During a visit to my mother in 1985, I found her in an unusually talkative mood. Somewhere in the conversation, eyes twinkling, she told how her grandfather, Hilario Lujan, had kept a mistress in a cave.
What? … I wondered. I thought we were the Indians!
Where? …. In El Polvo, across the river in Ojinaga? In Cuchillo Parado?
With nothing to go by, who would guess that I would eventually find “La India”? Well. I did, and how it came about will be told in my book.
What I will relate here is that I discovered the names of two of Hilario and Chona Saenz’s offspring. They were Ignacio and Concepcion (Chon) Lujan.
Ignacio and Chon worked at the T. O. Ranch in Pilares, Mexico, a ranch owned by the Nelson Morris Cattle Co. of Chicago Illinois. (T. O. standing for Texas and Old Mexico). Ignacio’s daughters both married Tarangos. Their daughter Eloisa married Juan Tarango, and Juanita married Alejandro Tarango.
It sure would be nice to connect to this branch of my extended family.