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The history of the Brijido and Guadalupe Rodriguez family
by Jerry Retzloff
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Brijido Rodriguez, born in 1862 and died in 1936, was among the first people to live in Three Rivers.
Contributed photo Brijido Rodriguez, born in 1862 and died in 1936, was among the first people to live in Three Rivers.
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Contributed photo
Brijido Rodriguez, born in 1862 and died in 1936, was among the first people to live in Three Rivers.
Contributed photo Brijido Rodriguez, born in 1862 and died in 1936, was among the first people to live in Three Rivers.
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This is the last in a series of articles during Three Rivers’ centennial year, paying tribute to families who were settlers in Three Rivers and who have had descendents living in Three Rivers for most of its 100 years. This month we pay tribute to a family that has been in Three Rivers since its founding–the Brijido and Guadalupe family.

Brijido Rodriguez was born in 1862, and Guadalupe was born in 1869. They spent the early years of their married life in Campbellton. They had 15 children—Andrea, Felis, Virginia, Josefa, Jose, Adrian, Fancisco, Santana, Brijido, Guadalupe, twin girls Manuela and Francisca, Antonio, Ysidra and Espectacion. When Three Rivers was founded in 1913, they moved their family to Three Rivers.

Seven of the children, Felis, Adrian, Brijido, Manuela, Francisca and Ysidra remained in Three Rivers as adults. Brijido Sr. died in 1936, and Guadalupe Sr. died in 1958.

Brijido and his wife, Maria, had 10 children. None of them stayed in Three Rivers as adults. Brijido also worked as a restaurant cook.

Adrian was a barber in Three Rivers for many years. He and his wife, Maria, had 12 children.

Gloria married Gregorio Perez and had nine children, including Maria Brown (whose husband, Willie, works for the city of Three Rivers), Adolfo, who works for Scott Electric, Bobby, who works for Paloma Lease Service, Norma Perez, who works for Lowe’s Supermarket, and Sylvia.

Adrian Jr. worked for many years for Aubrey Lee and more recently for Campbell Drug, among others. Richard and his wife, Christina (Ponce) both work at the Valero Refinery. Bebe is a retired service station owner. Delores is retired from the school. Joe is a truck driver. Roy is retired. Oralia’s husband, Abraham, works for the city of Three Rivers.

Guadalupe married Melacio Molina and they had 12 children. Lolo is a rancher in the Caliham area. Boneficio lives in George West and is a retired welder. Juanita and her husband, Resando Pena, live in Three Rivers.

Manuela married Amado Garcia, and they had seven children. Elijio is a retired jailer. Their other children are Julia (Nasario) Tanguma, Maria Tanguma and Amado Sotelo (Abalardo).

Francisca married Jesus Chavera, and they had six children, including Dora Cruz, who lives in Three Rivers, as do her children, Norma Tanguma, Israel and Danny Cruz. Norma married Richard Tanguma, who works for Valero. Norma works at Campbell Drug. Israel married Dora Saenz, who works at First National Bank. Israel also works at Valero. Danny works for the state prison in Beeville.

Ysidra married Guadalupe Chavarria, and they had seven children. Henrietta is a retired beautician and is married to Joe Munoz, who is retired from the city of Three Rivers. Carmelita is married to Charles Moreno. Arturo has been a barber in Three Rivers for many years. Mary is married to Gilbert Torres, who owns Beeville Automatic Transmission.

So, we proudly salute a family that has been in Three Rivers since the beginning of the town and who have contributed much to the growth of the city. I want to thank Carmelia Moreno and Norma Perez for providing me with the Rodriguez family history.
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