Johnny Daniel Youngblood

September 9, 1918 - May 9, 1987
Role: Tophand, Cowhand
Nicknames: Tea Cakes, Wood
Known for: His Lonesome Voice

Dan was born on the Farley Ranch in Goliad County, Texas and raised in Lewis’ 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 “Old 100s”, the acapella slavery music, with the best of them. Dan liked to say “The problem with me is I’ve got too many frosty mornings on my back”. Dan was a treasure and enough cannot be said about the goodness of this man’s soul.

Introduction to Dan Youngblood

Louise S. O'Connor
Voice of Dan Youngblood
Dan Youngblood – They had about sixteen-hundred head and Boo was ridin' old Pillar. He popped the spurs to him to see if it would make him jump. Boo said, "You better quit that." Say, "You got too much slack there." He'd pop the spurs to him and he'd jump. And them steers…
J.Y. Lott - Some people…they're gone.
Tony Lott - Mr. Jay say, "Throw 'em in a circle! Throw 'em a circle!" The horns are hittin' together…the horns were hittin'. Throw 'em in circle, finally they settle down. Then Uncle Tom would get to the head…. singin' to 'em. "oooooh…ooohhh….Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud, Uncle Bud…" Them old cows walk right behind him.
Dan Youngblood – ooooooo, oooooo, Them old cows still right up there with the head. The tail…
Dan Youngblood – oooooo, oooooo, They'd settle 'em down.
Tony Lott - Yeah, we was….
Nat Nixon - we was cowboy.
Dan Youngblood – See, I would have been a cowboy, yet. I'd have been ridin' today…
Dan Youngblood – But, too many frosty mornings….


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.”

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