No one was ever turned away hungry from a cowboy camp. There was always
plenty of food and a welcome for any traveler. Burton G. Woodruff Sr.
demonstrated this custom with the following story:
"At noon one day while the cowboys of the Pryor Ranch were just
finishing their meal, five heavily armed strangers rode into their camp.
One of the older cowboys recognized the strangers, having worked with
two of them, and introduced them to the other Pryor cowboys. The five
ate a hearty meal, stayed to visit a while, and then rode on their way.
These hungry men were Bill Dalton, Bill Doolin, George (Bitter Creek)
Newcomb, Dynamite Dick Broadie, and Slaughter Kid. Two weeks earlier
they had planned to steal the federal payment of $85,000 due the Ponca
and Otoe-Missouri tribes. The money was supposed to come in by train and
be delivered to White Eagle. The authorities had gotten wind of the
planned robbery and had delayed the delivery. The gang had been hiding
out in the brush for two weeks waiting for shipment to be made. They had
exhausted their food supplies and had come to the cowboy camp looking
for a meal."
Ponca City News,
Ponca City, Oklahoma
October 11, 1981
Found on page 51 of NCOHA's award winning book.