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Re: Looking for Louisa Ulibarri Sanchez history
Posted by: william Nalbone (ID *****6040) Date: December 09, 2008 at 06:06:15
In Reply to: Looking for Louisa Ulibarri Sanchez history by william Nalbone of 226

For those interested I have found the following excerpt on my grandmother from a writing entitled, " Latina's in the United States, a Historical Encyclopedia" Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol, Indiana University Press, 2006

Louise Ulibarri Sanchez 1893 1983
She became principal of Mountain View Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M. in 1948
Louise Ulibarri Sanchez, recognized as the first Latina school principal in the Albuquerque public school system,
was also a woman who refused to follow the social parameters set for women at the beginning of the twentieth century. Ulibarri was born on June 21, 1893 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, to Marillita Dominique and Jose Ulibarri. Marillita and Jose met when he rode shotgun for Wells Fargo stagecoaches. Marillita gave birth to seven surviving children, of whom Louise was the fourth.

Louise Ulibarri was an excellent student. Bright and inquisitive, she graduated from eighth grade and then
Attended New Mexico Western Normal School, which in those days enabled her to teach. Excited about her career, she became a teacher in a one-room school-house at age fourteen in Anton Chico, New Mexico, in 1907. At that time her pupils ranged in age from six to twenty-two years. During the winter, one of her jobs was to start a fire in the wood stove to warm the classroom for the children.

In 1912, Ulibarri married Juan Bautista Sanchez, a cattle rancher, and moved to Duran, New Mexico. She gave birth to five children in her home. The eldest, Frank, went to live with her parents. The youngest, Alfred,died at age two. Despite her domestic obligations, she never stopped teaching and taught in Duran for fifteen years.

She divorced Juan Bautista Sanchez in 1927 because she believed that he was having extramarital affairs. Her
devoutly Roman Catholic family was not in agreement with her decision. Her parents told her that she was a
heretic; her brothers and sister expressed dismay; her uncles and aunts shunned her; and her grandparents told
her no one had ever done such a terrible thing.
After her divorce, Ulibarri attended Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico, to work on
her high school education during the summer while she was still teaching.


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