PHOTOGRAPHS

Medical Military Academy Student

Medical Military Academy Student

While a student at the prestigious Military Medical School Academy in Mexico City, Ruben heeded President Roosevelt's call for Mexicans to come help America with the WW II war effort.

Bracero in McMinnville, Oregon

Bracero in McMinnville, Oregon

Ruben, worked on the railroad system, important to the war effort. His second assignment was in McMinnville. These workers have been called "Railroad Soldiers."

Santa Maria Hospital After War

Santa Maria Hospital After War

Having returned to Mexico following his Bracero assignment, he was able to come back to the U.S. After working in Los Angeles, he moved to a hospital in Santa Maria.

With Wife Alberta

With Wife Alberta

Ruben and Alberta were married for 62 years, until his passing in 2010.

Valley Migrant League Field Work

Valley Migrant League Field Work

Ruben representing the Valley Migrant League at an event.

1960's VML Office

1960's VML Office

In his Dayton office where he served as Area Director of the Valley Migrant League. Above his shoulder is a favorite sign "Poverty is No Crime."

First VML Dayton Office

First VML Dayton Office

This was the first office of the VML across from the park. An ice cream restaurant is there now.

Second Dayton VML Office

Second Dayton VML Office

In front of his second office next to the bank in Dayton.

Vista Volunteer Jim Houser in 1965

Vista Volunteer Jim Houser in 1965

Jim Houser in 1965 in front of Dayton's second VML office. Jim lived for a year in the nearby Eola Village migrant camp. In 2011 Jim flew to Washington, D.C. to be introduced in the balcony by President Obama during the State of the Union Address. See Oregonian article about Jim Houser at http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/oregon_auto_shop_owner_sits_wi.html

Lecturing at Linfield College

Lecturing at Linfield College

Speaking in front in Dr. Elmer Million's (pictured seated) class in Melrose Hall on the Linfield College campus.

On Portland Television

On Portland Television

Appearing on Oregon Public Broadcasting panel discussion program.

As a Special Deputy Sheriff

As a Special Deputy Sheriff

Ruben did police, and court translation for many years in Yamhill County. In the 1960s he was made an official Special Deputy by Sheriff Bud Meekers. Ruben held his position until his 2010 death under Sheriff Jack Crabtree.

With Oregon Governor Tom McCall

With Oregon Governor Tom McCall

Pictured at the Oregon State Capital with Secretary of State Clay Myers, and Governor Tom McCall.

Leading Tours in Mexico

Leading Tours in Mexico

This photo was taken during the winter of 1966 on tour with the Portland Railroad Club, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

As National OSHA Advisor

As National OSHA Advisor

Ruben pioneered agricultural safety in America as one of the first 15 members of the national O.H.S.A advisory board when it started in the 1970s. Here he is pictured with a national official.

Grand Marshal in Lafayette

Grand Marshal in Lafayette

Ruben and Alberta served as Grand Marshals of an annual parade in Alberta's home town of Lafayette, Oregon.

Hotel Oregon Photo for Article

Hotel Oregon Photo for Article

On the historic balcony of McMenamins' Hotel Oregon. Ruben stayed at the hotel in the 1940s during his visits to McMinnville prior to their marriage.

Interview with Historian Tim HIlls

Interview with Historian Tim HIlls

Ruben and Alberta during an interview for an article about Ruben's life by McMenamins Historian Tim Hills.

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