A. P. W.
[ALEXANDER PERRY WHITE]
Jan. 28th, 1932
The first winter I was out on Plum Creek, Taylor Co., I was camped near
the creek. One morning. I rounded up my horses, roped out a frisky one ...
... ... saddled up and started off. I hadnít gone far until a pain
hit me and I got off. I had on my spurs, boots, and leggings. I tied my
rope around the horses neck for I didnít want the ... ... to run off and
squatted down. I had the rope doubled up and was holding the other
end when the horse got scared and started to run. The rope got hung
around my spur and I couldnít kick loose. I couldnít get my boot
off and that ... horse was running and dragging me ... ... going still
faster. I had hold of my boot with my arms stretched before me kinda
raring back but using ... ... for a slide. He was running up grade and I
finally got my boot off. I did not have a six shooter or I would have
killed him. That was one time I sure had a sore ... . Out where this
happened in the brush, if he had killed me, nobody would have found me but
I enlisted in the Ranger Service at Lampasas, but was sworn in near
where the present town of Zephyr now stands. I worked around where Angelo [San
Angelo] now is. (There wasnít no Angelo then) and Fort Chadbourne
on the Colorado. Times were tuff [tough] then
there was not cattle to speak of around there and one time twenty-three of
us went for five days without a thing to eat but one antelope.
I was in one Indian fight, on Valley Creek in Runnels County on July
24th, 1874. We killed four Indians and captured one (Old Jape).
There was an old fellow at our Rangerís Reunion at Eastland and he
said to me these rangers are wearing their badges and talking about
killing Indians. ... there hasnít been any Indians with a bunch out here
in Runnels County in 1874. He said, "I donít give ... ... , they
were tame Indians if you did."
Babe Boykin went with cattle out to that Western County and where they
made camp there was a spring on a hillside. And for fuel they used
mesquite roots that were buried under the blow sand. I saw him in Hico and
said, "Babe, I thought you were going to stay out there for three
years. And he said, ."... ... I wouldnít stay in no country for
three years where they had to climb for water and dig for wood.
I went down in a saloon to whip a fellow and got to cussing and he
said, "Perry if you will pull off that gun, I will whip ... out of
you," and he did. He told some of the boys that he would have given
me a good one if he hadnít have been sorry for me. I told the Sheriff,
"Well, I had another fight and got whipped as usual." When I was
running for Weight, a fellow told me that Dave Snell had told him
something against me. I told him that if a man knows me and knows Dave
Snell, and wanted to believe Dave, I donít want his ... ... vote.
I learned something new this morning. I was driving down the road and a
car stopped and a pretty good looking Indian girl (Gypsy) got out and came
over and said she wanted to tell my fortune. She looked at my hand and
told me I was a man that thought lots of my friends and was honest, etc.
She told me to put a penny in my hand and blow on it. I did. Then she told
me to blow in my purse. I did, then she asked if I cared for her blowing
in it. I told her no. She got in her car and drove on. I decided I had
better look in my purse. I knew how much I had in it and when I looked I
found ... ... that she had blowed 21 cents out of it.
One day I was coming thru the courthouse yard and Old man Bill Moore
was talking to Capt. Barkley. Old Barkley was a tiresome old ..., and Mr.
Moore said "Here comes Mr. White, I expect he knows." I said,
"... ... Mr. White donít know a ... thing about it and kept on
going." Mr. Moore saw me later and asked why I didnít stop. I told
him that I knew he was trying to get loose himself.
The last time I saw Hal Williams he had come in from West Texas and
told me, "Perry, did you know that we were going to have war with
Mexico." I knew he was joshing. I said , "Why no, Hal, tell me
about it." I was coming from the West and when I came thru Abilene I
saw Sol Barron with a musket and Bill had a rifle and a gunny sack full of
ammunition. Old Sol told me, "Hal, ... ... I am going down to Old
Mexico and kill every ... ... Mexican living there." (Mexicans had
rustled some of Solís stock.)
March 7th, 1932
I never did try to change my boyís vote. One time Lewis Manning was
running against somebody and I did not know anything about Lewisí
opponent. I told the boys that Lewis was an old timer here and if they
could to vote for Lewis. They did and not long after that Dorsey said to
me, "Pa, I think we made ... of ourselves voting for Lewis," and
I said "... ... I think so too."
I think I will vote for Jake Lovelace, but its ... hard for him to beat
a man for his second term. I donít think Jake is worth a ... I like the
fellow though. AI think might little of his daddy-in-law ... ... ... ...
... .... ... ... ... you donít know anything about a man until you find
I bought a load of lumber at Hico one time and Barrow said take it home
and donít pay me until you want to. ... .. ... I had hardly got home
with it when I got a dun.
Bill Fuller told me one time that he endorsed a check for Loss Gentry
for $15.00 because he knew George, and said ... .. I paid it too. I went
to George and he would not pay it. If that had been my boy, Cad, I would
have paid the check and then beat the ... ... out of the boy.
Somebody the other day told me, "I donít know Dal." I said,
"... ... I donít either." I had a letter from one of Walkerís
girls and she said we are not getting but 10 cents for our eggs, and .. ..
We are not getting but 6 cents a dozen.
One Xmas George said they had a temperance speaking at the courthouse.
They got an anvil and fired it. Dr. Perry ran out of his drug store with a
little old six shooter and fired it. He said there was a light in Old Col.
Freemanís office and Johnnie Pierson got down on his knees to shoot the
light out. When Tom said John didnít do that, you might kill old... ...