Audio Recording "He came by himself first, then he sent for us."

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"He came by himself first, then he sent for us."
Contributor Names
Soria, Ralph (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Puerto Ricans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Family-run businesses
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Soria Real Estate Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Ralph Soria, owner of Soria Real Estate Agency on Oliver Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: Father came without mother at first, then sent for his family about 2 years later. He worked his way up at the diner, became a cook's assistant. Then got a job in the garment factories, proved himself, and became an under-presser, then a top-presser. then he started going to school at night,and from there opened a little business in 1962 -- a little toy store, grocery store. From there still went to school, and got his real estate license. Started working in immigration first, immigration matters, then got into real estate. Opened his own business, said he didn't want to work for anyoneelse. And RS saw that his father was doing well, and followed him into the business. RS joined the business in 1965, helping with immigration, real estate, etc. Got a salary from his father, gave RS a small desk next to him, and RS had his own practice within the office. There were two desks, next to each other, and RS and his father were very close, they always worked together. Father trained RS, everything he knows he learned from his father. His father in Florida now, retired, is 73 years old.
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A023
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "He came by himself first, then he sent for us.". -09-13, 1994. Audio.

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Soria, R. & Carroll, T. D. (1994) "He came by himself first, then he sent for us.". -09-13. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Soria, Ralph, and Thomas D Carroll. "He came by himself first, then he sent for us.". -09-13, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.