Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Eddie McGregor]
[Tarrant?] Co., Dist. 7
Eddie McGregor,76, was born on his father's stock farm near Lewisville, Texas. His dad taught him to ride [horses?] at an early age, which enabled him to do cowboy work by the time he was seven Yrs old. [He?] remained on the stock farm until he was 21, at which time he left home to work elsewhere for the experience. Later, he returned home and persuaded his father to finance [him?] in an Edwards Co. ranching venture. He leased the XX Bar ranch, then bought 1,500 head of stocker cattle to raise. [Brankruptcy?] ended this venture in 1897, when he entered the Seymour [Texas?] Rodeo. After winning a riding prize, he entered the employ of the [Waggoner?] [Ranch?] in Clay Co. Following his father's demise in 1904, he invested his inheritance in 1,000 head of steers. [He?] leased [grazing?] land in Love Co., Okla, then sold the cattle in 1906. He then left the range to become a farmer, buying a farm near [Haslet?], Texas, where he still resides and operates his farm. [His?] story:
“I reckon you figured I used to be a cow poke because my legs are so bowed you could use them for barrel hoops. [The?] truth is, I ranged cattle when every man that had red [blood?] in him, worked cow critters some how or another. If he didn't own a spread hisself; he worked for the other man. [Even?] then, if he had much more sense then the [critters?] he was hazing around, and didn't get too rambunctious with his savings, he usually ended up running his own [spread?] anyway.
“Yes, time was, when even the place you and me are standing on was ranged with cattle. [Thousands?] of cattle. Different from the kind you'll see over yonder in the exhibit pens, too. [Why?] them critters right over yonder are so different they're not even something alike. The critters that used to run this country were usually big old longhorn critters. You never saw nothing else 'til the fine stock began to come into the country.
Now, to begin with, I was born on my dad's stock farm