By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz
This e-book of memories of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on checklist the standard lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.
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We were out about ten days on well work and came back to the ranch for repairs and we stayed at the ranch two or three days and he left me there as we had already learned to dislike each other; and the boss’s brother, Mr. Yearwood, let me help him hoe some corn, and I and another boy milked the cows. In a few days the chuck wagon and the boys and the boss came in by the ranch. They had been branding calves in the pasture that belonged to the No. 6 ranch, and when they left the ranch on another branding trip I was taken along and gathered up prairie coal for the cook and to heat the branding irons with.
BROWN OF PAMPA, TEXAS. HIMSELF A PANHANDLE PIONEER, MR. BROWN HAS LONG BEEN INTERESTED IN PRESERVING THE RECORD OF HIS REGION AND OF THE MEN WHO MADE IT. R. L. “Bob” Duke, the last XIT general manager to run cattle. The time is 1912. 6,000 Miles of Fence Life on the XIT Ranch of Texas BY CORDIA SLOAN DUKE and JOE B. FRANTZ TO R. L. (BOB) DUKE and the men and women who made the largest fenced ranch in the world, the XIT. 48-1984. Contents Preface Cordia Sloan Duke Those Who Remembered-and Recorded List of Illustrations List of Maps 1.
Four or five of the boys, including myself, were riding along about halfway between Buffalo Springs and where Dalhart is now and we rode onto about fifteen head of buffalo. We gave chase and one of the boys, I don’t recall his name, caught a calf. We tied it down and tried to catch another but were unsuccessful. And when we got back the one we had tied down had gotten away. I guess we were so excited that we didn’t take time to tie him well enough. “In December, 1888, I drew my pay and headed for Burnet County.