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Lopez Family Collection

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Lopez Family Collection

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Arsenio “Archie” Soblechero Lopez was born on December 16, 1905, in the municipality of Villasis, in the province of Pangasinan, in the Philippines. Archie migrated to the United States in 1929. He arrived in San Francisco aboard the S.S. President Lincoln on April 25, 1929. After arriving in the U.S. Archie worked as a migrant agricultural laborer and eventually as a barber and musician. Archie was also an active member of Filipino American organizations including the Caballeros De Dimas-Alang.

In exchange for auto mechanic services, Archie was able to arrange a meeting with Margaret Yepez, a Mexican American woman who was born in Mendota, California on December 26, 1929. Due to the enforcement of anti-miscegenation laws in central coastal California, Archie and Margaret were married in a civil ceremony in Yolo County in 1947 before holding a Catholic wedding in Watsonville at St. Patrick’s church in 1948. Archie and Margaret lived in Santa Cruz County where Archie owned a Manila Barbershop located in Santa Cruz on Mission Street and operated Ace Card room, which was located next door to the barbershop. The barbershop and card room were popular gathering places for Filipino American farm workers. Archie also worked as a musician. He played saxophone in a band called “Archie and the Islanders.” Other members of the group included Alex Tabag who played tenor saxophone; Tommy Tomaio who played guitar; Benny Tumbaga who played the trumpet, and Chris (Last Name Unidentified) who played piano. Archie and the Islanders performed at Filipino American dances and events throughout the greater Bay Area and in Santa Cruz County including Watsonville.

Archie and Margaret had seven children: Arsenio Soblechero Lopez Jr. (b. 1948), John Yepez Lopez (b. 1950), Rosario “Rose” Lopez (b. 1952), Richard Henry Lopez (b. 1953), Delia Marcia Lopez (b. 1957), Elizabeth Ann Lopez (b. 1961), and Robert Eugene Lopez (b. 1964).

The Lopez Family Collection was donated to Watsonville is in the Heart in 2022 by Archie's and Margaret's daughter, Rosario "Rose" Lopez, and her son, Tony Tapiz. The collection contains fifty-four items including reproductions of family photographs; a program from a Caballeros de Dimas- Alang convention; and sheet music Archie used for his performances.

Contributor

Rosario "Rose" Lopez
Anthony "Tony" Tapiz Jr.

Collection Items

Anthony "Tony" Bernard Tapiz interviewed by Ian Hunte Doyle
In this interview, originally conducted in person, Anthony “Tony” Bernard Tapiz, Jr. speaks with Watsonville is in the Heart team member, Ian Hunt Doyle. Tony primarily talks about his grandfather, Arsenio “Archie” Soblechero Lopez, who immigrated…

Rosario Lopez interviewed by Hana Yamamoto
In this interview, originally conducted in person, Rosario “Rose” Magdalena Lopez speaks with Watsonville is in the Heart team member Hana Yamamoto. Rose describes how her father, Arsenio “Archie” Soblechero Lopez traveled by ship from the…

Souvenir Program for XXth Grand National Convention and 55th Anniversary of Caballeros de Dimas-Alang
A Souvenir Program for XXth Grand National Convention and 55th Anniversary of Caballeros de Dimas-Alang.

"Maria Elena" and "Mexicali Rose"
Sheet music for two songs titled, "Maria Elena," and "Mexicali Rose." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Beer Barrel Polka"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Beer Barrel Polka." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Maybe It's Because"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Maybe It's Because." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Frio En El Alma"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Frio En El Alma." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Ballerina"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Ballerina." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Memories," "I Love You Freely," and "One Night Of Love"
Sheet music for three songs titled, "Memories," "I Love You Freely," and "One Night Of Love." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the…

"Always"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Always." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Tuxedo Junction" and "Till The End Of Time"
Sheet music for two songs, "Tuxedo Junction" and "Till The End Of Time." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

"Boy Meets Horn"
Sheet music for a song titled, "Boy Meets Horn." This sheet music is from Archie Lopez's collection of songs he often played at Filipino community organization events with his band, "Archie and the Islanders."

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