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

By Charlena Chandler

Deep in southwest Texas a creek pours into the Pecos River. since it flows from the west, one may count on that even within the rainiest of years it might be intermittent, yet its stream is regular, and it's the biggest freshwater tributary of the Pecos. due to its trustworthy, spring-fed stream, Independence Creek has had an extended heritage. Indians camped alongside its banks for hundreds of years sooner than the white guy arrived. Spanish conquistadores could have discovered an oasis there in the course of their exploration of the in a different way arid area. And within the 19th century, farm animals, 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 realm of the mouth of Independence Creek in 1900 and ranched it for a few years. yet her father, Joe Chandler, observed extra strength for the fairway valley than ranchland. through the years he outfitted there probably the most renowned activity parts in southwest Texas. First a visitor ranch for searching and fishing, it later integrated a nine-hole golfing direction. for approximately 40 years it was once the single such leisure spot at the Pecos River in Texas.

Because of its particular ecological state of affairs, the ranch used to be named a possible usual landmark by means of James F. Scudday of Sul Ross country collage in 1977, and in 1991 the character Conservancy of Texas got a conservation easement on seven-hundred acres of the ranch, the 1st such association within the kingdom.

Charlena Chandler is going past the historical past of the ranch to inform a extra own tale of the stories of her grandparents and fogeys and of her turning out to be up at the ranch. She tells of the great occasions, reminiscent of napping on her grandfather’s porch below starry evening skies, winning golfing tournaments, and chuffed kinfolk occasions, and the undesirable: melancholy days, relations strife, and the time the creek flooded, destroying the camp. Her publication is a pragmatic, human-events account of the generations that got here to achieve there has been no different position in the world just like the position they lived.

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His wages were $4 a month and four goats, which were then worth about 75 cents a head. After two years, he moved on and, at the age of ten, started herding sheep in Kimble County for Jess Howard. He tended a flock of 1,300 sheep,  [ Charlie for which he earned $7 a month. The range was ten to fifteen miles from the nearest ranch, and it was lonely, tedious work for a grown man, much less a child, but invaluable experience when he began to ranch for himself. In 1892 Charlie’s first real cowboying job came along when he was hired at the age of sixteen by a man named Paxton to help drive a thousand head of horses and cattle from Junction to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

London, Texas,” I explain. While our ancestors were likely English, the surname Chandler is derived from the Old French word “chandelier,” a maker of candles. Some of the British tradesmen who were our early forefathers branched off into specialized areas such as church candles, while others made and sold candles for ships. Being good merchants, they also began to trade in ropes and other supplies for seagoing vessels. “Chandler” began to be recorded and show usage in England as early as 1273 in the Hundred Rolls, but it is impossible to trace the first use of the name.

The sequence of events appears obvious now, many years after the fact. Both before and after Ima Lou had been hired as a governess for the Chandler children, Gran was absent from the ranch for long periods C  [ On Independence Creek of time as she suffered various illnesses and sought medical help for relief of both physical and emotional pain. Paul Patterson of Crane, part legend himself and a local authority on the Pecos River, believes that loneliness contributed to and was sometimes the major cause of a woman’s unhappiness in this land.

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