Riverside, California 2021-09-20 11:19:21 –
Corpus Christi, Texas — Cotton hunting is an integral part of Robstown’s history.
Cotton picking is what Robstown Mayor Gilbert Gomez said he did as early as three years old. He said he worked with his father in northern Texas after school and during the summer.
Much of the manual labor was done by migrant workers, with deep Latino and Hispanic roots in a small town just west of Corpus Christi.
“All of us from here in Robstown are very proud to say that we are Robstown Cotton Picker,” Gomez said.
He grew up in a poor family and said cotton picking was the way his family lived.
“It was a very tough job, but it was very rewarding to know that we were learning some work ethics that would help us later in life,” Gomez said.
Prior to becoming mayor, Gomez worked as a refinery contractor, a police officer in Robstown, and later a police chief for 32 years. He said getting to know the community motivated him to run for mayor.
The Robstown Regional History Museum details the history of Robstown and explains how it began as a single railroad crossing in the early 1900s. Shortly thereafter, a store called Robs Place came in and got its name. The town was finally named Robstown in 1907.
“In 1910 they founded the Brindle cotton gin, and soon afterwards several other cotton gin were founded in the area, making it a kind of cotton gin,” said the museum’s director, Le Mardo Juarez. Said.
Gomez said he lived in Robstown for the rest of his life, so he learned about and became part of the museum’s culture and history. He said the city is a special place because it is a small town and many families have known each other for generations.
“We are always there to help each other. Whether we agree with each other or not, we always come out and help each other,” he said.
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