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Lambert to Caldwell, Kansas. We had a little trouble with the Indians and had to give them several horses to get them to behave. O'Connor met me at Caldwell and took the saddle horses to Dodge City, leaving me to sell the others. On this trip I passed Jap Clark, Charlie Boyce, the Rachal boys and number of others. I sold the horses to a man named McClain and had to take them back to the Indian Territory and hold them for a month. When I got back to Texas I married the sweetest girl on earth, and of course could not go up the trail the next year, but in 1884, in March, I left my wife and five-months' old baby with her mother and went up with a herd driven out of Goliad county for D. R. Fant, road-branded F and ID. Mr. Fant had 40,000 head of cattle on the trail that year which he drove to Dodge City, Kansas. That was the year Bing Choate was killed. When I got to Dodge City I stayed and cut the Fant cattle out of herds as they came in. I stayed with George Stokes who was in charge of the Choate & Bennett cattle.
I moved to Goliad county in October, 1884, and have raised a family of eight children, seven of whom are living in the largest city of Texas, except one married daughter, who lives in Saginaw, Michigan. I own a little farm of 320 acres, on which my wife and I are living in contentment, and I don't owe any man a cent. I am now sixty years old, and my wife is the same age. We are both as spry as ever, and I feel like I could easily ride one hundred miles in a day just like I did years ago, when I took the long, long trail to northern markets.
All of the early settlers of Mason county, Texas, knew the subject of this sketch, for he lived in their midst many years. He died at San Antonio, October 15, 1921,