LIVEOAK FORKS Ranch is owned by descendants of William Wilson “Wils” Bailey and has been family-owned since 1890. Wils and his wife Emma bought 960 acres along the banks of the Live Oak Creek in Medina County. They raised cattle on the ranch until 1914. Their son Henry Raymond and his wife Nora bought the ranch and built a large ranch house, barns, houses for worker families, garage, cattle pens, and outbuildings as they were needed. The ranch produced sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, corn, cotton, oats, cattle, broomcorn, and maize. They raised and trained horses and mules for the Army during World War I. Raymond farmed the land with horses and mules before the availability of tractors.
Upon retirement in 1996, Maryann and Marion moved to the ranch to establish LIVEOAK FORKS Ranch. Marion is a retired NASA Engineer; Maryann is a retired business education professor. They have worked hard to create a park-like setting on the ranch to fulfill the dreams of Henry Raymond Bailey, Maryann’s grandfather. They look forward to the annual visits of their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In the family tradition, friends and relatives are always welcome to enjoy the ranch, as has been the case for over 100 years.
The ranch pasture land has quality coastal Bermuda and Klein grass for forage for the cattle and exotics. The abundance of wildlife due to pasture management and brush control make the 470 of pasture and field land a mecca for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. The trails among the beautiful oak trees along the banks of the Live Oak Creek afford rewarding hiking and bird watching experiences.
For more information, contact Marion Pringle at 830-426-1467. Or you can email him here.