Cornelia Adair - although a naturalized British citizen, she became a notable Texan. In 1877, her husband and Charles Goodnight formed a partnership to found the JA Ranch with Goodnight as its manager. By 1888, after her husband died, Cornelia became partners with Goodnight from whom she shrewdly gained ownership of the JA and it's brand. By 1917 she kept a home in Clarendon and her ranch covered half a million acres of the Texas panhandle.
There is no other canvas like a West Texas sky.... My Grandpa Swenson was a Windmiller & Jack Of All Trades for SMS Ranches that occupy 300,000 acres in twelve counties in the lower plains area of West Texas.(Spur Ranch, Tongue River Ranch, Swenson Ranch, Throckmorton Ranch, Flat Top Ranch, Ericsdahl ranches & A Few Others)
Charles Goodnight, also known as Charlie Goodnight (March 5, 1836 – December 12, 1929), was a cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. He is sometimes known as the "father of the Texas Panhandle." Essayist and historian J. Frank Dobie said that Goodnight "approached greatness more nearly than any other cowman of history."
The King Ranch: Truth and Myth: A History of the Greatest Ranch in Texas - A good book to explain what life is like on a Texas ranch. Students would be interested in reading this because the King Ranch is still in operation today.
Around the 1870s, cattle driving was on the move from Texas to the Midwest. Because of the shortage of cowboys, they needed incentive to hire on good workers. Colonel Charles Goodnight bought a war-surplus munitions wagon and converted it into a travelling kitchen. It was used to transport the food and other needed supplies along the way. It was named after its founder, Chuck Goodnight.