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was a prairie;
the Brazos at Waco, which was then a small town ; the Trinity at Forth Worth,
which consisted of a blacksmith shop, and Red
River west of Sherman, which was at that time a large country town.
Upon entering the Indian Nation, now the state of Oklahoma, we encountered
Indians, buffaloes and wild horses. We followed a trail known as the main
western trail and, due to heavy rains and the cattle stampeding, together with
trouble with the Indians, we experienced many hardships. We crossed the Arkansas
River into Kansas and stopped at Baxter M. L. BOLDING Springs, spending one
month resting and fattening the cattle. From there we moved to Ellsworth,
located on Smoky River, the extreme frontier of Kansas, from which point we
shipped the cattle by rail to Kansas City and sold them. On the return trip I
had charge of a wagon and some extra saddle horses and after spending six weeks
on the journey I arrived home in November.
I am now seventy years of age and live at Bartlett, Texas.
PAID THREE DOLLARS FOR FIVE GALLONS OF WATER
By Sam Garner of Lockhart, Texas
I was born in Tennessee in June, 1847, and have lived in Caldwell county over
sixty-three years, witnessing all of the wonderful changes that have occurred in
that great space of time. When I was sixteen years old I went into the
Confederate Army and "fit, bled and died" for the