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THE RECIO FAMILY

Dioscoro R. Recio Sr. came to the United States on April 22,1928, from Banga, Aklan Philippines where he worked as a farm laborer following the fertile crops up and down the west coast.

In the winters he worked in the Alaskan canneries until he finally settled in Watsonville where he worked  as an irrigator throughout the Pajaro Valley. He married Sally Ann Dalisay who was both Filipino and White. Her father was Jose Antaran Dalisay who was also a Manong who settled in Fresno, California. He married Beatrice Maxeen Reid who came to the Salinas Valley from Oklahoma. They were married during the antimiscegenation laws prior to the civil rights era where the dominant society frowned upon interracial marriage.


In the winters he worked in the Alaskan canneries until he finally settled in Watsonville where he worked  as an irrigator throughout the Pajaro Valley. He married Sally Ann Dalisay who was both Filipino and White. Her father was Jose Antaran Dalisay who was also a Manong who settled in Fresno, California. He married Beatrice Maxeen Reid who came to the Salinas Valley from Oklahoma. They were married during the antimiscegenation laws prior to the civil rights era where the dominant society frowned upon interracial marriage.


Together Dioscoro and Sally had three children Peter, Dioscoro Jr. and Lynette. The family first lived on a beach road labor camp until Rosita Tabasa helped them apply for a low-income housing development of Green Valley Road in 1972. Dioscoro was a member of the Dimas-Alang fraternal lodge. The Recio’s were life-long members of the Watsonville Filipino Community Center and Sally started a successful Bingo there.