Great Uncle William Jennings Bryan Campbell was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame this past Fricay, 8-14-2005, before the anual rodeo. Uncle Bryan, who was the youngest of six children was our Grandmother, Mary Ann's, brother. The other siblings were brothers, Tom and Leo, and sisters, Ellen Campbell Tausch, and Alice Campbell. Uncle Bryan and Aunt Alice never married and lived and worked the family ranch which was between eight and nine thousand acres. They had two loyal people who with their families lived and helped with all of the workings of the ranch, Margarito and Manuel Guevara. Taking care of the cattle and all the various jobs was more than full time effort. I can just imagine how much time it would take just keeping the fences up in shape to turn cattle. The ranch had two major creeks which would get on rises mostly during spring rains. One the Borrego, spanish for sheep, drained over 214,000 acres and had drainage which extended into neighboring Wilson and Bexas counties. Uncle Bryan was a quiet man but in his youth was said to be one of the best cowboys to sit a horse.
Pictured at the induction are nineteen either grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and some wives and husbands of our Carnes side of the Campbell family. My Dad, Leissner Poth, often said, " There is nothing better to a Carnes than another Carnes".