Thank you for contacting me.I was so excited, I had to call my father.He remembers staying with Sinforosa and her family in CA when he was in the Navy in the 50’s.He had never forgotten their hospitality and had kept in touch for awhile, but then the Christmas cards got less and less.
I read your genealogy page on the Acebo side of your family.Acebo means “holly tree”.My father’s mother, Jacinta Higuera Acebo Lastra Gomez, came to Barre, VT in 1929.She was very close to Sinforosa and Elvira.She also made grappa in her tub, too.Survival in those days was not easy.Colorful is what I’d call my side of the family as well.
My grandfather, Luis Gomez Lastra, (he came to Barre in 1919 we think) was a member of the Barre Spanish Club as well. The club members, in the 20’s and 30’s, were of the communist persuasion, as we call it, and would raise money, clothes and food to send back to Spain to family members left behind during the Civil War.My father has a picture of he (maybe at 6 years old) and his brother posing with one fist up. It was a communist thing!Colorful, indeed.
There is a book named “Santander to Barre – Life in a Spanish Family in Vermont” by Elisabeth Ramon Bacon, that is very good.My father says it’s right on the money describing life for them.You can order it from the Vermont Historical Society for about $5.
I will be passing along the information you gave me to other family members.Also, to a Gomez Casar from Mirones, who is a very distant relative.
If I find out more information regarding Fermin’s family, I’ll pass it along.