  Carmelo went to school in Lekeitio, and had many chores to do at home when he returned.  Fortunately, life wasn't all work--Sunday afternoons were free for fun and friends.

Carmelo started working in construction when he was 14, then switched to a sawmill and a fish cannery.  He finally got the opportunity to come work in America when he was 18.  He moved to Hagerman, and didn't return to his homeland until 27 years later.  He worked in the sheep business for 15 years before buying a ranch of his own.

Today, Carmelo is married and has four children.  He has been back to the Basque Country several times, but has noticed the many changes his birthplace has undergone.  Now a US citizen, Carmelo is active in the Gooding Basque Association.

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Hard living
Wearing long pants to school
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