Thomas J. Dyer was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 20, 1857. He moved to Chautaugua County, Kansas, in 1870, where he grew to young manhood. He came west to Barber County, Kansas, in the early 1880s, where he became identified with the cattle industry and for some time was an employee on the OE Ranch of Gregory, Eldred and Company. During that period, he was married at the Eldred ranch house to Nina Canema Cummins, daughter of the late Scott Cummins, "The Pilgrim Bard".
This list comprises the names of cowboys he knew who worked either in Barber or Comanche Counties in Kansas or on the various cattle pools of the old Cherokee Outlet.
(Roster alphabetized by Jim Barker.)
Blair, John A.
Cavanaugh, Mike (He rode for the Comanche Pool)
Eaton, John W.
Ellis, J.I.R. (?)
Ewell, O.P.T. (Print)
Fulton, S.P. (Price)
Happy Jack Don't know if I ever knew his real name, but he worked for the Comanche Pool. He was a happy-go-lucky fellow, which gave him his name.
Jack Rabbit A cook for the Comanche Pool. I have forgotten his real name, but his folks lived some 3-4 miles west of Harper City, Harper Co., Kans.
Johnson, I. --
Jones, Jim H.
Landaris, Loupe (Mexican)
Lane, N.J. (Nat)
Luke, John This old boy was never called by his real name, as he always went by the name Jack of Clubs. His folks lived near El Dorado, Butler Co., Kans.
McAlister, Frank P.
Pardee, A.E. (Gene)
Pas, Louis (Mexican)
Roundup in Barber County, 1894., a captioned photograph of 26 cowboys courtesy of Mary Lou (Elsea) Hinz.
Evansville, Comanche County, Kansas Headquarters of the Comanche Pool.
Perils of the Plains An account of pioneer life as experienced by Will and Hattie Wimmer, how they met, married, and lived within the boundaries of the vast Comanche Cattle Pool of South Central Kansas in the late nineteenth century. Written by Hattie Pierce Wimmer in 1929.
Story of a Blizzard by a Comanche Pool Cowboy From PIONEER HISTORY OF KANSAS, by Adolph Roenigk, CHAPTER VIII - A TALE ILLUSTRATING THE VAGARIES OF KANSAS WEATHER, By Guy W. Von Shriltz, Coldwater, Kansas. (This story is about a blizzard described by "Old Ike", who may have been either Ike Kiser or Ike Musset, both mentioned on the above list of cowboys.)
Ranches in Barber & Comanche Counties by Wilbur Olson.
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