Verbatim of Tape Narrated by Alton Ashcraft Page: 4
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rough job. I guess our corrals covered about an acre. They were floored with
cletchee which was naturally as hard as rock. We had to sweep them clean with
brooms, load them in near wagons and haul them rail siding, out east of Ft.
Bliss by the old military cemetary. There it was picked up by train and hauled
to a what was known as a Narcotic Farm north of El Paso for use on their crops.
This Narcotic Farm was a Federal Correctional Institution, I suppose where it
got its name of Narcotic Farm was most of the people were there for taking of
drugs, u ing of drugs, so forth.
The stalls for the horses had to be cleaned also every day, new hay put on
the mangers, new bedding on the floor. Generally when this was done was at the
time the outfit was out on menuvers or grooming the horses or washing all that
leather harness or shining it for a parade. So you can see, we had plenty to
do when we were working.
We usually made about 2 trips a year to the farm range in Donna Anna, New
Mexico. One in the spring, another in the winter. The one in the winter was
usually quite cold as the snow was worse there than in Ft. Bliss or it seemed
that way to me. We had a permanant camp ground there where we left our tent
pegs driven in the ground and only took our tents beck and forth where we went.
cur +ents were what was known as a permiddle tent, 4 men in each -ent. Each
battery had a wood building for a kitchen and a mess hall built on this farm
rangs. There was also work there to do, too. We had to take our turn on guard
at night, take our turn in grooming horses after menuvering after the farm, and
in the day time cleaning up behind the horses and also cleaning our guns.
Cleaning behind the horses seemed to be a never ending job. Each battery
had L guns and L casons, and they all had to be seen after, and than our houses
also had to be cleaned.
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