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May 03, 2011

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austexcal

How'd he end up leaving?

K.L. Wilden

Trish can probably find the article, but as I remember it, John got life time residency of the homestead. He died of old age, and the government bulldozed the house the following day.

L Chuco

Fire on the Mountain.

Trish Long

"Fire on the Mountain" both a book and movie starring Buddy Ebsen and Ron Howard. Thanks K.L. and I will be posting additional articles on Prather in the coming days.

Vicgaba1

@austexcal- He died of pneumonia a few years later. I am his great grandson. It was one of the governments largest attempts of eminent domain. Unfortunately, the government is at it again in the same area. Grandpa John's brother, Owen,settled the country just north of the ranch. Now the gov blocks the road regularly coming into his (Owen's) ranch which is run by his grand and great grandsons. I have seen the photos of an Army Humvee pointing a .50cal machine gun at my cousin as he is told he is trespassing while trying to access his ranch. Although I was born shortly after my birthright was stolen, rest assured, I am here now to stand if the fight comes to my cousins.
V Gaba

Trish Long

Thanks for the update V. Gaba.

NORBERTH C.VON WILDE

WOW
ITS BEEN A LONG TIME WHEN OL JOHN WAS PROTECTING HIS
PROPERTY AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE I DONT REMEMBER TO MUCH
ANYMORE BUT THE STORY WAS REFRESHING MY MEMORY QUITE
A BIT,,,
I AM NOW 75 AND RETIRED LIVING IN FRANCE NOW, BUT I WAS STATIONED AT MC GREGORS RANGE IN 1956/57
WE SOLDIERS THOUGHT THAT OL JOHN WAS DOING A GOOD
JOB..............WHO HAS THE COURAGE NOWADAYS..?.
HE WAS MY IDOL IN PIONEERING.........YOU KIDS SHOULD
BE PROUD.....

WHAT EVER HAPPEND TO THE SONG SOMEONE MADE OF THIS
/ THE MISSILES FLY HIGH AND THE MISSILES FLOW LOW
..RIGHT OVER JOHN PRATHER THEY.D GO...AND SO ON..
I LIKE TO HEAR IT AGAIN..
ALL THE BEST TO YOU....BE PROUD..
SALUT NORBERTH C.VON WILDE

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