7IL Ranch History

How 7IL Ranch Began

In  1856 Isaac Huber, a Swiss immigrant, acquired a small piece of property in Cat Spring and began a lifestyle that has transcended 162 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 " 7 ", 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 he perso​​nalized it by placing the letter " L " (for  Lawrence) as the final character.  This brand, 7IL, is still used on the ranch and is registered with the state of Texas. 

What's going on at 7IL Ranch Now

Faye Huber Reznicek (4th generation) and her son David Reznicek (5th  generation) are the owners and managers of 7IL Ranch.  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.  Both square and round bales are made for the cattle herd and horses in the boarding stables.  

7IL opened to the public in 1999 as a trail riding and entertaining facility to help pay the ever increasing land taxes. In 2003 the 7IL boarding stables were built to further help keep the ranch in the family for many generations to come.  With the ranch being open to  the public, there are always horses and riders enjoying the facilities daily.

In 2013 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 those that kept their land in continuous agricultural production by the same family.

Faye and David get great satisfaction watching the "extended horse riding  and running families" have such a good time on the ranch and never take for granted their little piece of heaven they call work.