Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Neal S. Watts]
“All the ranchers in the region took part in the roundup. Then all the strays were separated, the calves branded and the cattle counted. As the roundup proceeded from one section to another, more or less strays belonging to different sections would be encountered. Each rancher had some waddies, called 'reps', in the roundup crew who looked after their ranch's cattle
“The cattle would stray off of their home range during storms, or when the grazing became scarce.. Otherwise, the cattle would stay within the vicinity of their own range. The herd would graze far away, at times perhaps several miles, but towards late evening they would start drifting towards their bedding ground. They bedded near the waterhole and salt licks.
“While the weather was fair and grazing sufficient the herd didn't need any watching to keep it from drifting, but when a storm came the crew were compelled to ride in order to hold the herd. The more inclement the weather, the harder it was to hold the animals.
“There always was danger of a stampede while a storm was in progress, especially when it was thundering and lightning. When a stampede took place, sometimes the herd could be stopped and at times more or less of the cattle would get away. If a bunch of cattle strayed, we would be compelled to spend some time hunting them. Perhaps a number of the strays could not be located, but those would turn up during the roundups.
“In the Mansfield region there was considerable woods and