Leo Scott


December 30, 1921 - January 27, 2015
Role: Tophand, Cowhand

Leo was born in Refugio County on the McFaddin Ranch, “up there on the river, San’tone River”. His parents were Lucy Avery Scott and Elijah Jasper Scott. All of his family worked on the McFaddin Ranch. Leo started working around fourteen years of age for the going rate of fifty cents a day. In his cowboyin’ days, he worked for the O’Connors, Fagans, McFaddins, Welders and Hollimans. His uncle, William Scott, was one of his heroes and his grandfather, Jim Avery, was a well-known, well-respected cowhand up and down the river. Jim Avery used to run horses and Leo, like so many of the cowhands, loved horses. “I loved my horse as a companion, I was sick all day if I didn’t have a good horse. When I first started goin’ out on the cow crowd, I couldn’t sleep the night before I was thinkin’ about it so hard. It was a good life. It didn’t seem like work, it seemed like play.” Leo’s stories, in his unique gravelly voice, were always a joy to listen to. He could make you understand what it meant to be a cowhand.

Introduction to Leo Scott

Louise S. O'Connor
00:00:59
Voice of Leo Scott
00:01:23
Leo Scott – We used to ride horses….

Henry Morrow - drink all Saturday night

Leo Scott - after we got to be pretty big boys. You know, we could ride pretty good. We'd ride them wild horses.

Henry Morrow - Well, that riding come natural to you.

Leo Scott – McFaddin…from here to McFaddin every night.

Henry Morrow - Your granddaddy, my daddy told me that Mr. Jim Avery, he could ride a pitchin' horse and cross his legs and light his pipe all at the same time.

Leo Scott – That old man was really good. You know Jim had to be a tough fella. Canales shot him right there with a…

Henry Morrow - I can remember that.

Leo Scott – Yeah, a .45 through a window and didn't kill him.

Henry Morrow - I can remember that.

Leo Scott – It didn't kill him. His son shot him.

Louise O'Connor – His son?

Leo Scott – His son.

Henry Morrow - I never did know. I know I remember.

Leo Scott – He was mean to Aunt Ella, his wife, and Canales slipped around and shot him for it.

Henry Morrow - I'll be darned!

Leo Scott – That knot…there was a big knot stuck out there.

Henry Morrow - Yeah! A big knot.

Leo Scott - A fella hit him on it and knocked it and it fell out. Uncle Jim…He hit that boy…him and Battie Johnson up in the corner with a knife and Battie had long arms, hit him and that bullet and that bullet just jumped out. He was tough, man.

Henry Morrow - People was tough back in them days.

Leo Scott - He was a tough ole man.