The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 37
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A History of the J A Ranch
stroyed his store. He now lives at Animos, New Mexico, and is
in the ranching business with his boys as partners. Jim Christian
owns a large wheat farm and ranch south of Claude.
Charles Beverly, who was the first wagon boss on the Tule
Ranch, became sheriff of Donley County after he left the ranch,
and is now a prosperous ranchman of Silver City, Arizona. F. A.
Scott, second wagon boss on the Tule Ranch, runs a rooming
house and a filling station at Canyon. Bob Bishop, third wagon
boss of the Tule Ranch, lives at Clifton, Arizona, and is in the
cattle business. Fourth and last wagon boss of the Tule Ranch
was J. W. Kent who is the present superintendent of the J A Ranch
and has held this position since 1914.
John Farrington, who was the first wagon boss of the F Ranch
and manager of the J A Ranch from 1887 to 1890, will be remem-
bered by the old-time cowboys for his jovial disposition and many
practical jokes which he played on the boys, especially Judd Camp-
bell, and who in turn was the recipient of many jokes. After
leaving the ranch, he established a sheep ranch in Arizona. He
died several years ago. Al Barton, another of the old F wagon
bosses, has a ranch of his own now near Quitaque. His land is a
part of the old F Ranch. Joe Horn, another of the F Ranch
wagon bosses and cattle tally man for the J A interest for a
number of years, came to the Panhandle of Texas in 1879 with a
herd of cattle belonging to Hughes and McCormick from San
Antonio, Texas. These cattle were sold to the J A interests and
Mr. Horn began at once to work for Goodnight and Adair. He is
in the cattle business for himself now. His home is in Clarendon.
The following is a partial list of the J A wagon bosses, the
others have already been mentioned in some other capacity: M.
E. (Mitch) Bell, George Dozier, Mack Frogg, George Case, R. T.
Bishop, Tom McFarland, Walter Massey, Walter Burrows, A. L.
McMurtry, Harve Norris, W. H. Moore, Harry Weatherly and
M. E. (Mitch) Bell came to the ranch in the early eighties.
He was just a boy at that time and small for his age. He says:
I shall never forget the day I asked Colonel Goodnight for a
job. He was in the office working on his books at the time I
applied for a job. I walked into the office, but he did not look up.
I spoke to him and told him that I wanted a job. He turned
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