Manuscripts/Mixed Material [After returning to Texas in 1881]
Edith L. Crawford Words-685
Mar 14 1938 PIONEER STORY
After returning to Texas in [1881?], we stayed there five years. Mr. Roberts went beck to farming and stock raising but we were not satisfied to stay in Texas. In September 1886 we sold our farm and cattle, kept thirty head of horses and started out again for New Mexico. My father, W. L. Parker, my mother, one brother, two sisters and a young man by the name of Jim Walker, whom we brought along to drive the extra horses, besides Mr. Roberts and myself and our five children, made up this party. We came in two covered wagons, each drawn by two horses. We camped out at night. We were not so afraid of the Indians as we were on our first trip as the Government had calmed them down by this time, altho'ugh the Indians would steal horses from the settlers whenever they had an opportunity.
It was a long drive between watering places and our stock suffered for the want of water. We hauled our drinking water in kegs and had to be awful saving with it. We would stop at the big stock ranches, water our stock, fill up our kegs and buy fresh meat. The only meat we had on our trip was cotton tail rabbits that we killed on the way. We arrived at Nogal, New Mexico, the last of November 1886. My husband was still looking for a rich gold mine, but all the good claims had been located when we returned to Nogal, so he went to hauling freight from Socorro New Mexico to White Oaks and Nogal New Mexico. Nogal was a lively mining town in tho'se days. There were two stores, two saloons and a hotel. Lincoln County was a wide open stock country then and when the round ups were over in the fall the cow boys would come to Nogal to spend their summer wages. At the dances the cow boys would get drunk and would have shooting scrapes and they would shoot out the lights in the dance hall. I remember