In 1856 Isaac Huber, a Swiss immigrant, acquired a small piece of property in Cat Spring and began a lifestyle that has transcended 158 years to create the 2,100 - acre working cattle ranch it is today.
This lifestyle is witnessed in the three descendants who continue to live and work on the ranch everyday raising cattle and making hay. Faye and Mary the twin great grandchildren of Isaac, share the land that comprises the original ranch.
Lawrence Huber, their father, developed the 7IL cattle brand to keep his cattle separate from his neighbor's. It also formed the basis of our business name. Since Lawrence was a card playing gambler and calf roper, it was only natural that he used the number seven, his lucky number, as part of his brand. In remembrance of his Grandfather Isaac, the original founder, he put the letter "I" next in the brand. To make the brand complete and to personalize it, he placed the letter "L" (for Lawrence) as the final character. This brand is still used on the ranch and is registered with the state of Texas.
7IL opened to the public in 1999 as a trail riding / entertaining facility to help pay the ever increasing land taxes. With the ranch being open to the public, there are always horses and riders enjoying the trails daily. Then in 2003 the 7IL Boarding Stables was built to further help keep the ranch in the family for many generations to come.
Faye and David received their 150 year Family Land Heritage award from the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. The ceremony in our state capital was to honor families that kept their land in continuous agricultural production by the same family.
Watching the "extended horse riding family" have such a good time on the ranch makes Faye and David never take for granted their little piece of heaven they call work.
Cattle, hay and the public keep this historic ranch alive and working today. The cattle operation is still comprised of branding, ear marking, vaccinating and castrating as it was done in the 1800's. Hay is harvested off the land each year by modern equipment that saves half the time.