Black History Month: Did you know?

Jan. 31, 2014 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 30, 2014 at 7:31 p.m.

Born in Inez, Daniel "80 John" Webster Wallace was one of the most respected and wealthiest black ranchers in Texas history.

Tired of his job chopping cotton near Flatonia, he ran away and joined a cattle drive in 1877.

He earned his nickname while branding cattleman Clay Mann's cattle near Colorado City in Mitchell County with a large "80" on one side.

Mann paid Wallace $5 a month from his $32 monthly wage for two years and put the remainder aside to invest in his own herd.

In 1891, Wallace moved his cattle to about 1,280 acres that he had purchased in Mitchell County and started ranching.

When he died in March 1939, his estate was worth more than $1 million.

SOURCE: Advocate Archives



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