Santa Fe Living Treasures â€“ Elder Stories
Elias & Tona Maes
LEADERS OF THE GRAND MARCH
Honored August, 1988
Elias & Antonia 'Tona' P. Maes
One of Santa Fe's most beloved couples, Tona and Elias Maes lived a traditional way of life that has just about faded from the streets and the plaza into memory. Raising thirteen childrenâ€”ten girls and three boysâ€”in a small, century-old adobe house inherited from Elias's grandmother, they lived a life close to their Agua Fria community and their church, Our Lady of Guadalupe. Elias was also a prominent member of La Union Protectiva, a burial society. The couple lent spirit to weddings and fiestas around town. Skilful dancers, they were often called on to lead grand marches at wedding celebrations.