Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico
Porfirio was born in Mexico. He was married twice; his second wife was Theodora (Tapia) Ortega who was widowed when her husband Valentine died during the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. Porfirio became a stepfather to Theodora's children and lived for many years on a little ranch near the river bottom in Saticoy, California. He raised animals, including pigs, cows, geese, and chickens and also harvested vegetables, both to feed his family and sell locally. One of his granddaughters remembers him castrating the squealing pigs in the backyard and then bringing in something he called "mountain oysters" to be cooked for dinner. She remembers having to cook the meals on a stove that used wood. Porfirio liked to tell scarey stories in the backyard to his grandchildren (the "crying llorona" for instance) near a roaring fire. It was always a major celebration on his wife's birthday, November 9, when mariachi's would play, and food to feed family and neighborhood was piled high on the festive table. Profirio was known by the knickname "Pilo", and his outhouse was given the title of "Pilo's Office." His grandchildren affectionately called him "paranda".
In 1968, when fires raged nearby his little ranch, he was very concerned about his animals, and ultimately was overcome by smoke and died.
(Information provided by his granddaughter Cecelia (Rodriguez) Monen).
Theodora Tapia Ortega (1876 - 1965)
Christina O. Ortega Rodriguez (1917 - 1980)*
Santa Clara Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 01, 2010
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