American Dream

My name is Ron Mendive. My family name or surname, Mendive, is typically pronounced as it is spelled, but that is not the correct ethnic pronunciation…It has been lost. In 1910 my Grandfather, Prudencio Mendive, left the fishing villages of Northern Spain and came to America seeking a better life for himself and his descendants. My Grandpa was Basque. He, like many of his countrymen, believed in private property, limited government, and the natural God given rights of men to be free. Upon reaching America he became a sheepherder in Northern Nevada with the desire to bring his bride-to-be across the ocean and raise a family in freedom---the American Dream. I remember my grandfather listen

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