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A Cattle Drive Diary
struck any gyp water as yet. Where we stopped
for dinner Mr Whilfield met a M Doss an old
acquaintance of his and after noon got in the
wagon and went home with him
To look at some pasture land and spend the
night with him after he left we laid around in the
shade for a hour or two then went on camping
for night in a lane near the Brazos River. Dave
and I went down to try our luck fishing but
couldent [sic] find any deep water. The river
seemed a drery waste of sand and red water
from 1 inch to a foot deep
Sun June 27
I cooked breakfast Dick washed dishes and we
started about 7 '/2 am traveled along slowly for
an hour and '/2 stopped to take Sunday passed
some of prettiest girls this morning I have seen
on the trip a wealthy ranche [sic] owners
daughters resumed our journey about 3 p.m.
crossed some very wild looking wastes of
pasturelands. I saw a coyote wolfe [sic] this
evening the first...
...that has been seen on the trip crossed pastures
for 4 hours and never saw any body or
anybodies house camped to night in a deep draw
with high rocky hills on all sides of us. We are
finding plenty of grass and water as yet all are
well and doing as little as possible. I like this
country first rate but not for farming purpose
Mond June 28 - 97
Got early breakfast started to Seymour the
county site of Baylor Co. some 4 miles distance
drove into Seymour about 9 am stopped 1 m on
the north side of town stopped there for the day
as Mr Whitfield was out hunting hime some
pasture and never come in till 4 in the evening,
he found him a pasture
And will take his stock to it tomorrow Dick left
for Tom Wolford's at 11 am will get in some
time to night will bring Tom with him.
Seymour is a very thriving little town at the end
of a railroad line called the Witchata [sic]
Valley many fine rock buildings some not
completed left standing to decay and fall to
Tues June 29
Dick and Tom come in about midnight got the
cattle devided [sic] and Mr Whitfield left us I
hitched up, drove up town to get a keg of water
and get some groceries got hold of a Dallas
News' and found the story of the Pleasant
Valley killing we were very sorry to hear it but
know that it is that way. We traveled all the rest
of the day due north
eat dinner on the bank of the Wichita river the
drove the cattle on north till night from there I
went home with Tom and spent the night with
him had a good supper a good bed and rested
well for one more night.
Wed June 30- 97
After breakfast Tom and I went to the cattle
camp and drove the cattle in to DTs pasture
right on the north edge of Baylor Co due north
Seymour some 18 miles arrived here 11 am had
good dinner and plenty of it. D and Tom and
Dave went to hunt the cattle already out here. I
laid around never was as lazy sleep on out
July 1, 1897
See "Pleasant Valley Killings" article in this
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