Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Sanchez holds memories of early 1900s.(Reach Out)

Byline: Around Town LIZ OTERO VALLEJOS

Dec. 8 marked the 108th birthday of Santa Fe resident Amalia Sena Sanchez.

Sanchez was born in 1892 in Los Lunas and moved two years later to Santa Fe, where she lived in the family home, Sena Plaza, built by her grandfather in 1861.

Her family was originally from Spain and brought her up speaking Spanish. Sanchez remembers being disciplined in school one day because she accidentally spoke English.

She and her siblings kept busy as children putting on plays for family get-togethers and hiding in the courthouse to peek at the proceedings.

In August 1920 she married Manuel A. Sanchez at the Immaculate Conception Church in Albuquerque. …

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