|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1924|
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1995|
Ed was born in the Yorktown Hospital on January 22, 1924 to Ruth Keepers Talk and Edmond M. Talk, Sr. He was an only child. The Keepers were from Runge, Texas and the Talk's were from Nordheim, DeWitt County, Texas. When Ed was a baby, his dad worked in the oil fields of deep South Texas. Ed got burned on his legs from steam lines that ran to the drilling rig that his dad was working on. He had a baby coyote as a pet and a tequila peddler stole his horse. By 1930 his dad secured a job at the then Humble Oil Company in Ingleside, Texas. Mr. Talk, Sr. was an avid horse breeder and cattleman. He was instrumental in breeding his cows to cross bred bulls, bucking the norm at the time of using Hereford bulls. He liked crossing his quarter type mares on thoroughbred stallions from the King Ranch. He instilled this in his son, Edmond jr. Mr. Talk Sr was friends with Burton Dunn, who owned Padre Island. Mr. Dunn was a frequent guest for breakfast at the Talk household in Ingelside as he loved Ruth's cooking. Ed and his dad leased land in and around Ingelside to run their cows and horses on. It was Ed's job from the time he could ride, to look after the cows. As he got older, he shod their horses and broke colts. Ed was an Eagle Scout and played football and ran track at Ingelside High School. His dad had planned to send him to Texas Military Institute in San Antonio for his schooling, but his mother threw a fit and he finished school in Ingelside, graduating in 1938. As was the custom of the day, ranching families sent their boys to Texas A&M University. Ed was in the Corp, as were all who attended. He finished his freshman and sophomore years and then enlisted in the Army. He joined the Cavalry and that same day, it was mechanized, no longer using horses. Ed waited to be shipped overseas to fight. He got orders three different times to go overseas, and each time as he was about to board the train or plane, he received new orders to go to some type of military training school. He went to Washington Lee University. Later on in life, he found out his mother was so distraught about him going overseas to fight that she had Mr. Talk, sr. pull some strings with then Congressman Richard M. Kleberg to keep Edmond, jr. stateside. While Ed was in the Army, he was stationed at Gainesville, Texas. There was a German POW camp there and Ed worked with the medical corp to keep the serviceman free from "social diseases" of area prostitutes. It was there he met and married his first wife, Opal Daugherty. His oldest son, Edmond Calvin was born in January of 1946 in Tyler, Texas. Ed and his parents went to Churchill Downs in May of 1946 to watch Assault win the Kentucky Derby, owned and bred by the King Ranch. After the war, Ed tried to go back to Texas A&M and finish his degree. But with a wife and baby, he couldn't manage it. He helped start the rodeo club along with Ray Davis while there, but he got an offer for free room and board for his family and horses at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas if he would come there and start a rodeo club for them. He jumped at the chance, because by then his daughter, Patricia was born. After graduating from college, Ed ran the feed mill in La Vernia, Texas and ran a horse breeding farm off of the Boerne Stage Road. His college buddy, Ray Davis, was working for the state as a river rider in Brownsville, Texas and Ed jumped at the chance to go to work in the Rio Grande Valley. He worked a section of river from Brownsville west about twenty miles and back. Each rider was responsible for checking for meat products being brought across the river by illegals. Hoof and Mouth disease was in full bloom in Mexico and and US was doing everything it could to stop the progression northward. He worked in Brownsville for about four or five months and his opportunity came to go to Mexico and work the US Government in the AFTOSA program. He moved his family with him and lived in various different areas of Mexico including, Acapulco, Taxco, and Las Mesas. All in the state of Guerrero.
He stayed in Mexico until 1952. With the money he made while working in Mexico, he and his dad purchased 1000 acres between La Vernia and Sutherland Springs, Texas on the Cibolo Creek. Upon returning to the states Ed worked for various commission companies at the Union Stock Yards in San Antonio and then finally for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association as a Brand Inspector until his retirement in 1989. Along the way, he was a reserve deputy sheriff in Wilson County and a horse show judge for Paints, Appaloosa's and open shows. He also bred Quarter Horses and Appaloosa's. He survived the drought of the 50's by bootlegging irrigation water from the Cibolo Creek. In 1986 he moved with his wife Carole, and daughter Mignon, to Dewees, Texas. While there, he continued raising Quarter Horses and Leopard cow dogs. Mr. Talk enjoyed dancing, trail rides and being with family and friends. He was an Assistant Trail Boss of the Alamo Trail Ride and also participated in the first Pony Express ride from Goliad and San Antonio in 1991, and continued up until his death. He was a direct descendant of Gordan Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo. He and his father were but a small handful of people allowed to buy and breed Santa Gertrudis bulls from the King Ranch, before they became available to the public. As a brand inspector, Ed worked hand in hand with Jimmy De Lesdernier, a Special Texas Ranger, to catch cattle and horse thieves in the South Texas area. You could always find him mounted on a good horse.
Edmond Moore Talk (1901 - 1959)
Ruth Katherine Keepers Talk (1902 - 1991)
Opal Laverne Daugherty Watson (1925 - 2000)
Edmond Calvin Talk (1946 - 2000)*
Runge City Cemetery
Plot: Talk Family
Maintained by: Carolyn
Originally Created by: Eugene Cornelius
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48569501