No. 15 O’Connor Heirs
Legendary Lone Star cattleman Dennis Martin O’Connor, who in 1887 inherited his father’s vast holdings in Aransas, Goliad, La Salle, McMullen, Refugio, and San Patricio counties, put down roots on 180,000 acres in Victoria County, where he proceeded to pioneer water-drilling operations that often struck oil. Fast-forward more than a dozen decades to a flourishing cow-calf operation catering to the heat-and tick-resistant Santa Gertrudis breed.
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