3 came through, we travelled by stage coach. There is an old stage stand on the [Kosse?]-Reagan road, eight miles from Reagan, and it stands today just as in the days when the stage travel was at its best. But it is now used for a barn for stock in a pasture. As one looks back a vision of the hurry of the stage on its way as the horses dash madly up to the stand and the wait is only long enough for the horses to be changed. Instead of changing cars for “all points north and south, to Houston or Waco, Fort Worth and Dallas” the driver shouts as the ringing of the bells on the bridles of the horses, warn the passengers they are nearing a stop, “Change - Stage Coaches”. And the passengers crawl out of the old coach and feel to see if their hats or perhaps their heads are still on. For you know that those coaches did not even have any springs to make riding easy, but were held by huge leather straps instead of the later-day springs.
“Our freight was brought by wagon train from Houston and [Milliken?], the terminal of the Houston and Texas Central railroad when we moved to Falls County. Gil Ward ran a freight line and Mr. Mance Cabiness handled race horses and sold not only cattle but fine horses to men who followed the race track. A thousand dollars was not uncommon for a fine race horse to bring when it was sold.
“In September 1877, I married Miss Willie Riley, a daughter of Captain Riley of Alabama. To us were born thirteen children. All lived to be grown. There are two boys: Howard and Austin, who live in Reagan; another, Walter Lee, lives in Beaumont; Willard lives in Goose Creek; Clyde, Otis, Chester, Earle and Byrd live in Port Arthur. Two daughters