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Cesena Family Photograph Album
SPC.2020.032  
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Description
This collection contains one photograph album featuring images of the Cesena family and their friends. A majority of the photographs consists of portraits of the family; images of friends the Cortez and Marquez families; images featuring orchards and farms; images taken outside the family home; photographs taken during World War II of men in uniform and images taken at various Army bases; and images taken at weddings, bridal showers, other gatherings, and family vacations. This collection also includes postcards and a few clippings.
Background
Thomas Agundez "Tomás" Cesena (1869-1959), and his wife Tranquilina Arce "Lena" Espinosa Cesena (1879-1960) [sometimes notated as "Espinoza"] moved from Baja, Mexico to El Centro, California in 1903. In 1922, they moved to Tulare County. According to census records, Tomás was a "laborer" who presumably worked in orchards and farms in California's Central Valley. The Cesenas had eight children including Raymond (1912-1969), who enlisted in the military in 1942; Florencio "Frisco" (1914-1987); Pilar Cesena Bishop (1916-2013) a homemaker who married James Elliott Bishop (1899-1999) in 1962; SSGT Thomas (1918-1991) who earned a Bronze Star while in the U.S. Army; Jesus "Jess" (1921-1999) who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 in Fresno and was a staff sergeant, and was married with one son; and Jose Maria "Joe" (1929-2003) who was in the U.S. Navy, a Visalia Public Works Department employee, and was married to [Connie] and had four sons, three of which are named Chris, Marc, and Matt. Other members of the Cesena family include: Lupe, Marti, David- a Visalia Public School bus driver, Mary Florence who was married to Richard Krohn and had two children- Dennis and Michael; and Jackie.
Extent
1 box (approximately 261 black-and-white photographs; 195 color photographs; 13 postcards; 7 clippings)
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
There are no access restrictions on this collection.