Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Early Days In Silver City and Grant Co.]
Frances E. Totty
[Louis S. Goforth?]
May 27, 1938
JUN 1 - 1938
Early Days in Silver City and Grant Co.
I left Tennessee in in 1880 and came to New Mexico in 1881 arriving at Old Town for my first stop in Grant county. Senor Pena was running the store there at the time. I will never forget the fact that he served buttermilk with our meal, and I thought that it was the best milk that I ever drink. I settled in the [Zappo?] and Mimbres district living on the Membres most of the time.
I was living on the Membres when a Mr hayes was killed over near Lake Valley
Mr Moore replied “Oh they probably belong to some Mexican.”
I soon Cried “LOOK Look the large tracks of the Indian”. Moore said “Lets go Jesus Christ is that [fellowin?] this part of the country”? He began to kick and spur his horse and we were really leaving that part of the country. In all of the recent raids there was an unusually large track and when this track was seen it was generally known that some cruelty and destruction had been done in the vicinity and everyone had a horror of meeting the warrior and wanted to get away from the place that he was likely to be round around. We soon caught up with a [Cink?] and told him that the Indians were behind us and he said “Me no see Indians” but he soon had his horse in a run also when we told him of the large track.
We went on home and near night a follow came by and told us the Indians were near and we were to go the Brown place. We went over to the place and spent the night and the next morning returned home to find