Among the famous names of pioneer Texans are Mayer Halff, Solomon
Halff and Captain Charles Schreiner. Together and individually
they controlled vast cattle ranges in Texas,
New Mexico and Oklahoma from the 1880's until well into the twentieth
century. On December 7, 1900 the three of them purchased the Crouch
Ranch, in Frio County, Texas from the British American Mortgage
Company. Solomon soon conveyed his interest to Mayer. It's 70,000
acres were operated in conjunction with the 50,000 acre Prince
Pasture owned by Mayer and Capt. Schreiner as their south Texas
ranches. It was tough country operated by established cattlemen.
Following the death of Mayer in 1905, the Crouch stayed in the
families until 1924 when Lena Schreiner Partee and her husband
conveyed the Schreiner interests to various members of the Halff
and Oppenheimer families, all of whom were closely related. The
Oppenheimers were prominent bankers, landowners and ranchers.
The ranch operated until 1974 when it was partitioned among family
members. The Halff Brothers Ranch of 19,600 acres is an operating
ranch, with hunting, cattle, and irrigated farming as components.
Ownership is now in the 5th generation of Halffs. It is operated
by family members devoted to maintaining their heritage in the
land and the family reputation.
When you choose to visit us, and would like more history on Mayer
Halff and on the era in which the ranch came into the family,
there is a wonderful book available. Written by Patrick Dearen,
it is entitled, "Halff of Texas, Merchant Rancher of the
old West". It is available at your local bookseller, and
online. Amazon has it.