Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Interview with O. W. McCuistion]
Carrie L. Hodges
9/25/36 Cl. 1056 words
TALES OF OLD TIMERS
Interview with O.W. McCuistion
Of Clayton, New Mexico.
“Many was the time,” so relates Mr. O.W. McCuistion, one of northeastern New Mexico's earliest settlers, “that I found myself just around a bunch of bushes from the hostile Commanche Indians, they not seeing me and I only seeing them in time to save my scalp.”
This tribe of Indians ravaged the herds of horses, and drove [off?] all they could acquire, but left the cattle unmolested. They also found horse flesh more palatable than beef, and inthe rides across the country “cow hunting” Mr. McCuistion relates
He tells of a time he was hunting his stray cattle on the Cimarron River about where the town of Kenton, Oklahoma is now located, that, after he had rounded up a bunch, he hobbled his horse for the night, and cooked all the food left in his pack, leaving a small amount of coffee for breakfast. After eating, he retired for the night, and the next morning all he had for breakfast was his coffee, then on again he rode in quest of wandering cows when he came to where Indians had camped the night before, and near the smoldering camp-fire lay the carcass of a colt that had been killed by the Commanche's and robbed of its flesh.
Going on toward his ranch with the cattle that had been rounded up, he passed a ranch home, A woman came running out, calling to him that a band of some seventy-five Indians had just ridden past the ranch, shootin at a man who was herding a bunch of horses.
Mr. McCuistion being alone, could do nothing, so went on his way, searching for more cattle, but on his return trip past this ranch, was told that word had been sent to the soldiers at Fort Union, and they