By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz
This booklet of recollections of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on checklist the typical lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.
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Kimball Corral of the Rito Blanco Division 29. A Herd of Aberdeen Angus around a Windmill 30. Buffalo Springs Headquarters in 1898 31. After a Baptizing at Buffalo Springs, 1906 32. July 4 at the Channing Hotel 33. Cowboys Off Duty 34. A Study in Horse Psychology 35. A Dalhart Roundup 36. A Page from Colonel Boyce’s Tally Book List of Maps The XIT Ranch The XIT Country XIT Trails Six Thousand Miles of Fence “Land … none of them had ever seen” THE RANCH TEXANS IN THE 1870’s cherished the same illusions that they still cling to nearly ninety years later—that Texas should have the largest and greatest of whatever was worth the effort.
But no one progressed from one ranch job to another with the combination of zest and truculence of a hand whose name, Blue Stevens, could have been invented in Hollywood. ,” and he did deadly routine; but to him it was all a challenge and an opportunity, and his account reads as if he reveled in every moment: “My work was all kinds: pick up chips, wrangle horses, cow punching, drove a freight wagon, plowed corn, the last a funny pice of work. My boss, Mack Huffman, told me to take my team hitch to a plow he had fixed just like he wanted it.
Dudley quit the XIT in 1896, he started wolf hunting for the LE and LS spread in Oldham and Potter counties at $35 a month. In addition, he was to receive $5 a scalp from the county. 45, and all the ammunition he could shoot. Once in a while he was called off his hunting for cow work, but mostly he just rode and hunted. On the other hand Charles H. Burrus looked on lobo hunting as a sport, and if he could get close to one while on a good horse, in a spirit of high jinks he would try to ride down the wolf and rope him rather than shoot the animal.
6,000 Miles of Fence by Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz