"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
John Rogers, one time foreman of the old "Company Ranch" at Mercury,
was a cowboy of the old school.
It seems Mr. Rogers had a pecuiliar sense of humor. He liked all manner of jokes and was continually laughing at the tenderfoot. Once Mr. Rogers decided to do something unique for the benefit of passerby, so he made a very truthful and lifelike dummy and strung him to a tree on the main highway, there to dangle from a limb. Along came a dashing young gentleman driving with a double team. He saw the may who had apparently just been hung, and with that he reached Mercury in the fastest time every known in these parts. The population rushed back to the scene of the murder only to find John Rogers' dummy waving in the breeze.