WAS A FREIGHTER AND TRAIL DRIVER, Page #0565
was the principal diet in
those days, and it was a wholesome diet.
I was born in Alabama May 29, 1847, and have lived in Texas sixty-nine years. In
1858 Father, Warner Polk
and Matthew Clarke began to plan to get their s t o c k back on the
home range, as they were pretty badly scattered over the country. T. F. Clark,
Frank Polk, W. B. Cowley, my brother, and myself worked together until the Civil
War broke out, when Father sent me with Joe Eustace, Fred Houston and Bobbie
Dorn to Brownsville with a lot of cotton for Mr. Huff, who lived two miles below
the present site of Luling. We brought back dry goods and groceries for him. In
1862 we went below Corpus Christi after salt, and used ox teams to freight with.
My team was composed of six yoke of oxen that were pretty hard to manage. In
1865, in company with P. G. Holmes and T. F. Clark, I went to Mississippi with a
drove of horses and mules which we had to sell on time, returning home in
January, 1867, and the balance of that year I hauled cotton to San Antonio,
freighting with mule teams.
In the spring of 1869 I went up the trail to Abilene, Kansas, with J. H. Smith,
George Eustace, Will Hardeman, S. M. Eeds and Cout Rountree in the outfit. We
had 1,500 cattle in the herd, 160 of which belonged to me, 175 belonged to
George Eustace, and the remainder belonged to J. H. Smith, who bossed the herd.
We went by Waco and Fort Worth, where we purchased supplies to carry us through
to Abilene. It was cold and raining most of the time, and the creeks and rivers