Houstonian Revisits Bandera Twin Elm
Guest Ranch after 70 Years
Blanche and Alice met
and became friends working at Foley’s in Houston. They took the
train from Houston to San Antonio and then took a bus from San Antonio
to Bandera. The owners of Twin Elm Guest Ranch at that time were
Lewis and Dorothy Postard. Blanch remembers how nice Mr. Lewis
and his family were. She said everything was new and very clean
along with a very healthy feeling. Blanche and the other guests
visited The Bat Caves, rode horses and went swimming in the Medina
River. They went dancing as well and Blanche mentioned it several
times with a sparkle in her eye…I think she must’ve danced with some
handsome Bandera Cowboys. Seeing the pictures of her and Alice
when they were pretty teenage girls make me think they were very
popular with the cowboys on the dance floor.
Later Blanche married a
WWII Pilot named Herbert Lawler. Mr. Lawler lost his life
defending our country and Blanche remarried a Naval officer by the name
of Paul Hershey. Blanche and Paul raised two children, Susan and
John Paul right here in Texas.
The way we found
Blanche and Alice is exciting. A young lady named Beth and her
family came to Twin Elm as All Inclusive Guests. While visiting
and cutting up around the campfire, Beth told us that she runs a
retirement home. She was telling some of her residents that she
was going to a dude Ranch in Bandera when Blanche spoke up and told
everyone she had gone to Bandera as a young woman and reminisced about
all of the fun she had there. The next question that arose was
naturally…What Ranch are you going to? They blurted out Twin Elm
Guest Ranch and Blanche immediately spoke up and said that was the
ranch where she had visited also. Blanche went into her room and
gathered some of her most sacred pictures taken in 1940 at Twin Elm and
shared them with everyone.
Beth brought some of
the pictures to show us and we got so excited we could hardly wait to
talk to Blanche. We called and invited Blanche and her family to
come back to Twin Elm Guest Ranch for a weekend of reminiscing and
rekindled joy. We then contacted Alice and she told several
stories about the fun they shared together in Bandera 70 years
ago. Alice reflected names, dates and places like she was here
yesterday. Alice could not make the trip from Houston to Bandera
this time for Health Reasons. Alice is a spunky 93-years young,
but her knees are not. Blanch and Alice talked and sent pictures
back and forth.
Blanche and her family decided they all wanted to come to Twin Elm to
represent the Duo! Thus, Cap’n Kury, Mz. Victoria & Zac, along with
all the staff at Twin Elm started planning the big reunion. It
just so happened that the Summer Rodeo Season was going to kick off the
same weekend they could come.
To the surprise of
Blanche and her family, Twin Elm presented Blanche as the Official
Rodeo Queen. Mz. Victoria rode Blanche thru the arena on a
decorated Golf Cart and in front of the Rodeo Crowd Victoria adorned
her with the Rodeo Queen Sash. While Cap’n Kury told Blanche’s
story Blanche smiled from ear to ear and displayed the perfect Queen
Wave. A standing ovation and cheers filled the air with joy as
she rode the arena with honor. Blanche’s daughter Susan, her son
John Paul, with wife Linda, were here to round out the perfect evening.
Blanche came to Twin
Elm Guest Ranch in 1940 and returned 70 years later in 2010. That
my friends makes this old Cowboy and Twin Elm Mighty Proud.
Thanks for letting us
share this with all of you. - Cap’n Kury & Mz. Victoria, Twin Elm
Guest Ranch, Bandera, Texas.