Abel â€śGueroâ€ť Perez was born in Beeville County. He started work as a cowhand in 1935, when, after a night of drinking and trying to milk a cow at midnight, Jim Oâ€™Connor decided he wouldnâ€™t make a milkman. He pulled him out of the crew and put â€śGueroâ€ť on horseback. Except for an almost five year stint working for Frank Brooks, â€śGueroâ€ť has worked on the Oâ€™Connor Ranches his whole life. His first stint at the O'Connor Melon Creek Ranch was for 2Â˝ years. Then he worked for Lawrence Oâ€™Connor for seven months. After working for Frank Brooks, the Oâ€™Connors convinced him to come back, and moved him to Quintana where he stayed 2 Â˝ years before they bought another place for him and built him a pen and trap for his horses. He stayed there eleven years, but the house, being old, had started to leak, so the Oâ€™Connors built him a brick house where he has been for nineteen years. Guero was one of the most extraordinary tophands in the business. He was particularly noted for being one of the most accomplished â€śbrush handsâ€ť ever seen. This was a specialty among cowhands, as riding through thick brush at top speed on a horse took a very special kind of skill. Heâ€™s very proud that his grandsons are becoming good cowhands.
Clayton Isaiah - He's what you call a cowboy that came out of a book. He's a cowboy who can't get no better.
L.V. Terrell - Guerro.
Clayton Isaiah - Guerro Perez. He'd rope and run in the brush, too. He rather do everything.
L.V. Terrell - I'd rather rope a bull with him than anybody I know.
Clayton Isaiah - Yeah, he's alright.
L.V. Terrell - He's fast with a rope.
Clayton Isaiah - Uh-huh. He know what to do, too.
L.V. Terrell - Make the hair rise on your head.