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cattle, and the next one was George W. Saunders, who is still in business there.
In 1881 I married Miss Lucy Hall, but she passed away within a year and a half, leaving me with a day old baby boy, Chas. B. Vesper. I had no relatives in the United States and I had a difficult time trying to raise him, but he grew to be a big strong man and when he reached manhood's estate he wanted to try his luck in some other part of the country. I attended the Cattlemen's Convention at El Paso in 1903, where I met my old friends, Mr. Moorehead and Mr. Newman, who I had worked for in 1868 in Kansas. Mr. Newman had a son who owned a ranch in New Mexico and he said if Charles cared to try it there he would give him a chance. He took the place and was manager for fourteen years. He still resides in New Mexico, having married and settled down, and is the father of two fine boys.
In 1884 I was married the second time, my bride being the step-daughter of Chris Speicer, Miss Frances Bitter. We moved out to the ranch which I now own, 5,000 acres, and lived there thirty-two years, then moved to Big Wells, turning over the ranch to my sons, J. H. and C. F. Vesper. Have four children in my family, the three boys above mentioned and one girl, Marie, now Mrs. Y. C. Strait. On Christmas Day, 1919, my wife passed away and since that time I have made my home with my daughter and on the Strait Brothers ranch, nine miles west of Big Wells. I am now seventy-five years old, enjoy the best of health, and can honestly say that I was never arrested or had a case in court. Instead of driving cattle now I drive my old Ford car, with my little granddaughter, Mattie Louise Strait, as my companion, whose picture accompanies this sketch, and we don't allow any of the young cowboys to pass us either.