Everett Blasingame, was born February 2,
1898 in Ellis County Texas. Known as Tom Blasingame he
was a Texas cowboy for seventy-three years. At
ninety-one, he was still on the job at the JA
Ranch in Armstrong County Texas. On December 27, 1989, he dismounted his horse,
Ruidoso, stretched out on the grass, folded his
arms across his chest, and died.
Blasingame married Eleanor Morris in 1933 when he was 35. During
their marriage he lived during the week at the Campbell Creek Camp
in Palo Duro Canyon, nine miles south of ranch headquarters. The
camp had no electricity or telephone and his wife lived in nearby
Claude. Tom visited her every weekend. She died in 1999.
received many honors for his longevity and dedication to ranching.
Tom is buried at the JA Cattle Company Cemetery in Armstrong County