Early Family Life
Arturo Vasquez was born in Laredo, Texas, on December 13, 1924, to immigrants, Concepcion Escalante and Rodolfo Garcia Vasquez. He was their third child of five children. Vasquez was influenced by the stories of his great-uncles, Cenobio and Ysaac Garcia. Both were self-employed in profitable businesses and part of the Laredo community, with Cenobio Garcia heavily involved in the Laredo’s annual Washington’s Birthday Celebration in early 1900s. Their success and community service influenced young Vasquez to grow up to emulate his uncles.
While in high school, Vasquez joined the Laredo High School Journal, and the Typing and Stenography Club, becoming the club’s secretary, and then treasurer. He worked part-time for the United States Weather Bureau as an Airway Observer, and also at a freight forwarding company as a shipping clerk.