Jules Verne Allen was born in the 80's, the 1880's to be exact in Waxahachie, Texas
on the first day of April.
Based on the biographical sketch that was included in the book he wrote "Cowboy Lore",
he lived the words he wrote about. He started working with cattle when he was just
ten years old in Jack County, Texas.
In the 1890s, he was a horse wrangler, crossing the plains five times. He worked
cattle from the Rio Grande border to the Montana line. He was a "rough string rider"
and "bronco buster" fourteen years.
While not in the ranches and prairies, he also grew up with a guitar and music.
He recorded for the RCA Victor label.
It was said that "despite the claims of contemporaries he is "The Original Singing
Cowboy" and this title is fully copyrighted by RCA Victor and Southern Music
He worked in law enforcement for many years - as a peace officer at different times
in his career; deputy sheriff of el Paso County; member of the El Paso police force;
deputy sheriff of Bernillo County, New Mexico; mounted inspector for the U. S. Immigration
authorities; and, Texas Ranger during Governor Sterling's administration.
He volunteered to serve his country was accepted on APril 5, 1917 for duty in World War I.
He was a member of both the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion.
The sketch indicates that his programs displayed his versatility, but it always came down
to those "...frontier ballads that have made him famous from coast to coast."
He wrote the book "Cowboy Lore" to hand down to the glamor and glory of the southwest
to history for others to learn what life was like in those years.
The New York Times reviewed Mr. Allen's book in June of 1933. The article notes that
Mr. Allen had told them the way of the cowboy was still going strong, alluding to
one Texas ranch that had nearly 800 of them. It notes he started his cowboy training
when he was just ten years old.
When the book was published, it seems that Jules Verne Allen was doing more entertaining
as a Singing Cowboy over the radio airwaves along with personal appearances at rodeos and recordings.
than he was as a cowboy.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Lore; By Jules Verne Allen; Biographical Sketch of the Author;
1943; Naylor Company; San Antonio, TX
- The Cowboy Lives On; New York Times; Book Review; June 4, 1933;
New York, New York