Lampazos is a town 150 kilometres north of Monterrey.
The municipality issued notes in the first half of 1914 to deal with a shortage of change, or perhaps just a lack of funds (on 1 January 1914 the Presidente Municipal Manuel Zuazua told the state government that on 1 January 1914 he had found the Tesorería Municipal empty (absolutamente escasa de fondos) and had suspended school classes because there was no way to pay for them..
It produced a 50c note, dated 1 February 1914
and a 5c note from the Tesorería Municipal, dated [ ] March 1914.
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The notes have the signatures of [ ] Sánchez[identification needed] as Jefe de Armas, Fortunato Zuazua as Alcalde and F. Caetaño as Tesorero.
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Fortunato Zuazua Zertuche was born in Lampazos on 21 December 1890, of a distinguished local family. He fought for Madero in 1910 and against Orozco in 1912. In 1913 he was in Pablo González’ forces and collaborated with Lucio Blanco in taking Matamoros, Tamaulipas. He also joined Blanco in dividing out the Hacienda de Borregos.
Manuel Zuazua, a relation, had been elected alcalde of Lampazos on 10 August 1913 but he resigned on 21 January 1914, having informed the government that his Tesorería Municipal was empty (absolutamente escasa de fondos) and four days later Fortunato was named presidente municipalANL, Correspondencia de Alcaldes de Lampazos de Naranjo, caja 20 (1914-1918) letter Manuel Zauzua to Secretario de Gobierno, 1 January 1914: Acta de la Junta Escrutadora, Lampazos, 25 January 1914.
Fortunato later served under Cesáreo Castro and, as a loyal Carrrancista, fought Villismo, first with Francisco Murguía in the Bajío and Coahuila and then with Jacinto B. Treviño in Chihuahua. On 16 June 1915 he was made a General de brigada. He was commander of the garrison in Mexico City in 1920 when Carranza fled to Veracruz.
He was elected governor of his state in 1935 but the election was annulled. The next year he stood again but was defeated. He retired from politics and died in Temple, Texas, where he had gone for his health, on 19 December 1938.