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make your hair stand on end, stories of stampedes and Indian raids, stories with dangers and pleasures intermingled and of fortunes made and lost; they made history which the world does not know a thing about.
To perpetuate the memory of these old trail drivers, who blazed the trail to
greater achievement, is the aim of every native-born Texan who knows what has
been so unselfishly accomplished. To stimulate it, and keep it alive in the
hearts of our Texan youth, will inspire a spirit of reverence and gratitude to
their heroic fathers for the liberty which they have given them for the free
institutions which are the result of their daring.
J. R. BLOCKER.
The following, taken from the Secretary's record, gives an outline of the first steps that were taken toward organizing the Old Trail Drivers' Association:
"A number of the old time trail men in San Antonio met in the Chamber of Commerce hall on the afternoon of February 15, 1915, for the purpose of organizing an association to include in its membership those surviving who had shared the dangers, vicissitudes and hardships of the trail.
"After a general discussion it was unanimously resolved to perfect the organization and prepare for the enrollment. George W. Saunders outlined the plan of formation, and the following officers were elected : J. R. Blocker, president; George W. Saunders, vice-president; Luther A. Lawhon, secretary, and Colonel R. B. Pumphrey, treasurer."
At that time it was suggested that the "Association affiliate with the Texas Cattle Raisers' Association, and hold joint meetings with that organization. At the Cattle Raisers' convention on March 9th and 10th, 1915, a great