Hilario Hinojosa was a lifelong resident of
He was born in Texas in 1884 to Pedro and Dolores Hinojosa.
San Diego, Texas is a
small community in Duval and Jim Wells counties. His roots could be traced back
to San Diego . Spain
Hilario was a ranch hand and farmer. He worked at various ranches in
He married Helena De Leon and they had seven children. Only three of their
children lived to adulthood.
died at an early age in 1934. Hilario did not remarry but instead focused on
raising his children in and around the La Vernia and St Hedwig area. Helena
After his wife’s death, Hilario continued to work the farmland in the La Vernia region. On weekends he would travel to
San Antonio to buy bread and pastry at
the old Colonial Bakery for resale in St. Hedwig and . This was over a four hour trip by
horse drawn wagon. Hilario would start his trip before daylight in order to
return to sell his goods. Martinez
|Hilario and Helena are the couple in the middle.|
Hilario was well known in the La Vernia area. He was a friend to many of the Polish citizens in the area and was acknowledged for his generosity. Hilario never turned down a request if he could help. His Spanish accent fit in well with the Polish folks who worked and owned farms and businesses in La Vernia and St. Hedwig.
Hilario moved to
to live with
his daughter in the 1960’s. His healthy living style kept him busy as he walked
to see his son and daughter-in-law almost daily. Hilario enjoyed listening to
music whenever he visited with his daughter-in-law. The house was always full
of music and chatter! He would also walk to the local stores to buy groceries
and just talk to his many friends. He became a living fixture in the
neighborhood. He often went on vacation with his son’s family traveling into San Antonio . Mexico
In the 1970’s Hilario lost his vision due to eye surgery. Even while living in the dark, Hilario tried to live a normal life. He would wake up early in the morning, say his prayers (his faith in God never left him), had a small shot of mescal to warm his aging bones, and then ate breakfast.
Hilario Hinojosa died at the age of ninety-nine in 1983 after a short illness. He is buried next to his wife at the
Cemetery in St. Hedwig . At the time of
his death he left behind two living children and numerous grandchildren. He was
a humble, yet unique Texan and truly a part of Texas farm and ranching history. Texas