Manuscripts/Mixed Material [William Blevins]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist. 7.
William (Billy) Blevins, 81, born Oct. 17, 1866 at De Kalb Co., Ala.; was reared on a farm and lived with his parents until the age of 23. His family moved to Tex. after the Civil War and located on land N. of Ft. Worth. William blevins joined the Texas Rangers in 1879 and served in the Northern Company under Capt. G. W. Arrington. In 1882 he entered the saloon business in Toyah, Tex. and then moved to Colorado City following the same vocation; later moving to Ft. Worth and was indentified with the saloon business for several years.
“My father was William Blevins Sr. and came to Texas after the Civil War with 65 other emigrants. When I became 23 years old I was a good rider. I took a notion I wanted to be a Ranger and along with J.[?]. Clark of my community and brother of Sterling Clark that afterwards was Sheriff of tarrant Co., I joined the Texas Rangers. We signed with the Northern Company under Capt. G.[?]. Arrington.
“My experience with range life was not as a cowhand or rancher but as a Ranger coming in contact with the range life and as a saloon keeper seeing them at play. After serving three years in the Ranger force I [?] a school in the West where about all the folks made their living dealing with cattle. Later I came to Fort Worth and was connected with the saloon business when the cattle was about the most important business in the town. As a Ranger I came in contact with cowhands because our principle work was looking after rustlers and Indian raiders and of course after law violators in general. While operating saloons I [?] the cowhands while at play and shall tell of the early range life as I saw in the two positions named.
“The Northern Company of Rangers had their headquarter at blanco Canyon and we covered a radius of about [?] miles from there. One of the reasons for [locality?] at the Canyon was its good water. In that section of Texas at that time [?] water was not found on every hand.