Seeing a covered wagon pulling through town would have been a common thing to see back in the day, but not in 2019. 

Duane and Camalia Wiederien made their way from Waco with a covered wagon to Odem this past weekend to pay tribute to C. Wiederien’s late mother and aunt. Mary Lopez Trevino (1923-2011) and Madalena Lopez Guzman (1927-1995) were residents of Odem and cotton pickers during the 1940s and 1950s. 

“{The wagon} Well, it was a fantasy of mine long time ago to go back and reminisce about the time that my mother and my aunt showed us the love that care that she had,” said Wiederien. “This brings back memories to me, you know, in the old days, and the cotton field.”

Odem’s initial economy depended on growing vegetables for commercial markets, according to Texas State Historical Association’s website. By the 1980s, cotton, corn and grain sorghum had supplanted vegetables.

On Saturday morning, Duane and Camalia, along with their family members, were escorted by the Odem chief of police, Gerardo Ochoa, as they pulled their wagon on Haisley Avenue. C. Wiederien and her family lived on Haisley Avenue during their residency in Odem.

After the riding through the streets of Odem, the family made their way to Edroy to enjoy a lunch out in the cotton fields. They were granted permission by land owners Mr. and Mrs. Bickham of Odem to use the field. 

D. Wiederien talked about the daily routine of the cotton pickers. C. Wiederien’s mother, Trevino, would take her children with her into the fields and at night would iron clothes to make extra money for the family.

“[Her mother] got up every morning, 5 o’clock in the morning, and made the burrito or taco or whatever and took the lunch to the cotton fields and took all the kids with them,” said D. Wiederien. “They worked hard, {Trevino and Guzman}, very hard life.”

After reminiscing about Trevino and Guzman, the family donned bonnets and aprons and made their way into the wagon to ride one last time through the cotton fields.