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Bean Day – 1939 – Wagon Mound, New Mexico

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The historic event of Bean Day began in 1909 when Higinio Gonzales and his crew cooked up a pot of beans in wash boilers behind the school house for what was then called the “Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee.”  The following year, the name “Bean Day” was born to honor the crop that was once a staple of the local farming economy. In those days, Wagon Mound was a major center for the production of pinto beans.

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  1. Theresa Townsend(Bernal)

    I am interested in Wagon Mound because I was born there in 1946. My mother Rufina Bernal was a resident almost right across from the school behind a little store (tienda). My brother Dave Bernal was a basketball player at the school. Deceased at a young age. I believe my nieces attended the bean or will attend bean day.

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    • The Bernal name is so familiar to me. I can’t recall where I obtained that Wagon Mound photo (none of my folks are in the picture). My families were from Colfax, Harding, Union, and Mora Counties and my mother talked about Bean Day in Wagon Mound. I’ve never been – but hope to be there during that time – one day.

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  2. My mother is from wagon mound my grandmother and great grandparents are burried there, they are the martinez and madrid family im pretty sure there are more names that im leaving out cuz i really don’t know my background, however i have not been there since i was 12 and im taking my kids to bean day for the first time for me and them to see where my family comes from, my mother says its a blast, i hope so.!!!

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    • Oh I know you will have a fantastic time! I’m planning to meet some of my family there . . . one day . . . at that particular time.

      So good to read your message!

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  3. Raton Range article:
    Bean Day set to celebrate century mark
    Staff Reporter

    • Thu, Sep 02, 2010

    While most people throughout the country will be celebrating Labor Day this Monday, the folks in Wagon Mound — along with many former residents and visitors — will be enjoying the 100th anniversary of Bean Day.

    This annual event in the village of about 300 people earned its name after Higinio Gonzales and others cooked up beans in wash boilers behind the schoolhouse in 1909 for what was then called the Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee. As a result, in 1910, the name and celebration of “Bean Day” was born to honor the crop that was at that time a staple of the local farming economy. In those days, Wagon Mound was a major center for the production of pinto beans.

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  4. Dear Hope & friends –
    I’m seeking a good ‘old’ photograph of the Santa Clara Spring area – the older the better. I took some telephoto shots in 2008, but the field is pretty junked up with debris. I’m preparing a presentation and would appreciate any suggestions or photo contributions.
    please send to budhenson aol.com

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