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Col Dillard Rucker Fant
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Birth: Jul. 27, 1841
South Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 15, 1908
Goliad County
Texas, USA

San Antonio Light
January 16, 1908


Colonel Dillard R. Fant, pioneer stockman, one of the old timers who has ridden the cattle trail from the mouth of the Rio Grande to the plains of Wyoming and Montana, and even to the markets of the east, driving thousands of cattle, is dead, and in his death Texas loses another of its sterling and picturesque characters, a frontiersman who helped blaze the way for civilization and progress.
Colonel Fant, who had resided in San Antonio for the last 15 or 20 years, died last night at 11 o'clock at his old home in Goliad, where he went some days ago to attend the funeral of his daughter. He was taken suddenly ill the day following the funeral and the illness ended in death. He will be buried at Goliad.
Colonel Fant is survived by his widow, two sons and three daughters. His sons are Dillard R. Fant, Jr., and Sutherland Fant, and his daughters are Mrs. Aggie Ramsey, of Dallas, Mrs. Collins of Hidalgo county and Miss Lucile Fant. He was a member of the Odd Fellows who will have charge of the funeral services.
Colonel Fant was born in Anderson district, South Carolina, July 27, 1841, his parents being W. N. and Mary Fant, who came to Texas in 1852 and settled in Goliad. His father engaged in the mercantile business and also took an active part in public and political affairs. Early in life Dillard Fant entered into the cattle trade and for years was one of the leading cattlemen of Texas, his interest extending into the Indian Territory, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Dakota and Idaho. When 14 years old he was freighting with Ox teams between San Antonio and Goliad. At the opening of the civil war he entered the Confederate army as a member of Captain Kinney's company of the Twenty-first Texas cavalry, Carter's brigade, serving in the Trans-Mississippi department. After the war, returning to Goliad, he engaged in farming for a time but in 1866 he turned to the cattle bsuiness. He drove many herds numbering in the aggregate hundreds of thousands of heads, over the historic Chisum trail to northern ranges and markets. For years he had contracts for supplying the government at Yankton, Standing Rock, Fort Reno, Fort Sill and other agencies with beef.
In 1884 Colonel Fant took over the old trail the largest herd of cattle ever taken along that route so far as the records are known. The herd contained 42,000 hear and was driven to Wyoming. The cattle cost from $12 to $20 a head and it required 200 men and 1200 cow ponies to handle them.
He moved to San Antonio to make his home in 1901 and purchased a residence at King William and Sheridan streets. He was married at Goliad October 15, 1865 to Miss Lucy Hodges, daughter of Colonel Jack Hodges, well known as one of the most historic characters in Texas who won distinction in the war with Mexico. Of this union eight children were born, of whom the five named above survive.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Goliad County
Texas, USA
Plot: B-III-3
Created by: Tom Denham
Record added: Aug 11, 2000
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Your reputation and experience in the cattle trade in Texas places you as one of the outstanding men of your time. The history of Texas with it's successes and honorable accomplishments owes much to you and your kind. Rest in peace now, old cowboy.
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