The Arballo family of El Modena has been part of the community since the early 1900s. Helen Valenzuela was born on September 11, 1917 in El Modena, California, where she grew up. In 1939, she married Albert Arballo, who was known to friends and family as "Boney." The family lived in El Modena and participated in a variety of community events. They were patrons and members of La Purisima Catholic Church.
Mireles family of El Modena, California can trace its roots back to the
Juaneño Indians of Southern California. The family has been part of El
Modena since its founding. Like many of the other families, they farmed
their own land and also worked as orange pickers in the many orange
groves in the City of Orange. The family has preserved a vast number of
photographs over the years that include photographs of schools, family
events, and outings. Many of the family men also served their country
through various military campaigns.
Lorenzo Ramirez and his family occupy a unique place in El Modena
history with their participation in the Mendez et al. v. Westminster et
al. desegregation court case. Aside from representing the community of
El Modena in this very important case, Lorenzo Ramirez also worked with
the local unions and was involved in a variety of community
organizations and events. Like many other families in El Modena, they
also served their country in the military.
The Torres family of El Modena, like many other families, served their
country through military campaigns. They were also very well known in
the community, participating in community, cultural, and religious
events. Robert Torres, Sr. was involved in community organizations such
as LULAC. His sister Caroline Torres testified as a young girl in the
Mendez et al. v. Westminster et al. desegregation court case. Robert
Torres, Jr. has recorded many family stories and contributed to the
Shades of Orange: El Modena collection.