5. Oral History for Celia Dominguez Mariscal, 1994

Celia D. Mariscal moved with her family from California to Oregon’s Hood River Valley in 1964. According to her, even though they were the only Mexican family in the area, “everyone [in Hood River] was very friendly. We easily made friends with other schoolmates and we were happy.” Still, within a year’s time, Celia decided to earn her G.E.D. and leave high school so that she could find an office job. In 1965, she was hired by the U.S. Forest Service as a secretary. Two years later, her bilingual skills earned her a managerial position in the Forest Service, where she helped Mexican migrant workers arriving in the Hood River area under the U.S.-Mexican Bracero program.

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