Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Joe C. Woody]
Tarrant Co., Dist. #7
Joe C. Woody, 57, was born on his father's stock farm at Paradise, Wise co., Texas. His father built the first barb wire fence in Wise co., on a ranch he owned near Booneville, Wise co. His neighbors tore the fence down, and he traded the entire ranch to his father, Joe's grandfather, for a ranch near Springtown, Tarrant co., Tex. When Joe was five, his father's death caused the burden of rearing eight children to fall on his mother. His mother sold the stock farm in Wise co., and moved the family to the ranch in Tarrant Co. The shortage of labor on the ranch forced the children to experience work at an early age. Joe liked to work with cattle, so he naturally did all of his work with cattle, learning to ride a horse at the age of six, and taking a regular cowboy's place at eight. When he left the ranch, he went to Fort Worth, where he dealt in cattle. From a small beginning, he now operates a large cattle commission co in the Livestock Exchg. Blg. Ft. Worth, Tex. His story:
“Why, yes, I know a good deal about the old range. In fact, I was born on June 27th, 1880, at Paradise, in Wise county, when there wasn't a fence anywhere to be seen. My own father was one of the first to see the value there was to a fence, and he built the first barb wire fence in Wise county on a ranch he owned at Booneville.
“The fence didn't stay up long, though, because the neighbors all tore it down. After dad went to all the trouble to put the fence up, and make sure it was a good job, he went out one morning, and it was all cut down. There wasn't a fence post standing anywhere. When they'd cut the wire between two posts, they'd also lassoed the posts and drug 'em down. Some men would have been mad, and wanted to shoot somebody. Not dad. He just went to my granddad and traded ranches. He got my granddad's ranch at Springtown, in Tarrant county.