“When he was growing up, he was living in South Texas...”

When Ricardo Isaias Zavala came to StoryCorps, his son, Ricardo Javier, asked who the most important person in his life was.

The answer came without a moment’s hesitation–it was Vicente Domingo Villa, Ricardo Isaias’ grandfather.

He told a story that began in the 1920s, when Vicente was a young boy enamored with the vaqueros, or cowboys, who worked on the South Texas ranches where he lived.

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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Anaid Reyes
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In partnership with
Southeast Austin Community Branch of the Austin Public Library