Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Early Life of Elizabeth Garrett]
“My Uncle John never married. My father” (James Chisum) “my two brothers” (Walter and William) “and I left home in Texas and traveled thro'ugh the open country expecting Indians attacks at any time. We had three wagons, a hack and our saddle horses. We spent one month on the road. We had packed all the fruit trees, flowers and shrubbery we could in the wagons, and they were the beginning of the first Pecos Valley orchards and flowers.” Some of the plants from tho'se old fashioned roses brought over the plains by Sallie Chisum still flourish and bloom on the Redfield place 705 E. College Boulevard in Roswell.
“Our last night on the trail we spent at the R. M. Gilbert ranch on the Ponasco River”, said Mrs. Roberts.
“Six cow boys had been sent by Uncle John to meet us at Horsehead Crossing to act as bodyguards, and protect our stock from Indian attack, at night. The first night we spent at the Chisum ranch, we were all tired out. We put our stock in the fenced in lot, locked the gate and all hands went to bed and slept soundly. The next morning we were amazed to find the stock all gone, and the gate still locked. The Indians,” (Comanches) “had lifted the gate from it's iron pivots removed all our stock replaced the gate very carefully and had completely disappeared, leaving only thier tracks to tell the tale. We could not tell how many