1900 is the first census my great grandmother Adelina Ortega appears in with her parents Jose Ortega & Juliana Molina. She is 1 year old! I wonder what kind of baby she was. Jose & Juliana have been married for 7 years, and Adelina is their first child. What was it like being a first time mother in 1900 Socorro? Looking at the entire page, I noticed that there are several Ortegas living near them. These were likely Jose’s family. Jose, 26, and Juliana, 25, are both listed as day laborers. Jose and Juliana were both born in New Mexico, as were their parents. At the end of the line, there is an H indicating they live in a house, and not on a farm.
Santa Rita later became known as Riley, and is now a ghost town. This pdf brochure from the Socorro Chamber of Commerce tells a short history of the town.