We’re approved and then we flew to Minnesota.: Becoming Minnesotan

Victorino Alojado on his 90th Birthday, March 5, 2011.
  • Name - Victorino Alojado
  • Age at interview - 89
  • Gender - Male
  • Generation - First Generation American / Immigrant
  • Date of Interview - 01.28.2011
  • Alojado family at their home in Zamboanga City, 1967.
    Alojado family, St. Paul, Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society.

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    Narrator: Victorino Alojado (VA)

    Interviewer: Lita Malicsi (LM)

    LM: When you first came to the United States, you did not stay in Minnesota. You lived someplace else.

    VA: Some people are asking why we live here and we told them that my daughter lives here. That’s why we were here.

    LM: But first, you went to where?

    VA: Then we stayed with my daughter in Lakeville. Then, it’s too cold, so we stayed around two or three weeks here, we flew to Miami, Florida, with my son.

    LM: How long did you live in Miami?

    VA: We lived there. And then I stayed there more than, I think, ten years.

    Victorino Junior supposed to take pre-engineering, but he changed his mind so he applied in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was recruited 1968 as a U.S. Coast Guard and he was stationed in Miami Beach. And I lived there at that time with him.

    Victorino Alojado Junior petition us way back 1974. Then, my wife is still teaching at that time. My wife does a lot of thinking what year is he going to go? Then, she asked for one year leave. 1976, we’re approved and then we flew to Minnesota, January 21, 1976. Then, when we were here in Minnesota, we stayed with Virginia in Lakeville. And we get an application form for the kids. So my wife fill out all those forms and file it. We paid ten dollar a head, at that time, ten dollars. Then, the same year, they were approved and they came over, 1976. October the same year, 1976, they were here, all of them.

    Related Glossary Terms


    Noun:  A verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school.


    Noun:  A formal, written request made to an official person or organized body, often containing many signatures.


    Minnesota Historical Society. Becoming Minnesotan: Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees. September 2010. Institute of Museum and Library Services. [Date of access]. http://www.mnhs.org/immigration
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