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A Log Of The Montana Trail As Kept By Ealy Moore. J. EVETTS (EDITED BY). HALEY

A Log Of The Montana Trail As Kept By Ealy Moore.


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Publication: Russell Stationery Company, 1932, Amarillo

First edition thus. 8vo. Inscribed on the front cover "To my friend Dudley Dobie with regards, J. Evetts Haley." Pamphlet reprinted from Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, 1932, Vol. V. Printed wrappers, n.p. [13 pp.], footnotes. Ealy Moore was one of the XIT trail bosses, who drove the Montana Trail in its waning years. On the trail there was little time for, and even less inducement to, the keeping of a record or a journal. However Ealy Moore was one of those few persistently careful individuals who kept a log of the trail, written accounts of the herd, records of the provisions he bought, and of wages paid the cook and cowboys. Often laconic in tone, the log is kept in characteristic economy of the cowboy language. In spite of the brevity, the information provides intimate details of trail life rarely found in reminiscent accounts. The diary on which this is based is at the Briscoe Center for American History, UT-Austin. The J. Ealy Moore Diary, 1892, contains an account of Moore’s 1892 cattle drive from the Texas Panhandle to Montana. J. Ealy Moore was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, on April 21, 1866. In 1874, Moore's family moved to Burnet County, Texas, and began raising cattle on a small scale. "The XIT Ranch hired Moore in 1887 to work in its Yellow House Division. He worked as a cowboy for a year and a half, before attending Centenary College in Lampasas. In 1892, Moore again went to work for the XIT Ranch, this time in its Oho Bravo division near the New Mexico border. From 1892 until 1894, he worked as a trail boss, driving cattle to XIT's Montana finishing range. After his last Montana cattle drive in 1894, he became the manager of XIT's Rita Blanca division. Moore remained in the cattle business with XIT until 1902 when he was elected judge of Harley County." ... Handbook of Texas. Near fine.

Inventory Number: 50087