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Donald Chávez y Gilbert
Thank you to everyone who helped me with this book which, in the interest of the truth needed to be published. I want to thank my wife Lucy Stella Reyes-Chavez for all her support and assistance in the completion of this book.
Thank you to the mothers of my children for blessing me with such wonderful kids. And, finally, thanks' go to my children, Leticia, Michelle, Larisa, Camila, Ricky, Camlan, and little Helen for connecting me to my grandchildren, and the future.
This book is dedicated to my father, José Epifanio Chávez IV, (born 03/21/1924), mother Helen C. Gilbert, (b. 07/06/1928 - d. 01/12/1995), and all our antecedents over at least the last 400 years who along with other survivors of the Oñate colonization party evolved and developed the most influential culture to shape modern America, the intrepid cowboy. By virtue of simply trying to make a better living suited to these American lands first as Spanish explorers then as ranchers and farmers living under the Spanish flag, the Mexican flag, and finally the U.S. flag, a way of life was transplanted, and reborn, the cowboy culture. The American West was born in what is our modern day Mexico and the state of New Mexico. In the United States the Wild West began in the heart of New Mexico. Los españoles viniendo de España, la madre patria han dejado su importante impronta en la cultura, la historia y la vida de Los Estados Unidos. Thank you mom and dad for connecting me to such a rich past. I am proud to carry on that tradition and legacy for our children and their children to enjoy in the far future at el padre patria Terra Patre Farm in Belen, New Mexico and Father Earth Ranch in southern Colorado.
This dedication is however, most particularly dedicated to my vaquero father who was reared in a couple of unique circumstances. First, he is the last of the original "saddle-born" cowboys. That is to say, he is the last successive blood born generation of American cowboys still in the horse and wagon era with no modern industrialized alternative life style available. He was reared in the saddle out in the country because that was all there was available to poor country folk in rural Lemitar, and Polvadera, New Mexico. Es sabido que gran parte de los vaqueros no eran todos caras pálidas sino caras de piel canela come mi padre Jose Epifanio Chavez. He and his family went to town and school on horses and wagons over dirt rutted trails which similar to the Camino Real, bordered most arroyos and waterways. Being born in the beginning of the 20th century was a time when the new technology of the radio and motorcar had recently been introduced into society and were catching on quickly in the cities particularly on the eastern seaboard, just as the television was around in my generation but not in every home until about the time we started school. As electric refrigerators and television sets were being introduced into our 1950’s living rooms, steam driven trains were being replaced by diesel engines. Second, he is the last successive link in the unbroken chain of American born generations of cowboys who grew up first speaking the original (cowboy) language, Spanish - the 15th and 16th century dialect of the Spanish Oñate settlers, then learning English later. I enjoy conversing with New Mexican Hispanics from my dad’s generation as they speak the uniquely preserved 16th century Spanish dialect and accent of the first European American colonists, a linguistic phenomenon which first came to my attention when, as a young man, I went to school in Mexico and observed the giggling responses to my vernacular. New Mexico having been isolated all the centuries before his generation prevented the more modern Spanish from influencing their dialect. It is in Spanish like speaking in English to William Shakespeare or anyone from his time in history, uniquely different from our modern Americanese. This 16th century dialect will be gone with the last of my father’s generation.
Indeed, he is the last and final link in the unbroken chain of, "...have to / no other choice," cowboys in this country who were born into the original cowboy culture and raised in the ranching and farming way of life when hardy, steadfast, self-reliant, independent cowboys did it all. With every generation to follow thereafter, like mine, country children would continue to be born into the cowboy and ranching life, but would all be forever distinctively different because they would all be born into a life where we no longer go to school on a horse, and have the modern world industrialized alternative life styles and high tech culture available to our families. The new cowboy generations would have it easier and consequently have opportunities to specialize in various aspects of ranching not heretofore available to previous generations since the Spanish and Portuguese aristocracies during the middle ages/Golden Age lent itself to the specialist pursuits and interests of nobility. That is to say, that unlike my father's generation, these new generations could ride and work the ranch and farm on a horse but drive to town in the family pickup truck. Even our horses and livestock now ride to town in a trailer towed by a motor truck.
I have occasion to salute both my grandfathers for their historical inspirations in complimenting ways. My mother’s father, Antonio Gilbert, (maternal grandfather), although he was killed by a train in Los Lunas, NM where the new Rail Runer train station is located, (according to newspaper accounts and my mother) in 1930 when my mother was a tender two years of age, inspired me through oral history as well as some historical documents for his pursuits as a civic leader and successful businessman in the shaping of the early history of our town of Belen, NM. In the case of my father’s father, (paternal grandfather), Epifanio Chavez, I was fortunate enough to have spent some of my summers with him in Belen, NM and accompanied him on deer hunting trips as a young man. It was his influence on his farms in Polvadera, NM and Belen where I watched, listened, and “hands on” learned many aspects of farming and ranching. His many stories about the “olden” days of his youth before motor cars and the era of the Spanish Conquistadores planted a seed of pride and heritage which took root when he passed away in 1973. La cultura del ranchero caballero/vaquero como la lengua española ha tenido una larga historia en lo que es hoy Los Estados Unidos. Thank you grandpa for your sense of humor and all the oral history which I commit to writing here.
|Cover Art by Brittany Chavez and Steele Walston||The Gilbert School Library|
|Descendants of Gilbert Clark||Achcar, Gilbert with Warschawski, Michel|
|02-25-10 04 Cuba Libre Digital, La crisis en Venezuela se profundiza: Renuncia otro ministro de Chávez||The Project Gutenberg ebook of George Bernard Shaw, by Gilbert K. Chesterton|
|Donald B. K. English||Images of mind In memory of Donald Broadbent and Allen Newell Abstract|
|John Brant, Brian Foote, Ralph E. Johnson, and Donald Roberts||Mr. Donald Phelps from the ri independent Living Council enjoys a conversation with Dr. Patricia Walsh, keynote speaker for the Disability Summit and Director|