On Wednesday, April 30, the Wellington Public Library welcomed Dr. Antonio Delgado to speak about Mexican Railroad Workers in Boxcar Communities. It was a very interesting program, detailing with photographs the lives of families brought in to build railroads in the 1910s through the 1930s. For moving to America, families were given boxcars to live in, a stove, and some coal. Dr. Delgado has done quite a bit of research in communities in Illinois and Iowa. There is evidence of similar temporary communities here in Wellington, Oxford, Winfield, and other nearby railroad towns. Dr. Delgado called on us as local citizens to look into the culture and stories of local immigrant families, our ancestors.
Phil White, with KLEY, was on hand to speak with Dr. Delgado about his research. He was kind enough to share his interview with us. Have a listen!