"At the end of each sketch, to the extent possible, is shown the source and date of original publication.  There are numerous sketches from the Fannie O. Jones Scrap Book.  These will be identified by the term, 'FOJ Collection'. In some cases, dates of publication were unavailable."  Wayne Spiller , Compiler of McCulloch County History, Vol. I.   1976

    Dud Pumphrey isn't exactly old enough to be called a pioneer, but he is a descendant of the old trail drivers.  His father, J. B. Pumphrey, followed the trail back and forth to Kansas.  Also his uncle, R. B. Pumphrey, both are mentioned and have articles published in the book  "Old Trail Drivers of Texas."  Dud's father was president of the Taylor National Bank years ago and interested with Mr. Pumphrey in the banking business were his two friends, Mr. Mendel and Mr. Booth.  Each had bought land in McCulloch County.  Dud's father offered him a position in the Taylor bank or a job on the ranch, but since he much preferred the great open spaces, he came to this country in 1901.
    He liked the country immediately, and settled on his father's land, part of which was in the early days know as the old "Company Ranch."  This ranch at one time comprised sixty-five thousand acres.  It extended from the Colorado River within a distance of ten miles of Brady.
    The Pumphrey ranch is beautifully situated.  The water supply is abundant.  Mrs. Pumphrey has a flower garden and is past mistress of the art of playing hostess.

F. O. J. Colection
30 April 1931
Heart O' Texas News
Submitted by: Louann Hall