Genealogy Trails

Old Cowboy Reunion Drew Large Crowd

Sept 8, 1949, Lovington, New Mexico

Lovington Press

Barbeque and all the trimmings were served to more than 1300 people at the Old Cowboy Reunion held at Lovington, New Mexico last Saturday.

The annual reunion is a special day for the old cowboys of this section, and many came from far and near to visit again with their friends.

Mr. & Mrs. H.V. "Salty" Black of Roseburg, Oregon travelled 2300 miles to attend the reunion, and it is believed they came the longest distance. Mr. & Mrs. K.D. Hutton came from Bakersfield, Calif; Pecos Heagins, from Pinetop, Arizona; Oscar Cochran, San Simon, Arizona; A.L. O'Neal, Swanson, Texas; Mrs. T.B. Slayton, Coleman, Texas; Mr. & Mrs. J.W. "Whit" Knowles, Beaumont, Texas; E.H. Russell, Weatherford, Texas; Mrs. Ray Clapp, Baytown, Texas; Mrs. Nellie B. Vaughn and Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Vaughn, of Northfield, Texas; Mr. & Mrs. W.C. Crosby, Santa Ana, Calif. and Alto Cochran, Pleasant Valley, Arizona, were among those travelling some distance to attend the reunion.

The were several hundred from adjoining Texas and New Mexico communities.

Among the oldest present were: L.L. Hendrick, Tatum, NM; C.A. Smith and H.F.Yadon, Lovington; Mrs. Kornegay and Mrs. Sophia McClish of Hobbs, NM. All of these pioneers have seen more than 80 birthdays.

Bill Odom of Lameasa, Texas was there and recalling the old days. He was the first postmaster in Dawson County, Texas the post office being called Chicago, but later changed to Lamesa.

Many of the old cowboys talked of trail herd days across Lea County and especially the history of Monument Springs. It was these pioneers who first founded homes in Lea County and lived through the hardships to see it now the richiest county in oil and cattle in the State of New Mexico.

Old time fiddlin' was enjoyed all during the day and the reunion closed that it was one of the largest and happiest ever held.

Henry Record of Monument is President and Bob Beverly of Lovington is Secretary. The reunion wil again convene on the fist Saturday in September.

Open Range Cowboy Assn.