Memories Of Jack Florence

Arbuckle Footnotes

This Indian Pioneer Paper was recorded by W. P. A. writer Maurice Anderson on March 22, 1937.

I was born in Texas, November 27, 1845. Father was William Florence, born in Alabama. Mother was Lucy A. Neely, born in Texas. I came to the Indian Territory in 1871 and settled in Pauls Valley. There were several people living here when I came here.

I came to this country on a pinto horse and he was a good one. I left Texas in a hurry. Got into some trouble there and I crossed Red River just thirty minutes ahead of Sheriff Dalton, a sheriff of Dallas County, Texas. That is why I say my horse was a good one. He had to be to stand up under the hard-riding and fast traveling I made him do.

Mr. E.P. Baker and myself still have our arguments on which one came to Pauls Valley first. I still say I beat him here at least twenty minutes. As there isn’t no one living here now that lived here in 1871, but Mr. Baker and myself, I can’t prove that I did beat him here, and he can’t prove that I didn’t. Anyway we are both able to get around in spite of our many long years and hardships spent in and around Pauls Valley.


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