Lorenzo Cuesta Ortiz


Salomé Saldaña Villarreal


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Border Crossing – Ancestry.com

Laredo International Bridge
Ancestry.com has more than 3 million border crossing records (Mexico to US, 1903-57). At that time the US needed cheap labor especially after it had lost so many men to wars.

It was easy for any Mexican to obtain the authority to cross the border in search of work. Many Mexicans were fleeing the dangers of the revolution, and it was extremely difficult to feed and raise a family.

 

A Form 548 was approve, filled, or updated at each crossing or as the laws were changed.

 

Lorenzo CUESTA ORTIZ (26Mar1908 – 25Nov1995) crossed the border alone numerous times maintaining a quasi dual citizenship.

 

I. July 11, 1927:
Age: 19 yr old student carrying $10.
Port: Laredo, Tx
From: Monterrey, NL, Mx
Destination: Laredo, Tx
Comment: Card read, “Return Mexico within 2 mos by Capt. Atkins of Salvation Army”

 

II. January 22, 1931:
Age: 22 yr old student carrying $12.
Port: Brownsville, Tx
From: Monterrey, NL, Mx
Destination: Brownsville, Tx
Comment: Uncle Jesus Ortiz in Monterrey; Mother Isabel Ortiz in Brownsville. Signed by him.
Purpose: Resuming residency.

 

III. December 22, 1933:
Age: 25 yr old musician
Port: Eagle Pass, Tx
From: Torreon, Coahuila, Mx
Destination: Eagle Pass, Tx
Comment: Aunt Victoria Ortiz in Torreon. Card reads, “Good health”. Signed by him.
Purpose: Resuming residency.

 

IV. February 24, 1941:
Age: 32 yr old musician
Port: Brownsville, Tx
From: Monterrey, NL, Mx
Destination: Laredo, Tx
Comment: Aunt Victoria Ortiz in Monterrey; Mother Isabel Ortiz de Cuesta in Laredo, 1020 San Jorge. Signed by him.
Purpose: Resuming residency.

 

V. On November 4, 1943 he and his new bride (Salome SALDANA VILLARREAL) married in Monterrey, NL and moved to Laredo, Tx as legal aliens in accordance with existing laws.

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