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Joe was five
years old when his Ma died and his Pa did the raising such as it was.
little Joe how to cook cowboy style. It amounted to little more than beans,
bacon, coffee, and some skillet bread. When they were at the ranch he also
cooked some oatmeal, and eggs.
and he spent most of their time out on the ranch working and watching over the
cattle. It was just a small herd but enough to keep them going.
His Pa was a
top hand and Little Joe at thirteen wasn’t far behind. Neither of then wore a
six gun but both had rifles with which they could hit whatever they shot at.
They had to
ride herd all of the time for there were some rustlers in the area and they
couldn’t afford to lose any of their stock.
Joe’s Pa came in and Joe could see he was hurt bad.Pa said, “Two rustlers tried to split the
herd and ride off with half of them.”
There was a
resulting gun fight and his Pa was shot but not before he got the two rustlers.
to go for the doctor but his Pa said it would be morning before you could get
back and I would be gone before then.No
you just stay here by me and I will tell you what to do.
“Okay but you need a doctor.”
His Pa said,
“I’m afraid I’m beyond the doctor now. Now Joe here’s what you must do, now
hear me, and do as I say.”
“Okay I will do exactly as you wish.”
“I want you
to bury me next to your mother but don’t Mark the graves. If you Mark them
someone might dig us up to see if there was anything of value on us. Then they
would leave our graves open and I don’t want that. Just bury us and then drive
the cattle over the graves and no one will ever find them.”
I can do that.”
all of our stuff out and burn it just leaving an empty house. Stuff like the
cooking things you keep for you will need them. After that I want you to go
over to Jamerison and show him this note. It says you will take the last offer
he made for this place and here is the deed. You remember what his offer was
Joe said, “YesPa
don’t include the herd. If he wants them it will be extra. Here is a list of
things and what they are worth.”
By the next
morning his Pa was gone. Joe buried him as he said and then rode over to the
Jamerison ranch and told him his Pa was dead. He showed him the note and said
he had the deed if he was interested.
“The neighbor on the other side of him will take it if you didn’t want it.”
said, “I want it and you can forget about the other neighbor.”
the other neighbor wasn’t interested in the land but Joe figured saying that
would eliminate dickering back and forth.
Joe’s Pa had
been a horse trader and Joe had learned a lot about dealing from him. They went
to the bank and sealed the deal. He wanted everything cattle and all.
the banker he would let him know where he wanted the money sent to when he
decided to stay some place.