Susan Locklear in
18 July 1969
Living about 20 miles south of Brady, near Camp San Saba, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Kidd reside on their ranch. Upon visiting them, one may have
many stories recalled about the history of our country.
Born Sept. 26, 1877, and 91 years of age, spry Mrs. Kidd has a southern family background. Her parents were plantation owners in the Deep South with 300 slaves. After the Civil War closed, they came to Texas in 1865. The plantation her parents once owned is now a nursery. a rose from that nursery grows in her garden near Camp San Saba.
After moving to East Texas, her mother became one of the first teachers in the State of Texas. Her father was a trail driver and bought several sections of land in Llano County.
Recalling a stampede she once helped to stop, Mrs. Kidd grinned with pride and recalled the incident. she was ordered by her father to take the lead and try to turn a few cattle. There were nearly 2,000 head of longhorns and she, along with others finally managed to settle the restless herd for the night.
One could tell by listening to Mrs. Kidd that she had a great love for horses. She recalled, "I learned to ride standing behind my father holding on to his shirt collar when i was only four years old."
Knowing how to ride not only helped with the ranch work, but also provided transportation to and from school. She and her two younger brothers used to ride five miles horseback to school. In all she estimated at least 10,000 miles of travel on horseback to obtain her education. She remarked that often they would see packs of wolves on their way to school. Imagine if the youngsters had these problems today!
Until she started to school, Mrs. Kidd never had other girls to play dolls with. She said, "I climbed trees, played ball, and enjoyed activities usually classified as the boy's special sports."
"One of the boys once put cockleburs in my hair and i had to fight him." Later a friend asked one of the boys from her childhood why he never married her and he remarked, "No one wanted to marry a girl that could whip the pants off them!"
When she was 13, her mother decided it was time she became a lady and sent her off to school. After spending enough time in school to obtain the amount of education to teach, Mrs. Kidd became an instructor for 11 years in several schools. She remarked,
I just love young people and there is nothing I'd rather do than work with them."
She also worked with the County Extension Service for eight years and judged at state and county fairs. She relates her favorite was the poultry division. Judging the shows gave her more opportunity to work with young people and this seems to be a highpoint in her life.
When asked how she met Mr. Kidd, she said, "I was teaching at Katemcy where his nieces were my pupils. I met him through them." They have been happily married for 63 years.
There were 13 children in Mr. Kidd's family. His wife remarked, "I'll never know what his mother did with all of them, 10 boys and three girls!"
Experimenting with different kinds of flower seeds carries a special point of interest to Mrs. Kidd. She has a large flower garden and grows various kinds to see which ones grow best.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kidd are avid readers. Books of many varieties may be found in their home. Mr. Kidd said, "Western stories are among my favorites, but i like to read almost anything." They spend many hours reading for pleasure and to keep up with current news.
Another characteristic they share, is the love for animals. Wild and domestic animals are admired by them and from observation it seems the feeling is mutual. They have several pets at their home.
Their only child is John Borden of Brady, Mrs. Kidd's son by a former marriage. One grandchild, Nolan Borden of San Antonio, and four great-grandchildren of San Antonio complete the family unit.
The ranch where they reside has been in Mr. Kidd's family for over 75 years. Both of them still participate actively in raising their Angus Cattle and in other shores and duties of ranch work.
According to Ed Spiller, as related by others to him, Frank Kidd and his
brothers, when young men, rode their horses bareback with rawhide sursingles.
They had a slot in the sursingle as a lariat anchor, and there was nothing
on four feet they feared to snare if they could get close enough.)
McCulloch County History, Vol. I