WPA -Early Days in Lincoln County
Writer: Frances E. Totty
Interview with: Josh Brent, 50 ?
May 26, 1938
Early Days In
My grandfather Sotorona
Baca and his wife were born in Barcelona,
Spain and was considered quite wealthy for those days. They came to
America and settled at El Paso, Texas where they lived for some time but the
old Spanish Legend was going the rounds at the time that they a settled at El
Paso and it wasn't long until he decided that there was something to the story,
and invested $10,000.00 in the swindling scheme, which was all lost as the
people that he gave the money to were imposters of the early days and the old
story of the lost bullion has gone on down the years.
Grandfather after he lost so much
money moved to Lincoln and bought a ranch or two as he
figured that he was nearly broke and he had to recover some of his losses. He
started to raising cattle, horses and [mules?] and
hogs. He had been a captain in the army was hired by the government to take
supplies to The Fort Stanton Reservation. He never did have any trouble in
getting the supplies to the Indians as Murphy was hired by the government to
furnish the supplies.
My mother Carolatta
Baca Brent was born in Lincoln on
Jan. 17, 1865. She has a sister that still lives in Lincoln.
Mother was in the middle of the Lincoln [?]
and carried messages for both parties. The message was delivered in a bucket of
beans. Mother saw Billie the Kid kill Sheruff Brady
from the window in the tower. The Spanish and Mexican class
of people were friends to Billie the Kid. They often hid him under the
floor of their houses and in every way possible warned him of his dangers.
My father was a under sheriff of
Pat Garrets and was with him when he captured Billie the Kid at Stinking Springs[.?]
Pat Garrett told father after he
killed Billie the Kid that a fellow from the east wrote to him and said that he
would pay $500.00 for the [?] trigger finger of the boy. I have read many books
on the boy, but this is one fact that I have never seen published. Billie the
Kid was not a killer but was fighting for cause and father told us that he was
an unusually nice boy. He took the part of [McSween?]
and fought for the McSween's right to the finish. Mr McSween was a very [refined?]
gentlemen and never could believe that the guns should rule as they did, and
could never be convinced that he should carry a gun, he died in the war
[carrying?] his Bible. Mrs. McSween was a beautiful
lady, and understood the ways of the world much better than her husband that
was an idealist.
Emerson Huff was living in Lincoln
in the early days he worked around the town at any thing that the could get to do. He wanted to save enough money to get
to Kansas City.
Father was going to take some prisoners to Fort Leavenworth
and told Mr. Huff that the would take him that far
as a guard. He left father at Leavenworth and
drifted into Louisiana
and there wrote Mississippi Bubble which brought him a small fortune.
I have at home a spool made into a
toy by Pat Garrett that [he?] gave to me when I was a youngster. Patt Garret after killing Billie the Kid always said that
he sure hated to kill the boy, but he knew that it was either his life or the boys life, and as he was sent out to bring him back he did
the only thing he could do for he realized that Billie would never be taken
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