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around in his chair and looked at me for a good little bit before
he said a word. I felt like he was looking a hole right through
me. The first thing he said to me was, "Well, son, you are rather
small, do you think you can do a man's work ?" I told him that
I believed I could. He then said, "I don't believe I can afford
to give you as much as I am giving the other boys." I told him
that was all right, what I wanted was a job. And it was the
truth, too; I was just a kid, a long way from home, jobs were
scarce, winter was coming on, and I wanted some place to stay
during the winter months. He gave me a job all right. He had
a grub patch near headquarters which he kept to try new hands
to see if they really wanted to work. He put me to work on this
grub patch. It was rather heavy work for me, but I worked like
the dickens for three days on this job; then he put me on a horse.
He gave me the same salary the other boys got, too.
Mr. Bell worked on the J A Ranch five years. Today he owns
a valuable ranch twenty-six miles south of Clarendon. It is a part
of the old J A holdings. He is considered one of the most pros-
perous cattlemen in Donley County. His five boys, Charlie, Rich-
ard, Houston, Walter, and Jack, give promise of becoming success-
ful cattlemen also.
George Dozier worked on the J A Ranch many years in the early
days. He served as sheriff of Donley County for four years after
leaving the ranch. At the time of his death two years ago, he
owned one of the best farms in Donley County four miles south
of Clarendon. R. T. Bishop is in the cattle business in Silver
City, New Mexico. A. L. McMurtry is in the cattle business near
Tulia, Texas. Walter Massey was killed by lightning on the J A
Ranch. Harry Weatherly died in 1921. The writer was unable
to obtain data concerning the other wagon bosses mentioned above.
Some of the bookkeepers of the J A Ranch were Charlie Kimble,
Mose Wiley, Charlie Hensdale, Guy Orme, Dick Stephens, Charlie
Parks, Alex Ligertwood, Jack Hall and Whitfield Carhart. Charlie
Kimble is dead. Mose Wiley is a prominent lawyer at Mobeetie.
Charlie Hensdale is general manager for the International Har-
yester Company in New Orleans. Guy Orme works in the govern-
ment assay office in El Paso. Dick Stephens is in the insurance
business in Los Angeles, California. Charlie Parks lives in Clar-
endon. Alex Ligertwood, an Englishman, returned to the old
country, but visits the ranch occasionally. Jack Hall is in the
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