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Interview Location:Boise, Idaho
Victor was born in Oregon Canyon, Oregon on 15 October 1923 to Victorio and Victoria Ansotegui. One of eight children, he remembers the little schoolhouse close to his family's ranch. Winters were bitterly cold, and he remembers driving to school in a horse and buggy over the top of deep snowdrifts. The snow was so deep it covered the fence posts.
He worked as a camp tender, and has vivid memories of chasing his nomadic sheep dog until he wore out his shoes. Victor's job was made even more difficult when he and the sheepherder lost the horses and mule.
After returning from service in World War II, Victor married and started working as a water master. He has held a variety of jobs since then, settling in Fallon, Nevada with his wife, Neva, and three children. Victor's children show great interest in the Basque culture, and he hopes that the culture will survive and flourish.