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Rites For Halsell At Vinitna, Okla. W. E. Halsell. i>4, early day South Plains ranch owner, who died Saturday at his home in Santa Monies. Cal., will be buried at Vinita, Okla. Rites will be said either Tuesday or Wednesday. Mr. Halsell bought the famous Mashed-O ranch in Lamb county in 1P01 from the old Capitol Syndicate. Reared at Decatur, he worked for :he late Dan Waggoner, father of W. T. Waggoner. Fort Worth cap- talist. and later bought a herd of his own. He then ranched in Hack and Wise counties and in the 1880's went to Oklahoma, where in Indian territory. lie operated a ranch near Vinita. He still owns the old ranch headquarters there and his son. Ewing, makes that his head- quarters. Bought 250,000 Acres In 1901 Mr. Halsell bought over 250,000 acres from the old X1T ranch in Lamb county, extending over into Bailey. The deal included the Mashed-O ranch, among others. About ten years ago Mr. Halsell and his son Ewing put a portion of the ranch on the market as farm lands. Amherst is -the center of their activities at this time. He stocked the ranch with high grade cattle after buying it and the Halsell cattle arc famed over the Southwest. Had Retired Mr. Halsell some years ago retired from active general supervision of the properties, and for a time made his home in San Antonio. Later he made southern California his winter home, but made frequent visits to Amherst and the ranch headquarters. His last visit to the ranch was only a few weeks ago. It was while operating the ranch many years ago that Ewing Halsell had a young man by the name of Will Rogers, an Oklahoma cowboy, employed on the ranch. Will, who later became internationally known as a humorist, and Ewing Halsell formed a friendship that has lasted throughout the years. Last summer Mr. Rogers son worked as a cowboy on the Halssll ranch and he visited him there just prior to his world trip. Besides his one son, Mr. Halsell is survived by three daughters, Mrs. W. R. McClusky, Mrs. J. V. Holmes and Mrs. Prank Woods, Kansas City. Mo.: a sister. Mrs. W. T, Waggoner and a brother Ed Halsell, Muskogee.