The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 268
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he arranged to purchase a herd of five hundred longhorns to
drive back to Illinois. Silas Bent became ill and returned home.
John Bent and Mrs. Squires took a boat for Galveston. During
a severe storm in the Gulf of Mexico all on board except John
Bent became seasick. Several times it appeared as if the boat
would be sunk.'
John Bent and Mrs. Squires joined George Squires at Austin,
Texas, and began the drive to Illinois.8 Mrs. Squires traveled a
good deal of the time propped up in a covered wagon. From time
to time she would pick up unusual rocks and place them in
the carpetbag containing the gold which had been brought along
to pay for the cattle and the expenses of the trip. Although the
carpetbag with its collection of stones was treated with some
abandon in order not to excite the suspicion of anyone as to
its other contents, it is reported that "Em" kept her eye on it
just the same.9
On the drive which took them across Kansas and Missouri,lo
there was considerable danger from hostile Indians.*" Curious
Indians would peek at Mrs. Squires as she lay propped up in
the wagon. Their interest in her was attributed to the fact that
a white woman, especially one with light hair, was something
of an oddity. The cattle were driven across the Mississippi at
Hannibal, Missouri.12 Finally, after a tiresome journey of several
months, the party reached Illinois and home. The cattle were
grazed on the prairie probably near the present site of Riverside,
Illinois, and late in the year were driven to Chicago and sold
to the slaughterhouses. Thus ended a drive that is said to have
been the first drive of cattle from Texas to Illinois.18 The trip
sGenealogical and Biographical Record.
7Fred J. Bent to G. S. H.
slbid.; Genealogical and Biographical Record.
9Fred J. Bent to G. S. H.
loGenealogical and Biographical Record.
x"Fred J. Bent to G. S. H.
12Genealogical and Biographical Record.
xaAurora Beacon News (Aurora, Illinois), May 5, 1929. In a reminiscence, Mrs.
Benjamin F. (Georgianna Squires) Herrington states, "My father, George J.
Squires, bought and sold stock during his residence on the farm. He brought the
first herd of Texas cattle into the state and herded them at Riverside until ready
for market, as it was all prairie where those suburban towns are now." (MS. in
possession of writer.)
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