Stories for December 1991

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Sunday, December 22

TWO CHURCHES, TWO VIEWS AND ONE TOWN

LaGRULLA, Texas _ There are two churches in this community of 1,445 _ one Catholic, the other Mennonite.One church has become the voice of the people, while the other is more concerned with spiritual matters. But no matter what position each has taken, bo

Religions provide spiritual guidance to families

LaGRULLA, Texas _ About 20 years ago, some members of the Martinez family left the Catholic church and became Mennonites.``I saw that the Catholic church was always getting after the kids if they were making too much noise in church, or they criticized pe

Sunday, December 15

CHANGES AHEAD IN MIGRANT EDUCATION

LaGRULLA, Texas _ Texas Migrant Council workers have traveled the country for more than 20 years to help young migrant children from their state learn the alphabet or enjoy other preschool activities.Administrators, teachers, nurses, cooks, bus drivers an

Sunday, December 8

FAMILY LEAVES TEXAS EACH YEAR TO WORK FOR A HOME

MISSION, Texas _ Migrant workers' vision about the future is constantly on their minds when they are working in the fields.They envision the day they can return home to find adequate paying jobs. They envision the day their children will no longer have to

HARD WORK AND 20 YEARS RESULT IN A FAMILY HOME

LaGRULLA, Texas _ For the past 20 years, Sam and Fedencia Barrera and their children have been working in the fields to make a better life for themselves.The Barreras and their three sons and daughter have been traveling to Walla Walla, Pasco and other pl

Sunday, December 1

There's not much excitement in town

LaGRULLA, Texas _ The town of LaGrulla is a tiny community set apart from the rest of civilization.Before we came here to live on Oct. 31, I was repeatedly told by the Martinezes and other migrant families I met in the Pacific Northwest that there is ``no

Economic crunch cripples LaGrulla

LaGRULLA, Texas _ In English, the word ÆMDULØgrullaÆMDNMØ means crane. LaGrulla received its name from the flocks of whooping cranes that used to winter in the area.The town of 1,445 is like most of the towns in Starr County _ rural, Hispanic in populatio