The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952 Page: 269
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Notes and Documents 269
apparently served its purpose, for John Bent and Emeline
Squires had regained their health.14
"... Mrs. Squires drove back with the two men from Austin, Texas, coming
across Kansas and Missouri, crossing the Mississippi at Hannibal and reaching
home after a tiresome journey of several months with the first drove of cattle
ever driven to this state from Texas."-Genealogical and Biographical Record.
Mrs. J. R. Burks, Mrs. Herrington's daughter, states: "I do remember of
Grandma Squires telling of hers and Grandpa's trip for the first herd of Texas
cattle ever brought to Illinois."-Mrs. J. R. Burks to G. S. H., Yorkville, Illinois,
December lo, 1938 (letter in writer's possession).
Mrs. John Squires, daughter-in-law of George and Emeline Squires, states:
"I do not know much about any of the Texas trips only by others talking, and
one trip, Mrs. Squires was in poor health. And went with Mr. Squires. And it
was a dangerous trip as the Indians were busy and caused no end of trouble but
they arrived home safe. I do not know whether they brought sheep or cattle.
Uncle John [her husband and George Squires' son] often talked about that trip,
and also that George J. Squires was the first man to drive a herd of cattle from
Texas to Chicago. I did not know the year."-Mrs. John Squires to G. S. H.,
Corinne, Saskatchewan, Canada, February 18, 1939 (letter in writer's possession).
Fred J. Bent reports this trip as the first drive of Texas cattle to Illinois, but
he takes issue with the statement in the Genealogical and Biographical Record
and in Mrs. Herrington's reminiscence concerning the pasturing of the cattle near
Riverside, Illinois. He says "... they finally arrived without losing many of the
longhorns and for several weeks grazed the cattle on the open prairie just a few
miles west of here [Bent is referring to his farm about five miles south
of DeKalb, Illinois] in Milan township, the township adjoining Afton on the
west. Late in the season the herd consisting of 5oo head were driven to Chicago
and sold for slaughter."
14Fred J. Bent to G. S. H.
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