Primitivo Cortes was the second oldest of 11 children; his father worked in the fields of Mexico.
“I miss when I was a child … cause it was quiet. I am from a little town in Mexico and I moved to a big city to work, but the work don’t pay. We are poor now but that time was so terrible because we [had] no jobs,” Cortes said.
Cortes came to Milwaukee when he was 28 and got a job at an El Rey tortilla factory. He worked in the salt fields on Jones’ Island for 24 years and plans to retire in two years.
Read more about Primitivo Cortes at milwaukeestories.org.
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