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The Ranch That Was Us

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Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, Texas Hill Country legendary author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed with original artwork. The result is a mixture of memoir and montage, treasure chest and tableau vivant of a world that’s beautiful, brash, and wonderfully heartbreaking. Patterson -- the daughter of Texas folk hero and self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch -- has big shoes to fill and she ...
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Overview


Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, Texas Hill Country legendary author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed with original artwork. The result is a mixture of memoir and montage, treasure chest and tableau vivant of a world that’s beautiful, brash, and wonderfully heartbreaking. Patterson -- the daughter of Texas folk hero and self-proclaimed mayor of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch -- has big shoes to fill and she does so successfully in this colorful collection of Hill Country and Texas ranch vignettes.

Foreman and general cowboy guru Raymond Kuhlmann tells stories of the Goat King and German drinking songs, the buzzard traps and Mexican corridos that filled the nighttime pastures. First-person accounts and vivid historical narratives evoke the ranch’s past, overlaid with Patterson’s breathless personal histories of afternoons spent rescuing a doe in a nightgown, or saving a porcupine from a pack of dogs.

This is a book that will connect you to whatever patch of earth you hold dear. It is poignant reminder of the landscapes we’ve forgotten to keep close, of the land that does not belong to us but simply is who we are. The Ranch That Was Us is an affectionate reminder to go outside and touch the earth that is you.

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Patterson pieces together stories and lessons from her ancestral home, Stieler Hill Ranch outside San Antonio, Texas. Through first person accounts and historical narratives she shares the hardships and joys of her descendants, including the larger-than-life Grandfather Adolf Stieler, known for his equal love of goats and a good time. With the aid of the remarkable memories of her mother Shatzie and former ranch foreman Raymond Kuhlmann, Patterson recounts bits of wisdom and humor from the farm. Hard work, perseverance, and tenacity were everyday survival skills for the early occupants of Stieler Hill Ranch, who "ran more goats from the 1930s to the 1950s than anyone else since Angoras were brought to the United States." Tales of suffering and love are accompanied by the author's personal illustrations throughout. Patterson bares her soul by telling of her struggles overcoming the loss of her son Ren and brother Kerry before finding love again with second husband, Oscar Barrales. The spirit of each generation and the love of Stieler Ranch and its history goes on to the present day. This book will have every readerus all wanting to connect with herour own ancestral "home ranch". (Oct)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595341389
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 968,547
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Becky Patterson is a textile artist who specializes in large machine-appliquéd tapestries. She is also a well-known liturgical artist and designer, having done stained glass windows and furnishings for churches all over Texas. She is the owner of Stieler Hill Ranch with her two sons Kit and Sky Patterson. She helps out with the activities on the ranch: the SASS Texican Shooting Club, the hunters, range leasers, her husband’s horse training business, and art workshops.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Willie Nelson 3

Pentimento 5

The Walk 10

A Landscape of the Heart 15

While You're Resting, Pull Horehound 29

Ranches that Were 43

The Best People on Earth are Dogs and Horses 51

Herding Goats on Foot 65

Shearing Time 71

Now Whatta Ya Gonna Do 81

On Top of Thunder Mountain 89

Dora's Door 93

When One Door Closes 106

God's Love 115

Captain Hermann Stieler 122

Cattle Call 130

The Open Gate 139

The Dance 153

Romance for One 163

The Camp Shack 171

A Conversation on the Patio 187

A Texas Star 191

Erbteil: Inheritance 199

Our Lady of the Weeds 206

Coming Home 217

Hands Listed in Ranch Ledger, 1943-1946 223

Special Thanks 225

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