The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957 Page: 71
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know that his leadership and contributions, with that of others,
will bring joy to all in the group and to our countless friends
along the way. Those of us who are so vitally interested, but
who cannot have the pleasure of being with you on this trip, will
do our best to "keep the home fires burning." We will also be
thinking of the trials and tribulations, as well as the victories,
of the "old trailers" who, without chart or compass, without
capital or credit, other than their own courage, faith, and deter-
mination, drove the wild Longhorns of the Southwest to the
Northern markets, and laid the foundation for our present civili-
zation and progress.
The names of fearless old trail drivers, such as the Blockers,
Snyders, Wests, Doaks, Billingsleys, Reynolds, Goodnights, Brites,
Ellisons, Halsells, Johnsons, De Bardelebens, Colemans, Jack-
mans, and Roebucks, and many others of the same high type,
character, and devotion, will live always in the history and hearts
of grateful Texans.
These old trailers set an example of fair dealings, cooperation,
courageous citizenship, and community service, that is most
worthy of our emulation. Let each of us, in our own days of com-
parative ease and countless opportunities, dedicate our best to
the preservation and development of the institutions which they
founded in those tough old days of the trail.
Once again, we will be thinking of you as you stop and cele-
brate along the trail, where the old pioneers camped and bedded
the Longhorns down in the long ago.
We wish all of you health and good luck and happy landings,
from historic Old San Antonio, the cattle capital of the South-
west, to the market places in Kansas and points North and West.
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