Menard County Texas



Texas Family Land Heritage Registry (1974) pg 101

Menard County, Texas

Bradford Ranch - 1863 - Seven miles northwest of Menard
Founder: Adam Bradford of Indiana
1974 Owner: Mrs. Ila Mae Bradford Davis, Menard

"Adam Bradford and his wife, Eda Jane Chapman, founded 3,520 acres of Menard County land in 1863. Cattle were the primary income source on the ranch. the land was then passed to G. W. and Mary Jane Ellis Bradford, and then to James Mabry and Laura Virginia Placker Bradford. Today, Mrs. Ila Mae Bradford Davis, great grandaughter of the founders, ranches on 1,200 acres of the original land, raising cattle, sheep, and Spanish goats."

Texas Family Land Heritage Registry (1974) pg 102

Menard County, Texas

Old Striegler Place* -1859, 1869-Eight miles west of Menard
Founder: Olfert Striegler of Denmark, Mrs. Lucy P. D. Robinson of Boston, Mass.
1974 Owner: Mrs. Walter S. Menzies, Sr., Menard

"On July 8, 1855, Olfert Striegler, age 16, left Svendborg, Denmark, with his family, making the long journey to America in a sailing ship. After seven weeks, they landed at Indianola, traveling to Fredericksburg in covered wagons drawn by oxen and guarded by riders and marksmen. Olfert served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and came to Ft. McKavett as a Ranger in 1867. There he met Mrs. Lucy Ann Roberts and they were married on October 12, 1869, settling in Menard County. Mrs. Roberts' mother, Mrs. Lucy P. D. Robinson, had bought 16,620 acres at 26 cents an acre in 1858. Their settlement was on part of this land. The first Striegler home, a one-room picket house daubed with clay, was later replaced by a home build from the first hospital at Ft. McKavett, which was moved to their ranch. The house, which is now used as a store room, still stands on the land, along with one of the original barns. Olfert and his wife raised a large garden and had a dairy. Other products on the land included sorghum, corn, horses, cattle, fruits, and pecans. Part of Striegler's produce was taken each week to the soldiers at Ft. McKavett. Present owner of the land, Mrs. Walter S. Menzies, Sr., is the granddaughter of the founders. Mrs. Menzies raises sheep, goats, cattle and grasses for hay on a 945-acre spread."

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