Solomon Luna Family Album
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The Center for Southwest Research does not have the original photo album.
Josefita Manderfield was the daughter of William and Josefa Salazar Manderfield. Manderfield’s father was the founder of the Santa Fe New Mexican. She was married to George Washington Armijo, who was a Rough Rider and later a delegate to NM Constitutional Convention. Manderfield and Armijo had one child, Theodore Roosevelt Manderfield Armijo. The couple soon divorced as rumors of Armijo physically abusing Manderfield surfaced.
Following her divorce from Armijo, Manderfield married Eduardo (Lalo) M. Otero, son of Emanuel Basilio Otero and Eloisa Luna, and a nephew of Solomon Luna. Otero’s father, Emanuel, was later killed in the Manzano/Estancia area over a land dispute in 1883. His widow, Eloisa, later married Alfred M. Bergere and moved to Santa Fe.
Josefita Manderfield’s new husband, Eduardo Otero insisted on adopting Manderfield’s son, Teddy. The couple also had a child of their own, Nina Otero Warren.
After his uncle Solomon Luna’s death in 1912, Manderfield’s husband Eduardo inherited the family mansion. Manderfield added columns to the front of the mansion and painted murals throughout. Manderfield and Otero entertained dignitaries such as the President of Mexico and President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was known to often hunt in the Gila on the Otero land holdings, and also became the godfather to Manderfield’s son, Teddy.
Teddy was the last of the family to reside in the mansion.
Manderfield, or “Pepe" as she was known, was also referred to as the "Mistress of the Mansion," and is the photographer for a majority of the photos found in this collection.
The original photo album is in the possession of Earl Whitemore, the owner of the Luna Mansion, in Los Lunas, NM.
Information provided by: Cynthia Shetter, Los Lunas Museum. January 2009.
uncounted items (1 box) : 6 folders, contact sheets, photocopies, negatives and digitized images
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- Adobe houses -- New Mexico -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Architecture, Victorian -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
- Automobiles -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Cattle herding -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Contact prints
- Cowboys -- New Mexico -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Cowboys New Mexico -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Haciendas -- New Mexico -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Hispanic American pioneers -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Hispanic Americans -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Hispanic Americans -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Horses -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Land grants -- New Mexico -- History -- Pictorial works
- Livestock -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Los Lunas (N.M.) -- History -- Pictorial works
- Manderfield Otero, Josefita, 1874-1951
- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Otero family
- Otero-Warren, Nina, 1881-1965
- Photograph albums
- Ranches -- New Mexico -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- Sheep ranches -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Finding Aid of the Solomon Luna Family Album, 1890-1929
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- © 2008
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