Ramon Granados Marquez

Ramon Granados Marquez was born on September 14, 1880, in Aracena, Huelva, Spain.

Ramon was educated in the schools of Salamanca and Sevilla, obtaining his Masters Degree from the University of Sevilla.

In 1900, he was selected by the Spanish government to teach Spanish grammar in Cuba. in Cuba, he met General Leonard Wood, who was Commissioner of the United States. he was instrumental in Professor Granados' coming to this country, where there was a need for Spanish teachers.

He married Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila of Seville. Since Ramon was in Cuba at the time, they were married by proxy, in a civil ceremony in Seville on January 20, 1903. Concepcion's brother Viriato stood in for Ramon. Maria Concepcion left for Cuba and was married to Ramon in a ceremony before a priest on February 10, 1903.

Professor Granados was naturalized a citizen of the United States in the District of Columbia Supreme Court in 1917, along with his wife and seven children. Three children had not been born at the time.

Ramon died in Washington, DC on June 21, 1937 of a cerebral hemorrhage and stroke. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery (section 58 lot 494) on Bladensburg Road in NE Washington, DC.



Biography of Ramon Granados Marquez
written by his daughter, Connie Granados McKnew. 5-17-88

My father, Ramon Granados y Marquez, emigrated to the United States, settling in Washington, DC in 1910.

Ramon Granados was born in Aracena, in the province of Huelva in Spain, on the 15th of September, 1880. This is near the city of Palos where Columbus set sail for the New World. His father was the Governor of the Province of Huelva.

Ramon was educated in the schools of Salamanca and Sevilla, obtaining his Masters Degree from the University of Sevilla.

In 1900, he was selected by the Spanish government to teach Spanish grammar in Cuba. in Cuba, he met General Leonard Wood, who was Commissioner of the United States. he was instrumental in Professor Granados' coming to this country, where there was a need for Spanish teachers. In Washington, he taught at the Berlitz School. In 1913, he established the Spanish School of Washington which he managed until the time of his death in 1937. Many Military and State Department personnel attended his school. Professor Granados also taught at Georgetown University and St. John's College high School.

Professor Granados found a home on k Street, NW, near the State Department and the White House, and sent for his wife and four children who were still in Seville.

I remember our maid taking me to Thomson School kindergarten and my brother to Franklin School. We could not speak a word of English, but we soon learned. On weekends, we were taken to Keith's Theater or to the movie to see Charlie Chaplin. On Easter Monday, we went to the White House to roll our Easter Eggs. We also were taken to Glen Echo Amusement Park. My father told us that on new Year's Day, President William Howard Taft stood in front of the White House and shook hands with the people until his hand bled.

In 1913, the family moved to Prince George's County, Maryland. We were educated in Prince George's County and DC Public Schools.

Professor Granados married Concepcion Rey Capdevila in 1903, who died in 1930. A large family resulted from this marriage, six girls and four boys.

Professor Granados was naturalized a citizen of the United States in the District of Columbia Supreme Court in 1917, along with his wife and seven children. Three children had not been born at the time.

My father died in his office in 1937. There are 220 direct descendants*. Many still live in the Metropolitan Area of Washington, holding jobs of importance. Most of the others are scattered over the Eastern portion of the United States.

* NOTE: This biography was written in 1988. Descendants now number over 400.

When he was three, Ramon was sent to boarding school, coming home for Christmas and for four or five days in the summer. He attended various schools, becoming a prankster.

While at a military academy in Toledo, he and other boys replaced the holy water with nitrate of silver just before a big church affair, creating a black mark on people's foreheads, and upsetting the entire town.

When in a Salesian boys school, he smeared excrement on the outside door handle of his dormitory, and held a candle to the inside until it got red hot. One of the boys let out a loud groan, and when the brother came to see what was going on, he grabbed the handle. He got sent home for that. He wasn't allowed to read Jules Verne stories, although they were carried as a serial (folletin) in the Spanish newspapers, so he got someone to wrap them around a rock and throw them over the wall to him. He studied at the University of Seville and Salamanca, obtaining his Masters Degree from the University of Seville.

He fell in love with Maria Concepcion Rey-Capdevila, daughter of Antonio Rey and Concepcion Capdevila.

After the Spanish-American War, the U.S. stipulated that Spain supply Cuba with Professors of Spanish certified by the Royal Academia, until such time as Cuba could train its own professors. Ramon was selected by the Spanish government to teach Spanish grammar in Cuba. He went alone to Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba..

After Ramon left, Concepcion's father Antonio died and left the family penniless. Rosario Granados, Ramon's mother, suggested that if the young couple planned to get marred, they should do so now. Concepcion's mother agreed, and on January 20, 1903, Ramon and Maria Concepcion married by proxy and she traveled alone to Cuba. Her brother, Viriato, stood in for Ramon in a civil ceremony in Seville, and immediately upon her arrival in Cuba, a second marriage ceremony took place before a priest on February 10, 1903.




Information for this biography taken from the written recordings (February 1992) of Katherine Collins Granados, wife of Ramon Granados, II - aka "Aunt Kitty" in the booklet "Granados Y Rey".

Biography and Timeline
written by Katherine Collins Granados, wife of Ramon Granados Jr. - Feb. 1992

Ramon was educated in schools in Seville and Salamanca, Spain. He received an A.B. degree from the University of Seville.

His father was Gobernador of the Province of Huelva. The Granados family had a palace in Seville that was sold to a large department store. The palace was torn down and a large department store built on the site. It is in the downtown shopping area of Seville.

Central America was in upheaval in 1898 as the following information, gleaned from a World Almanac, will show. I believe it will be helpful to future generations, in order to place the family in the time slot of World History.


A Confederation, the Greater Republic of Central America is proposed but fails after El Salvador opposes it.

Battleship Maine is blown up in harbor, Havana Cuba.

Cuba declared independent by Congressional Resolution.

Spain and U.S. declare War.

Spanish forces defeated at Guantanamo Bay, El Caney and San Juan Hill in Cuba.

U. S. Fleet destroys Spanish Fleet off Santiago, Cuba. Santiago surrenders to U.S.

U.S. Forces capture Puerto Rico and Guam.

Treaty ending War signed - Spain gives up claim to Cuba, cedes Puerto Rico, Guam and Philippines to U.S.

U.S. annexes Hawaii.

First Food and Drug Act passed because of public outcry against the meat supplied for U.S. troops fighting in the Spanish-American War.

It was found that a chronological record of Mr. Granados' life would be the best way to cover all aspects of a most varied career. Papers mentioned in this article are in the hands of Luis Granados, 1 as of this date, September 2, 1991. Antonio Granados, youngest son, has copies of these papers.

On February 1, 1896 there is a paper reporting, "Taxes due for Spanish people living in Foreign Lands". At this time, we have no explanation of this paper.

The United States declared War on Spain, April 24 1898, ending, in Cuba, with the surrender of Santiago de Cuba, on July 17, 1898; although the Treaty signifying the end of the War was not ratified until April 11, 1899. Allan Keller, author of "The Spanish-American War: A Compact History", states that "...Spain had always looked upon overseas colonies as a source of revenue, not as areas for social change or constitutional betterment for mankind."

Therefore, it is not surprising when General Leonard Wood was appointed Military Governor of Cuba, that Secretary of War, Elihu Root worked closely with him to establish a sound governmental system. The plan included building schools, educating the Cubans, establishing a sanitation system and improving conditions generally. General Wood was a Surgeon, served in the Army and had been personal physician to President McKinley and his family before joining Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Ramon Granados told me that he had studied to be a Doctor of Medicine and had gone to Cuba in that capacity, conducting autopsies, during the Spanish-American War.

Luis and Connie [1st generation], state that General Leonard Wood was instrumental in bringing Ramon Granados to the U.S. It has also been said that by going to Cuba, he avoided serving in the military. At this time, there is no information as to when and how Ramon Granados met either General Wood or Elihu Root. We do know that Ramon taught Cubans from 1901 until 1906. There is a document, releasing Ramon from the Draft, dated January 7, 1900, "nineteen years old and a student".

Ramon evidently went to Cuba in 1901, or possibly earlier. There is a Certificate of Performance (Teaching), dated February 25, 26, 1901. A Certificate dated August1, 1901 states that he had taught for eight months. Another Certificate of Performance is dated Jun 11, 12, 1902. He attended a Conference at Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, July 14 - August 9, 1902, signed on August 12, 1902, Cuba.

On January 20, 1903, Maria Concepcion Rey Capdevila was married by proxy to Ramon Granados Marquez in a Civil Ceremony at Sevilla, Spain. Her brother, Viriato Rey Capdevila was the proxy for Ramon. [Presumably, this marriage by proxy was done so that Maria Concepcion could travel unaccompanied to Cuba to be with Ramon so they could be properly married. At the time, unmarried women could not travel abroad without an escort.].

Maria Concepcion sailed from Cadiz, Spain for Cuba. On February 10, 1903, a ceremony was held before a priest in Cuba.

Ramon received a Certificate of Performance (Teaching), in June, 1903. On August 15, 1903, he received a Certificate to Teach Arithmetic.

On April 11, 1904, their first child, a son, Luis Granados was born at 1:00 AM in Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba.

Another Certificate of Performance (Teaching) was received in June, 1904. On August 20, 1904, Ramon received a Certificate to Teach.

In 1905, presumably late summer, Maria Concepcion and Luis returned to Spain. There were uprisings in Cuba at this time. Most likely the trip was made to insure their safety. Besides, Maria Concepcion was pregnant with their second child.

On January 14, 1906, Concepcion, the first daughter born to Ramon and Maria Concepcion was born in Sevilla, Spain. On Jun 14, 1906, Ramon receives approval for a vacation in Spain. At this writing, we do not have the exact date of his return to Spain. By March of 1907 he had returned to Spain from Cuba - having registered for the Draft in Sevilla - being granted an exemption.

On January 11, 1908, their third child, Rosario was born in Sevilla, Spain. We have no information as to what transpired during this time in Spain.

On September 1, 1909, a fourth child, the third daughter, Clara was born in Sevilla, Spain. there is a document to the effect that Ramon was a Candidate for Office in Sevilla, Spain, with no further information.

On July 30, 1910, Ramon left Cadiz, Spain for New York on the S. S. Montevideo, arriving on August 10, 1910. He gives his occupation as Salesman and gives the Salesian Fathers, 421 East Twelfth Street, New York City as his destination. He states that he had been in the U.S. previously, stating "yes", in transit. He had $30 according to the ship's Manifest. Also, from the Manifest, we learn the address of the family home in Sevilla, Spain as 2 Corinto Street.

In a letter of application, written at a later date, Ramon states that he opened the Spanish School of Washington in 1911. There is a Power of Attorney, dated March 8, 1911 for Concepcion and her brother, Viriato to sign for Ramon Granados, whose age is given as 30 years.

On June 30, 1911, Concepcion, with Luis, Connie, Rosario and Clara leave Cadiz, Spain on the S. S. Manuel Clavo, arriving in New York on July 11, 1911. The ship's Manifest gives the ages as follows:

Rey Capdevila, Concepcion - 28 yrs.

Granados Rey, Luis - 7 yrs.

Granados Rey, Concepcion - 5 yrs.

Granados Rey, Rosario - 3 yrs.

Granados Rey, Clara - 2 yrs.

Concepcion's nearest relative in Spain is given as her mother, Concepcion Capdevila, 17 Imagen Street, Sevilla, Spain. Final destination is given as 816 - 14th St., NW, Washington, DC. She lists $10 in her possession. Luis says their father had a house ready for them. They found there were rats in the house and his mother refused to stay there. They moved to 14th and K Sts., NW. At this time, this was still a rather elegant neighborhood. According to the family, this house had a carriage house in the rear, with living quarters over the carriage area. Luis said these living quarters were rented out, which paid for the rent on the house they lived in. Rosario and Connie tell of riding on the dumbwaiter in the home.

Luis remembers the burial of victims of the Titanic disaster, the ship that hit an iceberg and sank, killing most of the passengers, on April 14 - 15, 1912.

Ramon II was born at Columbia Hospital, Washington, DC on April 18, 1912. He was the first child born in the US. he was the fifth child and the second son.

On August 11, 1912, Ramon Sr., received a Normal School Certificate from Havana, Cuba.

In January 1913, Ramon Sr. became a Charter Member of the Spanish-American Union of Washington, DC. Connie and Rosario remember an Inaugural Parade and saw President Taft. This was the Wilson Inaugural Parade on March 4, 1913 with the outgoing President Taft traveling to the Capitol with the new President for the "Swearing-in-Ceremony".

Ramon Jr.'s health was not good and the Doctor advised that they move to the country where there was good fresh air. Connie says the family moved to Mount Rainier, Maryland in 1913. in the 1913 Polk's City Directory, the Spanish School of Washington is listed at 1010 - 15th St. NW.

On February 6, 1914, Maria was born in Mount Rainier, MD. She was the sixth child and the fourth daughter. The 1914 Polk's Directory lists Ramon Granados as a linguist, Spanish School of Washington at 1010 - 15th St., NW. On December 8, 1914, he received a Certificate of Nationality from the Spanish Legation, listing the home address as 303 - 15th St. NW.

On August 31, 1915, Dolores was born in Mount Rainier, MD. She was the seventh child and the fifth daughter. The 1915 Polk's Directory lists the home address as Mt. Rainier, MD with Ramon Granados, Director, Spanish School of Washington.

The 1916 Polk's Directory gives the residence as Mount Rainier, MD with Ramon Granados, Director of the Spanish School of Washington at 1423 G Street, NW Washington.

Angelina was born on January 11, 1917 (not verified) and died February 7, 1917. She was buried on February 8, 1917 (sixteen days old) in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington DC, Section 49, Site 298. She was the eight child and the sixth daughter.

Luis states that during World War I, Ramon Sr. put up maps of Europe in various Washington Hotels, among them the Willard, Old Shoreham and Washington. He obtained information by cable from New York each day regarding the latest action on the War Front. He would then go to each hotel and move pins to designate the latest advance of the armies. He was paid for this service by the hotels. We believe this took place prior to the U.S. entry into the War.

Polk's Directory gives the residence as Mt. Rainier, MD and the Spanish School of Washington at 1423 G St., NW. On August 6, 1917, the Ramon and wife Concepcion along with Luis, Connie, Rosario and Clara became Naturalized Citizens of the US, appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, Document Number 798847. Ramon Sr., served in U.S. Naval Intelligence during World War I. World War I dates are April 6, 1917, when War was declared, and November 11, 1918 when Armistice was signed.

On April 7, 1918, Juan was born in Riverdale, MD. He was the ninth child, the eighth living, and third son. Polk's Directory for 1918 gives the residence as mt. Rainier, MD., and lists Ramon Granados as the Director of the Spanish School of Washington. The family members say that their father went to Brazil, and he saw the ships in New York Harbor that had been hit by German submarines. There is a may 14, 1918 stamp on Ramon's passport. In the State Department files, there is a telegram from Barranquilla, Columbia, in which Ramon Granados is mentioned.

There is no listing in Polk's Directory for 1919. There is a possibility that Ramon was out of the country for part of this year. It is believed that this is the period that Ramon worked as captain of the Bellhops at the Washington Hotel and Luis worked as a Page. Also, the family moved to 407 First Street, Riverdale, MD either in 1918 or 1919. Ramon Jr. remembered the move from Mt. Rainier to Riverdale. He was pulled in a wagon by one of his sisters.

On July 6, 1920, Mercedes Granados was born in Riverdale, MD, the tenth child, ninth living, and the seventh daughter. Ramon Jr., told of a time as a young boy, when his father was away for a long time and money was scarce. Ramon worked on the Frederick Farm, up Riverdale Road. He was given a dollar for his work and was sent home with the money pinned to his overalls with a safety pin. Milk and vegetables were given him to take home.

There is no listing in the Polk's City Directory for 1921. Ramon Granados evidently returned home in the Fall of 1921.

On August 20, 1922, Antonio Granados was born in Riverdale, MD, the eleventh child, the tenth living, and the fourth son. The 1922 Polk's City Directory gives Riverdale, MD as their residence and lists Ramon Granados as Director, Spanish School of Washington. There is a Passport Stamp, dated May 3, 1922.

Unless some member of the family has something to add, we have no information for the years 1923 through 1925.

There is a Passport Stamp, dated May 6, 1926 and a Certificate of Vaccination, New York, S.S. Niagara. The Spanish School of Washington was located at 1317 F Street, NW in July of 1926.

In November, 1926, the Spanish School of Washington was located at 1338 H street, NW.

On June 23, 1930, Ramon's wife, Maria Rey Capdevila died. She is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bladensburg Road, NE Washington, DC, Section 58, Site Number 494.

In 1931 King Alfonso XIII of Spain was deposed and the Second Republic established. This was a troubling period for Ramon, because he was keenly interested in the political problems in Spain.

On June 21, 1937, Ramon Granados died in his office in Washington, DC. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington, DC, section 58, Site Number 494. Clara was in the hospital having given birth to her daughter Barbara Koch. Charlie Koch (Clara's husband) had lunch with Ramon that day and found him in good spirits. His death was a great shock to all the family.

1. Luis Granados died in August of 1992. All family papers in his possession were passed on to Luis Granados II (aka Sonny).


Memories of Ramon Granados, Sr.
written by Katherine Collins Granados, wife of Ramon Granados Jr.
Excerpted from "Granados Y Rey - A Compilation of Information"

March 19, 1992 I met Ray Granados, Jr., in a Gulf Gas Station on Bladensburg Road, NE, Washington DC. The station was at the southwest corner of either Morse or Neal Street. he worked there along with Lawrence Sadtler. Ralph Day would stop in there, also. Lawrence, Ralph and I attended Eastern High School at the same time.

At this time, New York Avenue, NE was being extended from Florida Ave. NE to Bladensburg Road. In order to extend it father, McQueeney's home and gas station would have to go. It would take quite a few years before this would happen. The company doing the work on New York Avenue was a Georgia Company. They brought their own work crews from Georgia. Many of them roomed at McQueeney's home. I went to school with Regina McQueeney and we had become close friends, visiting them quite often. During these visits I met the roomers. I dated on of the fellows. We would usually go out with a group. they had use of a company car and a company credit card with Gulf Oil Company. I met Ray through these fellows. I got my driving experience with these fellows. I had driven with my father, but he was a poor instructor; he had no patience with me. I got my driver's permit and Dad finally bought a second car. I was not allowed to buy it in my name, although I made the payments. I bought gas at the Gulf Station which the Georgia fellows used, which led to Ray asking me for a date.

We dated for a year or more. The Depression was on. Jobs were scarce. After Ray left gulf Oil Co., he worked for the Jewel Tea Company, selling from door to door. When they cut back, he found work cleaning the railroad overpass on Rt. 1 in Hyattsville. If I remember correctly, it had just been completed. This work was sponsored by one of the "New Deal" Agencies, offering work to the unemployed. This was during the Roosevelt Administration before World War II. Through another of the "New Deal" programs, Ray went to work for the Gulf Oil Company again. He first worked at the station on Rt.1 at Queensbury Road. Later he was transferred to the station at Rhode Island Avenue and Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC.

My parents were not happy about our dating. I think they still believed in the behind the times idea that the oldest daughter should take care of her parents (like my Aunt Katie did for my father's parents). Ray and I decided it was a "now or never" situation. My family was becoming more and more dependent on my salary, so a break had to be made. I took my savings and paid off all my mother's bills. She didn't learn anything from this, because after we married, she sent Biddy to my office to have me sign papers so that she could cash my Life Insurance Policy.

Ray and I purchased bedroom furniture and had it delivered to Clara and Charlie's home on Roanoke Road in Riverdale Heights. They had rented us a bedroom. We were married on Saturday evening, September 16, 1933 at Holy Name Church, 11th and k Streets, NE, Washington, DC. We went to a movie afterwards. I don't even remember the name of the movie. It was the Fox Capitol on F Street, NW, if my memory serves me right.

We lived with Clara and Charlie for at least a year. After Aunt Helen's husband, Louis Mittelstetter, died, she asked us to come live with her. We stayed at Aunt Helen's for about a year when Mom and Dad asked us to come there, since Dad was out of work at the time. We lived with them until we bought the house in Riverdale Heights in 1936.

The Granados' home in Riverdale was a large, Victorian Style home, with a porch across the front and extending around the side. 407 Fist Street, Riverdale, was south of Riverdale Road, and the last cross street before Edmonston Road (now Kenilworth Avenue). The house was on the west side of the street. There was an entrance hall on the left side of the house as you entered, with the stairway to the second floor. To the right was the living room. To the rear was the dining room with a bay window. The kitchen adjoined the dining room, at the back of the entrance hall. The kitchen was large, the gathering place for all.

After we moved to Riverdale Heights, Mr. Granados became a frequent visitor. He had many interests. He kept rabbits which he raised and sold. He had a garden of many flowers, as well as his vegetable garden. They had chickens as well. My husband tells of Luis' boys setting the chicken house on fire. They had been smoking in the chicken house.

Mr. Granados would be very popular with today's organic gardeners. He was very much into "organic" gardening. Ramon Jr. has told of having to stir the barrel of "fertilizing material". He also grew grapes.

In "Portrait of Spain" by Tad Azule, he states, "Aging wine in skins is another vanishing art because it is no longer economical. It is, however said to survive in the mountain village of Polop, in the Mediterranean Province of Alicante, where a whole ham is placed inside a wineskin full of young red wine. The wine, the goes, is allowed to "eat" the ham during the two or three years fermentation, an aging process, thus acquiring a special raw taste prized the villagers." This story reminded me of the wine that Ray's father made. I remember his telling about putting ham in the wine he made. I can see now why he did.

When we were in Spain, we were reminded of so many things that Mr. Granados did. As we drove through Huelva Province, where Aracena is located, we saw the yuccas with the white, bell-like flowers growing in profusion. He had many of these plants in his garden in Riverdale and gave me some when we moved to Riverdale Heights. In this area, we also saw many espaliered fruit trees. We can understand why he was so interested in agriculture., since this is a region where a variety of things are grown, although the mountainous terrain certainly makes farming difficult.

The house in Riverdale had a well that was shared with the next door neighbors, the Harlison's. This caused much dissension, the neighbor claiming the Granados' used too much water. The house had running water, but it consisted of a large tank in the attic. The tank was filled by hand-pumping water to it. This was not the most favorite chore for the children.

Coal had to be brought up from the basement for the kitchen range. Ramon Jr. hated this chore, not liking to go down to the dark basement.

Mr. Granados did a lot of the cooking during the I knew him. He made a bean soup of garbanzos. It was a meal-in-one. Some of his concoctions were better than others.

Ray's home was a gathering place for friends. Ralph Day would stop in for a visit with the "old man". Mr. Granados enjoyed his company. They had many a heated discussion on topics of the day. Besides, there was always the glass of red wine. The evenings always ended with the demitasse cup of coffee.

The Saturday night "500" card games were good fun. There were many friendly arguments over the rules. A copy of the rules for "500" was obtained and Charlie had copies printed for each of us. Thereafter,, the copy was brought out to decide the argument.

The first New Year's Eve Party I ever attended was at the Granados home. The year was either 1931 or '32. Rose supplied the alcohol, 100% pure, obtained from the dentist she worked for. "Gin" pills were added to the alcohol to make Gin for the drinks. This party was before the repeal of Prohibition. Johnnie served the drinks. He made sure no one's glass was empty. There was a splendid array of food. I can't remember all the foods served, but I do remember the fried rabbit. It tasted lid fried chicken. It was the first time I had tasted rabbit. It was delicious. Each one was given a rabbit's foot for "Good Luck". I still have mine. It is close to sixty years old! This was my first experience with hard liquor. I had wine to drink many times, but never the hard stuff. I did not know how lethal that stuff was. Johnnie kept filling my glass and I kept on drinking it. My next memory of the evening, is waking up on Ray's bed. I had a hard time living that down.

After Ray and I were married, the Saturday crab feasts during the summer were great fun. Beano or Tony were sent on their bikes to collect fifty cents from those wishing to participate. Ray usually took his father to the wharf in Southwest Washington. In those years the crab boats from Southern Maryland and Virginia came to DC to sell crabs and fish right off the boat. The live crabs were purchased for $10 a bushel, sometimes less. The crabs were brought home and steamed. The table and chairs were set up in the kitchen and everyone found a place. The children were given the claws to eat because they didn't pay. One must remember that this was still "depression" time and no one had much money to spend. These gatherings were so much fun. My own family have these gathering to eat crabs and they are still loads of fun.

Ray tells of walking to St. Jerome's church for Sunday Mass. Their mother would question them as to the color of the vestments the priest wore. If they had the color wrong, she knew they had not been to Mass. He also told of the expectancy and excitement when his father returned from his tours to Spain. Also, containers of chestnuts were sent from the Granados farms in Spain.

Mrs. Granados had died before I met Ray. She had been dead for several years. Ray had great affection for his mother, but he had no particular stories to tell about her. Connie remembers her grandfather in Spain, her mother's father. Connie evidently spent a lot of time with him when they were living in Seville. Her grandfather said his family came from Sanlucar de Barrameda. The family used to spend their summers there at the seaside.

When Ray worked for Holmes Bakery, he would be quite late getting home on Saturday nights. Saturday was settlement day, so as many outstanding accounts as possible were collected in order to settle up and receive their pay. Also, the route was in Virginia, so it was a long trip back to the Bakery and then home. Ray's father would walk up to our house to listen to the news from Spain on our short wave radio. Mr. Granados was a firm believer in Spain's Franco. He followed the Civil War in Spain very closely. At the time, may argued with him on his belief in Franco. Time has proven him correct in his faith. He was good company and helped pass the tedious hours waiting for Ray to come home.

I took Spanish in one of Mr. Granados' classes, after my day's work at the Franklin School at 13th and K Sts., NW. The Spanish School of Washington was just down the street and across to H Street. Mr. Granados and I would ride home together on the street car and bus to Riverdale. We shared a book of monthly tickets. Somehow, half of the book took care of each of our fares to and from work for the month. Sometimes the ticket was all that I had in my purse. Times were lean.

The Lurba brothers, Ramon and Jimmie, were good friends of Ramon Granados. We understand they met on board ship bound for the US. The Lurbas had a delicatessen on upper 14th Street, NW, which the Spanish people of Washington patronized. At Mr. Granados' suggestion, they added tables so food could be served in the shop. Later, when the Old hippodrome movie closed on E Street, NW, the Lurbas opened the Pomona Restaurant there. Later they expanded, opening the Ceres next door, and the Earl Restaurant in the Earl building which also housed the Earl Movie Theater. Jimmie Lurba knows my son, Ramon and they have kept the family acquaintance. Johnnie has also kept the friendship with the Lurbas, since he had worked for them for many years.

Luis says his father translated a book on rules for the game of Jai Alai. The original book was written in Spanish. The game has become popular in Florida, but there were no rules written in English. Luis assisted his father with the translation. The book is supposedly still in print. Luis also says that his father taught at the Berlitz School. he said there were some arrangements made for him to teach there before he came to the US.

In talking with Luis Granados this summer, we asked what connection his father had with the Salesian Fathers, since their name and address were listed as his destination in New York City on the Manifest of the S. S. Montevideo, the ship that brought him to the US. Luis said that the Salesian Fathers served the Holy Trinity Church in Seville which Luis had attended while living there. Ramon Granados attended schools taught by the Salesian fathers. The Saint, Don Bosco, was a Salesian Father and Luis attended their school in Seville as a young boy, the same on his father had attended.

I enjoyed Mr. Granados' company. He was an interesting conversationalist. It was a great shock when he died. I don't remember how we heard of his death. Luis and Ramon went to DC to take care of arrangements. Mr. Granados had been taken to George Washington Hospital which, at that time, was just a few doors from his office on H Street, NW. Johnnie and Tony came to live with us. It was the end of an era.



Obituary - From Paper - June 1937

Ramon Granados Marquez

Instructor here Since 1910 Found Unconscious in Class Room. Paralytic Stroke Blamed

Dr. Ramon Granados, 56, Spanish instructor here since 1910, died in George Washington Hospital Monday night after being found unconscious in his class room at the Spanish School of Washington, 1343 H street. Dr. Granados was discovered by an employee of the building in which the school is located. hospital attaches said he apparently had suffed a paralytic stroke. He lived in Riverdale, MD.

A native of Spain, Dr. Granados was graduated from the University of Seville, and prior to coming to Washington was engaged in educational work in Cuba. He had taught at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and at St. John's College.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Concepcion McKnew, Branchville, MD; Mrs. Rosario White and Mrs. Dolores Klump, both of Washington, and Mary and Mercedes Granados, Riverdale; four sons, Luis, Ramon Jr., Juan and Antonio , all of Riverdale, and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Riverdale residence, with requiem mass to follow at 10 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Berwyn, MD. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

NOTE: The name of daughter Clara Granados Koch was somehow left off of this obituary.




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