Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Hillard J. Hay]
Gautheir, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist., #7
Hillard J. Hay, 68 living at 2005 Granburt Rd., was born at Sweetwater, [Mclan?] co., Tenns, Jan 1, 1890. His mother died when he was six months old, and he was reared by friends. He lived with several different families until he was 15 years old. He then went to Culberson co., where he secured work with the Black Mountain Cattle co., which was owned by F.J. Hall. Later, he worked for the Malay Ranch and other until he was 20 years old. He then enrolled as a student with the Huckelby Acadamy.
He was graduated at the age of 24. He followed the teaching profession for several years. After he quit teaching, he engaged in farming for a livelihood.
His story of range life follows:
“Sweetwater, Nolan co., Texas, is where I was born and reared until a boy of 15 years old.
“My mother died when I was six months old which resulted in my rearing being left to friends of the family. I was taken care of by several different families, until I was 15 years old, and then I started out to make my owne livelihood.
“During the years of my childhood, I came in contact with cowhands and the range. In fact, I was reared by cattlemen. Nolan co ., and the adjacent territory, contained many ranches. Cattle raising was the principal business of the country. Surrounded by a cattle ranch environment, it was natural sequence for me to want to and did become a cowboy.
“During my 15th, year, I went to Culberson co., Texas. F.J. Hall owned a cattle ranch located 20 miles N. of Van Horn. The ranch was known as the Black Mountain ranch. All its business was done under the name of the Black Mountain Cattle co, I learned, at Van Horn, that the Black Mountain ranch was in need of several cowhands.