Audio Recording "My house, everything was burned."

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"My house, everything was burned."
Contributor Names
Castro, Americo (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Insurance agents
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Historic district
-  Peruvian Americans
-  Castro Travel Agency (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Old Great Falls Historic district
-  Interview with Americo Castro, owner of Castro Travel Agency on Market Street.
-  Summary of audio segment: That house caught on fire. He had this business in the house, people visited him, and family coming here stayed in the house. AT that time, in 1984, a small fire started. AC called the police and the fire department, but when they came it was too late. AC's house was lost, everything was burned. He had 2 children at that time. He told them that this is a terrible fire, and they now have nothing. But when they came to the US they had nothing. No problem, going to start again. AC took his children inside the house, and told them to look. Now we start again, no problem. They left the house and came to the office on Market Street, which he had by then, and they lived there. In 6 months AC bought another house, more beautiful [than the first one], which was nice, and it's the house they live in now. They started over, buying furniture a piece at a time, because AC didn't want to have debts. When they had money they bought what they needed. He bought a car, and had never had a car, so he was happy. Now he has a car, and has a limousine, when he has something like that he knows he has something. His family can enjoy life, and have no worries. That was his main concern, that they have no worries.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A024
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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Castro, Americo, and Thomas D Carroll. "My house, everything was burned.". -09-13, 1994. Audio.

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