SIMMIE RYDOLPH:     I was born in 1908 over on the San Antoneriver, there in Goliad County.


JESSE JONES:    I was born in Refuigio in 1917.


LEO SCOTT:      1921, right here in Refugio County,right here on the river,


HENRY MORROW:     San Antone river, just like I was. 1905.


K. J. OLIVER:      McFaddin Ranch 1914.


LEO WELDER:      1923, Victoria.



 WESLEY VIVIAN:     Uvalde 1922.


JOHN BROWN:     Goliad County up on the Duke Ranch,there, 1922.


RAFAEL De La GARZA:     I was born 19 of February, 1888. First time I worked was in 1899 when that big freeze come up on a Saturday. My Grandpa got two fellows, tied me up, put me on a horse to help drive the cows to the moss. I was about 10 years old then.


K. J. OLIVER:     I've took a stick and raked ice off a horse's back. Lot a people don't believe that.


COLEMAN JOSHLIN:       I've rode along on a horse and hit my stirrup like this to see if I had a foot. Couldn't feel it. It was so cold wasn't no comfort no where.


NATHANIAL YOUNGBLOOD:    He said there was nothing out there holding that wind back but the barbed wire fence. He quit.


MACK WILLIAMS:     Nothing holding the wind back but the barbed wire fence.


DAN YOUNGBLOOD:    And it was all down he said.


NATHANIAL YOUNGBLOOD:    But many a guy come in and couldn't stick.


BILL WELDER:      Think it such a romantic role. Well, it's not. It's 6 in the morning till 7 at night, everyday, on a good day. And you're out in the weather, mosquitos, heat, I mean, you know, you just god dang wringing wet by noon and come in and eat lunch and dry off a little bit and go right back out in it.


MACK WILLIAMS:    When I was a just out there.You going to work, that was it. Horses falling on you, throwing calves, calves  throwing you, riding, things like that. Gettin broke up. I have this leg cracked right here, have these two ribs broke, right here.


JESSE JONES:      Bad cattle, bad horses.


DAN YOUNGBLOOD:      Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous.


NATHANIAL YOUNGBLOOD:      We didn't look at it as no danger, we done it and thought it was fun.


L.V. TERRELL:      It was tough.


ELVIN SCOTT:      It was tough enough.


NATHANIAL YOUNGBLOOD:       It was tough but we loved it. It was tough till it.... it was so.... I guess we liked it so much that we didn't pay it no attention.That was the trouble, it was strictly dangerous, but we was so enthused over it that we didn't care whether it was dangerous or not.


SUEY RICHARDSON:     Never thought nothing about being dangerous.

 JOHN BROWN:       I remember one time my saddle wasn't too tight. When I fell and hit the ground right on my head, and it kinda knocked me out. I seen a few stars. But when I come to myself, he was right over me, had my head in his lap, crying.


E. J. GARZA:       I was standing...he wanted to leave me.


K. J. OLIVER:      He didn't want him to leave.


NICK RIVAS:       Oh John, don't you die, don't you die.


E. J. GARZA:        You wouldn't like that.....I tell you that was a fall.


COLEMAN JOSHLIN:     In those days didn't nothing phase us.

 K. J. OLIVER:     It's the truth. We thought that was a part of life. We thought that was the way it oughta be.


COLEMAN JOSHLIN:     We thought that was it.

 NATHANIAL YOUNGBLOOD:      As far as we got and never got hurt. I just don't understand it.

 EARL WARD:      You develop an instinct, kinda, a horse falls with you, you don't just sit there and wonder if he's going to fall on you, you roll when you hit the ground and get the hell out of the way, you know, that's if you been doing it a pretty good while and you start early enough, otherwise you'd been dead a long time ago.


RUFUS MOORE:      Just wild and wooly, young and didn't care.


L.V. TERRELL:         That's the best part of cowboying, working, roping bad stuff.


K. J. OLIVER:        I'll tell you the truth I....cowboys are pretty crazy.


NICK RIVAS:         Yeah...but it's a lot of fun.


K. J. OLIVER:         They'll laugh at a man losing his life.


NICK RIVAS:          That's right. Weren't no fun if you wasn't getting killed. That's a lot of fun.


K. J. OLIVER:         Well, you know the old saying don't you. God takes care of all fools.  Oh boy, what a life. Thirty years ago, forty years ago. Thinking about things like that would happen.


COLEMAN JOSHLIN:     All the old cowboys are just about gone.

K. J. OLIVER:        Our breed is vanishing fast, ain't it. They really don't have the least idea of what....they just don't know. Here we ready to die and they trying to find out. What about that, Jess?


JESUS YBARBO:     All the old folks is gone.  And now we just about...time for us to go too. We gettin' that way too.


ANANIAS COOK:     Yeah, we gettin close, I'll tell you


NICK RIVAS:       We just about at the end of the road.