Boren, James Minus (1870–1937)

By: Mildred B. Boren

Type: Biography

Published: November 1, 1994

James Minus (Bud, Judge) Boren, cowboy, judge, and banker, son of George and Jane (Hodges) Boren, was born in Berryville, Arkansas, on February 14, 1870. He moved with his parents and two brothers to Williamson County, Texas, in 1877 in a two-horse wagon with one extra horse. The journey took three months, during which the family was delayed in Dallas by Mrs. Boren's illness and the death of her infant son. In 1879 the elder Boren traded his farm for cattle and rangeland at Coleman, and Bud and his brother John drove the herd there. Since there were no fences, the boys loose-herded the cattle all winter. The Boren children attended various one-room schools for a limited formal education. During the extremely cold winter of 1880 the family lost most of their herd, sold out all the remaining animals except for seven milk cows and two yokes of oxen, and moved to Bell and eventually to Fisher County.

In 1890 Bud and John went to work for their uncle, Andrew J. Long, on the OS and OB ranches in Borden County, for a monthly salary of twenty-five dollars. Boren did extra trail work as foreman and earned an extra two dollars a day by driving herds of up to 2,000 steers to Amarillo, a thirty to forty day trip. After his marriage to Ella Bridges on October 3, 1899, he left the OS, bought the lease, and filed claim for a ranch. He was awarded the land on February 7, 1900, and moved onto the ranch. When the commissioners of Borden County granted a petition to form a separate county, the citizens of the area held an election on the OS Ranch, location of the only voting box, named the county Garza, and elected Boren county judge, even though he was on a cattle drive at the time. The county seat was named Post City (now Post), after C. W. Post, who had donated the land for the town. The Borens moved to Post and in 1908 built a home in which their heirs still lived more than eighty years later. Boren was a Mason and a charter director of the First National Bank. He drilled the first producing oil well in the county and served on the school board. He and Ella had two children, who took over the operation of the original ranch. Boren died on November 17, 1937.

Garza County Historical Survey Committee, Wagon Wheels: A History of Garza County, ed. Charles Didway (Seagraves, Texas: Pioneer, 1973). Post City Post, November 17, 1937.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Mildred B. Boren, “Boren, James Minus,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 28, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994