Wesley Vivion


February 15, 1922 - April 30, 1993
Role: Foreman, Rancher

Wesley was born and raised in Uvalde, Texas. His parents, Wesley Tilden Vivion and Martha Eugenia McBride, were born south of San Antonio. Originally the Vivion’s came from France and settled in Kentucky before migrating to Goliad, Texas. Wesley’s grandfather, John Lloyd Vivion, and five brothers, ran a freight line with ox carts from Indianola to San Antonio. Wesley wanted to be a cowhand ever since he can remember doctoring wormy goats at six years old. He started working with the cow crowd at fourteen and began serious ranching at eighteen. He went to work for Jay Welder in 1935, and has worked as a foreman as well as having his own ranch and cattle. Ranching was a way of life for Wesley and he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “When I’m the happiest is with a pasture full of cattle, a pen full of cattle, regardless of what I’m doing, that’s when I’m the most relaxed, the happiest. Working cattle is not work to me, it’s pleasure”. Wesley was the consummate cowman.

Introduction to Wesley Vivion

Louise S. O'Connor
Voice of Wesley Vivion
Wesley Vision – And of course, my idea of a good foreman is somebody that was drug through a lot of cow manure when he was growin' up. In other words, from the time he could catch his horse and saddle him, until he was eighteen or twenty years old, he was drug through everything! He knows everything that can happen to you. Then that makes you a good foreman. The foreman has to be able to outthink everyone in the outfit. He has to be ahead of what's happening because you have to know every aspect of that ranch to be a good foreman. You have to be respected, you have to be trusted, and then I also think that there should be a good relationship between the foreman and the owner – a ranch owner. And this goes to a sizable ranch where he has lots of employees. He knows what he wants. He designates authority. And then if he has the right kind of foreman, he doesn't have to worry about that. It's the foreman's worries after he's told. And if he's a good foreman, he's not going to let the owner worry about it.

Documents

“I wanted to be a cowboy ever since I can remember. Started working goats when I was six. I’ve just done it all my life. I love it.”

Cryin' For Daylight: Ranching Culture in the Texas Coastal Bend