Texian Stomping Grounds Page: 77
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RANCHO BUENA VISTA
the other shearers to be ready to dodge, for the sheep would
make its way blindly into the pen and might stumble into any-
thing in its path.
Besides the shearers, there were men to carry the wool and
men to pack it. This packing was done with the help of a tall
wooden rack on which jute sacks were stretched. One man
filled the sack; another tramped the wool into it with his feet
so that each sack might hold as much as possible.
When the shearing and packing were done, Don Florencio
and his sons loaded the wool into ox carts and made their trip
to Laredo, where wholesale wool dealers bought his wool.
Here he bought provisions. Early in his married life he
established here, too, a town house. At first he built a tiny place
of mesquite poles, thatched with straw; later, he built a stone
house; then, one of lumber, big and rambling. Now, this, too,
has been replaced by a twelve-room brick dwelling, modern in
Here at Laredo his ten children were born; here, and at the
ranch, he and his wife spent their busy days. But the ranch
held the center of their affections. He asked his children to bury
A stone's throw behind the ranch house one may see his grave,
Here’s what’s next.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texian Stomping Grounds, book, 1941; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67663/m1/85/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.