William, oldest son of George M. LOVE and Nettie G. (THOMAS) LOVE, enlisted in the United States Army on May 31, 1917 at Mt. Vernon, Missouri; served as a cook for the 35th Infantry, Co. "F"; and was Honorably Discharged on February 4, 1925 as a Sergeant with Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He settled in San Antonio, Texas where he married María Isabella Cardenas (CAMPOS) LOVE in January 1923. Their second oldest son, David, became my dad.
The world provided many opportunities for William to toil hard and long. Like his father, George; and his grandfather, Thomas, before him; he was a coal miner, and he learned the meaning of arduous work in order to provide for his family. William was an extraordinary man who found his place in life by subscribing to strong work ethics. In a Depression-era letter of recommendation written on November 10, 1931, his employer summed up those principles by stating, "… we found him a faithful workman...thoroughly dependable....The work...he was doing for us was discontinued...else we should not have dispensed with his services even temporarily." That legacy provided the inspiration for this project.
In each research endeavor, many individuals contribute to its successful completion. This family analysis is no exception. Sincere appreciation for providing valuable, and hitherto lost and forgotten, documented evidence about the lifeway of our kindred individuals is extended to the myriad family historians and transcribers who devote their talents, energies and labors of love while volunteering at RootsWeb and the USGenWeb Archives.
Crucial to the success of this exploration is the continuing mentorship of Professor of History, Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Jr., my dear friend and my former supervising professor in the graduate history department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Professor Almaráz has consistently provided me with thought-provoking ideas and valid criticism regarding my scholarly enterprises and their methodology. His generosity in opening many pathways for me, and his unrelenting emphasis on primary source material, has helped to ground me in archival research and historical interpretation. To him I am humbly and eternally thankful.
Also, I gratefully recognize Dr. John Miller Morris, professor of social geography and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, for his insightful comments and constant encouragement for me to pursue graduate studies. He roused in me the need to know, beginning with La Familia Project in the fall of 1997; and he instilled the confidence in me to unlock and open old doors.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge the magnanimous support of countless archivists, cemetery managers, church rectory office administrators, County Clerk's office personnel, county look-up volunteers, genealogical society members, librarians, and museum curators across the heartland for their untiring assistance, selfless devotion and never-ending enthusiasm in support of this research site. They have helped us to honor William, and all of our other BOLBOCK, BUNDY, CAMPOS, GUGERTY, JIMÉNEZ, LOVE, SANTOS, SCHIFFGENS and THOMAS ancestors whose spirit of adventure has made a rich contribution to our family history.
- STRONG WORK ETHICS: William was consistantly loyal (41 KB)
William subscribed to strong work ethics as this Depression-era letter of recommendation written on November 10, 1931 attests to. His legacy provided the inspiration for this project.
- FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY, circa 1909 (61 KB)
Ma. Isabella CAMPOS (r) with her sister, Macrina, celebrating their First Holy Communion at San Fernando Cathedral, circa 1909. A studio portrait like this was a rare treat for the two girls who were under the care of the Sisters of Charity at the St. Joseph's Girls' Orphanage from 1908-1914. The photographer at Brack, 203 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TEX., captured this enduring image.
- KELLY A.F.B. GUARD 1944 - William on guard duty (43 KB)
Grandfather William LOVE in uniform as a federal guard at Kelly A.F.B from 1944 until his retirement in 1960. Photograph by Modern Studio, 119 S. Laredo Street, San Antonio, TEX., June 17, 1944.
- FAUSTINO CAMPOS 1945 (33 KB)
Our grandmother's father who brought her and her sister to San Antonio in a covered ox cart in 1908 from the border town of Laredo. Their mother, Santos ANDRADE, died shortly before he placed both girls in the St. Joseph's Girls' Orphanage.
- CRISPÍN JIMÉNEZ 1923 (39 KB)
Our grandfather, Cress; born August 8, 1902 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico; married Estella Santos in 1925; died September 13, 1957; interred at Panteón del Roble, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Portrait taken in San Antonio, Texas in 1923.
- ERNESTO JIMÉNEZ 1926 (36 KB)
Our mother's brother, Ernesto; born October 22, 1926 in San Antonio, Texas; son of Crispín Jiménez and Estella Santos.