Mary and Caleb went to Guthrie to witness the "marriage" of Indian Territory to Oklahoma Territory. Sounds silly to me, but guess the fact that we're now in a new state is historical and important.

When they got home, finally, Mary told us that we had lived through through history and someday we would realize it.

Huh? The fact that we now live in a state rather than in No Man's Land or the Oklahoma Territory won't make any difference to someone like me. I'm more worried about having a future.

 

    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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