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Affidavit sworn by Perfecto Solis, Jr. to Alonso S. Perales

Item

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Title

Affidavit sworn by Perfecto Solis, Jr. to Alonso S. Perales

Subject

AFFIDAVITS
DISCRIMINATION in housing
DISCRIMINATION
MILITARY
MILITARY Personnel
VETERAN
DISABLED Veterans

Description

Affidavit sworn by Perfecto Solis, Jr. that says that he and his wife, Hope Sachtleven, were told they could not buy a home in the Burkshire Addition in San Anotnio, Texas because there was a restrictive clause against people of Latin American descent purchasing or using houses in the area.

Creator

Solis, Jr., Perfecto

Source

Perales, Alonso S. Are We Good Neighbors? 1948. EBSCO Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection: Series 2

Publisher

Artes Gráficas

Date

1948-04-29

Contributor

Humphrey, Peggy

Rights

Content compilation of The Latino/Hispanic American Experience Leaders, Writers and Thinkers copyright 2012 by Arte Publico Historical Collections. All rights reserved.

Relation

Gauthereau, Lorena. "Are We Good Neighbors?: Mapping Discrimination Against Mexican Americans in 1940s Texas." https://arcg.is/1C1bbv.

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

pera0084

Coverage

SAN Antonio (Tex.)

Scripto

Transcription

THE STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF BEXAR

My name is Perfecto Solis, Jr. I am a native of Laredo, Texas. At present, I am attending the Law School at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Bexar Couty, Texas. I was in the United States Army during World War II. I served in the European Theater, and I was in combat for a period of nine months. I was severely wounded and was evacuated to the United States for hospitalization. I am now receiving compensation in the amount of 100% for total permanent disability. I am married to the former Hope Sachtleven. She is a native of Hackensack, New Jersey. She is a registered nurse. I met her in the Army and married her after I returned to the United States from the European Theater.

One of my wife's patients recommended the Burkshire Addition, located at 4220 Zarzamora Street, as a good place where we could purchase a home. Subsequently, we saw it advertised in a newspaper as being an addition for veterans. On Saturday, April 10, A.D. 1948, my wife and I went to see the homes in that addition and, after seeing the model homes, spoke to one of the salesmen. At first, the salesman told us he could not obtain a home for us for a period of from three to six months. Subsequently, he stated, however, that he remembered of a home which had not been purchased, because the loan had not been approved and that he believed he could obtain this place for us within a period of three weeks. He then took us in his car to visit the homes, and we decided to attempt to negotiate the deal. We then returned to his office, which is located on the addition itself, and he started filling out the papers in connection with the purchase. When he asked me my name, and i told him that it was Solis, he stated that he was sorry but that he could not sell it to us because of a restrictive clause against the purchase or use by Latin-Americans. My wife, who comes from the East, was not able to understand this restriction, but I told the salesman that I was not surprised that these restrictive clauses against Latin-Americans in general, and veterans in particular, seem to be quite common around here. We then left the office.

Perfecto Solis, Jr.

Subscribed and Sworn to before me on this 29th day of April, A.D. 1948.

Given under my hand and seal of office.

Peggy Humphrey

Notary Public in and for Bexar County, Texas

Citation

Solis, Jr., Perfecto , “Affidavit sworn by Perfecto Solis, Jr. to Alonso S. Perales,” Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections, accessed April 18, 2024, http://usldhrecovery.uh.edu/items/show/20.