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Remembering old Tascosa

by Delbert Trew
Delbert Trew
From the files of The Tascosa Pioneer, published from June 1886 through 1888, all issues contained in the archives of The Panhandle-Plains Museum, we found the following tidbits of information telling of everyday life in the Panhandle at that time. (In Trew fashion of course.)
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum entrance details, Canyon Texas
Photo courtesy Eleanor Powers Beebe, 2008
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
A New Mexico cowman named Allison was visiting in Colorado when a tooth became abscessed. The only dentist around was a quack who bored a hole into an adjoining good tooth then broke it off while trying to pull. Mr. Allison was so enraged he slammed the dentist to the floor, seized the forceps and jerked out one of the dentist's good teeth. Only his screaming which brought help saved him from losing more teeth. It was a rough way of exacting revenge.

The Lee-Scott Cattle Company is paying $25 apiece for the scalps of panthers and Mexican lions killed on their ranch. It seems they have lost young calves to the predators. I wonder what the difference is between a panther and a Mexican lion.?

A considerable quantity of drift wood came down the Canadian River on the recent rise. The boys with teams rustled the wood because with the absence of any forests near by, firewood is at a premium. Cedar wood is best for burning but since driftwood is free and easy to collect, we can't afford to waste it.

The LIT Ranch is enclosing their range with barbed wire fences. When finished, the enclosure will be twenty-two miles north and south and eighteen miles east and west. (If my figures are correct that is 396 section of land or 253,440 acres.)

The first camp meeting ever held in the Panhandle opened at McClellan Creek between Clarendon and Mobeetie lasting several days with various visiting preachers in attendance. ( I wonder how many "amens" were shouted during this meeting?)

The Cresswell Ranch in Roberts County reported the wolves have killed half their calf crop this year. The ranch is bringing in hounds to assist in solving the problem. (Was it really wolves or was it coyotes? Most of the lobo wolves disappeared with the buffalo herds eliminated a few years earlier.)

The LS Ranch boys found and butchered a lone buffalo a few days back and brought a piece of it into Ben Bance's Restaurant. It was sampled and found to be the most delicious steak yet. (Imagine finding a remnant of the vast prairie buffalo herds hiding somewhere in a remote canyon.)
Tascosa TX - Boot Hill Cemetery gate
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
Tascosa
Two parties are arranging to put up ice here this winter. It seems that sort of undertaking should insure some profits as considerable ice would find a good market here during the hot summer months. (Especially with all the saloons in business in old Tascosa.)
Adobe Walls Indian Warriors Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Adobe Walls
Alexander George claims he was here in the area in the 1850s, long before the Adobe Walls Indian Battle. If there is an older man in the area let him come and be counted.

An occasional dog fight has furnished about the only sensations this week in the town of Tascosa. (And so, the world turns in the exciting life of Tascosa. Ho Hum!)


Delbert Trew
"It's All Trew" September 14, 2010column
Delbert Trew is a freelance writer and retired rancher. He can be reached at 806-779-3164, by mail at Box A, Alanreed, TX 79002, or by e-mail at trewblue@centramedia.net. For books see DelbertTrew.com. His column appears weekly.


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