did not go well for the newly-weds.
The recently liberated Cubans had no love for Spaniards, who
were treated similarly to southerners who moved to Massachusetts
immediately after the Civil War.
Their accent was very distinct from the Spanish spoken by the
April 11, 1904, at 1:00 a.m., Luis
Leon Granados, first child of Ramon and Concepcion, was
born in Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
Less than a month later, Concepcion, pregnant with second
child, returned to Spain, where she and Luis were generously supported
by Ramon’s mother at 2 Corinto Street in Seville.
On January 14, 1906, a daughter, Concepcion (Connie),
was born in Seville.
June 14, 1906, Ramon got approval from the Superintendent of Schools
to return to Spain during the vacation period to learn how to teach
deaf and dumb students. He
never returned to Cuba.
January 11, 1908, Rosario was born, and on September 1, 1909 Clara
joined the family.
one occasion, Ramon took the children and their aunt, Cha Cha, to
see the Wright brothers fly an airplane they were trying to sell to
the Spanish Government that was at war in Africa.
Cha Cha put her skirt over her head because she didn’t want
to see it, saying, “If God had meant for man to fly, he would have
given him wings.”
about 1908, Luis and his grandmother, Concha, (Maria Concepcion
Capdevila) posed for a painting by his uncle, Nicolas Alperiz, called
Cuento de Brujas, depicting three children being told
ghost stories by an old woman, and which now hangs in the Museum
of Fine Art in Seville, the 2nd most important art gallery in Spain.
Rey families are joined
Coming to America
Coat of Arms
by Luis Leon Granados on Emigration