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Garvin County Indian Pioneer Papers



Ambrose E. Worley


Interview # 
Field Worker: Warren D. Morse
Date: February 18, 1937
Name: Mr. Warren D. Morse
Residence: Duncan, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: February 21, 1881
Place of Birth: Marysville, Texas


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We came up the Chisholm Trail.  First camped at Purcell near Wayne.   We were on the road three months but went back and settled near Healdton.  I was four years old then.  We moved to Sandy Bear, near Robinson (Robberson?), when I was six.

I started wrangling horses up the trail, when I was seven years old.   I made tow trips up the trail.  The trip was when I was sixteen.  We went to Dodge City, Kansas, twice.  I was 18 on the other.

Some Indians stole some of our stock and we had a skirmish with them near Oklahoma City.  At that time the post office was in a log house.  Bill Stone was a big rancher on Big Bear Creek and had all the open range.

I have worked for the Goodnight outfit, Antelope, Subbs, Bill Washington, Metadore and Weatherspoon outfits.

We had a hard time crossing rivers.  We would loose stock.  Had five white men to get drowned.  Jud White, Oscar, Caleps, Philips and Merrill.

We took about 5000 head of cattle on the first trip.  It took forty cowboys on this trip.  They last trip we took about 1900.

My father, Dick Worley, was a United States Marshal and U.S. Deputy Sheriff.  He was connected with the law almost all his life.  He died in 1921.

I moved to Duncan in 1900.

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Notes from an ancesto:
This Ambrose E. Worley's married my greataunt Emma Susan 
Mayberry, sister of my grandpa Henry Hamilton Mayberry of Healdton, 
Carter Co., Indian Territory(Oklahoma).  He was killed while roping a wild 
range steer in the Arbuckle Mountains at or near Davis, Ok.  My grandpa was a 
large cattleman and rancher in that area.  He is buried in the Hickory Community 
Cemetery nearby Sulphur, Oklahoma just off exit 55 then east about 20 
miles past Sulphur a few miles.  Henry H. Mayberry's ranch was about 4 miles east of 
Hickory a small community.  His headstone is the only Masonic headstone in the 
cemetery He was a Master Mason of Lodge #23 of Healdton, in Carter County, 
IT(OK). If I'm not mistaken this is the same Ambrose Worley who built the first 
highschool in Duncan, Okla.   Frank Mayberry 

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