Andrew  'Pecos' William Sears

Andrew 'Pecos' William Sears

Death 19 Aug 1946 (aged 78)
Burial Clayton, Union County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 16508152 · View Source
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Union County Leader August 29, 1946

By Col. Jack Potter

"Pecos" Sears, as he was known, was a real pioneer. He took the name of "Pecos" by favoring a cowboy that played detective here during the cattle rustling days. They were as much alike as two blackeyed peas.

"Pecos" Sears did not originate from the Pecos river. He was a native of the White Mountains country and Mescalero Indian reservation and came to this country in the early 1890's with a Bar W, Carrizono Cattle Company herd for shipment and remained here the rest of his life.

The late Hugh Clarry gave me much of Pecos' history. He told me that at one time there seemed to have been some trouble brewing at the Mescalero reservation, and an emergency letter had to be sent to Fort Bliss near El Paso, Texas. Pecos volunteered to make that long ride horseback to deliver the message across a desert country more than a hundred miles. He did the errand well.

Mr. Clarry told me about Pecos being with some miners in the San Andres mountains and had found a real gold mine with rich ore in sight. The Indians ran them away and forty years later Hugh Clary grub-staked Pecos and he put in a month's time looking for the location without results.

During my fifty years in associating with Pecos Sears I found him to be of a sunny disposition and he had no enemies. He married and raised a large family and used every effort to have them educated. He was optimistic and during the early cattle history cheap prices and droughy conditions, he always claimed that this northern part of New Mexico was God's country.

And his smiling face will be missed among the old timers.
Jack Potter

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