The Salinas and Saldaña Family

Maria Irma Salinas  & Lauro Saldaña, Jr.

      Maria Irma Salinas: Born on September 8, 1945
    Place:  Rio Grande City, Texas.
    Parents:  Ruben Jesus Salinas and Margarita Gonzalez
    Siblings:  Lauro Ruben, Francisco, Maria Elena and Ricardo Ramiro

    Lauro Saldaña, Jr.: Born December 9, 1938
    Place: Mercedes, Texas
    Parents:  Lauro Saldaña, Sr. and Virginia Cano
    Siblings:  Juan Jose and Maria Luisa (aka Karina)

    Married:  August 8, 1965 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rio        Grande City, Texas

     Children:  Ruben Javier, Luis Hector and Carlos Rene
     We live in Mercedes, Texas. We travel to Starr County about 100 miles from Mercedes to Las Escobas Ranch to  manage approximately 550 acres that I have inherited from the original 18,000 acres  of my great, great grandfather Jose Felipe Guerra Hinojosa. We manage our property, "El Rancho Las Escobas" with the same passion and love as our grandparents before us. We enjoy the calmness, and admire nature and wildlife. We love the wildflowers and quietness of the ranch. Mesquite trees are the most dominant tree in Las Escobas. It is a thorny brush that provides a shady habitat for wildlife; chewy bean pods high in natural sugar, delicious aroma for smoked barbeque. Also, we have  ebony, huisache, granjeno, black brush, guajillo, guajacan and anaquas that make ideal habitat for nesting and roosting bird species. We admire birds such as white-winged doves, orioles, jays, cardinals, owls, roadrunners, quail, chachalacas, and many others. We also occasionally experience scary moments with the infamous diamond back rattlesnakes. Some memorable moments are rabbit hunting and grilling them for dinner and trapping feral hogs to make chorizo and picking “nopalitos” during lent for breakfast. Whitetailed Deer Wildlife management has become our primary focus. Controlled deer hunting with very specific rules is followed. Eight-foot deer fencing is complete and an extensive wildlife management preservation program is being implemented.
     Many of the elders from the ranching communities have moved into the city for relatives to care for them and proximity to health care services. The sons and daughters manage the ranches on weekends and have careers and jobs in the city. Ranch life is probably beyond what my forefathers thought it would be. As progressive as they were in those days, little did they visualize 8-foot deer fencing, satellite television, computers with internet, an air conditioned John Deere, wireless phones, plastic credit cards, 4-door diesel pick-ups along with many other modern conveniences.
     There are very few elders still living that can tell me stories about my ancestors. I appreciate the stories that my uncle Uvaldo Salinas has told me. Also, Tio Dario Garcia for information on my family tree.   I valued visits with my elderly aunt, Tia Chabelita  and  learned so much so that I will share with my children and grandchildren. When I was a little girl, she made me believe I came from royalty. Tia Chabelita always told me "portense bien mijita, usted es de sangre fina".  I want for my three sons, Ruben Javier, Luis Hector, and Carlos Rene to know as much as they can on their ancestors so that they can continue to pass the stories on to their children, my grandchildren.  Our family legacy and rich cultural heritage must go on, our memories cherished, and history preserved.


Christmas 2012