Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Robt. Lee Fuller]
Tarrant Co., Dist. 7
Robt. Lee (Tex.) Fuller, 70, residing at Hub Furniture Co. plant at Ft. Worth, barn at Rockwell, Tex. Was left with his grandparents who nested on the Morris Ranch in Gillespie Co. while a young infant. In 1881 they moved to Llano Co. on Spring Creek with a few cattle and squatted. At 20 Tex worked on a trail drive to Ft. Cobb, Okla. from where he went to N.D. and after years of drifting he came to Ft. [Worth?].
“I reckon 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. I first remember living with my grandparents on the Old Morris Ranch in Gillespie Co. 'Twarnt no critters thar because the people that had it had got the place on foreclosure from the Morris' and sold what beef thar was and never ran any mo' while we were thar. Grandpa used to sit around and tell me about my folks and he said that I was born in Rockwell, Tex. on Sept. 12, 1867. As soon as by mother and me were able to travel my dad came to the Morris Ranch where grandpa was nester near a watah hole. Grandpa said my folks never stayed but a week and lit out for some place in the West and as soon as they could git set right well they was to send for me. That was the last anybody ever seen or heard of them.
“Grandpa's place thar was a small stock farm because he run a few head of critters and farmed on a small scale. On account of nobody pestering them the nesters had a mighty good time thar and about 10 or 12 families come thar to work a place. They all had hosses and a few head of critters so I got a mighty good chance to learn to ride pretty soon. Reckon as how I could ride as good as the next one when I wasn't but six yeahs old. When I was eight I was ridin' herd on all the critters around thar.