Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Ben Kinchlow]
EDITORIAL FIELD COPY
Mrs. Florence Angermiller, P.W.
Range Lore and Negro
before and after 1875
UVALDE COUNTY, DIST. #15
A. Ben Kinchlow, age 91, Mulatto who was cowboy and horsebreaker of the Rio Grande country in early days. Uvalde, Texas
“You know my mother was a slave an' was give her freedom an' sent to Mexico when I was about a year old. We stayed in Mexico all of ten years befo' we came back to this side. I went to school with a French family over there in Mexico. My mother was half-white an' my father was a white man. But, she went to work over there an' sent me to school some, but after I got to ridin', I forgot all I ever knowed about school. I don't care how rough a hoss is, if he can stand me, I sure can stand him. I can get my hoss saddled in the mornin' an' when I throw my leg over his back, I never move my legs, but ride all day like that, sittin' straight.
“I commenced workin' for McNally (Capt. McNally of the Rangers) in '72 an' worked about eighteen months. I was about nineteen years old when I joined with him an' I couldn't draw State pay because I was under age. Then when I was about twenty-one, I began punchin' cattle. For my first ridin', I broke a mule an' rode 'im bareback. I didn't care nothin' about a saddle. About the year of '75 was the time when I was into my work good. I done all kinds