Sepia Saturday 455 had me wondering where in my family photos I would come up with anyone that would remotely fit the photo prompt.
Here's how I know he made it to California. His first runaway from home happened in October 1908. It didn't end well as he was picked up by the Sheriff who recognized the mule he was riding.
Delsey belonged to Sheriff Christopher's father-in-law and the 'Wanted Poster' was the spittin' image of the 10 year old rider...the father-in-laws grandson.
So, it was back to the farm, pickin' cotton and waiting for the next chance to head West and a life of exciting adventure. It wasn't long until he hired out as farm labor cotton picker and worked his way to California.
He stayed in touch with his mother by letters with postmarks from across the southwestern states up the west coast and eventually from Canada.