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Trivia Quiz 1.Where did Olivero Garza work for most of his life? 2.How many children did he have? 3.Olivero Garza strongly believed in the value of __________. 4.What famous Valley landmark did Olivero Garza have a connection to? 5.What sport can be played in the basement of the Shary Mansion? 6.When did Garza Elementary open its doors? 7.Why was the opening of Garza Elementary almost delayed? 8.What was the last part of the school to be completed? 9.How many principals has Garza had? 10.How many staff members have been here since Garza opened ? Bonus points if you can name them.
My grandfather, OLIVERO GARZA, was one of my heroes. He moved to Sharyland in 1930 and lived at the same residence until his death in 1981. My grandfather was a man of great courage, strong convictions, and Christian morals that wanted all his children and grandchildren to be good law-abiding citizens. He was a true example of the type person he wanted us all to be. Buelito, as most of my generation knew him, was our hero and role model. He could do no wrong. He strongly encouraged his four sons and three daughters to attain their education and to also encourage their children to do the same. Quoted from a nomination letter written by Olivero Garza III, June 7, 1996
Born in San Miguel de Carmago, Tamaulipas on June 10, 1902 Settled with his family in Los Ebanos, TX on May 13, 1913 Rowed across the Rio Grande daily to attend school in San Margo de Carmago because there were no schools in Los Ebanos Learned to read, write, and converse in Spanish and English with little formal education Obtained a job cutting wood at the age of 16 with United Irrigation lift pump
Married Santos Torres on May 21, 1921 in Mission, TX Worked and lived on the grounds of United Irrigation lift pump where five children were born to the couple Became caretaker and chauffeur for the John H. Shary family in 1931 and moved to the caretaker residence on the estate grounds where two more children were born Died in January 1981 and buried at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetary on Taylor Road
was a firm believer in the importance of education! Of his seven children: 6 graduated from Sharyland High School 4 earned college degrees AND His oldest child, Edelmiro, was the first Hispanic to graduate from Sharyland High School and was the valedictorian of the class of 1940.
Of his 29 grandchildren: 11 graduated from Sharyland High School 17 graduated from other local high schools 25 earned degrees from various colleges, universities, or trade schools 12 in Education 5 in Business Administration 1 in Engineering 4 in Medicine 3 in various trade fields
Sabas Ruiz, grandfather of Olivero Garza, Sr., operated the first river boat crossing at Los Ebanos, TX beginning in 1899.
Garza, with his wife Santos, and a grandson, at the dedication of the historical marker at the Los Ebanos ferry crossing site in June of 1975.
Olivero and Santos Garzas wedding picture, May 21, 1921 Undated picture of Olivero and Santos Garza on the grounds of the Shary Estate
Olivero Garza, Sr. shown in the bowling alley of the Shary Estate.
Garza shown with his first grandson, Olivero Garza III, on the front porch of the family home on Shary Road in August 1948
Buelito with four of his grandchildren in February 1968
Olivero and Santos with their first great grandchild, Sandra Garza, at their home on Shary Road in December 1969
Garza, and sons, Edelmiro and Arnoldo, and grandson, Arturo, hunting at the Shary Farm on the Rio Grande River in the fall of 1980, shortly before his death.
Undated photo of the Olivero and Santos Garza family
Education, a strong family, and a loving, giving attitude is what Grandpa stood for. It is so appropriate to have a school named after Grandpa and in honoring him we will also be honoring Grandma Santos, the ultimate in loving and caring for all. Gavino A. Garza Grandson of Olivero Garza, Sr.
Trivia Quiz Answers 1.Olivero Garza, Sr. worked at the Shary Estate. 2.He had seven children. 3.He believed in the value of education. 4.His grandfather was involved with the Los Ebanos ferry. 5.There is a bowling alley in the basement of the mansion. 6.Olivero Garza, Sr. Elementary opened in August of 1996. 7.The water lines were not connected yet. 8.The gym was not ready until two weeks after school started. 9.There have been five principals at Olivero Garza, Sr. Elementary. 10.Four staff members have been here since 1996, Craig Christensen, Melanie Christensen, Doreen Valadez, and Mary Vega.