I kant write good but somethin happened today. Mr. Hyman, tolded me to call him Caleb, comed by. He promise to let me cowboy for him if'n I kin rope a prairie dog.

 

    Facing a hard life

    Buddy Roberts, born in 1894 in what is now the Oklahoma Panhandle, didn't know anything but hard work and a hard life from the time he could remember.

    Homesteading and ranching was difficult in those days, more so than now.

    However, Buddy wanted to be a cowboy, and he worked to meet that goal as he helped with his parents' farm that they homesteaded.

     
    Neighbor and rancher Caleb Hyman saw the inner Buddy and encouraged him to become the honorable boy and man he could be.

    The Hyman family, including Caleb's wife Mary, twins Cody and Craig drew Buddy into their family. The twins' "little" sister laid claim to Buddy as hers. The elder Hymans, Gramps and Gram, treated Buddy as one of their grandchildren.

    At "home," the boy was a strong back to do work. At the Hyman Ranch, he was family.

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