Victoriano "Victor" Rodriguez was born on the Oâ€™Connor River Ranch. His fatherâ€™s family is of Aztec descent from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. His motherâ€™s family was from Brownsville after fleeing the Mexican Revolution in 1870. His family worked on the De La Garza Ranch, the Fagan Ranches, and the Oâ€™Connor Ranches. Dennis Oâ€™Connor [I] hired Victorâ€™s father, Juan Rodriguez, to build his house and then put Victorâ€™s family in charge of St. Anthonyâ€™s church which was built on the O'Connor River Ranch around 1890. As well as being the caretaker for St. Anthonyâ€™s, Victorâ€™s grandfather, Cirio Rodriguez, was also a curandero. Both Victorâ€™s father and grandfather died on the River Ranch. Victor was raised on the ranch and he continued being a cowhand on the Oâ€™Connor Ranches until he was twenty-six, when he went to work in as a hospital orderly. Victor followed his grandfather and served as a curandero in his Mexican community. His knowledge of folk medicine, the healing arts and spirituality was deeply embedded. He was a religious man who used his healing powers for the good of his people. Victor was greatly respected by the older community of doctors in Victoria and was often called in to administer to those they felt could be helped by his curandero experience, often working with people from the Mexican community suffering from "susto" -- a condition of emotional shock that he knew how to treat.