Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Hillard J. Hay]
“The cowhands of the Black Mountains ranch were divided into two crews, using a chuck wagon for each crew. The chuck wagon was our home most of the time, but we lived well.
“The chuck wagon was always packed with a varity of canned goods, and a plentiful supply of bacon. Being that there were thousands of yearlings on the range, there never was a shortage of prime yearling beef meat on hand. Hall was very particular about having a large varity and supply of food on hand, and insisted that the cooks do a good job with their cooking. If a cook was not able to meet Hall's standard set for cooks, the fellow did not stay long on the job.
“We slept in the open and on the ground. We rolled up in our blankets during cool weather. In the Southwest section of the country, the atmosphere is dry and there is no discomforture about sleeping in the open. In fact it is more preferable than sleeping in the house.
During my days on the range in the Southwest part of Texas, the country was not wild and tough, as it was during the '70s and '80s. However, the six-gun was the constant companion of the citizens, and occasionally an affary would take place.
“The professional rustler did not give the ranchers much