E. K. Fawcett
Each year, beginning in 1931, usually during the first week in August, E. K. Fawcett invited Scouts to join him at Dolan Creek to celebrate his arriving in this area in 1883. For in that year, at the age of 18, and weighing only 90 pounds, he and a small band of four other young men, driving a herd of 3,000 sheep, sought shelter on Dolan Creek in a cave, in Val Verde County, to await the arrival of his employer and his employer's partner.
The men had brought the sheep from Yorktown and made their home in the cave for over a year until they were able to build a log cabin out of sycamore logs. They called the cave "centipede cave" because of the large number of centipedes found in the cave.
The five men who were in the cave included E. K. Fawcett, George W. Ames, John M. Gray, J. C. Burk and Pat Burns. On the wall of the cave in 1939, their names and the date of their arrival were still visible, July 24, 1883.
At that time, E. K. Fawcett worked for the Richardson and Ames Company for wages of $15 a month. Shortly after their arrival, Fawcett made a three and a half day trip into Del Rio to buy a rifle. Del Rio had only five white families. Rocksprings, Sonora and Eldorado had not been established and there were no fences anywhere to be found much less a road. There were only Buffalo and Indian trails in those days.
After his employer took his sheep and left the country, Fawcett took his savings and borrowed $9,000.00, a very large sum in those days, and bought cattle. It took him many years of hard labor to pay off this debt, but he did and acquired over 68,000 acres of land along the Dolan River.
Leading Citizen of Val Verde County
-- County Commissioner of
Val Verde - two years
Passed Away in 1941
Last Updated: January 6, 2003
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