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I value my membership in the Old Trail Drivers' Association very greatly, and it was very considerate of you to invite me in to the association by virtue of my newspaper work in behalf of it. And I was very glad to join as a regular member by reason of being the son of a trail driver. Also, as a boy and young man I often made short drives with herds over the country, usually in delivering a herd to some congregating point.
My father and his brother drove a small herd of East Texas steers to Vicksburg immediately following the Civil War, in late '65 or in '66. The drive began from Cass county, and the steers were gathered in Cass and adjoining counties. My father was 22 at the time and his brother was 20, and each had served the full four years of the war in the field. My father was Henry C. Williams, born at DeKalb, Bowie county, 79 years ago, dying in Milam county, 26 years ago. His brother was William W. Williams, two years younger, now living in Houston, Texas, at 136 Rosalie Street. My