5/2/13

EL HOYO SOTO

EHS CUTDOWNS

In the present world of the varrios, El Hoyo Soto is not to be confused with El Hoyo Maravilla or Soto Street because those are 3 different varrios. El Hoyo Soto was a Mexican-Chicano barrio born in the 1940s, and  just one more gang amongst the many that were in the Boyle Heights area during the 1950's.

El Hoyo Soto has been defunct since the late 1950s/early 60s, but for such a short lived gang in the history of the East Side (they lasted only about fifteen years), El Hoyo Soto nevertheless had a fierceness and reputation that resonates even to this day. And for such a small numbers gang, it nevertheless contributed members to la Eme, like Benjamin “TOPO” Peters and Gilbert “SHOTGUN” Sanchez, as well as Sanchez’ drop-out son RAY-RAY.

In El Hoyo’s barrio, the streets were dirt, one way in, one way out. The Santa Ana Freeway, Boyle Avenue, 8TH Street, Inez, and Mott Street formed the boundaries for this barrio gang, which had about 30 active members in 1953. The barrio was temporarily torn apart by the construction of the freeway, but then the gang regrouped.

Generally the oldest most entrenched barrios have the largest number of total gang members when active members in all cliques are added up. Clique diminution and the eventual phasing out of a gang have occurred in some barrios, especially in East L.A. El Hoyo Soto, for example, had so few youths to recruit at one time that their territory was absorbed by the White Fence gang. A similar outcome came to the short-lived barrio Tortilla Flats. El Hoyo Soto area is presently controlled by the White Fence gang which calls this area “The Zone.”

A newspaper article of the era (1950’s), read..
SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THIS GANG WERE ARRESTED WHEN DURING ROUTINE SHAKEDOWNS, CAUGHT THEM CARRYING FIREARMS. THEY ARE ENEMIES OF THE WHITE FENCE GANG, AND THE FACT THAT EL HOYO MEMBERS ARE WALKING AROUND ARMED TO THE TEETH INDICATE THAT SERIOUS TROUBLE MAY BE EXPECTED FROM THEM...
 
A reminiscent story from a vato, also had this to relate about the place..
Around 1951 my buddies and I met some girls on Whittier Boulevard, they said that they were from El Hoyo Soto, after talking with them for a while they invited us to a house party for that coming Saturday, we of course said orale, so come Saturday six of us vatos jump in my buddy's Richard’s '41 Ford convertible that he had just bought two week earlier.

Now when we are at the party dancing with the girls that we had met, well the dudes from El Hoyo didn't take kindly to that, a fight broke out, there was too many of them so we jumped into the '41 Ford and took off on this dirt road, the only way out. But the Ford died out on us, we looked back and there's a bunch of vatos following us in cars, and on foot, but still the Ford wouldn’t start, so we jumped out and ran out of there, got to the Boulevard and jumped on the trolley street car, we all got home okay. A few days later we went back to get the Ford, fuck, it was burnt to the ground…

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ithaca Street Locos put is down hard. I know I am one of them.

Anonymous said...

My Familia " The Garcia's" Chavi, Veto (Robert) Angel ( Leonard) Satanas ( Phillip) and my 10 Thia's ...HOYO SOTO ELA ...As for
Me and my house we will serve the Lord ( Jesus Christ )

Unknown said...

I came across this page by accident. But I know my father was a member of El Hoyo. He was Gato. Or AKA Sonny. He would of been 85 years old. He grew up on Mott street. If anyone knows him or anything about him in those days. I would love to hear stories.