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Kittie descended from one of the most important and influential families who helped forge Texas history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their remarkable contribution is the subject of noted historian Bruce M. Shackelford's book, Wests of Texas: Cattle Ranching Entrepreneurs.

The story primarily focuses on the three West brothers- George, Sol, and Ike, who, through hard work, determination, uncanny business acumen, along with support from their family and friends, became titans in the South Texas cattle industry as drovers, ranchers, and landowners.

For twenty years, from 1867 to 1887, the brothers drove over 200,000 longhorn cattle up the trail from Sweet Home, Lavaca County, Jackson County, and Live Oak County, Texas to Abilene, Wichita, Ellsworth, Texas; and Dodge City, Kansas; to South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana; and into Canada.

The West's independence, motivation, and entrepreneurial skillset led to some legendary accomplishments. As the cattle industry changed, a direct result of railroad expansion progress, the West's focus transitioned more to ranching, land ownership across South Texas, the construction of magnificent homes in San Antonio, and even founding the town of George West, Texas in 1913.

The brothers' achievements built a Texas empire. They helped organize an association, the Old Time Cattle Drivers of Texas, in 1915. Their Lonestar legacy carries forward through the support of the Witte Museum in San Antonio and other organizations.

As a Texas-founded, owned, and operated company, Heritage is proud to represent Kittie West Nelson Ferguson's Estate, one of the finest single-owner collections of Oscar Heyman jewels we've had the pleasure to present.