Books [Lee D. Leverett]
Gauthier, Sheldon F.
Tarrant Co., Dist. #7
Lee D, Leverett, 71. living at the Old Folks' Home, Tarrant co., Tex., was born Feb. 6, 1866, on a small ranch in Rusk co., Tex.
His father, Joseph D. Leverett, operated a combination stock ranch and farm. As a mere boy, Lee learned to ride a horse, and was a fair ride at age 10. He remained on his father's farm until he was 21 years old, then went to the Indian Territory (now Okla.) and worked for the Graham Ranch, located near the town of Duncan.
He remained with the Graham Ranch for several years before returning to Rusk co., where he engaged in business as a cattle dealer.
“I was born in Rusk co., Tex., Feb. 6, 1866. My father's name was Joseph D. Leverett. He ran a stock ranch and farm, running a few hosses and cows. There was not over 1,000 head of stock at any one time and all the work was done by the family, except during a busy period, at which time an extra hand would be hired.
“Our sales was made to buyers that traveled through the country. The buyers would buy from different small ranchers until they had enough to make a herd, then drive the critters to a range. What we raised were the real Texas longhorns and the Texas cow pony.
“When I was a lad growing up, cows and horses were stomping around me all the time. I couldn't help but learn how to handle the critters.
“Well, when I was 10 years old, I could ride a hoss and smear a critter with the rope, and the other things that a cowhand was called upon to do. I took my turn at the work and stayed with it until I was around 30.