Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Jose Apodaca]
Edith L. Crawford
Carrizozo, N. Mex.
Date: April 28, 1939
Topic: Pioneer Story
Source of Information:
Jose Apodaca, Carrizozo.N.M.
My father was Severanio Apodaca and my mother was Juanita Sanchez, both were born in Old Mexico and were married there. They came to the United States soon after they were married. (I do not know when they were born or when they married or the year they came to the United States.) They came to Lincoln County New Mexico, about 1871 and lived at Picacho, New Mexico, for a while and moved from there to Agua Azul, New Mexico, (which in now called Blue Water, New Mexico.) Agua Azul in located on the south side of the Capitan Mountains. Father moved there about the year 1872, and took up a piece of land and built a two roomed hut on the place.
He had a few head of horses and cattle and farmed the place. There was lots of wild game in the Capitan Mountains in tho'se days and they always had all the fresh meat that they wanted. About the first of January, 1873, while my parents were living at this place, a friend of theirs by the name of Marcial Rodriguez came to go on a hunting trip with my father. They got up at day-break one morning and went out to look for their horses. The men had to cross a flat which was between the mountain and a big arroyo. The juniper trees which covered this place had limbs that grew very close to the ground. While my father and Marcial were crossing this flat a band of Indians were hidden in the juniper trees, and as the men came out in the open the Indians began shooting at them. They hit Marcial in the back and my father in the leg. The two men fought with the Indians all