I did a search on the 1880 census for Victor Ramirez born 1870-1880 in any state, and nothing.I'm thinking your Victor may have been born in Mexico and that's why you're not finding him.What does his middle initial "R" stand for?I suppose it is for his mother's name of Romo.Victor is rather an Anglo sounding name for an Hispanic born in 1876.Could he have gone by anything else in those early days, such as something like Vicente or Victorio?
Do you know if Victor had a Soc Sec number?You could obtain a copy of the application he filled out, but if he was foreign born and hiding it, he probably wouldn't put that on his application.There is a chance he might put down any other name he went by on that record, though.
Is this your Victor?1910 census,4 Smith Alley, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX:
Ramirez, Victor, h, 35, M(1) 16 yrs, b TX, MX, TX " Lola (?), w, 32, M(1) 16 yrs, 3 ch, 3 lvg, b TX, MX, MX " Elvira, d, 14, b TX " Estella, d, ?, b TX " Arturo, s, 1, b TX Cordenas, Maria, sister, 18, sgle, b TX, MX, MX [I think Maria is sister to Lola, not Victor, note birth locations for her and her parents, they match with Lola's.Victor was a butcher in a market.Looks like they are living with another family at the same address, but they do not appear to be related.]
I do not see Victor on the 1900 census, he could be living with a member of his Ramirez family, only the head of household is shown on the census index I use.What is the given name of Victor's mother?Maybe his father was deceased and he and his wife were living with his mother to help support her.