The Ranch That Was Us

The Ranch That Was Us

by Becky Crouch Patterson
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 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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Publishers Weekly
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595341389
Publisher:
Trinity University Press
Publication date:
10/16/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,355,571
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.80(d)

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