Years later, in 1944, Colonel William Salman, then director of the Port of La Havre, the major landing site for troops after D Day, asked his wife, Frances and his friend and business associate, Tex Grauer, to find a ranch where he could move his young family to safety after the War. Most of his family were murdered in the death camps of the Third Reich. They found the land at La Cueva, and the family moved in 1945 after Colonel Salman came back from World War II. By 1950 Colonel Salman had reunited the five separate properties to restore the original Romero Land Grant of 32,000 acres. Like Vincente. he loved the land, nurtured and nourished it, and integrated himself and his family into the community of Mora, Las Vegas, and northern NM.
Colonel Salman had two sons, William and David, and a daughter, Frances. David managed the Ranch for 40 years and was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature where he was the Majority Leader in the House for over a decade. His legacy was a continuation of Colonel Salman's values: like his father he was a conservationist, and he sponsored legislation that protected the land and its resources. When he retired, his younger sister, Frances, took over as Managing Partner. Frances continued to promote and protect the family values and land until it was sold in 2016.