Simons Brick Company 100th Anniversary

A Simons reunion was held on April 15, 2005 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Plant Number 3.  The event was sponsored by the City of Commerce.  Organizer Betty Uyeda introduced the evening with these statements:

"Your presence here tonight indicates these things:  those of you who do not have direct ties to the Simons community, I believe you do have an inkling that our tribute tonight is an important one to learn about.  Those of you, who do attribute your heritage to El Pueblo de Simons, have traveled from such places as Prescott, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; Fremont, California; Bakersfield; Barstow; Hemet; Yucaipa; Lucerne Valley; Pomona; Riverside; Dana Point; Vista; Oceanside; Mission Viejo; Escondido; as well as nearby Whittier, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Montebello and Commerce, all stemming from a gravitational desire to revisit the neighborhoods preserved in your hearts and memories and to meet up with family, friends, and former neighbors."

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Lupe (Eustola) Pantoja

Rosemary and Gary Brougher,  Rosemary Torres

Eulalia Baltazar, Frank Arrola and Kathy

Josephine Uribe, Espie Uribe, Joe Arroyo, Henry Arnold and Mary

Salvador Vargas (brother to Carlos Vargas)

Emma Campbell, John Hernandez, Carmen Mungie

Eddie Segura, Lucy Babaliva, Pepe Segura, Carolina Duenas, Rosario Duenas

Luis Razo, Virginia Diaz-Serrano, Phillip Ramirez, Pasqual Zabala

Bob "Bravo" Vasques and Dora
Diaz, Chano, Vincent, Dan Lopez, Elisa Seguro, Pee Wee, Martha Segura

Mariano Rios Family
Rivera & Carrillo. Dora Gurrola in the blue blouse.

Carmen & Virginia Baltazar
Helen Morales, Antonio Morales, Father-in-law Raymond, cousin of Alejandro, Angie & Margie Herrera
Dolly Guerra-Morales
Lucy Vasquez

Sergio Jimenez, Frances, Christina, Aunt Soledad Hernandez

Ray and Sharon Ramirez

Fred Vasquez (left) and friends.
The evening included a panel discussion moderated by Donna Harris.
The panel comprised of historians Ray Ramirez, Bill Deverell, and Alejandro Morales.
(Notice the drum from the Simons Brick Co. Band.)

Commerce Library staff

Commerce Library staff at the party reception table.

Party's over - Commerce Library staff is pooped!