A Christmas reunion

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray
The Way West

Isom Prentice “Print” Olive left Mississippi in 1844 on the back of Tawny, a buckskin mare headed for Texas. He was 3 years old. Tawny was tied to the back of the wagon beside two milk cows. The pace was slow and his father saw an opportunity to teach his son “to ride a bit.” At that very moment sister Betty recognized the flicker of a new light in her little brother’s eyes.

Print watched vaqueros pass by with droves of cattle and practiced their moves in the saddle. Within days the tether was let loose from the wagon and Print was up front, riding alongside the oxen, urging them onward in imitation of his father, with shouts and calls universal to all who handle cattle.

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