Manuscripts/Mixed Material [P. D. Self]
Tarrant Co., Dist. #7
P.D. Self 67, was born on his father's stock ranch in Hood Co., Tex. His father owned about 700 horses, and about 100 head of cattle. P.D. Self rode yearlings and trained horses at 12. He spent most of his life on the range and now owns a hog ranch in Fairland, Burnet Co,, Tex. His story:
“I was born on October the 14th, 1871, in Hood County. My father ran a stock ranch about 16 miles Northwest of Granbury, Texas. Now, a stock ranch has hosses and cattle both on it. Dad ran around 700 native hosses on the place, and from 50 to 100 head of cows on it.
“On account of the hosses and cows being around and me liking to be with them, I was riding a hoss as soon as I could sit on one without anybody holding me. Why, I was busting broncs and riding yearlings [b?] the time I was 11 or 12 years old. 12 anyway. Me being so handy with hosses was a help to Dad because he raised them for the Northern markets at that time. You see, a Texas hoss [somwway?] or other, done better in the North than the hosses raised there. In fact, a native Texas hoss even growed [?] more after getting there. The climate seemed to make them grow. I don't know whether or not a hoss would grow after he was four or five years old or not, but dad sent them up when they were two [yer?] olds or a little less.
“Dad branded his hosses the same as he did his cows. His name was D.S. Self, and he had SELF branded on each critter's left shoulder. Now, you've heard a lot about brand blotting and so forth, you try your hand at blotting that brand. Just try to change it to something else. You'll see that dad knew his hide burning.