THE FAMILIES IN PINE ISLAND JAGGERS THRU MENKE
Living with the Menke's in 1910 were Walter Bradbury, William Becker and George Harle who were listed as hired hands. Also living with them was Charles Hessler and Wyatt Johnson who were listed as a boarders.
One of Charles' major sources of pride was when he sat 15 or 20 kinfolks, hired hands and visitors at his table for a meal. He would tell them "Everything on this table was raised here on the ranch." The Menke Ranch had contained 15.000 acres of his own land and 12,000 acres of leased land. Charles was shipping cattle by the train load to Kansas City, Missouri. A train load at that time had to have a minumun of 40 railcar loads at 25 cows per railcar. He was the first in Waller County to bring in Braman bulls to improve his stock. In 1910 he received $127.73 for a single steer. Charles died in 1934 and Pauline died in 1933. Both are buried in the Hempstead cemetery
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