It was our Home

When Daniel Ozuna walked into the room, he remembered the smell of the wood stove and homemade tortillas cooking at 5 in the morning. He remembered the backbreaking labor he and his family did every day, working in the beet fields of Southwest Idaho. Ozuna, 77, was a teenager when his migrant family lived for awhile in the farmworker housing barracks then known as El Campo De Caldwell. Now, on a crisp December morning, Ozuna, a pastor, stood in one of the wooden living units, a single 225-square-foot room within the old barracks, as he and five other former residents recalled what life was like there more than half a century ago. From the 1940s to early 1970s, the barracas, or barracks, housed up to 10 people in each room in the spring and summer while they worked in the sugar beet, onion and potato fields in southwest Idaho.

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