A Guide to the Hilory G. Bedford Reminiscences, undated
Hilory G. Bedford founded the town of Benjamin, Texas. Bedford, president and controlling stockholder in the Wichita and Brazos Stock Company, founded the town in 1885 and named it for his son Benjamin, who had been killed by lightning. To encourage settlement in the region, Bedford gave each of his twelve fellow stockholders a fifty-acre tract of land and set aside forty additional acres for a town square. He was instrumental in the organization of Knox County in 1886, with Benjamin as the county seat. The town received its first mail service in 1884; Bedford was postmaster.
Recollections of Bedford regarding his activities and experiences on the nineteenth-century frontier include accounts of clothing, food, housing, uses of rawhide and buckskin, social life and etiquette, cowboys, and buffalo and deer hunting.
Hilory G. Bedford Reminiscences, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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