The Family of Juan Antonio and Casimira Lopez – Holbrook, Arizona
Many thanks to Nancy Gillespie McAllister (Granddaughter of Lorraine Lopez-Stone) and her daughter, Kimberly McAllister for providing the historical information and copies of the photographs that you have the privilege of viewing today. Have no doubt that without Nancy and Kim’s willingness to share what they have learned about our Lopez ancestry there would be little, or no information to share with you. Nancy has also taken on the responsibility of making frequent visits to the Holbrook Cemetery to make sure that the resting places of our ancestors are cared for (and never forgotten). Please take a few moments to read about the heroic act that resulted in the death of our ancestor (my Grandfather) and the effort that Nancy and Kim made to make sure that the name Antonio Lopez was remembered by his community on the 100th anniversary of his death.
This page will be dedicated to the memory of my Mother’s (Maria Virginia Lopez) parents and siblings. Her parents were Antonio Lopez and Casimira Lopez of Holbrook, Arizona. They gave life to 12 children – Maxine (1891-1983) and Petra (twins). Petra died in childhood – date and cause of death unknown; Joe (1894-1945); Mary (1896-1988); Henry (1898-1927); Lorraine (1900-1996); Virginia (1902-1992); Nellie (1903-1997); Mike (1906-1954); Dora (1908-2000); Patty 1910-1992); and Tony (1913-2004). Each of their lives will be detailed with known information and photographs as time allows.
Casimira Lopez was born March 4, 1870 at Los Lunas, New Mexico, and died July 8, 1951 at Holbrook, Arizona. She was the daughter of Antonio Lopez and Virginia Peralta, born at Los Lunas, Nuevo “New” Mexico before 1850. Casimira had one known sister, Eloisa, born August 3, 1873, Los Lunas, New Mexico, and died May 3, 1947 at Holbrook, Arizona. Eloisa married Wilhelm Warren on June 20, 1913 at Holbrook, Arizona.
Casimira Lopez married a man by the name of Antonio Lopez (the exact same name of her father) about 1890. I know nothing about my Grandfather’s ancestry. A 1910 Census Record (Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona) lists him as Head of Household, Age 40. He was a section foreman for Santa Fe Railroad. Antonio was killed in a tragic train accident in 1913, leaving Casimira to raise their 11 children. The youngest child, Juan Antonio Lopez, Jr. (Uncle Tony) was just 8 months old at the time of his Father’s death. Our Grandfather (Antonio) was a Hero in every sense of the word. He died in order that others might live. His heroism is detailed below. At a later date I will post the newspaper article(s) for your information.
Casimira Lopez (also known as Grandma Lilly) was one Tough Lady! She had to be! Imagine how difficult it must have been to be both Mother and Father to 11 children. Grandma Lilly raised her children in the home she shared with Antonio. She lived in this house until her death in 1951. The house which is still standing today, is located on Hopi Street (next to the Navajo County Fairgrounds) in Holbrook. Unfortunately, there are no known photographs of my Grandmother or Grandfather. All that is available is their resting place at Holbrook Memorial Cemetery