157. ROFF, Joe T. A Brief History of Early Days in North Texas and the Indian Territory. [Imprint after Adams : Allen , Oklahoma : Pontotoc County Democrat], 1930. 40 pp. 12mo, original stiff slate green printed wrappers, stapled (as issued). Other than light uniform browning of text due to inferior paper, a very fine copy.
First edition. Adams , Guns 1885: “Tells about members of the Lee gang and less-known outlaws.” Adams, Herd 1933: “Scarce.” CBC 1129, 2036, 3374, 5017. Howes R409. Tate, Indians of Texas 2737: “This history of Cooke County , Texas , and the surrounding area includes much information on local Comanche depredations during the 1860s. Many of these accounts are assembled from the memories of ‘old timers.’” The author and his family settled in the Cross Timbers country in Cooke County before the Civil War, and he describes the violence caused by Civil War dissensions and Comanche attacks that resulted after Federal troops abandoned the regional forts. In 1871 Roff moved to the Chickasaw Nation, being one of the first white settlers coming in to take advantage of the open range with plenty of grass and water. Ross relates the resulting violence over leases, fencing, droves of cattle passing through Indian Territory, whiskey peddlers, and how his brothers were murdered by the Lee Gang. Covers Cooke, Grayson, and Montague Counties in Texas. ($250-500)
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