Emil Signes writes:

“This is the first page of an ID booklet prepared by the Spanish government for the 1920 emigrant Emilio Signes Monfort, a resident of Gata de Gorgos (Alicante). Emilio, who had just turned 17, came to the US alone, speaking only Valencian as a first language and Castilian Spanish as a second. In his words, he left “because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life picking olives.” He ended up in Newark, NJ, where he joined up with some fellow Valencians and met his future wife Carmen Lagos Besteiro, descendant of a highly-educated and accomplished family from Madrid: as they say, “only in America…”. Emilio, who had to drop our of school at age 8 to work in the fields (el campo), had 3 children all of whom went on to get graduate degrees.”