Cap Williams is SFTD Parade Marshal
Cap Williams, who at 89, (he'll be 90 on June 20), will be the 2005 Santa Fe Trail Daze Parade Marshal traces his Cimarron County roots to the turn of the 20th Century.
My folks moved here in the 1900s. My folks was working the wheat harvest in Western Kansas. He was working the header barge, and she was cooking for the crew. They met there and got married.
When she met his dad, Williams' mother was a widow with four sons.
They had traveled through a blizzard to Kansas in a covered wagon.
The couple moved to Cimarron County, and then when Williams was about two, they moved to Caddo County, (Anadarko), for one year.
The Williams family, which would eventually have four more boys and a daughter, moved back in about 1918, dug in their heels and stayed, through wars, droughts and the Great Depression.
The family traded for a section of land north and west of Boise City, and eventually lost it during the Depression.
The family, (Cap was then 20) took work near Talhaquah, cutting wood, and picking cotton to get a grubstake to come back for land.
They found the land to rent eight miles west and two south of Boise City and began planning to plant a crop.
I was to do all the farming while my dad and brothers worked out, Williams said.
We didn't even have a tractor or team of horses to plant a crop. I went and talked to Jim Daniels and he loaned me five head of horses.
Cap laughs as he remembered an incident when the eight brothers had work lined up.
Dad wanted four of us to shock feed and four to move cattle. We were going to have a tug-of-war to decide who did what, the Wilson boys on one side, the Williams on the other.
It was hard for me to keep my feet in the stirrups, so dad always nailed a piece of leather to my boots with tacks in it. I got at the end of that rope and started kickin and yellin, the Wilson boys wanted nothin to do with those boots and took off. They shocked feed, we moved cattle, he grinned.
As an adult Williams leased and bought land near Wheeless and started his farm and ranching enterprise.
He raises Angus cattle, (125 mother calves, 50 bulls for sale and 10 herd bulls) and quarter horses.
He is helped in his ranching by daughter Christy, and son-in-law Glenn Topper and grandson Dusty Topper and a summer hired hand he'll soon have to hire.
He also has two gray hounds at the ranch, whose job it is to keep antelope out of the wheat pasture.
This gal here has been helpin me too, Williams grinned at his wife of five weeks, Mary Lucille.
I'm a cowgirl in training, she grinned.
Williams still rides and ropes, and plans to, As long as He'll let me. It ain't no fun settin in a rockin chair.
I just got a checkup yesterday and I was happy with the report, Williams grinned.
I just plan on doing things like I'm gonna live forever I reckon.
But the main thing I live for is my friends, and I'm proud of my family.
Sometime back I was in Amarillo for surgery and when they wheeled me down the hall to the operating room it was lined with friends. That makes you feel good, Williams said with a smile.
Asked what he still wants to accomplish, Williams shakes his head, I've gotten all I need; we've got a trailer out at the ranch, life is good.
Asked how he feels about having been chosen as parade marshal, Williams ponders and said, I was fraid I didn't qualify. Figured there were several out there could do it better. But I think it's a big honor.
Boise City News