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Followed Cattle from the Ranch to the Shipping Pen By Mrs. A. P.

Betcher, Del Rio, Texas..

768

Tells of an Indian Fight. By W. A. Franks, Pearsall, Texas.

769

Reminiscences of the Old Trails. By C. F. Doan of Doan's..

772

Made Many Trips up the Old Cow Trail. By E. P. Byler, Wadsworth,

Texas..

779

Fifty Years Ago. By J. J. (Joe) Roberts, Del Rio, Texas.

785

P. E. Slaughter..

786

Sketch of the Life of Captain J. J. (Jack) Cureton. By W. E. Cureton,

Meridian, Texas..

788

Trail Recollections of George W. Elam.

792

Tells About Bob Robertson. By W. B. Hardeman, Devine, Texas. . 795

Doc" Burnett.

796

Ben C. Drago..

797

An Old Trail Driver..

797

Richard Robertson Russell.

800

From the Nueces to the North Platte. By J. R. Humphries, Yoakum,

Texas....

802

A Long, Hard Trip.

807

A. P. Rachal..

809

D. C. Rachal.

810

Frank S. Rachal..

811

John Redus. By Mrs. Sallie McLamore Redus.

811

James David Farmer.

813

A Well-known Frontier Character,

814

Alonzo Millett.....

815

Three Comrade Cowpunchers.

817

Could Ride a Hundred Miles a Day. By C. E. Johnson, Charco, Texas. 817

Ranson Capps...

819

Why I am a Prohibitionist. By George F. Hindus, Pearsall, Texas. 821

Fifty Years a Policeman....

825

Trailed 'Em Across Red River. By Gus Staples, Skidmore, Texas. 829

Was in a Railroad Wreck. By John B. Conner, Yoakum, Texas..

829

The Rutledge Brothers..

832

Jesse Presnall...

834

George W. West...

834

Played the Fiddle on Head at Night..

836

Reminiscences of the Trail. By A. F. Carvajal, San Antonio, Texas... 839

James Dobie.....

842

Made Several Trips up the Trail. By R. J. Jennings, San Antonio,

843

Charles de Montel, Jr..

843

Was in Packsaddle Mountain Fight. By N. G. Ozment.

844

The Cowboy's Prayer.....

849

Where They Put a Trail Boss in Jail. By W. T. (Bill) Jackman, San

Marcos, Texas.....

851

Made Several Trips. By Joe P. Smith, Click, Texas.

862

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FOREWORD

This volume is brought forth to present a link in the long chain of Texas history that cannot well be spared if the record is “kept straight,” and posterity is given a true account of the deeds of daring and heroism of the early pioneers of our great state. The characters mentioned in this book are men of sterling worth and integrity, as has been proven in every instance wherein they came in contact with the problems and difficulties that made for the development of an empire so vast in its possibilities as to excite the envy of the world. These pages sparkle with the lustre of deeds well done by a passing generation, and it is our purpose to keep bright that lustre, that it may not pale with the fleeting years.

The men and women, the pioneers who blazed the way for the present-day civilization, happiness and prosperity ir. Texas, are looked upon with the greatest respect and veneration. Fifty years ago the Indian, the buffalo and the deer roamed at will over the Texas prairies. A half century now intervenes, but today prosperous cities dot the green distances and men and women who thirty-five and forty years ago drifted to the great and boundless West with hardly a penny are today wealthy and “in the saddle” in the State's affairs. They endured many privations. They fought for what they believed was right. They blazed the trail. The people of today, the younger generation, are not unmindful of what the early settlers

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did for them, and as they enjoy the splendid prosperity that is theirs they silently thank the earlier ones.

To the memory of the old trail drivers, the Texas pioneers—to the heroic mothers, fathers—to the young and the brave who fought manfully for proud, imperial Texas, this volume is lovingly dedicated.

CONTENTS

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Explanatory....

1

Organization of The Old Time Trail Drivers' Association.

4

Minutes of The Annual Reunion of The Old Time Trail Drivers' Asso-

ciation, Held in San Antonio, Texas, September 10th and 11th, 1919 17

Origin and Close of The Old-time Northern Trail.......

20

The Pumphrey Brothers’ Experience on the Trail. By J. B. Pumphrey,

Taylor, Texas, and R. B. Pumphrey of San Antonio...

26

Dodging Indians near Packsaddle Mountains. By E. A. (Berry)

Robuck, Lockhart, Texas...

32

Fought Indians on the Trail. By Henry Ramsdale, Sabinal, Texas.. 37

Location of The Old Chisholm Trail. By C. H. Rust, San Angelo,

Texas.....

37

What Has Become of The Old-fashioned Boy? By C. H. Rust, San

Angelo, Texas..

41

Cyclones, Blizzards, High Water, Stampedes and Indians on the Trail.

By G. H. Mohle, Lockhart, Texas....

42

Mistaken for Cole Younger and Arrested. By S. A. Hickock, Karnes

City, Texas,

45

A Thorny Experience. By. S. A. Brite, Pleasanton, Texas.

47

A Trip to California. By Jeff M. White, Pleasanton, Texas.

48

Raised on the Frontier. By Walter Smith, Del Rio, Texas..

52

Drove a Herd over the Trail to California. By W. E. Cureton, Merid-

ian, Texas.....

53

Parents Settled in the Republic of Texas. By Joseph S. Cruze, Sr.,

San Antonio, Texas....

57

Coming up the Trail in 1882. By Jack Potter, Kenton, Oklahoma... 58

When a Girl Masqueraded as a Cowboy and Spent Four Months on the

Trail. By Samuel Dunn, Houston, San Antonio, Texas. ....

71

A Trying Trip Alone through the Wilderness. By Samuel Dunn Hous-

ton, San Antonio, Texas....

78

First Camp Meeting in Grayson County. By Z. N. Morell.

88

Seven Trips up the Trail. By J. F. Ellison, Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. 92

The Old Trailers..

93

Killing and Capturing Buffalo in Kansas. By M. A. Withers, Lock-

hart, Texas..

96

On the Trail to Nebraska. By Jeff. D. Farris, Bryan, Texas.

104

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Echoes of the Cattle Trail. By Jerry M. Nance, Kyle, Texas. .

105

Reminiscences of Old Trail Driving. By J. M. Hankins, San Antonio,

Texas....

111

Got “Wild and Woolly on the Chisholm Trail. By J. N. Byler,

Dallas, Texas..

114

With Herds to Colorado and New Mexico. By G. W. Scott of Uvalde,

Texas..

115

Recollections of Old Trail Days. By B. A. Borroum, Del Rio, Texas.. 117

High-heeled Boots and Striped Breeches. By G. O. Burrows, Del Rio,

Texas...

120

Sixty Years in Texas. By William J. Bennett, Pearsall, Texas..

121

The Good Old Cowboy Days. By Luther A. Lawhon...

124

Courage and Hardihood on the Old Cattle Trail. Sketch of Sal West... 126

Lived on the Frontier during Indian Times. By Joe F. Spettel, Rio

Medina, Texas...

132

Made a Long Trip to Wyoming. By H. D. Gruene, Goodwin, Texas.. 135

Played Pranks on the Tenderfoot. By Henry D. Steele, San Antonio,

137

When a Man's Word was as Good as a Gilt-edged Note. By George N.

Steen, Bryan, Texas...,

139

My Experience on the Cow Trail. By F. M. Polk, Luling, Texas. 140

Punching Cattle on the Trail to Kansas. By W. D. Hardeman, Devine,

Texas..

146

Exciting Experiences on the Frontier and on thé Trail. By C. W.

Ackerman, San Antonio, Texas.....

151

Observations and Experiences of Bygone Days. By Louis Schorp,

Rio Medina, Texas..

159

Met Quanah Parker on the Trail. By John Wells Bartlett, Texas. 162

Texas Cowboys at a Circus in Minneapolis. By S. H. Woods, Alice,

Texas...

169

The Remarkable Career of Colonel Ike T. Pryor.

173

Habits and Customs of Early Texas. By L. B. Anderson, Seguin,

Texas.....

182

Hit the Trail in High Places. By Jeff Connolly, Lockhart, Texas...

187

The Men Who Made the Trail. By Luther A. Lawhon, San Antonio,

Texas.....

193

A Few Thrilling Incidents in My Experience on the Trail. By L. B.

Anderson, Seguin, Texas..

203

Memories of the Old Cow Trail. By C. H. Rus, San Angelo, Texas.. 207

Established the First Packing Plant in Texas. Sketch of W. S. Hall,

Comfort, Texas....

212

Trail Driving to Kansas and Elsewhere. W. F. Cude, San Antonio,

Texas.....

214

When Lightning Set the Grass on Fire. By George W. Brock, Lock-

hart, Texas..

219

“Big Cowboy Ball”

226

Did You Ever Do the Square? By James Barton Adams.

226

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