Immigrant Founded Diana’s Mexican Food Products

Samuel Magaña operated restaurants and set up tortilla and tamale factories

Samuel Magaña got his start picking fruit, among other early jobs.

Photo: Elizabeth Beristain

As a teenager in the late 1940s, Samuel Magaña told his father he was leaving his hometown of Amaculi, a village in the mountains near Tamazula de Victoria in the Mexican state of Durango. His father gave him a sermon, pointing out that at least in Amaculi he would always have people ready to help him out in a pinch.

Then his father gave him a few dollars for his train fare.

After...

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