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 Bose Ikard

Bose Ikard

Death 4 Jan 1929 (aged 69–70)
Burial Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 8654 · View Source
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Folk Figure. Born a slave in Noxubee County, Mississippi sometime between 1834 and 1849, he traveled to Texas as a child with the family of his owner, Dr. Milton L. Ikard. He continued to work for Dr. Ikard for a few years following emancipation, but in 1866 joined a cattle drive to Colorado led by Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving. After Loving was killed by Comanches, Ikard continued to work for Goodnight for several more years and became a trusted friend. Ikard and his wife, Angeline, settled in Weatherford, Texas in 1869; the couple had six children. He developed a reputation for being a man of honor and integrity; Goodnight once said that he trusted Ikard more than any living man. After Ikard's death, Charles Goodnight erected a headstone for him with the inscription: "Served with me four years on 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. -C Goodnight." The Bose Ikard Elementary School in Weatherford, Texas is named in his honor. In 1997 Ikard was inducted into The Texas Trail of Fame. A statue of him can be seen at the Stockyards of Fort Worth.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bose Ikard (1859–4 Jan 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8654, citing City Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .