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Falfurrias, Texas

Photos courtesy Ruben R. Hernandez
Captions provided by Ruben R. Hernandez
Watermelon under a tree,  Falfurrias, Texas
The Tasty Watermelons of Falfurrias
We know that Falfurrias was known for its butter and other dairy products. However, watermelons, tomatoes, and citrus fruits were also grown in the area and Falfurrias was a central shipping point for this produce. During watermelon harvest time, the front yards of the barrio homes would be piled high with watermelons. This is a picture of the Manuel Morales family home.
Eloy Guerra Garza July1958 Falfurrias Texas
Eloy Guerra Garza July 1958
Eloy Guerra Garza, A maternal nephew, is one of the many family members and friends who stopped by to enjoy a refreshing and delicious slice of watermelon. Eloy is a descendant of Don Antonio Guerra de Cannamar who came to Mexico from Asturias Spain in the late 1500s. An earlier descendant of Don Antonio was don Vicente Guerra, a founder of the old town of Guerrero in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas.
Picking oranges from tree, Falfurrias, Texas
Grandpa's Orange Tree
Many of the yards in Falfurrias had their own grapefruit and orange trees. This orange tree was in the yard of Manuel Morales, father-in-law of Ruben Hernandez. It used to be an annual ritual for our children to harvest the oranges when Grandpa lived on North Chester Street. Here in 1972 are Cindy, Kathi, and Steve Hernandez picking ripe oranges for their Grandpa Morales.
Skinning an Armadillo, Falfurrias, Texas
Skinning an Armadillo
If you skin it, you eat it. Hunting raccoons and armadillos was a favorite pastime in Falfurrias during the 1950s. In this June 1957 picture, Eloisa Morales is holding the shell of the plump armadillo that Roel Garcia has just finished skinning. Ruben Hernandez, the greenhorn city boy from Houston, smiles at the camera rather than at his future dinner. As prepared by Mrs Frances Morales, the armadillo was quite tasty.
Taget practice in Los Ebanos, South Texas
Target Practice in Los Ebanos
Having hunting weapons around is a must in the ranches around Falfurrias. On a visit to the nearby community of Los Ebanos, circa mid 1970, we found three of the Navarro brothers sighting their rifles while showing off their marksmanship at a nearby stationary target. From left are Rene, Reynaldo (doing the shooting), and Ramon Navarro III. These three were experienced outdoorsmen, excellent trackers, and hunters. Their ranch was not far from the shrine of Don Pedrito Jaramillo, the famed early 20th century south Texas healer and philosopher.
Girls on horse, Fourth of July Parade, Falfurrias, Texas
Fourth of July Parade, 1977
One of the traditions now sadly lost in Falfurrias and in many towns and cities was the annual 4th of July parade. It was a small town big event. There would be marching bands, clowns, civic leaders, politicians, and community organizations taking part in the parade. But the biggest attraction was the large number of the local cowboys and cowgirls on their beautiful horses who were out to be noticed. Even our daughters and one of their cousins participated in 1977. Riding a borrowed horse are Cindy in front with Kathi in back. Their cousin, Sylvia Navarro, is pictured on the horse at right. Cindy and Kathi have never lost their love of horses. Sylvia Navarro is married to Leigh Hellen, whose family owns the well-known Charles Hellen's La Mota Ranch, a Texas Ranching and Nature Retreat, located south of Hebbronville.
Falfurrias High School Class of 1953, Texas
Falfurrias High School Class of 1953
There were 29 students in the Class of 1953.
Graduates included Charles Frazier, back row, 2nd from left; Joan Scott, middle row, 4th from left; Alberto Byington, back row, 4th from left; and Betty Hernandez, middle row, 6th from left. Joan Scott was the daughter of the bank president at the time. Alberto Byington returned to Falfurrias as a teacher and later as the Superintendent of the School District. Betty Hernandez is the wife of Ruben Hernandez who submitted these pictures.
Alonzo Byington
Alberto Byington
 

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