Aguirre, Dolores

Mikel Chertudi
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Mountain Home, ID
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Dolores was born in the Anchustegui boarding house in Mountain Home, Idaho in 1921 to Valentin Barinaga and Eulalia Ugalde.  A month earlier, her mother had climbed into a horse-drawn wagon to traverse the 60 miles from the Clover Flat Creek Ranch to deliver her first child.  Fourteen years earlier, her father had walked those same 60 miles from the train station in Mountain Home to his job at the ranch he would one day own.  Dolores remembers her parents' determination to make it in America.

When she was seven years old, her family moved to Castleford, Idaho so the children could go to school.  Dolores felt different from the other children, but adjusted well to school and the English language.  She graduated in 1940 having been elected Senior Class President and Salutatorian.  Dolores studied at the University of Idaho before moving to Boise to work as a secretary for the Idaho State Land Commissioner, then for the president of First National Bank.  She met Domingo Aguirre after a few years and married in 1946.

Dolores and Domingo settled in Mountain Home where they helped run Aguirre & Sons, a large sheep and cattle company.  Committed to improving the quality of life around her, Dolores joined the Mother Cabrini Sodality, the PEO, and Euskal Lagunak, Mountain Home's Basque organization.  Looking back at the good they have done for the community, Dolores is optimistic about the future of Basque culture in Mountain Home.

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The cemetery
Feeling different
Parents' determination
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