Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bob Lemmons For Western Wednesday...!

We sometimes forget about the working cowboys when we think of the "Wild West!" Some of the hard working men were former slaves that took to the cowboy work after gaining their freedom, and that's what Bob Lemmons did.

Bob Lemmons

Bob Lemmons was known for his extraordinary skill at capturing wild mustangs. After growing up a slave, he gained his freedom and moved to an area of West Texas overrun with the wild horses. He became a cowboy for a local rancher named Duncan Lammons, who gave Bob his surname, which changed spelling slightly over the years. Bob farmed and herded cattle for Duncan. Most importantly, he learned about horses from the experienced rancher.

At the time, mustangs were highly prized steeds and no one could equal Bob’s skill at capturing them. His unique approach involved gaining the herd’s trust over a period of time. Whereas a large group of people might have spooked the herd, Bob always worked alone, until he was able to infiltrate the herd without alarming the horses. Then he would mount and break the leading horse. Once the leader was conquered, the rest of the herd would follow it back to the ranch.

This was lucrative work and Bob was able to save up a significant amount of money. He eventually bought his own ranch and built up large herds of horses and cattle. He and his wife Barbara later became known for their generosity during the hard times of the Great Depression. He died in 1947, just one year short of his 100th birthday.

Sounds like ol' Bob lived a full life doing what he loved. He lived a long time, and more than likely died a satisfied man.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. OK with you?


linda m said...

When a person has a skill, he/she should use it to their advantage. Looks like old Bob did just that and reaped the rewards. Kudos to Bob. Thanks for this interesting story.

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I'd say he found his niche in life and filled it well.
Thanks for stopping by today!

JO said...

You right you rarely hear about these men. This is a story I have never read about.
Patio is fine with me

Dizzy-Dick said...

I really like your "Western Wednesday" stories and this is no exception. Thanks Hermit to introducing to us someone that we have never heard of. There are a lot of un-sung heroes from the past that we never heard of, but should.

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Glad I could introduce you to a new character. Probably much more was written about him, but I'll leave that for you to uncover!
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Hey Dizzy...
I'm glad you enjoy the Western Wednesday posts. Many more unknown characters hiding out in our past.
Thanks for coming by today!