Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 8 of 163
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FORTY YEARS AT EL PASO.
I was born on a farm near Thorntown, Indiana, in
I836,and labored alongside of my father and brothers and
the hired men during the crop season, attending the village
school during the winter months, till I was seventeen
years old, when my father sent me for two years to an
academy in New York State. While there he secured for
me an appointment as a cadet at the Military Academy at
West Point, but I gave way to my brother, Anson Mills,
who is now a Brigadier General in the United States
army. After returning home for a year, I came to
Texas with my brother Anson. We came down the Mississippi
at the time of the great flood in 1857, to New
Orleans, and thence up the Red River to Jefferson, Texas.
From Jefferson we walked to McKinney, in Collin
County, where my brother had previously resided, and I
secured a school at Pilot Grove, in Grayson County, and
spent a year there happily, and, I trust, usefully. During
that year my brother was appointed surveyor on the
part of Texas to the joint commission which located
the boundary line between Texas and the United States,
Col. William R. Scurry being the commissioner on the
part of Texas.
At the suggestion of my brother, I joined this expedition
at Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, and
accompanied it to El Paso. When we arrived at Waco
Tanks, twenty-six miles east of El Paso, we failed to
find water, and were somewhat distressed in consequence.
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/8/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .