By Jessica Crabtree
Jake Bogard is a house-hold name to folks in Clay County. Gone 25 years this May, the cowboy turned lawman was well-respected among his peers. In an article written by his sister Tommie Ann Gaston Sandstorm, she described her brother as a just man, honest and fair, one who teased a lot, laughed often, was witty, lovable and ornery as the day was long.
A direct quote of Tommie’s was, “He looked you in the eye, had a firm handshake, laid it on the line, called a spade a spade, tipped his hat to a lady and left one feeling good.”
Bogard was born at Parks Creek Camp on the RO Ranch and was raised at Bula, Texas. Born cowboy from the start, Jake was named after RO and JA cowboy Jake Chamberlin. The second oldest in a family of five, Jake grew up milking cows by age five, shucking corn for slop, tending to a brooder house of chickens, feeding horses, gathering them off a Sudan patch and roping calves horseback by the age of seven. A meager raising, the Bogard children knew hard work from chores and helping in the grain and cotton fields.
Growing up during the dry-land 1950s, Jake began roping around Bula at age nine. His father Tom, a cowboy and horse trader, kept horses around for Jake to ride and rope on. Those that were good sold fast. Jake entered his first rodeo at the age of 14 in 1949 in Sudan, Texas. Winning second in the calf roping, his prize was a carton of juicy fruit gum.
A young Jake not only excelled with a horse and rope, but also did well in academics.
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