Reverend J.M. Trunk - New Mexico 1912
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These Rev. J. M. Trunk texts were published originally in 1912. Part 8, History of Slovene Communities, contains significant genealogical information about Slovenian immigrants, the places they lived, the organizations they formed, and the churches they attended.
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Slovenes have been in this State for some 20 years. Mr. A. J. Pogorelc sent me this data:
Brilliant. Some 20 Slovenes and a few Croatians are employed in a coal mine. Fellow countryman F. Modic from Bloki has a large size "Boarding House" here.
Davson. Here there are a few families and up to 20 single men who are working in a coal mine. Besides Slovenes, there are also many Croatians.
Gallup and Gibson. These counties are along the Santa Fe Railroad on the Mexican border. [Translator's note: The writer must mean the Arizona border, which is nearby, not the Mexican border, several hundred miles south). In Gallup, there are only a few Slovenes, among whom is one disabled fellow-countryman, who has a large store with a variety of goods. In Gibson, there are up too 50 Slovene coal miners and still more Croatian coal miners. There are also a few farmers in the vicinity.
Koehler. This town is 16 miles from Raton and has up to 40 Slovene coal miners. There are Slovenes also in smaller settlements of Willewy, Briland, etc. They are not permanently settled and live inn Company houses. There are also a few farmers in the vicinity.
Maze. For many years already, there has been a Slovene farm settlement in a beautiful mountain plateau, where there are some 10 families. They grow potatoes and occupy themselves with raising livestock.
Raton. This city of 4,539 inhabitants is 30 miles from Trinidad, Colorado, in a beautiful mountain canyon, and is the center of many coal mines. There are several Slovene innkeepers in the city proper.