Francisco Sales Ortega Mora County, New Mexico

Francisco Sales Ortega, one of the enterprising and public-spirited citizens of Wagon Mound, Mora County, New Mexico, was born in this county, January 29, 1864, son of Luciano and Ascencion (Aldecoa) Ortega. His father, a native of Mora County, died on the Ortega ranch in the Red River country, this county, in 1893; and his mother, born in Sonora, old Mexico, died in 1890. Luciano Ortega was in early life a strong Democrat but later transferred his franchise and influence to the Republican Party. For years he was a justice of the peace.

Francisco was reared on his father's ranch above Mora, which was the family home until 1885, when they moved to the Red River country, where he lived until 1902 that year taking up his residence in Wagon Mound. He was already interested in the livery business here, under the firm name of Ortega & Medina, and has since continued the business under the same name. Mr. Ortega owns the new residence he occupies and also has other town property here.

Politically he is a Republican. In 1900 he was elected assessor of Mora County, and served a term of two years. Mr. Ortega's family consists of wife and daughter. Mrs. Ortega, formerly Miss Maximiana Stines, is a native of Watrous, New Mexico. The daughter, Adela, is the wife of Jose de la Luz Silva, of Wagon Mound.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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