I got a call from El Paso from a man about my age, who told me about his great- grandfather who was a building contractor in Ciudad Chihuahua in the 1890s. A young man he had hired fell off a ladder and hurt his leg. He was bnadaged and kept on the job. When the cast was removed the man left the job, but returned in a few weeks with some men and told his former employer he was going to change the world and wanted support. He was refused, but he returned in a few weeks with more men and again was refused. Then after some weeks he showed up again, with lots of men with guns. The contractor couldn’t refuse the young man who was, as you guessed, Pancho Villa.
Villa was born in 1878 as Doroteo Arango, but at age 16 Arango changed his name to Francisco Villa after he shot and killed a hacienda owner who had reportedly assaulted his sister. The rest is history, and stories—and more stories. Some of them have got to be true.
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