Eden, Alicia Lete

Mikel Chertudi and Julian Achabal
Interview Location: 
Gooding, ID
Interview Date: 

Alicia was born on 3 November 1934 in Shoshone, Idaho, to Jose Lete and Asuncion Bilbao.  Her father was from Bizkaia, and probably met her mother at the boarding house in Shoshone where she worked.  After their marriage, the couple went into the sheep business with Asuncion's sister and her husband.  Alicia describes what it was like to grow up around that time, including the boarding houses where all the Basques socialized.

After graduating from high school in 1952, she chose to go to Boise to become a nurse.  She married her high school sweetheart, Dale Eden, in 1955, and the couple has raised 2 children.  Even though Dale is not Basque, he has thoroughly embraced the culture, and the children learned to appreciate their heritage.

Today, Alicia is a proud member of the Gooding Basque Association, and looks forward to the active involvement of future generations of Basques.  She had been to the Basque Country on more than one occasion, and despite the evolving character of the Gooding-Shoshone Basque community, is still strongly attached to the culture.


Audio Recording: 
Hair Cigars
Trading bread
Other Images: