The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 47
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A History of the J A Ranch 47
son of the late Judge J. Q. Moore of Claude, Texas. He has been
on the ranch for sixteen or eighteen years and, at various times,
has held practically every job the ranch affords. He is a first class
mechanic and is one of the best cow-punchers the ranch has ever
produced. Mrs. Moore is also very popular. In addition to being
pleasant and agreeable under all circumstances, efficiency is her
motto in everything she undertakes. She is a graduate nurse and
is the cowboys' doctor. They have more confidence in her than
in any doctor and will take no medicine prescribed by a doctor
unless she approves. She is a perfect mate for Jimmie and the
two together make an ideal couple.
S. E. Johnson has been with the ranch many years. He is the
official windmill man. However, this is just one of his many
duties. He is general utility man, as one of the boys said, "The
ranch could not run without him." Jim B. Wilson has been em-
ployed on the ranch about thirty years. He looks after the pure-
bred Herefords on the J J Ranch and also the windmills in the
J J pastures. He is also the wagon yard boss. Roy Heckman,
who has lived on the ranch all of his life, does all the ranch re-
pairing and is the chief mechanic. He holds the distinction of
being the best marksman on the ranch. Two of his many good
shots were the killing of a wolf on the run, a hundred and twenty-
five steps, with a six-shooter, and the killing of a wolf on the run
with a Winchester, seven hundred and forty-five yards. The
writer happened to be on the ranch when this last shot was
made. Roy was very angry with himself that morning because
he missed another wolf on the run over half a mile away. Jim
Reese is the driver of the Ranch's International truck, which is
used to haul the ranch supply of cake, salt, horse feed, groceries
and other necessities. This job keeps him busy the year around,
and during the winter months it is necessary to use the hoodlum
wagon, too, in order to keep feed and other supplies on hand.
Joe Ritter is the "bronc" breaker for the ranch. This job keeps
him busy the major portion of the year. Rex Elkins, Bob Baird,
Roy Blackwell, Nash Blassingame, Bill Harm, Chas. Doshier, Lu
McClellan, Frank Barton, Harry and Clarence Piercy are ten of
the old-time campers on the ranch. It is their duty to ride fences
during the summer, keep the watering places in shape and to look
after the cows in the various pastures in a general way. The rest
of the year they help with the general work.
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