Quinn Love


February 14, 1918 - August 29, 2010
Role: Tophand, Cowhand

Quinn was born on the Fox Ranch and lived on the Fagan and Power Ranches. Quinn was only three years old when his father was killed. His father, aunt, grandfather and grandmother are all buried in the O’Connor cemetery. His maternal grandmother was a slave but he doesn’t know how she got to Texas. His father and grandfather used to run horses from around the bay up to the O'Connor Duke Ranch. The Love family farmed shares, ranched, and broke horses and mules. “I grew up here on the San’tone River in a cowboyin’ family. My grandpa, John Summers, went up the trail. I thought about farmin’ but cowboyin’ was in me. I knew how to work cattle, so I stuck with it. I like it. It’s all I ever done.” Knowing how to work cattle was, in fact, born in his blood. Quinn was a renowned tophand who was always reliable, calm and skilled at his work.

Introduction to Quinn Love

Louise S. O'Connor
00:00:47
Voice of Quinn Love
00:00:53
Quinn Love – Where did I grow up? Here on the San'Tone River. My grandpa farmed and worked on the ranch, you know. They'd break mules and break horses and stuff like that. Then they helped work cattle and then they had land that they worked; farmed. And we didn't get up by the clock. My grandpa didn't. He got up by the moon and star. That was around after three-thirty – four o'clock in the morning; that's when he got up. This is something that grew up in me I knew; how to work cattle. But one time I was thinking about, you know, just going into farming. But, I knew this, and so I just stuck with the cowboy. Yeah, I like it. That's all I ever done.

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“I grew up here on the San’tone River in a cowboyin’ family. My grandpa, John Summers, went up the trail. I thought about farming, but cowboyin’was in me. I knew how to work cattle, so I stuck with it. I like it. It’s all I ever done.”

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