Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Henry Young]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist. #7
Henry Young, 72, was born Feb. 24, 1865, at Austin, Travis co., Tex. Henry's father, Charles J. Young, moved with his family to Coryell co. in 1870, and four years later Henry ran away from home and went to Colorado City, Tex. There he secured a job as cowboy on the [?] Bar Ranch, owned by Bill Adair and located west of town, where he remained for four years.
He returned home, and engaged in gathering herds for Capt. Hal [Wosby?] and driving to Kansas market points. This engaged his attention for five years, ending in a big drive of 5,000 head of cattle to the Little Powder Horn River District in Montana.
He now lives at the Old Folks Home, Tarrant co., Tex. He tells the following story of range life.
My father's name was Charles J. Young. He moved from Kentucky to Texas at the close of the Civil War, and for a time we lived in [Austin?], Travis co., Tex. where he followed painting for
'I was born at Austin, Feb. 24, 1865, and when I was five years old [Dad?] loaded the family into a covered wagon, drawn by a team of horses, and started out to look for a new location. He wanted to build a home on a piece of land and rear his children on a farm. There were three of us, one girl and two boys.
“We drifted around the country for about a month, then landed in Coryell county, twelve miles west of Gatesville, Tex. Father settled on a piece of land and set to get himself some cattle. That section was a free range and critters roamed everywhere. During the time father was getting his place fixed, he worked for various ranchers in that locality.
“I was so set on getting started to work as a cowhand that the hankering caused me to jump dad's corral, just as I was reaching my tenth year, and about the time he was ready to start getting a herd of critters together.