Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Eddie McGregor]
“I got Winfield Scott out of Fort Worth here to buy my stock, and after I got it shipped here and paid off what I owed, I didn't have but a little over $700.00 I laid that away in a bank, then high tailed it to Seymour, Texas, where they were about to hold a rodeo. It was along in 1897, I reckon, because it was the second rodeo they had there. I entered for riding, and won me a saddle.
“Then I went to the Waggoner Ranch in Clay Co., where they were holding a big bunch of cattle for fattening before shipping, and they put me right on. They certainly needed me, because the critters were all half starved, and when they're that way, they're skittish as the very devil and likely to run at the least little old scare. The truth of it is that it doesn't really take a good scare to start them on the run.
“We had a number of small stampedes while I was with that one herd before it was shipped. I later helped move a herd of Waggoner out to the country where the Waggoner Ranch is today. As I said before, it covers a lot of territory now. A whole sight more then it did when I first went to work for them.