TUCSON MAN RECALLS LIFE IN BARRIO SAN ANTONIO 01/08/99 A half-century ago, the railroad played a major part in Andy Solano's childhood in Tucson's Barrio San Antonio. It provided income, ``the coldest water in Tucson,'' a boundary with the rival area known as Millville, and even impromptu seating along the track bed for spectators who came to watch baseball games between neighborhoods. ``By the third or fourth inning, there was always a heated argument over whether that was or wasn't a home run,'' recalled Solano, a retired postal worker. ``Then we'd get into a fight and chase them to the railroad tracks. Once there, they were safe.'' Solano, 66, said he has fond memories of his childhood in Barrio San Antonio, located south of the University of Arizona. Arroyo Chico, a deeply cut waterway dry most of the year, bisects the neighborhood. The neighborhood produced nationally acclaimed singer Eduardo ``Lalo'' Guerrero, minor league baseball pitcher Joe Tully and Tucson's current city manager, Luis Gutierrez, among other notables. Solano's recollections about the community go back to the mid-1930s through the early 1950s. The country was in the throes of the Great Depression when he was a youngster. ``When I was a kid, we only got to use the radio once a day, then they had to shut it off. That was the `Lone Ranger,' about 8 at night, and then all electric power went out and they put on the kerosene lamps. My dad would not allow that electric bill to go above $2 a month.'' He added, ``Nobody locked their doors then. There was no reason to. All of us had the same thing, so what was there to steal?'' In fact, he said, since there were few fences, and those that existed were in poor repair, some of what was privately owned _ chickens, for example _ became public property. ``Everyone had chickens, but they all ran loose. So whenever you wanted a chicken, the first one you could catch was yours.'' Family gatherings tended to be larger in those days, he recalled. ``Everybody had large families. When they got together, they would have like a fiesta. The cheapest thing to feed everybody was Sonora enchiladas, flat enchiladas. ``Corn meal was about five cents a pound, and you could feed a lot of people with 5 pounds of masa (dough). All the women would get together and mix the meal with cheese, baking soda and salt and make it into little patties. ``Others would make the red chile sauce. They'd dip the patties into the red chile sauce, top it with fried onions, olives and oregano and put it in a little bowl with a little vinegar, with lettuce and cheese on top. You could practically feed an army with not a lot of food.'' Goats and other livestock roamed the neighborhood. ``Most of the teen-agers, 13 to 14 years old, had their own burros to ride. They'd tie them down by Arroyo Chico, so they could eat. There was a lot of foliage in there in those days. There were no rules or laws about animals then.'' At a stockyard complex _ an area now lined with eathered warehouse-style buildings _ Solano and fellow youngsters found a source of employment. ``When I was 9 or 10, we used to unload cows, steers, sheep and goats from the railroad cars,'' he said. ``It ran 24 hours a day. It wasn't steady, but when a train came in every three or four hours, we'd go over there. "We'd make $10 to $16 working two days, and that was very good money then.'' The railroad provided yet another source of income _ though less steady. ``When World War II started, the troop trains started going by there. The soldiers couldn't get off the train, but they would call us over to the windows and ask us to mail postcards for them. They'd give us quarters, and we got to keep the tip money. ``We would go buy ice cream for them, anything they wanted. One of the boys was a few years older than the rest of us, and he was able to purchase some whiskey, some bootleg liquor, a pint, and they were all having a bidding war for it.'' Then there was the water. ``The Southern Pacific Depot had the coldest, coldest water in all of Tucson. They had these boxes with coils in them, and would pack all the coils with ice. It got so cold you had to stop drinking it.'' The depot also had a well-manicured lawn, which Solano and other neighborhood youngsters used as a football field. ``That was the only place that had grass. Nobody told us to get off.'' Solano said, ``The U.S. cavalry was located in the area of 22nd and Alvernon, and soldiers would ride their horses out into our neighborhoods. We had a lady named Josephine Hopkins, a Mexican lady married to an Anglo, who made enough food to feed those soldiers free, and enough for us kids to go out and sell to the neighborhood. She was a very good cook.'' At one point in the 1940s, Solano said, floods caused an electrical outage that lasted for a week. ``Can you imagine that now? But then, the only electricity we had was for lights. There were no electric stoves, refrigerators or coolers, so we were able to survive.'' As he and his friends got older, they expanded their horizons farther west, Solano said, and later all the way to ``A'' Mountain, where they swam in the irrigation ditches used by Chinese farmers to grow vegetables. And so it went in the Tucson of the 1940s. Time was passing, and the children of Solano's acquaintance grew into youths. ``In 1949, most of us boys of high school age joined the Marine Corps Reserve,'' said Solano. That was a prelude to the Korean War, which began in June of 1950. ``In July 1950, we all got activated and were sent to California, Camp Pendleton, and from there were sent to different sections for training.'' The war marked an end to what Solano knew as ``his'' neighborhood. ``When the Korean War was over, we all scattered. Some got married and went in different directions. To this day, I have not seen a lot of these boys. I don't know if they're still in town.'' But his memories remain _ memories of a time when life was slower and simpler, when a patch of green grass, ``the coldest water in Tucson'' and a game of baseball with Millville were all it took to bring happiness. IRVING -- Federal officials have ordered a Las Colinas utility district to halt work on an unauthorized dam project in north Irving after an inspector discovered what could be American Indian relics and a bone at the site. The dam area needs to be investigated for potential archaeological value because of the bone and other possible relics that were found, including flint chips and burned rocks, corps officials said. Generally, we're looking at between 90 and 180 days in which they can't do work. 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