Saturday, November 3, 2007
Photo: Jose Dolores Perez-Gomez with his wife Paulina Follin.
"JOSE PEREZ GOMEZ:Patriot, Railroadman, Promotor, Agriculturist And Senator"
"Nephew of the famous generalissimo and "Grand Old Man" of Cuba, Maximo Gomez,the subject of this biography Jose Perez Gomez came to Honduras in the year1881, on a visit with his uncle Maximo to stir up propaganda in favor of the Cuban Revolution. After exerting his every effort in favor of his native country he finally decided to settle in Honduras to which end he married thecharming Miss Paulina Folling (Follin) from which union were born nine children, as follows: Carlos, Alonso, Francisco, Lisandro, Antonia (now married to Mr. John Coleman), Leonela, Dolores (today the beautiful wife of Mr. JoseMaria Zepeda), Zoila, Angelina, and Celia. During the early years of his residence in this country, he was in the employof the railroad, later on he decided to strike out for himself inagriculture,(bananas cultivation and cattle breeding), and today he is theproud owner of one of the finest mixed ranches in the country. Still later on we find him branching out as theatre proprieter having builtand is now operating the theatre "Variedades" in the city of San Pedro Sula. In the year 1894, in San Pedro Sula, the Masonic Lodge Eureka No. 5 was founded, and of which Mr. Perez Gomez has several times been Venerable Master,and as a matter of fact he is today the only survivor of the original charter members or founders. In the year 1889, he had the honor to be elected municipal mayor of the city of San Pedro Sula, serving a full term of four years. In Mr. Perez Gomez one finds an energetic worker, a man of strong initiativeand brilliant ideas, a man who has proven a success entirely due to his ownpersonal efforts and attention to business. "(End)
Source: The above biography of Jose Dolores Perez-Gomez was written for the business magazine, (no longer in print),"HONDURAS," in 1930.
Note: The following biography appeared,(in Spanish), in a later addition of the business magazine "Honduras", written about 1932:
"Ven.. H.. DON JOSE PEREZ GOMEZ 1861-1931"
"Padres: Don Santiago Perez y dona Antonia Gomez Baez, hermana del Generalisimo Maximo Gomez Baez, principal caudillo de la independencia de Cuba, Nacio en el pueblo de Bani, cerca de Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana,en 1861. Caso con dona Paulina Follin, de origen frances. Paso su primera infancia en su pais de origen, y ya en su juventud tomoparte, junto con su tio el General Maximo Gomez, en la primera sonada belica dela independencia de Cuba, que culmino con la Paz del Zanjon. Ingreso a Honduras en propaganda revolucionaria por la libertad de Cuba, cuando llego aqui lamision Cubana compuesta por los Generales Gomez, Maceo, Flor Crombert, Rollof,el Dr. Eusebio Hernandez, el poeta Jose Joaquin Palma y el maestro TomasEstrada Palma. Haciendo de Honduras su segunda patria, se quedo en esta tierradonde se caso y donde se dedico al cultivo del banano. Fue empleado modelo delFerrocarril Nacional y fue fundador del Teatro Variedades, el primer salon deespectaculos que tuvo San Pedro Sula. El H.. Perez Gomez se caracterizo por su hombria de bien, su honradezacrisolada y sus dotes de privilegiada inteligencia. En San Pedro Sula fundoun hogar que fue ejemplo de virtudes. Como mason fundo la Resp.. Log.. Eureka No. 19, de esta ciudad, junto conlos meritisimos hermanos Freund, Rivera, Barahona, etc. Fue Venerable Maestroen varios periodos y ocupo varios cargos, en los que siempre se distinguio porsu inteligencia, ecuanimidad y espiritu de justicia. Fellecio en San Pedro Sula en 1931. " (END)
Biography of Maximo Gomez-Baez