The descendants of Presciliano and Matiana Zuniga gathered for their family reunion on June 29. St. Matthew’s Parish Hall in Jourdanton served as the setting for the celebration, with approximately 200 in attendance.
The majority of guests were from Texas. However, some came from out of state: Idaho, Mississippi and Florida.
Mary Zuniga Muniz, the youngest and only surviving child out of the 12 Zuniga children came from Florida. She is 84-years-old.
The family members celebrated with mariachis, Folklorico dancers, DJ music and a meal catered by Bill Miller. Other activities included a silent auction, cornhole game and piñata.
Tables displayed photos of family members that have passed away, as well as photos of each family. Each branch of the family was given a different colored T-shirt.
Presciliano and Matiana Zuniga married in 1916. They began their family in Stockdale, Texas in Wilson County. Presciliano was originaly from Wilson County and his wife was from Panna Maria in Karnes County.
The couple later moved to Charlotte.
Presciliano knew horses well and he taught his sons. The majority of his sons made a living training horses for ranch work, and one son trained race horses.
They were farriers and cowboys. Being raised around horses led to many of the Zuniga sons to be involved in team roping and horse racing. The sons also worked cattle.
Manuel Zuniga, the oldest of the 12 children won Cowboy of the Year in 1973.
The daughters of Presciliano and Matiana Zuniga were great bakers and seamstresses. They were strong women who learned to work the land just like their brothers.
Two of the Zuniga sons served in the military. Miguel Zuniga served in the Army during WWII. Amado Zuniga served in the Army during the Korean War.