Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Elario L. Cardova]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist., #7
Elario [L. Cardova?], 77, living at 300 E. 12 St., was born Nov.,3,1861, in [Nacodoches?] co., at the farm of his father's, whose name was [Casanero?] Cardova. The farm was located seven miles E. of the town of [Nacodoches?]. In addition to farming, Cardova raised cattle which grazed on the free range, and hogs which also hunted their living in the woods adjacent to the farm. Elario's first recollection regarding cattle was seeing [a?] herd begin driven past his home by soldiers. When Elario was eight months old his father died. The family [continued?] to cultivate the land and when Elario was old enough to assist with the [farm?] work he worked in the fileds. When he was in his tenth year, his mother married the second time and at this time Elario left home to make his own way in the [world?]. He went to Goliad co., and secured employment on a cattle ranch. He followed ranch work until he was 21 years old. During his ranch career he saw some of the conflict which took place on the range. [When?] he quit the range he returned to the farm for his livelihood and then later entered the retail [business?] which he still follows.
His story of range life follows:
“I was born, reared and lived in the State of Texas, the [entire?] period of my life to date. So far as I know I shall remain in the State the remainder of my life. Whether or not I have done wisely and have remained in the best State of these United States, I can not say. Because I don't know anything about the other States, except what I have learned reading the papers, using the phrase the late Will Rogers used.
“My parents were born in the Nacodoches section. My [grand?] parents came to America from Spain.