Vol MMXIII, No 46
February 15, 1875
Body of Cattle Thief found on Mason County Road
On this date in 1875, on a trip to Mason from Llano, Adam Brayford spotted the body of young Allen Bolt lying beside the road. When he climbed down from his wagon, Brayford found a note pinned to Allen's back. "Here lies a noted cow thief".
Despite the tension due to German Immigrants trying to stop out of control Anglo cattle rustling, and the election of a pro-German sheriff, the rustling continued. But on this date in 1875, the first death of the HooDoo wars was recorded on the road between Llano and Mason. It would take more shootings, hangings, the burning down of the courthouse and the Texas Rangers before the violence ended two years later.
New Texas Constitution is approved
On this date in 1876, a new Constitution is adopted for Texas, following reconstruction.
Farm and Ranch Desk
Texas cattle association is formed in Graham
On this date in 1877, the Stock-Raisers' Association of North-West Texas, later renamed the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, is formed in Graham to systematize the spring work, and fight cattle rustling.