Gilcrease Orchard NV
The Gilcrease family has been a cornerstone of Tulsa since 1920, when Elda and Leonard moved from California to Oklahoma. They were both educated in the engineering field at college; however, they met as music majors with their sights set on becoming educators before settling down in Lemoore-born engineer Leonard’s home state.
Their two children John Theodore (Ted) and William Orr (Bill), born during this time period reflect these goals: Ted is currently pursuing his own degree while Bill works for an oil company after receiving his certification following graduation last May.
After she married John and they started their young family, Elda had an epiphany. She realized that the only way to provide for her future children was if they used her inheritance in order to purchase over 900 acres of land in Las Vegas Valley which included natural artisan springs known as Lower Tule Springs. They were able grow crops and raise livestock there- it took a lot of hard work though! When things seemed like all hope was lost with the stock market crash 1929, but then everything turned around when people tired from hunger needed places such as theirs where food could be grown organically without pesticides or chemicals harmful for humans.
When Leonard found out that their farm life in Oklahoma was not going to bring them any riches, he left his wife and two young sons behind. Elda had no intention of giving up on the family’s dream so easily though – she fought for it with every ounce of her being. It wasn’t easy but by 1930 they divorced and Elda continued managing the ranch all alone until 1968 when she passed away without ever finding love again after Leonard abandoned her.
The Gilcrease Orchard is a non-profit, 501(c)3 foundation established to protect and preserve the orchards that are part of this Arkansas community. To do so they offer programs for all ages with their primary focus being educating visitors on how food grows in fertile ground while providing recreational activities like picking your own fruit.