The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 351
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
country is sadly in need of a good Phisician Surgeon & Dentist and
you can make plenty of money if you feel so inclined, while Billie
and my self could tend to a big stock of hogs, which cost $5.00 for
sow and pigs and barrows find ready sale from $10o.oo to $18.oo in
specie. This season has been mighty pleasant plenty of rain, cool days,
more so than where you live, grass knee high fat cattle and horses as
their hide will hold them. Dan Moore a horse raiser lives a mile
above here owns the ID & T5 brands37 gathers goo head and along
with ourselves are the only settlers on the creek are mighty good
generous people. If you are not doing well I would advise you to sell
to the best advantage move out here as you can make and save with
out working your life out and if you want to go to raising hogs $150.
or 200 is a big plenty of capital and I have several good horses and
so you will not be at expe[n]se of buying And I will help you to
build &c I wish you would all write and send me your pictures. And
if you have that watch yet it would be mighty acceptable. Give my
love and best wishes to all enquiring friends and Direct when you
write to Horace Hall Fredericksburg I give that picture Ma sent me
to Mrs Johnson to put in her album, and wish she would send me
another. I will be at Austin in the course of two months and then I
will send you the picture of Wild Hod of Texas. Give my respects
to Ralph and tell him to write and tell me all the news. Well I
Good Bye From Your Affectionate Son
HORACE M HALL.
WILLOW CREEK GILLESPIE Co TEX. July 14th 
Was over to Mr Jacobs on Williamson yesterday and received a
Postal Card from Pa, this is the first word I have recieved from home
for a long time with the exception of a letter from 011. Ballard about
a month since. I also recieved a few lines from Lou Lichten yesterday
and answered it at Mr. Jacob's, it is about eighteen or twenty miles
over there and about eighteen to Fredericksburg which is S. W. from
here, and Jacobs S. E. I cut my ankle about three weeks ago and it
was healing up nicely and then I mounted a wild horse got throwed
and burst all the healed places out, my foot and ankle all swelled up
and turned purple and now it is doing very well I wash it frequently
with Castile soap and keep a damp rag on it, Well I will have to close
87The second of these two brands is the T 5 Connected, which is apparently a
quite common brand. A Century of Texas Cattle Brands (Fort Worth, 1936), 23, 58,
gives a selection of the representative or more interesting brands of most of the
Texas counties and shows this brand for Bowie and Mills counties. Probably nothing
less than a title search at the Blanco and Gillespie county seats would disclose
anything of significance about the brands which Horace traced.
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