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Notes and Documents
The Boy and the Ranch in 1938:
A Reminiscence
ROBERT B. GILES JR.*
E STONE RANCH HOUSE, HEADQUARTERS OF THE JEFFERS RANCH, IS
I about twenty miles west of Mason, Texas, on the James River near its
junction with the Llano River in the rough, rocky, and broken heights of
the Edwards Plateau. The main ranch house is a one-story, rectangular
structure of native fieldstone and mortar, built in the mid-nineteenth cen-
tury and notable for its windows-narrow slits shuttered from the inside
for defense against Indian raiders, who were sweeping that part of the
frontier in the 186os and i87os.' Nearby is a wood-frame bunkhouse that
would accommodate eight to ten hands, and an assortment of barns,
sheds, corrals, and pens, little changed over the past many years, except
for the sagging and shifting and weathering that come with time.
Report from W. Hammett toJ. H. Conner
Camp Cave Feby I9th 1860
CaptJohn H Conner
Sir
I have the honor to report in obedience to your order No. 4, bearing date
* Robert B. Giles Jr. was born and raised in Texas. He earned an M.D. degree and practiced
medicine for forty years, the last thirty years in Texas. This essay was written originally in 1940 for
a college English class, and added to from memory in 199o. The author wishes to thank Grant
Jones and his father, BillyJones, who are presently leasing the ranch from the Jeffers family heirs,
and provided information about the ranch and the Green and Hogan families, and referred me
to Glen Eakers, Walter White, and Floyd Johnson. Eakers was the foreman of the ranch for about
thirty years, succeeding Freeman Green. Walter White (no relation of G. Rollie White) has operat-
ed a ranch adjacent to the Jeffers lease for many of his ninety-one years and was a friend of Mr.
Rollie. Floyd Johnson went to work on the ranch in about 1943, while Freeman Green was still
foreman, and was a good friend of Billy Hogan. The author also wishes to thank the librarian of
the Brady Library for help in locating information about the White family; the librarians of the
Mason Library, particularly Mr. Julius E. DeVos; Mrs. Givin McDonald, whose father was a friend
of Shorty, Inez, and Billy, for information about the Hogans; and the ladies at the Brady Standard
for providing copies of the 1965 and 1976 newspapers containing stories about Mr. Rollie.
SJames M. Day and Dorman H. Winfrey (eds.), Texas Indian Papers, Vol. IV, I86o-r96 (4 vols.;

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