Dan was born on the Farley Ranch in Goliad County, Texas and raised in Lewisâ€™ Bend, a freedman community on the San Antonio River. His daddy, after he quit farming, worked on the ranches as a feed man. Dan said he has hardly ever been off the Welder Vidauri Ranch and he must have been fifteen or sixteen before he ever went to town. He and his cousin, Nathaniel Youngblood, worked together in their younger days and like so many other cowhands in the patron era he went on to become a farmer and maintenance man at the ranch after his days as a cowhand were done. Dan had a great voice and a huge faith in God. He faithfully attended church in Vidauri and could sing the â€śOld 100sâ€ť, the acapella slavery music, with the best of them. Dan liked to say â€śThe problem with me is Iâ€™ve got too many frosty mornings on my backâ€ť. Dan was a treasure and enough cannot be said about the goodness of this manâ€™s soul.
Cowboyin’was a dangerous business back in those days, but I didn’t want to pick that cotton. I wanted to be a cowboy. I learned from Boo [Fred Terrell] and Uncle Tom. We had some good days and some bad days, but I’d like to see them all again.”