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September 15, 2008 1:18 AM

Newcomers had to beat many obstacles

Thirteen days on the road brought the Whitfield family, late of Beeville, Texas, to the little town of Tracy in 1935. Young Tom Whitfield lived with the stigma of being an "Okie" scorned by the locals. In the second part of our

"Out of the Dust" series

, The Modesto Bee examines the plight of the migrants once they arrived in the Central Valley in the 1930s.

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