May Meeting

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Date(s) - 05/27/2020
11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Krause's Cafe

Marshall Kuykendall, Broker with Kuykendall Land Company.  In 1995, Marshall helped found the Texas Alliance of Land Brokers and served as our first president.  He will be giving us interesting, and no doubt, entertaining tidbits of our own TALB history as well as of early Texas history.

Marshall’s bio:

I was born and raised on 11,000 acres in Hays County just west of Buda, and Kyle, Texas on 13 Oct. 1932.

My family has been in Texas since the beginning. When the TALB’s meet at the Old 300 BBQ in Blanco they will note my families name on the wall.

My family came into Texas in 1821 in Austin’s Colony in the vanguard of settlers known as “Austin’s Old 300”. My 3rd great grandfather and 3rd great Uncle are considered the First Rangeing Captains of the Colony. My ancestor, Robert H. Kuykendall is considered the first Texas Ranger of Record.

Both family members would die of wounds received in the service to the Colony, Robert, my ancestor in 1830, and Abner my uncle in 1834. Neither would be alive during the Texas Revolution.

The descendants of Robert were ranch land owners in Ft. Bend County, Texas and then later in Matagorda County, Texas.

Robert’s grandson, Wiley M. Kuykendall, (1839-1920) my great grandfather, was “Trail Boss” for the Pierces of the Rancho Grande in Matagorda County and would make 8 trips up the Chisum Trail after the Civil War.

Interestingly, I have never had a paying job in my entire life, other than my three years in the Air Force. Lived on our ranch west of Kyle—Lived on our ranch in Mexico in the late 1950’s, then got in the real estate business in 1960.

Besides my 60 years in this business I have become a major Texas Historian, which because of my family history should be obvious.

In about 1994 or 95, it occurred to me that we, ranch brokers, were becoming more and more exposed to the new era of litigation and it might be prudent to form an organization of Texas Ranch Brokers that stayed on top of the issues of the day in order to be knowledgeable of the times and the market.

I sent out letters and made phone calls (there were no computers or email) to several people and told them to meet me at “Middle Creek Ranch” (Blanco Co.) on a certain date, that I would like to discuss our future as a “Ranch RE Industry” and hoped that they would join me in this endeavor.

Frank Childress, Joe Cullinan, John Fambrough, and Nesbitt responded.