Pablo Cabeza de Baca y Delgado (1874-1940)

 

In La Gente, Hispano History and Life in Colorado, Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1998 (pp. 47-81), editor Vincent Cabeza de Baca has published, in Spanish and English, a memoir called "Pastimes in Life: a Brief History" written by his great grandfather Pablo Cabeza de Baca y Delgado in Mora, New Mexico in 1935.

The work is dedicated to Pablo's children "dear creatures, whom God has deigned to place under my care". He says that he presents to them the experience of life around them, how they should treat their neighbor, and how to respect and remain loyal to their holy religion. He describes the book as "a simple history of a humble man who reflected on the times of his life".

The author tells of how his parents Don Francisco Cabeza de Baca, from Pena Blanca, and Martina Delgado, from Santa Fe, were one of the original families residing in Santa Clara, now Wagon Mound, in Mora County, about 45 miles from the plaza of Mora. They moved there from Santa Fe in about 1866, a year after they were married. Francisco was a cattle rancher. After some years, Don Francisco moved to Las Vegas where he established a commissary store. Later the Romero y Delgado brothers hired him as manager of their hacienda at Romeroville. Later they sent him to la Cuesta to manage a store. He eventually bought the store and his family lived there for more than fourteen years. Martina was know as a charitable person who never refused the needy poor who asked for her help when they were ill.

They had thirteen children:

Maria Antonia Estefana (1865-1940)

Gregoria (1867-abt. 1870). When she was two or three years old, Gregorita escaped from her mother's attention and drowned in an irrigation ditch.

Juana Refugio Fidel (1869-?)

Fulgencio Marcelo (1871-1946)

Miguel (1872-abt 1875) died when only a few years old.

Pablo Candelario (1874-1940) was born February 2, 1874 in Santa Clara. When he was born his father's uncle Don Fernando Nolan, who claimed to be a fortune teller, predicted he would become a sailor. Pablo says though that he was afraid of water and would hardly even wash himself. He says was afraid of rain or even being near a lake. Pablo says this uncle was a lawyer and very wealthy. He was alcoholic and died poor on Santa Fe plaza. Pablo says that the best days of his life were spent in the loving care of his mother. One of his schoolteachers was the future governor, Ezequial Cabeza de Baca. Along with his Romero cousins he then attended the Jesuit school in Las Vegas and lived with his aunt Erinea Delgado. He then attended their school in Denver and St Michaels College in Santa Fe. He died March 16, 1940.

Juan (1876-?)

Aurelio (1878-?)

Francisco Crestino (1880-abt. 1886) He is said to have a disposition of kind, innocent simplicity. He was now for being gracious to everyone. He took pleasure in giving coins to old men and poor children. As soon as he saw a poor person he asked his mother for something to give him. He shared his candies with the neighborhood children. Once he gave his hat to a poor boy without a hat, which made his mother cry. He loved animals and talked to them. He died at age six during the smallpox epidemic.

Hipolito (1882-1971)

Dolores (1884-1911)

Irenea Matea (1886-1908)

Arsenio (1891-1949).

Martina died December 3, 1897 in La Cuesta NM. Francisco Crestino died May 20, 1916 in Las Vegas.