April 26, 1999
Last known Mexican to fight rebel Pancho Villa dead at 110

                  TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) -- Teodoro Garcia, believed to be the last
                  surviving Mexican soldier who fought Pancho Villa's rebel forces during the
                  Mexican Revolution, has died. He was 110.

                  Born on Jan. 7, 1889, in Sacramento, Mexico, Garcia died Sunday and was
                  to be buried Monday afternoon. The retired contractor had lived in Texas
                  City, just southeast of Houston, for the past 40 years.

                  Garcia was among the Mexican "Federales" who fought for dictator Porfirio
                  Diaz, who won several fraudulent elections for the presidency. Villa joined
                  the revolution on the side of Francisco Madero, who in 1910 toppled Diaz.

                  Manuel Urbina, professor of Latin American history at Texas City's College
                  of the Mainland, said Garcia is the last of a handful of Mexican veterans he
                  has tracked since the late 1980s. He said Garcia fought for Diaz's forces in
                  1910 and 1911.

                  Sacramento, located in the Mexican state of Coahuila, is about 100 miles
                  (161 kilometers)southwest of Laredo.

                  Garcia is survived by one daughter and 12 grandchildren. His wife of 53
                  years, Ignacia Zertuche Garcia, had died previously.

                    Copyright 1999 The Associated Press.