Mabelâ€™s mother and father, Katherine and Robert Stroebel, were both born in Germany and separately immigrated to America in the late nineteenth century. They met in Illinois and moved to Texas on the Fleming Prairie in Victoria County. Her father-in-law, C.C.(Bud)Hanley, had accumulated about 2400 acres; and, upon his death, her husband, Dick Hanley, managed the ranch for his mother. He was the only one of the four children who was interested in ranching. Upon his motherâ€™s death, the ranch was divided between the four children and Mabel and Dick ranched their part. During the screwworm days, Mabel helped him everyday. She would drive the truck and he would rope the cattle out of the back. They worked side by side until shortly before he died when Mabel took over and ran it just as her husband had done. â€śIâ€™ve lived here since I was married at eighteen and Iâ€™m eighty-four now. Naturally, I love the place. I keep the cattle going even though it is hard work. Selling the cattle would be like selling part of Dick.â€ť Mabel was a beautiful woman who was stylish and impressive in her split skirt working clothes as well as the dresses she made. She was an accomplished homemaker and her homemade noodles were legendary in the community.