Interview with Louis Soltero

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Interview with Louis Soltero about his life and working at the Muehlebach Hotel. Born in 1903, he recounts his early life in Tenamaxtlan, Mexico, immigrating to Kansas City around the age of 18, and briefly working at the Cudahy packinghouse before moving on to work as a bus boy and later a waiter for the Muehlebach Hotel. He recalls his forty-five years at the Muehlebach, meeting famous guests, including actor Clark Gable, American president Harry Truman, and Mexican president Miguel Aleman, and retiring in 1967. He also discusses being a member of and serving as president of the Union Cultural Mexicana, his children, and President Truman's daughter Margaret, a well-regarded singer, performing "Cielito Lindo" for him.

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This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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Hispanic Oral History Collection, SC69-1,

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