The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 152
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
The ease of transit through Texas, which would have astound-
ed the original trail drivers in the nineteenth century, was fa-
cilitated by the noteworthy co-operation of Colonel Homer P.
Garrison and Chief W. J. Elliott of the Texas Department of
Public Safety, who provided the highly efficient corps of patrol-
men who escorted the caravan to Red River. Particularly timely
interest was added to the party by Mrs. Fannie Chisholm Hurst
of San Antonio, the wife of Captain Fred Hurst, the point man
of the 1956 Chisholm Trail Drive in charge of the Texas patrol-
men. Mrs. Hurst is the great-great-granddaughter of Jesse Chis-
holm, the Scotch-Cherokee Indian trader and guide who marked
the original Chisholm Trail.
In San Antonio the ladies of the trail party, in print dresses
made in the style of the 1870's, and their booted escorts as-
sembled in front of the Alamo where, through the courtesy of
A. E Beyer, Johnson Smith, and the San Antonio Restaurant
Association, camp coffee and doughnuts were served. The
Fourth Army Band, the Charro Horsemen's organization of San
Antonio, and the costumed Old Trail Drivers of Texas, many of
whom accompanied the main body to Red River, contributed
to the color and interest of the meeting. Mr. Banks introduced
the program, which consisted of square dancing, with music pro-
vided by Red River Dave, popular radio and television person-
ality of San Antonio, and addresses by Mayor William Kuyken-
dall and Judge Robert Lee Bobbitt, directors of the Old Trail
Drivers Association of Texas.
Before the trail-driving party left San Antonio, the Reverend
Pat Armstrong, secretary of the Old Trail Drivers of Texas and
"trail boss" of the caravan, issued instructions to the partici-
pants. Mr. Armstrong's versatility in "trail bossing," which
ranged from the serious business of general supervision to sing-
ing and standing in as fiddler and square dance caller, was
reminiscent of that of the men whom his organization honors
and made it impossible for the modern trail drivers to sing
often of the troubles they saw on the Old Chisholm Trail.
About a score of the ladies who literally danced across Texas
with the caravan were either the wives, daughters, or nieces of
men who rode up the old cow trail. Although it is highly im-
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