Manuscripts/Mixed Material [G. F. Boone]
Tarrant Co., Dist. #7
G. F. Boone, 78, was born on his father's plantation in Grimes co., Miss., Dec. 6, 1859. In 1865 his father, feeling that the South would lose in the great conflict and his slaves be freed, decided to emigrate to Texas, where he could make a new start in a new country. After a trip full of adventure, including the swimming of the Mississippi River, he settled on some land in Milam co., Tex., which later became Coryell co., after Milam co. was divided. He educated an ex-slave to ox-team freighting, and established a route from Grayson co. to Burleson co., as well as to the Rio Grande Valley. He then began to operate a ranch. G.F. Boone first learned to ride an old carriage horse before he was five, and at six was riding a lazy mule on the ranch. At eight he was doing part of a cowboy's routine, and at 10 he could do anything but bull-dog a grown steer. He was training horses at 14, and was employed by the Young Ranch in this capacity before he was 16. His fading memory, account of age, prevents giving accurate dates. Sometime later, he and his father formed a partnership, and after his father's death he formed another partnership with his son, Tom Boone. In 1931, he retired from the ranch to deal in cattle on the Fort Worth market, selling to the ranch in 1935, after which he retired from active life and now resides at 1920 Ashland, Fort Worth, Tex. His story:
“Yes sir, I've lived my life right on the range. The reason I say that is because you wouldn't quite say that I am really living now. I'm just an old man, sitting here in the rocking chair, not doing a thing. My memory aint what it should be, but I've kept a lot of notes and so on, on things that happened to me and my friends, that ought to help us with this story.
“That there bible, now, was a gift to my grandparents back in Miss., when they were married. You'll see there the date, 1807; then you'll see more dates. Some of the stuff we had on our family got lost in the Galveston flood. Our family comes from England and, as far back as we can trace, the men were all horse lovers. There's