George and Susana Gomez with Family taken at the Bert McVey Farm circa 1934
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 George's arrival in Anadarko, 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 respective families to their new homes. George and Susana set up residence 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 others traveled with Mr. Gomez on these trips as well.
Sammy, next to the youngest son, was always by his father's side. When Sammy was younger, he would drive the family to Texas and Colorado to work in the fields. George purchased a new truck, a chevy, so that Sammy could drive the Gomez family to their work destinations. With Sammy as driver and father George as passenger, the remaing family would ride inth e back of the truck that was draped with a tarp complete with food and bedding. Sometimes grandson, Jesse Jaques, would ride in front. The entire family worked the cotton fields. Sammy would haul the cotton to the gins. When all was finished, he would drive the family back to Oklahoma with his father always at his side.
Sammy passed away not too long after the passing of his parents.
After retirement, George enjoyed playing his accordian, guitar and fiddle on his front porch with neighbor Joel E. Ivie during the summer months. George enjoyed going to town and having a few beers with his friends. In early morning, he could get the signals for radio stations in Del Rio, TX and would enjoy listening to his favorite polka Mexican music
In 1943, sons, GC, Jim, Jack and Dave enlisted in the Army where they served overseas. Upon their return, son Jim assisted his father in the purchase of a house in town located at 602 E Kentucky. George and Susana remained at this location until their deaths.
Sons Joe, Jim and Jack were federal workers at Fort Sill until their retirement. Son, David Gomez, would soon follow as a federal worker at Fort Sill as well upon retirement with the United State Army. Youngest son, Freddie, worked 20 years at the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center until his death.
When Joe and Jack were young they were members of the Bert McVey Farm band playing 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 brothers-in-law, the Leals.
George and Susana were members of St. Patricks Catholic Church. Susana enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker and loved to patchwork, garden and can vegetables. They could grow the best hot peppers and tomatoes. They were natural born farmers and hard workers. Often Susana would work right beside her husband in the fields. The family meals she cooked on a big wood coal cook stove. Additionally, she cooked for George's farm hands Joe Carillo, Romancito and Venavel. 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 who sent for the body and was buried in Anadarko.
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.