6,000 Miles of Fence by Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz

By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz

This booklet of recollections of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on list the standard lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.

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Many of the cowhands at that time carried branding irons on their saddles, the handle of the iron being short for convenience and the brand in the form of a J so that it could be used for a ‘running’ brand on any maverick they chanced to come across. This was later made illegal in Texas. “One of the fresh things in my memory is that I gathered several mossheads. They were steers six or seven years old and wild as deer and had the habit of making their gitaway from the stray bunch after night. So I got Joe Tate, Cross L man, to help me and we need them to do this.

When R. T. Bob Barton was discharged, most of his outfit went with him to the Bell Ranch over in New Mexico. That took place at Garcia Lake about eight miles northeast of Escarbada headquarters. It had a spring in the northeast corner of the Lake, or rather it was a larger depression in the Plains, and more of a valley than a lake, about a mile in diameter. “But back to the ranches. I left Charleston, South Carolina, in the early part of 1885 and went to the World’s Cotton Centennial at New Orleans and stayed there two weeks or more, then came on to Texas and landed in Abilene.

W. Parks Worth Jennings Jake Pitts Bob Johnson W. E. Price Andy Jones Albert Roberts Tom Jones Alec Sevier J. S. Kenyon Frank Shardelman Lee Landers Jordan Shaw John Lang J. A. Smiley Ed MacConnell Arch Sneed J. K. Marsh Allen Stagg Col. Robert McCormick R. J. Stallings Charles McNeil J. W. Standifer L. D. McMakin Blpe Stevens J. H. Meeks J. W. Stewart Emmett Mims Mike Tafoya W. L. Molyneaux Goldie Thomas Mrs. Bessie Montgomery T. A. Turnbow J. H. Montgomery W. D. Twitchell J. Ealy Moore Joe Webb Walter Moore Mrs.

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