Memories Of Mrs. J.B. Wilson

I was born in 1861 in Texas. Father was Charley Worley and mother was Martha Criner, both born in Tennesse. I came to the Indian Territory with my father and mother in 1873. We moved from Texas to the Criner Ranch, located about nine miles northwest of where Maysville is now.

We came through in a wagon. At that time there were no railroads running into the Indian Territory from Texas. The Criner Ranch was owned by my mother’s brother, George Criner. My uncle had written for my father to come and work on his ranch. After we were settled at the ranch, my father went to work for Uncle George as herd boss. There was no land in cultivation on the ranch except for the garden spot. The first year we were here my father turned under forty acres of land and put it in corn. All people raised in those days were cattle and small gardens

 

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