By Cordia Duke,Joe B. Frantz

This booklet of memories of previous XIT Ranch cowmen places on checklist the typical lifetime of the people who made the ranch run.

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Alamositas [Little Cottonwoods] was the Black Muley Division. “In 1897 and ’98 Boyce got us boys to take up claims on the school lands that was fenced in with the XIT Ranch land. And the company would give us twenty-five cents an acre for it after we had proven up on it. This was to keep out nesters. “In the winter we boys were put out in line camps, usually by ourselves. Two winters I stayed in a little ’dobe-and-rock shack, called Cheyenne line camp. I rode fences and bog—lots of the cattle would get in the quicksand along the Canadian River.

It had a spring in the northeast corner of the Lake, or rather it was a larger depression in the Plains, and more of a valley than a lake, about a mile in diameter. “But back to the ranches. I left Charleston, South Carolina, in the early part of 1885 and went to the World’s Cotton Centennial at New Orleans and stayed there two weeks or more, then came on to Texas and landed in Abilene. I stayed there a short time, then went to the Spur Ranch and got a job as a cowboy. I had some learning to do, which I did fairly well in the next two years or more.

Jones or the girl had a vivid imagination. From that time forward Andy Jones had nothing to say. Cordia Sloan Duke Late in the afternoon I dismounted from my bus in the high-plains town of Dalhart, Texas, and crossed over to the appropriately named XIT Motel. ” “History,” I said. “Then you will want to see Mrs. ” Later that night while I was strolling around town, tasting the wind as it kicked up little eddies, a former student hailed me. After the first amenities had been exchanged, he said, “You know, you should see Mrs.

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