This is a genealogy, family history and info blog, providing references to other sources. I was born into and descended from Hell Raisers and Holy Rollers on both sides of the family. Hey nobody is perfect! I hope to be able to help others learn something about their genealogy and history, & I hope to learn from you also. If you recognize anyone in my tree as being one of your ancestors, please contact me. I take my ancestry seriously, but I also like to have fun. Hope you will join me!
When the Okies came to California, they had it tough. There is no doubt about it. I'm not sure when signs like this first appeared. I am sure it was probably after California residents were witness to an influx of migrant farm workers from Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, etc. The term "Okie" was coined to describe the new residents.
According to Dictionary.com the definition of Okie is...
I found this letter to the editor written in 1944.
The Fresno Bee The Republican (Fresno, California) Thu, Mar 23, 1944 Page 24
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
The Okies were tough people. They had to scramble to find work and crude shelter in an unwelcoming environment. Did they survive? Hell yeah! They were Okies....Fighting Okies. They did better than survive, they hung in there and began to thrive.