Monday, September 12, 2005

Family Reunion Spins Out of Control

From the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times of Sept. 12, 2005:

Olvera family seeks ties that bind

By Tom Lochner


WALNUT CREEK - The Olvera clan, many of whom live in Contra Costa County today, began their New World chapter sometime after the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 -- the year of Columbus' first voyage to America.

Now the clan is recapturing distant roots as it embarks on its fifth generation in the United States since the eight children of Miguel Olvera, a once-prosperous military officer and mining engineer who lost everything in the Mexican Revolution, came to Pittsburg around 1920.

More than 100 members of the clan -- from 3-month-old Francisco Gabriel Samaniego of Walnut Creek to his great-great grandmother Dolores Olvera and great-great-aunt Carmen Olvera -- held a reunion Sunday at Heather Farms Park. The clan takes its name from the town of Olvera in southern Spain.


There was a raucous moment when a group of Olveras, one of them proclaiming "There's a black sheep in every family," took off their shirts to reveal a T-shirt with a picture of clan member Jo Ann Olvera Trembath, of Monte Sereno, taking a slug from a wine bottle.

"My mom always said, 'When you're an Olvera you always hold your head up. You're proud,'" said Trembath's daughter, Kathyrn McCown. "She'd never be caught drinking from a bottle."


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