Our family roots go back to the tall pine trees of Arkansas. Lured by the lush timberlands of East Texas, the family migrated to Texas in the 1920's. Sawmilling was a family operation for many years, but C.S. (Shorty) Jones had an entrepreneurial spirit that gave him the optimism to venture into dairy farming in East Texas, Peanut farming in North Texas and Oklahoma, oil wildcatting in West Texas, and ranching in the hill country of Southwest Texas. No matter what the activity or the degree of success; the guiding motive behind his business dealings was to treat his fellow man fairly and with respect. Personal integrity was high on his list of priorities. His family continues to operate with the same ideals.