By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz
This ebook of recollections of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on list the typical lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.
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I said they told the truth. “I learned to paint, freight, plow without a plow, drive six mules with one line. “I forgot to tell about running the mower—that was expensive experience learning a cowboy how to mow hay. I did not know how to get the sickle in the guards; so with Jo Anderson’s help we went to cutting the guards off with a cold chisel. We cut for one half a day and the boss, Mack Huffman, come to the camp. ’ He showed us in about five minutes how to raise it up and push the sickle in.
And when you consider that for payment they were taking land which none of them had ever seen, land a hundred miles from the nearest railhead and almost as far from the nearest outpost that could pass for a real town, and that they were going into the cattle business full tilt, without any attempt to build slowly, the improbabilities increase. Like good businessmen, the Farwells, Babcock, and Taylor intended for their ranching enterprise to pay. Furthermore, they intended to use their gigantic holdings to settle the country.
We had between seven and eight hundred acres in cultivation and our crops ranged from wheat, maize, and hay down to ‘pie’ melons. “In 1902 I was one of five men sent to Montana. Each of us was in charge of a trainload of cattle. I do not recall the name of one of the men but remember the others. They were George Young, ‘Pope’ Carpenter, now dead, a man named McMiken, and myself. “One day I was riding a horse called ‘Cornstalk’ about two miles northeast of Endee when I jumped a big lobo wolf. I took down my rope and roped him.
6,000 Miles of Fence by Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz