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    Image 1 of [William A. Smith] 1 FOLKSTUFF-RANGE LORE Gauthier, Sheldon F. Rangelore Tarrant Co., Dist. #7 Page #1 FC 240 [60?] William A Smith, 71, living at 116, Fahey St. Fort Worth, Texas, was born July 28th, 1866, on a plantation near Shreveport, Louisiana. His family moved to the Red River section of Texas, and located on a farm near the town of Clarksville is Red River County, when...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 2 of [William A. Smith] 2 “Do you know what it takes to be a cowhand?” ““Hard work”, I answered, “and would like to learn how to do it”. “Well, hard work is a part of it, but there is more than that. It takes a hoss and a man with guts. Have you rocks in your craw?. He inquired. “Sure I have and lots of it”, I said....
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 3 of [William A. Smith] 3 he had one in the remuda made to order for a greener [?] being gentle could do everything on the range, but throw the rope. All the friendly talk made me feel good and I was at home right off and among friends. “The next morning, before daylight, the boys started to get up and I hopped out of bed, being anxious to...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 4 of [William A. Smith] 4 I got up and looked around and saw sitting on the op'ra house, that is the top rail of the corral, all the hands splitting their guts with laughter. “It flashed through my knot at once what the gang had done. I had my dander up, not at the boys, but because I let a hoss throw me. I insisted that I could...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 5 of [William A. Smith] 5 We would start out in the morning with a hunk of jerk, dried beef, a flank of water in our saddle bag and be out all day hunting through the breaks. What we ate was whittled off of the hunk of jerk with a knife. These that we found we would bunch during the day and drive it to the main herd at...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 6 of [William A. Smith] 6 the Indians had left as quick as they had came and the cattle were going at a terrific clip [?] we had to forget the Indians and mind the critters. “I was flanking with Devenport. Of course we knew that the hand in the lead would try and turn the herd to get it milling, that is traveling in a circle. Our job,...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 7 of [William A. Smith] 7 cattle was one of the methods used by the Indians to get meat. “Now, to get back to Ben, before I start off on some other subject and forget to tell of his powers on a hoss. “You have herd of men that would ride any hoss that could be straddled. Well, Ben could go beyond riding. I have seen seen him on...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 8 of [William A. Smith] 8 that beauty. They sez that I may as well try to put my foot in my ear at to attempt to corral that hoss, because the most [?] Mex hossmen had tried and made a bust of it, but they gave me the way to drag. “' It was a spot about 100 miles from where we were and the place layed between...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.
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    Image 9 of [William A. Smith] 9 to drink. I threw my arms around his head and swung myself onto his back, and what a back for riding. “'Well my buckaroos, there was some pitching. All the buckers you have seen can be rolled into one and that will give you some idea about what I was riding. He pitched for four hours and then suddenly stopped. Yes sir, he...
    • Contributor: Gauthier, Sheldon F. - Smith, William A.