In one of the lesser-known chapters in the extraordinary life of George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president — who died late Friday at his Houston home at age 94 — lived in Compton for about six months in 1949 and 1950.
The Bush family patriarch is usually associated with Maine and Texas — the two states where he spent most of his adult life.
But according to his autobiography, Bush and his wife Barbara lived in Compton while on assignment for Dresser Industries, selling oil-drilling equipment. His eldest daughter, Robin, was born in Compton just before Bush was transferred again, he wrote.
Bush’s son George W. — who would go on to become the nation’s 43 president — was 3 years old at the time.
They lived in a now-demolished apartment complex at 624 S. Santa Fe Avenue. In the 1990s, former Compton Mayor Walter R. Tucker III proposed turning the location into a city landmark, but that never happened.
Bush moved to Midland, Texas, in May 1950.