Manuscripts/Mixed Material [George S. Brown]
Edith L. Crawford,
Carrizozo, N. Mex.
George S. Brown,
Words 1291 PIONEER STORY.
AUG 2 - 1938
I have lived in Lincoln County fifty-four years. I came here from Cedar Valley Missouri when I was six years old. There were twenty one wagons in our train when we left Cedar Valley for Mesa Arizona, in April 1884. My father tho'mas M. Brown, my mother and four children traveled in four covered wagons drawn by horses. My mother's Father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. David C. May, drove one wagon drawn by two white oxen. The rest of the crowd in the train were all uncles and aunts and cousins. They had their own covered wagons, drawn by mules. George Murray and his wife (they were relatives of my mother) drove a one horse buggy all the way thro'ugh to Oklahoma, where they decided to locate. There were times when we were on our way that there would be as many as fifty wagons in our train. We would overtake some of them and some would overtake us and we would all go along together for awhile and then these other wagons would drift off on their own way, leaving us twenty-one again. We had two hundred head of stock cattle with us. My father and grandfather owned twenty-five of them. Each family had their own chuck box and cooking utensils, and at night when we made camp each family would build his own fire to cook on. We used buffalo and cow chips for wood on the plains. We made our own candles. Grandma May had a mould that you could make four candles at a time. She used any kind of tallow that she could get ahold of, and twine string.
It rained on us a lot on the first part of our trip but was awful dry on the plains in Texas. At night when we camped the