Victor DeHoyos Briseno and Maria Refugio Correa Briseno
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Victor Briseno, Lorenzo's oldest citizen for many years, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 1997 in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital. Born December 24, 1889 to Eujenio and Nicolasa De Hoyos Briseno. His grandparents, Selustriano and Juliana Resendez came from Mexico in May 1876 acquiring one hundred sixty acres from the Governor Richard Coke of Texas who at that time was giving away public land free. The land that was given to them was on the waters of the Lagunillas Creek, part of the Frio River in Atascosa County, fifteen and a half miles south of Pleasanton, Texas. This land was marked by stakes and mesquite trees. In June 1876 he bought fifty acres of land for four hundred dollars. He gave two hundred dollars down and the other two hundred dollars he was supposed to pay within a year at twelve percent interest to P.B. Winn. The land was located on the waters of the Lagunillas Creek part of San Miguel, fifteen miles south of Pleasanton, Texas. This made two hundred and ten acres in all.

In 1905 he willed this land to his heirs, which were Sesario who got twenty-seven acres. Eujenio twenty-seven, Leonada twenty-seven and a half. Jerismundo twenty-seven, Elejos fifteen, Lucinda (deceased) twenty-three to her heirs. Antonia also deceased, twenty-three, Juan seventeen, Juanita twenty-three. Some got less than others, which is not understood by the family.

Eujenio was Victor's dad. Eujenio started out doing well and was very excited with his land and tried to get ahead in every way he could. He bought cattle and other animals and then one day he decided that he needed a well for water, so he went to the bank to borrow money. Soon after the well was made he started having problems. The cattle started getting sick and many other problems that he didn't expect. It got to where he couldn't pay the bank. He was so upset over this, he blamed it all on the texture of the water.

So the bank took over. As soon as Eujenio left the farm the bank put in several oil wells. That was the problem with the water.

What a shame that Eujenio did not know about oil; he could have been like Jed Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies, his granddaughter Many Landin recalls. The only one that Mary Landin knows that still has the land is Sesario

. Victor Briseno was raised in a small town called Crown, very close to Charlotte, Texas. Charlotte is the place where several of his relatives are buried, except his parents who are buried in San Antonio, Texas. Victor had four brothers, Ben, Jimmy, Marcos, Domingo and seven sisters, Ramona, Maria, Venancia, Petra, Emilia, Dorotea and Antonia.

Victor said he was raised drinking a lot of Yera Buena; he said I don't know why they didn't give me lechita.

His favorite pastime was taming wild horses. He enjoyed working with cattle so much that he joined a cattle drive that started in San Antonio and ended in Dodge City, Kansas. He worked as a cook because he was younger than the others, only eighteen years of age. But when they had a stampede he would help round up the cattle. He said he rode his horse with a 30/30 on his saddle. He had a lot of women adventures in his time.

He married Maria Refujia December 27, 1919 in Journdanton, Texas.

She lived four miles from where he lived. He was twenty-seven and she was twenty. She had two little girls Felipa and Aurora, which at that time were very young, from a previous marriage. Together they had six children, Marcos, Erlinda, Eloy, Senaida, Antonia and Maria.

Cuca, as Maria, his wife, was called, died December 1974.

Then May 2, 1981 he married Cruz B. Alvarado and they had no children together. He must have wanted more children when he married Cruz because one time she got sick and he took her to the doctor. She was having stomach aches and he asked her if she was sure she was not pregnant. She had four daughters, Julie Martina, Jasefina and Maria.

Victor went to school very little. He said all he learned was A.B.C.D.A.R.M. He remembered the Revolution when the Americans tried to catch Pancho Villa. He remembered World War I dates (1917-1918).

In 1924 he went to Chicago, Illinois to work on a tunnel. In Chicago was the first time he saw a colored person married to a white person and he was shocked.

After this he went to Marietta, Oklahoma to work building the pipeline.

He remembers the year that liquor was prohibited, so his friend made home brew.

Later he traveled to Kansas City working at a railroad, fixing switches where they switched trains.

He said that he and Cuca would come as migrants to pull bolls in West Texas. One year they went to San Gabriel, Texas where all the Lopez' lived. After this, they moved to south of Lorenzo with Marsh Wheeler, where he and Eloy sheared sheep. He says that the smell was so bad that people did not want to go near them, because of the oil of the sheep. Senaida and Tona went to Robertson schools. One day Senaida did not go to school and the teacher asked where Senaida was and Tona said "Chingao"(no shoes.)

Virginia, who was Felipa's daughter was also raised by him and she also attended Robertson School.

Victor later moved to a house on Sixth Street and started working for Mr. Kitrell and worked with him several years. He bought a house on Monroe Avenue soon after he married his second wife. They had been living in apartments.

Submitted by Mary Landin
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Victor Briseno
Rosary for one hundred and seven year old Victor DeHoyos Briseno was held Friday night and Mass Saturday, November 21 and 22, 1997 in Lorenzo.

Victor Briseno, Lorenzo´s oldest citizen for many years, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 1997 in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital. He would have been one hundred and eight on Christmas eve of this year.

Briseno´s family celebrated his life as they transported him to the Lorenzo cemetery in an antique hearse pulled by two horses. The hearse was flanked by a troop of four horses, with three of them ridden by his great grandsons, John Landin, Danny Landin and Michael Lopez, with the fourth being the riderless horse, denoting the fact that Briseno was a real life cowboy in his early years, riding the Chisholm trail on cattle drives.

Rosary was held Friday at seven o´clock in San Lorenzo Catholic Church. Mass was celebrated at two o´clock Saturday, November 22, 1997 in the same church with officiants Reverend Aida Maguire, Monsignor Roland Buxkemper and Bishop Placido Rodriquez.

Burial followed in the Lorenzo Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Lorenzo.

Victor was born December 24, 1889 in Charlotte, Texas and married Refugio Correa on December 27, 1919. She preceded him in death on January 3, 1975. He then married Cruz B. Alvarado on May 2, 1981 in Lorenzo.

He was a member of the San Lorenzo Catholic Church and the Sacred Hearts Society.

He moved to Lorenzo in 1939. He was a retired farmer. He had been a cook and cowboy on cattle drives from San Antonio to Dodge City, Kansas starting at age eighteen. (Cattle drives along the pathways known as the Old Chisholm Trail.)

He helped build the pipeline in Marietta, Okla. He remembered the Mexican Revolution and the attempt to capture Pancho Villa and although not a veteran, he remembered WWI.

Later he traveled to Kansas City, Kansas to work for the railroad. He worked as a sheep shearer in 1936 at the Wheeler Farm in Lorenzo for Marsh Wheeler, later moving into Lorenzo and he also worked as a farmer for Wilson Kitrell.

Several years ago Briseno was honored with a ´Victor Briseno Day´ in Lorenzo.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Refugio Correa and one son Eloy Briseno, one daughter, Felipa Martinez, two brothers, Benito and Marcus Briseno and two sisters, Maria Berancia Smith and Ramon Tovar. He raised two grandchildren: Virginia Lopez and Juanita Mendez of Idalou.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Marcus of Chicago; four daughters, Erlinda Trujillo of Orthello, Wash., Senaida Mendoza of Lorenzo, Aurora Martinez of Abilene and Antonia Delgado of Idalou; a brother, Jimmy of San Antonio; three sisters, Petra Flores and Doro Carrejo, both of San Antonio, and Emilia Lisinger of New Jersey; 43 grandchildren; 131 great-grandchildren; 55 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

Lorenzo Examiner, November 29, 1997

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