Chiques History Note #10 – La Colonia Boxing Gym

Chiques History Notes is a series of post based on my research on Oxnard, CA.

The historical La Colonia Boxing Gym located at 520 East First Street has served the Latina/o/x community in multiple different ways since 1944.

Source: Oxnard Press-Courier, 10 May 1944.

First, the city used it for Fire Station No. 2, which moved to 531 East Pleasant Valley Road in 1965.

Source: Oxnard Press-Courier, 2 Jun 1965.

Second, they used it for many different types of local community services and groups.

Source: The Press-Courier, 29 Jun 1968.

And finally, it becomes the home of the famous La Colonia Youth Boxing Club.

Ironically, as of yesterday, June 6, 2019, both the gym and the fire station No. 2 was on the city chopping block for significant budget cuts. But, a mass outcry and organizing from the working-class community of Oxnard steered the city council away from cutting them.

#savefirestation2

#SaveColoniaBoxing

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Chiques History Note #9 – Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Chiques History Notes is a series of post based on my research on Oxnard, CA.

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Source: Girl peanut race at Guadalupe School. Works Progress Administration, 1936. Oxnard Public Library.

I came across the following photographs of Mexican children celebrating Halloween at Guadalupe School years ago. What caught my attention was the Works Progress Administration (WPA) stamp on them. During the 1930s, the WPA had funded many different types of projects in Oxnard, which included the Guadalupe School playground at Meta Street and Seventh Street. The playground was under the supervision of Robert Hinostro, who became the first Mexican American police officer in the Oxnard Police Department.

For more information on Robert Hinostro, check out Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961 by Frank P. Barajas.

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Source: Oxnard Daily Courier, 3 Nov 1936.

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Source: Boy peanut race at Guadalupe School. Works Progress Administration, 1936. Oxnard Public Library.

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Source: Children receiving awards & candy at Guadalupe School. Works Progress Administration, 1936. Oxnard Public Library.

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Source: Early Halloween program at Guadalupe School. Works Progress Administration, 1936. Oxnard Public Library.

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