The photo below is of my Father at the age of three, and his sister at the age of five. They were still living in Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma on their Grandfather, Virgil Johnson's farm.
|Lawrence Gerald Johnson, aka Johnny and Ellen Jane Johnson|
The photo below is of my Aunt Thelma, my Mother Rosie, and her other sister, Bernice. My Mom looks like she was about five in this photo so the family may have still been in Oklahoma.
|Thelma Irene, Rosie Mae, and Helen Bernice|
They were not treated well by many people in California and were oftentimes discriminated against because they were Arkies and Okies. They were considered to be dirty, dumb, ignorant, and mean. Well, some of them might have been, but the majority were not.
I am what is now called a 2nd generation Okie. I was born in Camp Chaffee, Arkansas because my Father was in the army. I was brought to California when I was a few week old. I was raised around Okies that had emmigrated from Oklahoma, etc., and their children. I grew up in an environment that was economically just a step above what my parents grew up in.
We Okie's have much to be proud of. I will be posting articles from newspapers that people wrote and letters that people sent into the newspapers regarding the Okies. Please see the first one below.
This is a letter published in:
The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California) Thu, Mar 23, 1944
Editor of The Bee--Sir: I read in the want ad section that Emory L Cauble had a six room home to rent, but specified he did not want to rent to "Okies."
Well, I do not get what he means by that. Does he think he is better than an "Okie"? After all, the boys they call "Okies" are fighting right next to the boys from California and doing a hell of a good job. A SOLDIER.
Fresno Air Base.