ESCAJEDA, JOSEFINA (1893–1981). Josefina Escajeda, teacher and folklorist, was from El Paso County, where she probably lived in Fabens, Clint, or San Elizario, or all three. She lived all her life in the area. She was one of several Mexican-descent women folklorists, such as Jovita González de Mirales and Fermina Guerra, who gained attention in the twentieth century. Josefina belonged to a prominent family, one of the oldest in El Paso County. She was considered a pioneer of Fabens, where she married J. M. "Joe" Escajeda, a local farmer, and raised a stepdaughter. Before her marriage she taught school in Clint for six years. Josefina Escajeda helped organize enchilada suppers, dances, and children's programs to raise funds for Our Lady at Mount Carmel Catholic Church (Old Mission). She also sang and played the organ there. She collected several stories for the Texas Folklore Society's publication Puro Mexicano, edited by J. Frank Dobie in 1935. These included "The Witch of Cenecu," "Doña Carolina Learns a Lesson," "La Casa de la Labor," "Agapito Brings a Treat," and "A Hanged Man Sends Rain." Some of her stories were also used by Charles L. Sonnichsen in an article, "Mexican Spooks From El Paso," published in 1937 in Straight Texas and edited by Dobie and Mody C. Boatright. Josefina Escajeda died on March 8, 1981, and was buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Cynthia E. Orozco, "ESCAJEDA, JOSEFINA," accessed December 07, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fes20.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.