Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 181 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
out bear hunting. I-e was buried twenty
miles west of Dallas, at Bird's fort, but nobody
knows to-day where his grave is."
Although Mr. Bceman was one of the most
active participants in tlhe organization of the
county and lhas been a constant resident of
tlhe county, lie has never held and never
sought oflice. '"When the county was organized
in 184G,' hle said, I went and got the
order from tlhe county court of Robertson
county at Franklin. I rode a mustang and
went alone. It. was an Indian country then,
and thle trip vwas attended with considerable
risk. I camped out each night. When I
wass returning home one night on the other
side of 'lichland creek, I saw a herd of buffal
(,w. A storm approached that night and
the ,buffaloes gathered in a great herd, which
becallme wild with fright, and I could not tell
the roar of tle storm from the sound of the
mliovingr buffaloes. I sought protection in a
skirt of timber close by.
1 asIsisted ill building tlle first ferryboat
that was ever put il tile Trinity at Dallas.
We took two large cottonwood logs, and after
digging them out like canoes, we fastened
tltllm togetller with I )unclIeon. This Nwas tile
filor. We h ad no rope; )bufialo rawllide
stretchlted so tltat we could not use it, so we
took buffalo hair andt twisted it into a rope
with wichl we towed tlhe boat. Tlie boat
was located alt wllt is now tlle foot of Coinmeree
street bridge, and we carried across
the river in it all tlie early settlers of tlle
"hl'le I ldliai s usetl to give us a great deal
of trou!bl. ViWhen we came to I)allas county
we left our teams of horses at Honey Grove,
fearing the Indians would get them if we
brought them farther. We drove oxen from
Honey Grove to Dallas. Once the Indians
made a raid just across the river from Dallas
and stole about eighteen head of horses. A
party of nineteen of us followed them to
Wise county, and there we lost track of
them among the friendly Indians. When we
started home we ran out of provisions and
bought some meat from the Indians. It was
said to be horse meat, but it tasted good to a
half starved man. We traveled the next day
without anything to eat, and that night I shot
a wild turkey on Denton creek. Nineteen
men fed on it and we got up hungry. When
we struck Elm fork I killed a deer, which we
roasted and ate without salt or bread; but,
fortunately for us, we reached home the next
" We lived peaceably and enjoyed ourselves
those days. We had no trouble. Everybody
was honest. I remember the first case of
stealing that I ever heard of in the county.
A young man was driving sheep down Elm
fork to Dallas. On tle way down he entered
a place and stole a butcher knife and comb
and some other little articles. He was overtaken
and the parties gave him his choice between
a certain number of lashes and prosecution
in the courts at Dallas. He said that
lie would take the lashes, but he wished a
thousand rails that he had not committed the
theft. That was a common expression of re-
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/181/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.