Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Robt. Lee Fuller]
Tarrant Co., Dist, #7
Robt. Lee (Tex) Fuller, 70, was born in Rockwall, Tex. His parents moved to the Morris Ranch in Gillespie co., which was owned by N.Y. financiers who had foreclosed on the Morris Ranch and sold the stock without restocking, and Tex's grandparents were nesters on the place. After leaving Tex with his grandparents, his parents went West, where they disappeared as many of the old settlers did. In 1881, his grandparents moved to Llano co., on Spring-Creek, where they owned a few head of cattle and squatted on the land. When Tex was 20, he was employed on a trail drive to Fort Cobb, Okla. From there, he drifted [?] to N. Dakota, where he entered another business. After years of drifting, he went to Ft. Worth, Texas, and now resides near the Hub Furniture Factory. His story:
“Yes suh, I reckon as how I know a little about wet nursin' critters an' all, but my recollection has nigh on to got away from me. I'll try to give you a picture of the Old West as it was when I was a punk kid. [The?] thing about it is, that if I could recall it all, you'd be able to write a book that would outshine any I ever read when it comes to action because I've been in the thick of it without ever wanting to be there. It just nacherly happened all around me.
“My first [recollection?] is when I was a kid, living with my grandparents on the Old Morris Ranch in Gillespie county. 'Twarnt no critters thar, because the people that had it, had got the place on a foreclosure from the Morris's, sold what beef ther was, and never run any mo' while we all was livin' thar. My grandpa used to sit around and tell me about my folks, and he said that I was born in Rockwall, Texas, on September the 12th, 1867. He said that as soon as my mother and me were able to travel, that my dad came to the Morris Ranch, where my grandpa was a nester, livin' neah a watah hole whar he could git watah fo' his use.