George and Susana Gomez
1928 George R. Gomez with Ben N Rosales and 16 Year old Son Joe C Gomez (driver)drove to Anadarko,Oklahoma.
1928 George R. Gomez with Ben N Rosales and 16 Year old Son Joe C Gomez (driver)drove to Anadarko,Oklahoma.
February 28, 2016

1928 Gomez Arrival in Anadarko, Oklahoma

George and Susana Gomez and Family 1934 taken at the Bert McVey Farm.
George and Susana Gomez and Family 1934 taken at the Bert McVey Farm.
In 1928 George Gomez could not find adequate work to support his wife and nine children in the Sweetwater/Palava area of Texas.  He had a cousin and some friends already living around the Anadarko basin. George, his 16 year old son, Joe, and his brother-in-law, Ben Rosales, drove from Sweetwater to Anadarko to find farm work.  His wife, Susana, and children stayed behind until work was found.  Upon his arrival he immediately found work on the John "Bert" and Margerite McVey farm.  The farm is located 2 3/4  miles east of Anadarko on the north side of Highway 9.  In 1929, after settling in, George and Ben returned to Texas to bring their families.  George and Susana had settled in a house on the McVey farm.   Anadarko would be the birthplace of seven additional children. George and Susana's eldest child, Timoteo, died at birth.  Daughter, Pauline, died around 8 years of age in an accident.  Their last child, Johnny Bert, died still birth.  George farmed for Mr. McVey from 1928 to 1949.  After his retirement from the farm, George became a migrant farmer often traveling to McAdoo, Texas to pick cotton and Sterling, Colorado to work in the beet fields.  George would bring his wife and younger children along to assist. His neighbors the Mike Castillo family from Gracemont, the Esiquio Medrano family from Carnegie and many others traveled with Mr. Gomez on these trips as well.  In 1943, sons, GC, Jim, Jack and Dave Gomez volunteered in the Army where they served overseas.  Upon their return, son Jim helped his father purchase  a house in town located at 602 E Kentucky.  They remained at this location until their deaths. They were members of St. Patricks Catholic Church. Susana enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker and loved to patchwork and garden,and canning vegetables.  Both George and Susana could grow the best hot peppers and tomatoes.  They were natural born farmers and hard workers.  At times she would work right beside him in the fields.  She cooked big meals for the family on a big wood coal cook stove.  Additionally, she cooked for George's farm hands Joe Carillo, Romancito and Venavel.  These farm hands Romancito and Venavel stayed close to Mr. Gomez until their deaths.  Joe Carillo was found frozen to death in Nebraska.  The Anadarko police notified George and he sent for the body of Joe Carillo and buried him in Anadarko. After retirement, George enjoyed playing his accordian, guitar and fiddle with his neighbor Joel E. Ivie on his front porch during the summer months.  He enjoyed going downtown and having a few beers with his friends.  He would always listen to Del Rio,Texas radio stations early morning so he could listen to his polka Mexican music.  When sons, Joe and Jack, were young they played in the Bert McVey farm band and played street dances in and around the Anadarko area as well as the VFW and The American Legion. Joe Gomez was in a band called the Hobart Boys along with his brother-in-laws, the Leals. George R. Gomez in 1940 Census was on the voter List as a registered voter.  He would give out business cards with the names of people running for office.  The sheriff would stop by the home and give him cards to give out to friends.  At the time, George Gomez and son Joe C. Gomez were one of the few Mexican Americans to own homes in Anadarko, OK. In the early 50's sons, Joe, Jim and Jack were federal workers at Fort Sill.  There they would work until retirement. Son, David Gomez, would soon follow as a federal worker at Ft. Sill and retire from the United States Army. The youngest son, Freddie, worked 20 years at the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center until his death. Next to the youngest son, Sammy, was always by his father's side. When he was younger Sammy would drive the family to Texas and Colorado to work in the fields.  George bought a new truck, a chevy, so that Sammy could drive the Gomez family on their Texas and Colorado trips.  The family all rode in the back of the truck with a big tarp on top, complete with food and bedding. Sammy and Mr Gomez be in the front, side by side.  Sometimes grandson, Jesse Jaques, would ride in front. Sammy worked in the cotton fields as well as the whole family, pulling the cotton.  Sammy then would haul the cotton to the Cotton Gins.  Afterwards he would drive the family back to Oklahoma after all the work was completed.  Sammy died shortly after Mr and Mrs George R. Gomez's death.


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