The Pancho Villa Connection

9 Aug

Not far into research of my grandfather’s (Esteban Lujan) friendship with Pancho Villa, I began to see signs that it was a lot closer than first believed. Esteban, being the most literate in Cuchillo Parado, composed Villa’s telegrams and other communications. Grandpa’s reluctance to speak about it is still a mystery.

Also a mystery is the silence of his son Alberto.  Alberto held material, notes and a book written by Grandpa, and he never shared them.

I learned about the extent of Pancho Villa and Grandpa’s association when I interviewed his niece (Trini) in Tierras Nuevas, on the outskirts of Ojinaga, Mexico.

Trini Lujan, who was 92 years old at the time of the interview, spoke about growing up in La Junta when she casually mentioned Pancho Villa.

“You actually saw Pancho Villa?” … I asked.     “Where”?

“En casa de Papa” (“At my father’s house”) came the “matter of fact” reply.

“What was Villa doing there? I asked.

“Oh … he came to have breakfast …. because Villa did not eat just anywhere. All he ever had was soft-boiled eggs, and milk”

I knew from history books that this was indeed true …. That Pancho Villa feared being poisoned and only ate at the home of trusted friends.

“Did your mother have to feed the entire army?” ….  I asked.

“No” Trini replied. “They camped over by the cemetery”.

I had often wondered where Villa stayed during his two attacks on Ojinaga.  Now it appeared all too logical that he would go to the home of Juan Lujan, the brother of his trusted friend Esteban Lujan, who was a compadre of his General, Toribio Ortega.

Prima Elisa


3 Responses to “The Pancho Villa Connection”

  1. Victor Barreras August 13, 2010 at 11:47 PM #

    Hey prima Elisa, do you have anymore storys about Pancho Villa to find out if we are decendents of his or not. My Grandmother was Soledad Rede Villa but then became Barreras when she married my grandfather David Lopez Barreras. I really need to know some history prima on the family. I have always been interested in knowing where my roots come from too. Thank you.

    • pat frost May 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

      We are descendents of Arcadio and petra villa… fathers name is Manuel D. VILLA….born in las animas,New Mexico in 1914..we dont have alot of history but wonder if you possibly have anything pertaining to our history on Pancho Villa. would appreciate any feedback…

  2. Debbie Rede Lopez Pimentel August 14, 2010 at 2:32 AM #

    All so very interesting, excited about your upcoming book. Thanks for sharing love the special peeks into your works. What an adventure you have had putting it all together.

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