WPA Daniel Carabajal
Writer: Edith L. Crawford,
Carrizozo, N. Mex.
Date: January 20, 1939.
Topic: Pioneer Story.
Source of Information:Daniel
Carabajal, Lincoln, N. Mex.
I was born at Lincoln, New
Mexico, December 12, 1872, and have lived in Lincoln
continuously since that time.
My father, Jesus Sanchez
Carabajel, was born at Tome, New Mexico, which was just across the Rio Grande
river from [Belen?], New Mexico, in the year 1819. My mother, Dolorita Aguilar,
was born in Belen, New Mexico, in the year 1807. My father and
mother were married in Belen,
New Mexico. (I do not know the
My father joined the army about
1862 and served part of his time at Fort
Stanton, New Mexico.
While a soldier at Fort Stanton father moved his family from Belen,
New Mexico, to Lincoln
in 1870. They lived at the Torres Ranch, which is about three miles southeast
of Fort Stanton, New Mexico.
I have heard my mother tell about
the ox teams they drove from Belen to Lincoln
and how slow they traveled and were always on the lookout for Indians, as the
Indians were pretty bad at that time. Soon after moving his family to Lincoln
my father was discharged from the army. He farmed on the Torres place and
plowed his fields with ox teams and used a forked stick for a plow.
My father died about a month
before I was born. I was the youngest of seven children, all of whom are dead
except myself. My mother moved to Lincoln, New Mexico, soon after my father's death and
I grew up there. I remember seeing Billy the Kid leave town the day he killed
Bob Ollinger and J. W. Bell, his guards at the old courtho'use in Lincoln.
We lived just below the old [Torreon?] in Lincoln
at the time. I was up town playing with some boys just across the street when
he killed the guards. We hid behind a picket fence and watched Billy ride out
of town. We were too scared to go and see the two men that he had killed, we
were afraid that he would come back and shoot us. All the people in Lincoln
were afraid to come out for a long time after Billy the Kid rode away towards Fort Stanton.
I wanted to go and see the men he had killed but I was afraid to go.
I was married to Lugerdita Chaves,
November 3, 1898, in Lincoln New
Mexico, by Father Jose. There were eleven children
born to this union, Juan, Juanita, Yaa, Aurora, Rufine, (Aurora and Rufina were
twins,) [Leborio, Baldimar,?] Regina,
Adelia, [Bonny?] and Manuel. All of our children were born in Lincoln, New Mexico. Seven of them are still living
and all live in Lincoln
New Mexico, except Bonny, who is in the C. C.
Camp at Carrizozo, New Mexico.
I have farmed, cut wood and herded
sheep to make a living for my family.
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