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Pleasant Middleton Combs
February 1980 by Anna Combs, spouse of Pleasant Middleton Combs
Submitted by: A Great Grandaughter

Pleasant Middleton Combs was born in Dade County, Missouri, to Thomas Jefferson and Mahulda Pearson Combs April 1, 1872. At the age of twelve he traveled in a covered wagon with his parents and Uncle John Pearson to Wilbarger County, Texas.

Pleas traveled across Indian Territory many times to Nashville, Kansas, usually with a friend, Bill Barkley, stopping at Indian Camps along the way.

The winter of 1892 he worked on the O. E. Ranch, west of Kiowa, Kansas. That made him eligible to join the Cherokee Strip Cowboys Association at the 101 Ranch in 1922.

September the 16th, 1893, he with a friend, Lew Rinker, made the run by horseback into the Cherokee Strip. Leaving Cameron, Kansas, they planned to travel south until they crossed the Salt Fork River before staking claims. Pleas staked S. E. 28-26-8 where he resided the rest of his life. The family still own the homestead. When P.M. died, land was divided between heirs; Bill and Kevin Myrick (grandson and great grandson) reassembled the 1/4 in its entirety and currently farm it.

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