The Trail Drivers of Texas: Interesting Sketches of Early Cowboys and Their Experiences on the Range and on the Trail During the Days that Tried Men's Souls--true Narratives Related by Real Cow-punchers and Men who Fathered the Cattle Industry in Texas

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John Marvin Hunter, George Washington Saunders
Cokesbury Press, 1925 - Cattle trade - 1044 pages
These are the chronicles of the trail drivers of Texas, those rugged men and, sometimes, women who drove cattle and horses up the trails from Texas to northern markets in the late 1800s. Gleaned from members of the Old Time Trail Drivers' Association, these hundreds of real-life stories--some humorous, some chilling, some rambling, all interesting-form an invaluable cornerstone to the literature, history, and folklore of Texas and the West.--Amazon.com.

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Contents

A Trying Trip Alone through the Wilderness By Samuel Dunn Hous
78
First Camp Meeting in Grayson County By Z N Morell
88
Killing and Capturing Buffalo in Kansas By M A Withers Lock
96
On the Trail to Nebraska By Jeff D Farris Bryan Texas
104
Echoes of the Cattle Trail By Jerry M Nance Kyle Texas
105
Reminiscences of Old Trail Driving By J M Hankins San Antonio
111
Recollections of Old Trail Days By B A Borroum Del Rio Texas
117
The Good Old Cowboy Days By Luther A Lawhon
124
Lived on the Frontier during Indian Times By Joe F Spettel
132
When a Mans Word was as Good as a Giltedged Note By George
139
Punching Cattle on the Trail to Kansas By W D Hardeman Devine
146
Observations and Experiences of Bygone Days By Louis Schorp
159
Texas Cowboys at a Circus in Minneapolis By S H Woods Alice
168
Habits and Customs of Early Texas By L B Anderson Seguin
182
The Men Who Made the Trail By Luther A Lawhon San Antonio
193
A Few Thrilling Incidents in My Experience on the Trail By L
203
Established the First Packing Plant in Texas Sketch of W S Hall
212
When Lightning Set the Grass on Fire By George W Brock Lock
219
Big Cowboy Ball
226
Experiences Tenderfeet Could Not Survive By G W Mills Lock
228
Killing of Billy the Kid By Fred E Sutton Oklahoma City Okla
240
Three Times Up the Trail By W E Laughlin Bartlett Texas
248
A Long Time between Drinks By Sam Neill La Pryor Texas 236
256
The Old Trail Driver By Branch Isabell Odessa Texas
266
An Indian Battle near the Leona River By L A Franks Pleasanton
274
The Chisholm Trail By Fred Sutton Oklahoma City Oklahoma
289
A Woman Trail Driver By Mrs A Burks Cotulla Texas
295
The Experience of an Old Trail Driver By Richard Dick Withers
305
Cornbread and Clabber Made a Good Meal By Joseph Cotulla
317
Jackson
324
Days Gone By By Hiram G Craig Brenham
335
Captain Charles Schreiner Kerrville Texas
359
The Cost of Moving a Herd to Northern Markets By Col Ike Pryor
367
The Platte was Like a Ribbon in the Sunshine By J W Jackson
374
When Louisiana Came to Texas By T M Turner San Antonio
380
Up the Trail to Northern New Mexico By L A Franks Pleasanton
387
Texas
397
Took Time to Visit His Sweetheart By H C Williams San Antonio
403
From Texas to the Oregon Line By W A Peril Harper Texas
411
Parents were among Early Colonists By Henry Fest San Antonio
419
Reflections of the Trail By George W Saunders San Antonio Texas
426
Mrs Lou Gore
454
Ate Stolen Meat Anyway By Jim Wilson Alpine Texas
464
Experiences of the Trail and Otherwise By M J Ripps San Antonio
470
Sketch of Col J F Ellison By J F Ellison Jr Fort Cobb Okla
476
Sixtyeight Years in Texas By Pleasant Burnell Butler Kenedy Texas
479
Slaked Their Thirst in a Dry Town By A D McGehee San Marcos
488
Settled on the Frontier of Texas Sketch of Ed B English of Carrizo
494
The Man Who Had Hell in His Neck By Ab Blocker San Antonio
504
My Third and Last Trip Up the Trail in 1886 By R J Jennings
513
Paid Three Dollars for Five Gallons of Water By Sam Garner Lock
519
Lost Thousands of Dollars By C S Broadbent San Antonio
592
Dedicated to the Memory of W J Edwards By E M Edwards
602
James Alfred McFaddin
611
An Old Cow Hand By John Pat Ryan
617
Thomas B Saunders
623
Drove Horses to Mississippi By F G Crawford Oakville Texas
633
Came over from Germany in 1870 By F Cornelius Midfield Texas
642
John H Ross Was a Bronco Buster
651
Garland G Odom
661
James Madison Chittim
668
Sixty Years in Texas Around Good Old San Antonio By Jesse M Kil
674
Mont Woodward Was a Friend By G O Burrow Del Rio Texas
680
Fifty Cents a Day Was Considered Good Pay By Louis and Joseph
686
Served with Lee and Jackson By J B C Harkness Pearsall Texas
696
Kidnapped the Inspectors By Leo Tucker Yoakum Texas
702
Robert E Stafford
708
William G Butler
715
Experiences of a Texas Pioneer By John M Sharpe
721
W A Buck Pettus
730
Sketch of J M Choate
736
History of an Old Cowman
743
George Webb Slaughter
749
Peeler
759
Trail Driving was Fascinating By W A Roberts Frio Town Texas
767
Followed Cattle from the Ranch to the Shipping Pen By Mrs A
768
Made Many Trips up the Old Cow Trail By E P Byler Wadsworth
779
Fifty Years Ago By J J Joe Roberts Del Rio Texas
785
Trail Recollections of George W Elam
792
Richard Robertson Russell
800
A Long Hard Trip
807
James David Farmer
813
Ranson Capps
819
Fifty Years a Policeman
825
The Rutledge Brothers
832
Reminiscences of the Trail By A F Carvajal San Antonio Texas
839
The Cowboys Prayer
849
Made Several Trips By Joe P Smith Click Texas
862
Relates Incidents of Many Drives By William Baxter Slaughter
863
Now a Member of Congress By Claude Hudspeth El Paso Texas
953
A Log of the Trails By George W Saunders Texas
959
Thomas H Shaw
971
Got a Tailhold and Held on By R F Galbreath Devine Texas
986
James B Gillett
995
The Morris Family
1003
Dock Burris was Well Known
1009
Was in Captain Sansoms Company By J W Minear San Antonio
1017
From the Historian of the Plains
1025
Rather Confusing
1031
Four Bandera Pioneers
1040
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Page 202 - Let Fate do her worst ; there are relics of joy, Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy ; Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care, And bring back the features that joy used to wear. Long, long be my heart with such memories filled ! Like the vase, in which roses have once been distilled — You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will. But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.
Page 931 - Come along, boys, and listen to my tale, I'll tell you of my troubles on the old Chisholm trail. Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya, youpy ya, Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya.
Page 850 - I'm mean or small. Make me as wide and open as the plains, As honest as the horse between my knees, Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains, Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze. Forgive me, Lord, when sometimes I forget; You know about the reasons that are hid, You know about the things that gall and fret, You know me better than my mother did. Just keep an eye on all that's done and said. Just right me sometimes, when I turn aside, And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead. That...
Page 933 - Go in' back to town to draw my money, Goin' back home to see my honey. With my knees in the saddle and my seat in sky I'll quit punching cows in the sweet by and by. Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya, youpy ya, Coma ti yi youpy, youpy ya.
Page 850 - em say I'm mean or small! Make me as big and open as the plains, As honest as the hawse between my knees, Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains, Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.
Page 933 - I went to the boss to draw my roll, He had it figgered out I was nine dollars in the hole.
Page 1009 - O'er life's uneven road; And when unconquered sorrows, The weary hours invest, The kindly words of old friends Are always found the best. There are no friends like old friends, To calm our frequent fears, When shadows fall and deepen Through life's declining years ; And when our faltering footsteps Approach the Great Divide, We'll long to meet the old friends Who wait the other side.
Page 366 - IT is my joy in life to find At every turning of the road, The strong arm of a comrade kind To help me onward with my load : And since I have no gold to give, And love alone must make amends, My only prayer is, while I live, — God make me worthy of my friends!
Page 850 - You understand the things that gall and fret; You know me better than my mother did. Just keep an eye on all that's done and said And right me, sometimes, when I turn aside, And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead That stretches upward toward the Great Divide.
Page 932 - My hoss throwed me off at the creek called Mud, My hoss throwed me off round the 2-U herd. Last time I saw him he was going cross the level A-kicking up his heels and a-running like the devil. It's cloudy in the West, a-looking like rain, And my damned old slicker's in the wagon again. Crippled my boss, I don't know how, Ropin

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