Cauliflower: More Than An Ear
Those dreams were quickly dashed as she became pregnant with their
son, Mike Jr., who was born nine months later. Rachel never seemed to
forgive Big Mike the fact she had to give up her dream of being in the
movies to raise their family but she settled in being a mom. He had to
admit, she did a pretty good job as they never had any trouble to speak
of out of Little Mike.
Rachel was Austin's Rodeo Queen the year they met and she caught
the eye of just about every cowboy north of Eagle Pass up to Brushy
Creek. Her long blond hair was offset by her alabaster white skin. She
was and still is a beautiful woman. A tiny lady, barely over five feet tall,
yet she possesses more stamina and strength than most grown men.
Big Mike pulled up with Little Mike next to him and looked over the
two thousand acres filled with Rose Trees, prickly pear cacti, and a
mixture of wheatgrass, mesquite and bullgrass. He bought this land
from the widow of long time Tombstone resident, Jack McLaury,
purported to be a nephew of one of the McLaury's killed at the OK
corral in a gunfight with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Wyatt's
brothers. With his two thousand acres along with a long term lease
with the Federal government for the adjoining ten thousand acres he
had ample forage and water to run his thousand head of Corrientes
beef, or Criollo as his Mexican Vaqueros called them.
The Corrientes can be traced back to the first cattle brought to the new
world by the Spanish in 1493. These cattle are a hardy breed chosen
because they could withstand the ocean crossing and adapt to their new
land. When Big Mike inquired as to what kind of cattle would be the
best to raise in Tombstone, he was told the Corrientes as even a green
horn like himself would have a difficult time killing them.
Big Mike loved Tombstone and was glad he made the decision to leave
Hollywood and come here to actively run his cattle ranch. He had
spent the past nineteen years in show business, starting out as a
stuntman and working his way up to bit parts in B movies and an
occasional big hit, until he saved enough money to buy his own studio.