Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Man with the Mexico Flag Tattoo

In Sunday's post on my great-grandparents and their purchase of a home in Tucson, Arizona from Ruby Hidalgo, I speculated that Plutarco Campuzano may have been connected to Carlos Calles, husband of Mary Flynn Calles, Ruby Hidalgo's sister. And it turns out I was right, they were cousins. Carlos was Carlos Gomez Calles, son of Arnulfo Ramon Calles and Soledad Gomez. Arnulfo was a son of Juan Bautista Calles and Maria Antonia Campuzano. Maria Antonia was a daughter of Vicente Antonio Campuzano (my 3rd-great-grandfather), Plutarco's grandfather.
Newspapers.com, 27 Sept 1951
The news clipping above tipped me off to the family connection between Carlos Calles and Plutarco Campuzano. The article notes Carlos' father (Arnulfo) was one of the first sheriffs of Tucson. I have not yet been able to verify this, but if true, that's pretty cool.

According to his immigration papers, Carlos Gomez Calles came to the US in 1890, when he was 3 years old. He was born on 25 May 1887 in Hermosillo, Sonora, although he listed 1888 on his declaration of intention. The document also noted he had a tattoo of the Mexico National Flag below the elbow on his right arm.

The declaration was made on 18 May 1913.

Mary Flynn and Carlos Gomez Calles were married on 16 October 1913 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona.
Source: Ancestry. Arizona Marriage Records.
When war broke out in Mexico about 1916, Carlos Gomez Calles joined the Mexican Army. He became a Captain, and was stationed at San Luis, on the border near Yuma, Arizona. There's much more to his story, and I will have that in a following post.

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