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branding and gathering of stock. The first work we did was out of the ordinary— we tried to dig a well. We blasted through 65 feet of solid rock and left a "dry hole." Later I worked for F. Collins a long time.
In 1892 I left Alpine and went home to Medina County, got married to Johanna Schweers and settled down five miles north of Quihi—on Sturm Hill.
I was born in Bee County in 1861, so I am not as old as some of the boys who had lots of experience up the trail in the 70's. I went up the trail to Kansas in 1880, leaving Bee County with a herd for Millett & Lane, and