Lopez Heritage Photographs

The Lopez Family Home
Photos Courtesy of Nancy McAllister

My Mother and her siblings were born and raised in this home. It is located at the end of Hopi Street (north side) next to the Navajo County Fairgrounds in Holbrook, Arizona. I have vivid memories of going there as a young child to visit my Grandma Lilly and my Aunties that still lived in Holbrook. My childhood memory was that this house was Huge! It had to be, or how would have my Grandma have a bed for each of her 12 children? In reality it was probably no more than 1,000 square feet (if that). I remember the kitchen best because that’s where my Mom, Grandma, and Aunties would sit and talk. There was a small room off the kitchen with a bed and I remember having to take a nap in there by myself. I remember crying myself to sleep. Sometimes my Gillespie cousins would come while I was there and we would play in the backyard. None of us were allowed in the Living Room (called a Parlor) or the front part of the house. My Grandma died before my 8th birthday and I’m sad to say I barely remember her. My Mom would not allow me to climb on her lap because she had a very bad leg. (not sure what that meant) Isn’t it funny how childhood memories come pouring out of the hidden areas of our brain? My Grandma made me beautiful dresses for Christmas and my birthday. Her gift would include a dress, ribbon for my hair, underwear, and socks. I felt like a princess!

The last time I visited my Grandma’s home was about 2010. Fred, Ina, and I took a ride to Holbrook to see if it was still standing. It was! No one was living there at the time and it was clearly deteriorating. I hope that by now it is someone’s home again.

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