Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Early Experiences in New Mexico]
Mrs. Belle Kilgore
718 Wallace Street
Clovis, New Mexico
JUN 1 1937
EARLY EXPERIENCES IN NEW MEXICO
In 1902, I sold a paying photo studio located in Grand Saline, Van Zandt county, Texas, and moved to the plains. I left mu wife and baby at Plainview, Texas, with her mother and came to New Mexico, in October of that year, to look for a new location.
My first stop was at [Texico?], on the state line of Texas and New Mexico. There were two or three stores, several saloons and a two-story wooden hotel. I called for a room and the proprietor, a lady, told me that she could let me have a room with another man, altho'ugh the party was not in just then. She said that he was a nice young man no older than myself. (I was twenty-three) I had lived in the west long enough not to expect eastern accomodations, and assured her that that would be O. K. by me if the other gent did not object. I went out and played pool until about ten o'clock.
When I returned to the hotel there was a glass-eyed [?] looking hombre [sittingin?] the lobby. The landlady introduced him as my roommate. I didn't like his looks, but said nothing. We went to our room which was upstairs. I threw the door open and asked my companion to enter and light up. He grabbed hold of my arm, his eyes shot out like a dog-owl's and made a couple of revolutions, as if he had seen a ghost, and said: