Laureles Ranch - Montalvo

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Laureles Ranch - Montalvo - I'RAISI? MOST EMPLOYES King Ranch Cowboy Not...
I'RAISI? MOST EMPLOYES King Ranch Cowboy Not ^·^^ » * ' wr · Like Legendary Figure . x . C7 - . ·/ " O · By TRACTS MOORMAN Caifcr-Tirnes Statt Writer The Texas cowpuneher of" song and legend is u reckless, restless bundle of taut nerves and unpredictable unpredictable behavior. His entire fort- tune is tied up in-his horse, six guns, boots,-hat, saddle ana bridle" decorated with silver mountings. "Underneath Ids. wide sombrero is a pair of steely-gray eyes that look far .beyond the distant horizon, and within -bis boots are hee!s that itch to go there "just after round- up.'· Tha King Randi-has had no part in creating this legendaiy figure. There's 110 similarity between this creation of the poet's imagination and the working cowboy who Js riding over the same pastures that his father, grandfather and great- grandfather patrolled to their day. What are the employment policies policies and problems of the ranch? How aw employes selected and hired? What is the annual turnover? turnover? These questions were carried carried to Cy: Yearjv liaison man between between the ranch offices and field 'operations, for, answers. Hire 10 ^ Percent 'We Eire about 10 percent of the ! employes and raise the rest," Yeary said. Capt. Richard King solved most of the employment'-problems -when he signed on his original crews, [Today a iarga ^majority of the, I ranch employes are grandsons! land great-grandsons,. grand-nep- jhewa and cousins ot-all degrees ,|of the King-employed cowpunch- 1 ers. And, while some'. of the fam- ily names that Were "prominent ot the ranch 75 years ago have about disappeared, they are still represented represented by blood relationship In other faptllies. Prominent today at Santa Gertrudis Gertrudis are the Quintimilla and Mendtetta families. At Laurel es its th« Travino, Montalvo and Sllva families. A half-cenrury ago thfe Pena family was- the most prominent prominent at Norias but that position today is shared by the Rodriguez and Cortinas families, Yeary said, More Stable at Norias Employes at Norias are : more stable than those of the other three divisions operated by King Ranch, jlnc., Yeary said. It would appear Sthat their .ambitions, interests and dreams are all centered around 2G-E Corpus Christ! CALLER-TIMES, Sun. 1953 the ranch. They have little con. con. tact with tha world outside the ranch division, preferring to spend their weekends at home rather than In town. While none own automobiles, all have an opportunity" opportunity" to'"go'into town" in ranch trucks occasionally. Some go in to town every month, but others prefer prefer staying at the ranch and going In every couple of months or so, Yeary said. Yeary was asked if any division ex-er becomes "overstocked" on employes, and if-so, on what basis is the surplus weeded out. ' "No,", he answered. "Not even at Norias. There's always a few of the boys who decide early in life they want to follow other occupations occupations and we are forced to employ about 10 percent of the 450 employes from ott the ranch, "There's moi-e. changing about at Santa Gevtrudis than at the other divisipns,". he-saith "This is true possibly because of Its location so near KingsviJta and the frequency that employes visit in town. They naturally have greater opportunities opportunities oi developing more 'off thf» ranch interests' than employes at the other divisions.". Those Santa Gertrudi* fiuploye* who-do drift 08 to other locations and into other trades, frequently show up at the ranch within months asking for their old job back, - j _ Each division, on the ranch is somewhat like" one big, family. Any one individual it very,:likely to be related in- some rdegre* all others at the division or will have common relatives with them. So, when an employe leaves the ranch, he is not only* breaking; away from all that he h»a from childhood but is cutting his family tics also. · ; The King Ranch cowhand his training at an early age, the "boy jobs" aroundl the 'cow, the fence and windmill camps weekends and during suinmer vacations from school, Yeary said most are ready and eager to the payroll as a-regular hand, the time they are 16. A majority prefer to sign on then rather finish high school. "Our ranch-raised boys 'can usually be ciassets es a, cowhand at 16," Yeary said. "And from to 24 I believe they hit ;0ietr and L are then the top hands on ranch," ' ' . ' ' · ' . . ' : - . ' : - ·

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 12 Jul 1953, Sun,
  3. Page 72

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