The two main
photos in this series are from the
collection of MEXLIST member Earl Hajic,
whose captions appear in green. If you have answers
or opinions regarding any of the questions posed, please send them to
that the third man from the left is my
father Edward B. Hajic (who might have
used the surname "Hayes"), and
the fourth man from the left is his
friend and business associate
(in South Dakota silver mining) Arthur
Lottis. They were in Mexico at the time
(probably mid-to-late 1912) to be
American volunteers with Pancho Villa.
There is a possibility that
the man on the left is Villa. Some of the
other five men are less certain. I would
like confirmation of the depot location
(believed to be Ciudad Valles, San Luis
Potosí) and the time frame based
on any interpretation of other details
shown. Note the sign
"Compañía Mexicana de Express,
S.A.," the inscription on machinery
beyond the hand car, and the sign with
the image of a lady. If someone knows the
diameter of the handcar wheels, I might
be able to deduce the track gauge.
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