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But reportedly, the manual labor he did for Frucht seriously chafed his hands, and he realized that he would have to change his situation. He did not, however, walk away from this employment empty-handed. The job allowed him to meet and observe Houstonians. He became lifelong friends with his boss, Sig Frucht, who was probably the ﬁrst Houston entrepreneur and promoter that Tijerina met in a city ﬁlled with such individuals. An active booster of an industry that engaged in high-proﬁle advertising during that era, Frucht possessed entrepreneurial talents that Tijerina would himself display in the years to come.
Due to the underemployment among Mexican workers in the city, even during boom times, such jobs came at a premium. As a result, these men had constructed an informal network through which they placed friends and relatives in these establishments. An older friend named Doroteo Pina, whom Tijerina knew from Sugar Land, apparently worked as a waiter at the Original Mexican Restaurant at 1109 Main, and he arranged for Tijerina to secure employment there as a busboy. 64 When Tijerina came to Houston he was no longer Feliberto.
9 During this last decade of the Porﬁriato, acute problems existed in the rural and small towns of Nuevo León. In the area of General Escobedo, persistent low wages and a limited water supply offered little to hold workers to the region. In 1904, General Bernardo Reyes, Don Porﬁrio’s hand-picked governor of Nuevo León, even sold a large portion of the land around General Escobedo to two Canadians to create a power plant and irrigated farm, la inmigración 17 in keeping with the national policy of granting concessions to foreigners.
Mexican American Odyssey: Felix Tijerina, Entrepreneur & Civic Leader, 1905-1965 (University of Houston Series in Mexican American Studies, 2) by Thomas H. Kreneck