The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 92
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the Association's first secretary, the entries are boldly and clearly writ-
ten and the volume is in an excellent state of preservation. Beginning
with a detailed account of the organizational meeting held in Graham,
Texas, on February 15-16, 1877,' the succeeding pages of the minute
book are a veritable treasure house of documentation on every phase
of the cattle industry during the last decades of the nineteenth cen-
tury. Because of the extended length of the entire manuscript volume,
the following resume has been limited to the initial formative decade
which Loving carefully described in his transcriptions of the proceed-
ings of the first ten regular conventions and the several called meetings
that were held during the Association's first decade.
Representative of the style and content of Loving's entries are the
proceedings of the organizational meeting which are presented here-
Proceedings of the Stock Raisers Convention of Northwestern Texas
held at Graham on 15th and 16th of Feb. 1877
Pursuant to a call signed by several of the prominent stock men of
Northwestern Texas and published in the several papers in the country"
a large number of the stock raisers assembled at the Court House
in Graham on Thursday 15th of Feb. 1877."
and in 1855 moved to Pleasant Valley (Loving Valley) in Palo Pinto County. Following
Confederate service during the Civil War, Loving managed a general store in Weatherford
until his father's death in 1867. At that time the younger Loving assumed responsibility
for his father's cattle interests, which immediately involved assisting Charles Goodnight,
Sr., in Colorado and managing a second long drive of Loving-Goodnight cattle to Colorado
in 1868. Continuing in the cattle industry, Loving was a founder of the Texas and
Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, served as its first secretary for twenty-five years,
and also served as its treasurer and general manager for many years. Carrie J. Crouch,
Young County, History and Biography (Dallas, 1937), 290-292; Charles Goodnight, III,
"Introduction," in James C. Loving (comp.), The Loving Brand Book (facsimile repro-
duction; Austin, 1965); James Cox, Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle
Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas and Adjacent Territory (St. Louis, 1895), 346-350,
contains a detailed account of Loving's 1868 drive to Colorado.
'Through the efforts of succeeding historically conscious editors, The Cattleman, the
official publication of TSCRA, is an almost limitless gold mine of historical data con-
cerning the establishment and growth of the Association. Particularly informative on
the founding of the institution are the following articles: "Texas and Southwestern Cattle
Raisers Association, History, Purpose, and Accomplishments," The Cattleman, XXXII
(March, 1946), 166ff; Mary Whatley Clarke, "Colonel C. L. 'Kit' Carter, First President
of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association," ibid., XXXVII (October,
1950), 23ff. See also, Lewis Nordyke, Great Roundup: The Story of Texas and South-
western Cowmen (New York, 1955)
"Fort Worth Daily Democrat, February 4, 1877; Jacksboro Frontier Echo, January 19,
'Fort Worth Daily Democrat, February 16, 1877, reported that almost one hundred
delegates were present. Clarke, "Colonel C. L. 'Kit' Carter," 23ff, reduces the number to
"more than 40." Crouch, Young County, History and Biography, 132, states "more than
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