On Independence Creek: The Story of a Texas Ranch by Charlena Chandler PDF

By Charlena Chandler

ISBN-10: 0896725243

ISBN-13: 9780896725249

Deep in southwest Texas a creek pours into the Pecos River. since it flows from the west, one may perhaps anticipate that even within the rainiest of years it'd be intermittent, yet its move is regular, and it's the biggest freshwater tributary of the Pecos. due to its trustworthy, spring-fed move, Independence Creek has had a protracted background. Indians camped alongside its banks for hundreds of years sooner than the white guy arrived. Spanish conquistadores can have came across an oasis there in the course of their exploration of the another way arid zone. And within the 19th century, livestock, sheep, and goat ranchers felt the pull of its candy water and the wealthy grass on its banks.

The author’s grandfather, Charles Chandler, settled the world of the mouth of Independence Creek in 1900 and ranched it for a few years. yet her father, Joe Chandler, observed extra power for the fairway valley than ranchland. through the years he outfitted there the most well known game components in southwest Texas. First a visitor ranch for looking and fishing, it later incorporated a nine-hole golfing path. for approximately 40 years it used to be the single such leisure spot at the Pecos River in Texas.

Because of its specified ecological scenario, the ranch used to be named a possible ordinary landmark by means of James F. Scudday of Sul Ross nation college in 1977, and in 1991 the character Conservancy of Texas acquired a conservation easement on seven-hundred acres of the ranch, the 1st such association within the country.

Charlena Chandler is going past the heritage of the ranch to inform a extra own tale of the stories of her grandparents and fogeys and of her becoming up at the ranch. She tells of the nice instances, equivalent to drowsing on her grandfather’s porch less than starry evening skies, profitable golfing tournaments, and chuffed kinfolk occasions, and the undesirable: melancholy days, kin strife, and the time the creek flooded, destroying the camp. Her e-book is a practical, human-events account of the generations that got here to gain there has been no different position in the world just like the position they lived.

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Deep in southwest Texas a creek pours into the Pecos River. since it flows from the west, one may possibly count on that even within the rainiest of years it might be intermittent, yet its movement is regular, and it's the greatest freshwater tributary of the Pecos. because of its trustworthy, spring-fed move, Independence Creek has had an extended background.

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Most of Gran’s brothers and sisters settled in or around Comstock, Texas. In the 1920s, so many O’Bryants lived in the area that the town was often called O’Bryantville. They were employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad, ranchers, trappers, hunters, freighters, and grocers. Many of them are buried in the Comstock Cemetery. One brother, Isaac, married Annie Laura Felts in 1895 and first settled on a ranch in Real County. They later moved to Comstock and bought a ranch on the Pecos River. Ben O’Bryant owned the O’Bryant Hotel in Comstock, and George O’Bryant was the owner of the meat market, a popular spot in the summer as he kept ice-cold soda water for his customers.

He claimed to know every cave, crevice, and canyon along the river from Horsehead Crossing to the mouth of the river, or so he told Marvin Hunter, editor of Frontier Times. There wasn’t a varmint he didn’t know, he said, and he was never doubted. You couldn’t look a man like Bill Holcomb in the eye and call him a liar. As Bill advanced in years, he reluctantly moved into Sanderson, where he delighted in going to movies at the Princess Theater. He would get so carried away with the action in cowboy films that he would yell out warnings and advice to the characters on the screen, prompting a chuckle from his fellow moviegoers.

The water was clear as crystal. We could see pools of catfish and pretty silver bass swimming around. I, like my husband, felt that we were in the land of opportunity and adventure. So we were happy in our love for one another and our surroundings. Our honeymoon started there on the banks of the Independence Creek about one mile from where it ran into the Pecos. Minerva’s description of the land into which her husband had brought her is idyllic, but away from the creek, there’s another look to the TransPecos country.

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