Estate of Pattie Welder Edwards - Page 11

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                                                                                A                   The way I understood it, I think it was                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                            always known that I was going to ranch Sinton because I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            lived there, I’d lived there all my life basically, had                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            my home there, my wife had her studio, we were there                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                            and that’s where I was ranching.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                My sister--and she was ranching--not my sister,                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                            but Mother at that time was ranching Cotulla.  When                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                            she--when we bought her out–-when she was sold out at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                            Cotulla and they [the Carsons] took over Cotulla, the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                            main thing was that my mother was worried * * *                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                            [Carson] felt like she’d been disenfranchised because                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                            she didn’t have a place to go, and I was at Sinton, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            I’d been there all my life, so she had her first chance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            to go and do Cotulla.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                At first I was a little anxious about it, but                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                            after I-–I felt better about it and they went to–-they                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                            started ranching there.  And Mother’s concern and my                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                            concern was if they like it–-it suited me fine because                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                            I’d bitten off all I could chew right there at Sinton,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                            financially and–-A to Z at that time, and they were                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                            happy at Cotulla.  I was happy and I thought everything                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            was going pretty good.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                They’d come to Sinton and I’d go to Cotulla.  We’d                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                            meet going back and forth, and we weren’t having any                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                            problems.  As a matter of fact it was one of the best                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                            things that we ever did as a family.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                Q                   Can you tell the Court the circumstances                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                            surrounding the execution of the memorandum of lease                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                A                   All I know is when she died the other lease                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                            hadn’t-–I don’t know when it came due, the other lease,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                            but this is just a continuation of what had been going                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                            on within the family for years.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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                                                            * * *  And when she died then we put all this in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                            writing so my sister and I would understand, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                            everything’s the way it was meant to be and I’m happy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                            and she’s happy * * *                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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