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Bose Ikard

Written by Julia Robinson.

Bose Ikard, one of the first African Americans to be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners by the National Cowboy Museum, served as a scout on the early drives with Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. After Loving's death, he continued trailing cattle for Goodnight for several years.

After Ikard’s own death, he was buried in the Weatherford’s Greenwood Cemetery, a few yards from Loving. A historical marker near his grave reads: “Born a slave in Mississippi, Bose Ikard came to Texas as a child with the family of his owner, Dr. Milton L. Ikard. He remained an employee of Dr. Ikard following his emancipation, but in 1866 joined a cattle drive to Colorado led by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. Ikard became one of Goodnight’s best cowboys and trusted friend. Following his work in the cattle drives, Ikard settled in Weatherford. He and his wife Angeline were the parents of six children when he died in 1929 at age 85. Goodnight had a granite marker erected at his grave.”

That marker offers further evidence of Goodnight’s respect for Ikard: “Bose Ikard served with me four years on the Goodnight-Loving Trail, never shirked a duty or disobeyed an order, rode with me in many stampedes, participated in three engagements with Comanches, splendid behavior.”

For more information about Bose Ikard, see the entry in The Handbook of Texas Online. You can also visit the Haley Memorial Library and History Center in Midland to read the transcription of a 1932 J. Evetts Haley interview with Dr. Ikard’s son, W.S. Ikard, who was born in the same year as Bose. Call 432/682-5785; www.haleylibrary.com.

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From the June 2012 issue.

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