S. G. Reed
William Lawrence Calohan
William Lawrence Calohan. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

CALOHAN, WILLIAM LAWRENCE [LOD] (1867–1932). W. Lawrence (Lod) Calohan, cattle inspector, was born in Blanco County, Texas, on January 4, 1867, one of five children of William Scofield and Vibella (McCrocklin) Calohan. He began herding cattle in Southwest Texas and made his first cattle drive to Abilene, Kansas, for the Blocker Ranch. In 1892 he was employed as cattle inspector by the Texas Cattle Raisers Association (later the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association), first at Midland and Fort Worth and after 1909 at Kansas City, Missouri. He was said to have "carried more than 15,000 cattle brands in his head." As brand inspector of the association, he was able to recognize on sight 2,700 brands of members from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. In 1918 he became chief inspector for the cattlemen's association at Kansas City. He married Sarah Alpha Grammer, and they had three children. He died in Kansas City from heat prostration on July 11, 1932. He was buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery.


Cattleman, July 1936, May 1953. Frontier Times, July 1936. John Moursund, Blanco County Families for One Hundred Years (Austin, 1958). John W. Speer, A History of Blanco County (Austin: Pemberton, 1965). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to:

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, S. G. Reed, "CALOHAN, WILLIAM LAWRENCE [LOD]," accessed February 22, 2020,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on January 21, 2020. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...