The Family Farm
The story begins in 1947, with Elkanah Summerlin Camp.  She first aquired 198 acres of farmland and a home built between 1912 and 1915.  The farm was located 5 miles north of Thorndale, Texas in the San Gabriel community.  The following year, she purchased 80 adjoining acres which bordered the south bank of the San Gabriel River.  In 1954, she purchased another 42 acres which completed the Summerlin Farm of San Gabriel.  Elkanah was a respected businesswoman and owner of Summerlin Dry Goods store in Thorndale for many years.  She enjoyed her farm and was fortunate to have her brother, Harold M. Summerlin, farming the land and raising cattle. 

In 1962, Harold passed away suddenly, and his 16 year old son, Giles, became a second generation farmer and rancher.  After graduating from high school, Giles knew he wanted to continue in agriculture.  Now, 48 years later, Giles is still farming and raising cattle with his wife, Evelyn.  The farm produces corn, winter wheat, pecans, hay and pasture grasses.  They pasture raise Angus and Brangus cattle which means that they roam over 200 acres of grassland.  Their diet is predominately grass, supplemented with grain only in drought conditions and for finishing. 

The farm is slightly hilly and pastures are dotted with cottonwood, oak and pecan trees.  Two stock ponds and a four acre lake, which we refer to as our "tanks", provide drinking water for the cattle.  Our picturesque river bottom with its pecan trees provides our cattle with a comfortable canopy of shade in the summer, and a cozy wind break in the winter.

Evelyn grew up on a small family farm near Taylor, Texas, and with their shared love of country life, Giles and Evelyn have been blessed with 40 years of marriage.  They are extremely proud of their two daughters, Charlotte and Melinda, sons-in-law, Dennis and Bryan, and granddaughter, Stella Grace!

Speaking of family pride-Texas style, we Summerlins "Remember the Alamo" every chance we get.  We're proud of Giles' ancestor who died in the battle of the Alamo.  Nineteen year old, A. Spain Summerlin, came from Tennessee with Davy Crockett to help defend the Alamo!  His name is inscribed on a wall plaque inside the Alamo in San Antonio.

We hope you've enjoyed a little of our history, and we hope you enjoy of Summerlin Farms Beef even more!

Summerlin Farms - Pasture Raised Beef
 The Family Farm
 The Family Farm
        Giles, Evelyn and Stella Grace