The ranch hands have very few possessions as most of them do not stay in one place very long. In the bunk house, each man has a shelf made from an apple box where they keep their belongings. These are open for everyone to see, so their possessions are not really private. This is, of course, indicative of their lives as a whole-
Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk. And these shelves were loaded with little articles, soap and talcum powder, razors and those Western magazines ranch men love to read and scoff at and secretly believe. And there were medicines on the shelves, and little vials, combs; and from nails on the box sides, a few neckties.
Crooks does not live in the bunk house, but has a similar arrangement in the stable where he lives.
Crooks had his apple box over his bunk, and in it a range of medicine bottles, both for himself and for the horses.