S.G. Flook came over from London in the early eighties. He was the first bookkeeper on the ranch. He devoted all of his time to the ranch accounts, for the Espuela Land and Cattle Company, Limited, London. He was a nephew to sir Charles Hamilton, a member of Parliament from Londonderry, and a stock holder in the company. Flook was brought up in a counting house, became a character on the ranch. Every one knew him and poked fun at him. However, everyone like him. His uncle, Sir Charles, had given him one share of stock, it is said that the cowboys used to tell him he was fired, and his answer was always, "They can´t fire me, I am a part of the Company."
Mr. Flook liked his toddy, and like so many of the cowboys, he drank to excess. The Spur ranch was bone dry, so far as intoxicating liquor was concerned. Prohibition came about by a decree of Manager Lomax, and was rigidly enforced, so far as outside appearances were concerned. Several freighters were discharged and forbidden ever again to come on the ranch for attempting to bootleg liquor to the hands. Horsbrugh, upon becoming manager, repealed the prohibition of liquor to a degree. One of the hands celebrating the return of liquor, fell out of a buggy and broke his neck. In 1896, Mr. Flook the veteran bookkeeper was discharged, "because of drunkenness." He moved to dickens and opened a store, to-wit:
While living in Dickens, he became Justice of the peace and served in that office for many years. He died in January of 1904. He did not have any relatives in Dickens, but had one sister, Jane Minton, Bristol, England. he was buried in the Dickens Cemetery, a monument was erected by his friends in England.
Source: History of Dickens County; Ranches and Rolling Plains, Fred Arrington, ©1971
Dickens, Tex., Jan 8 Died, Jan 4, after a few days illness, Sam G. Flook, aged 63. Mr. Flook was an Englishman by birth and for many years was the bookkeeper for the Espuela Land and Cattle Company, being closely connected with Sir Charles Lewis of London.
Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, January 10, 1900;(Dallas, TX)
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