Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Gaston Fergenson]
“When I was still a towhead, it behooved me to hit out for myself. I was not quite seven years old when I started hunting for a job.
“Now, the kids, in my section [?] the country, in the days when I was a lad, could not help but know cow work. We had seen particularly nothing else done but cow work. We learned to ride a hoss about the first [?] after getting out of three cornered pants.
“I don't recall the month, but it was in the early Spring, before I was seven years old, that I pulled stakes and dragged out to Tom Green co., and lit on Saul Barns's outfit. I have often wondered how come Saul's foreman, Will Porter, to give me a job, but he did give me work. I nested with with the outfit for many years, with never a day during the time was I without the hossy stinck about me.
“As I have said, I could ride a hoss and throw a rope. I knew what should be done, but of course, could not compete with the old cowhides. I was paid $10 per month wages, and I felt I was getting a corner on the money. Fact is, it was the first money