Greeting cowpokes. This is the 3rd month of "social distancing" and it has been wearing on me for a while. I'm sure it is frutrating to you too. Stay strong. Remember that we are all facing the same issues. Although it may feel like it, you are NOT alone.
Note: The Reel Cowboys are back to meeting at Lulu's Restaurant on the first and third Saturday of each month. The next meeting is on June 20th. Check out our calendar for more information.
Although, last month gave us Memorial Day, this month, we are honoring those who have given the ultimate sacifice. Those who did not come home from war. Close your eyes, remove your hat, and bow your head for a moment to honor them. The designated time alotted to honor them is only one day, but say it should be all month long. Let's designate May to be offically "Memorial Month."
This month, we have an article aboult western actors that served in the U.S. Military and a special message from our own Jimmy Weldon.
Remember and honor the fallen
~Charles P. Scott
P.S. I chose this month's Featured Article because the first picture in the article looks very much, and could be, Cliff Erickson.
Send Em' to the Stockyards ~ by John Flood
For 150 years, people living and working in and around the Stockyards District in Fort Worth, Texas, seem to have been born with a double dose of resiliency, possessing a particular attitude that comes to the surface when someone tells them something cannot be done.
In 1876, when the Texas and Pacific Railroad stopped just shy of the city limits, the people of Fort Worth—spawned from an Army outpost nearly 30 years before—knew they needed that railroad. In response to that need, everyday citizens rolled up their sleeves and laid the last 36 miles of track themselves.
For nearly the next century, the growing cattle industry was king at the Stockyards. From the trail driving days when Fort Worth was the perfect stopover for drovers taking their herds north to Abilene, Kan., to the era of big-time, on-site meat processing by the Armour and Swift companies, the Fort Worth Stockyards was a burgeoning, thriving hub of activity and commerce.
CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
Doniphan's Thousand ~ by Dakota Livesay
It wasn't always the fanciest dressed or the most disciplined military units that won military battles.
As a young man Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan had no plans on being a military man. Born in Kentucky, Alexander went to college to be a lawyer, later practicing in Missouri.
But, the courtroom wasn’t enough excitement for Alexander. When the war with Mexico broke out in 1846 the 1st Missouri Mounted Volunteers were formed, and Alexander was voted their colonel. Now, the Missouri Mounted Volunteers didn’t comprise of professional military men. They were a
rag-tag group of men who looked more...
According to an excellent book, The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, the deadliest plague in history—1918-1919—started in Haskell County, Kansas, and one man, Dr. Loring Miner, knew firsthand about it, because many of his patients were dying, but no one would listen.
He issued a warning, published in Public Health Reports to alert health officials to this new outbreak and it is the first reference to the outbreak...
Plight of the Pocket Pistol
~ by Ken Armorosano
As the shadowy figure entered the darkness of the anteroom, he could hear actor Harry Hawk reciting his soliloquy on the theatrical stage below. The man in black opened the door to the presidential box and found himself standing behind its four unsuspecting occupants. Raising the single-shot pistol to his victim’s head, he pulled the trigger at point-blank range. In the ensuing chaos and brimming smoke from the black powder explosion, the perpetrator...
Yuma Territorial Prison
~ by Magda Origjanska
Considered one of the hottest spots in Arizona, the desert community of Yuma was the perfect place for the building of the state’s first prison, back in the 1800s. At the time, jailbreaks from the local jails in the territory were very common, so the authorities decided to solve this problem by building the Yuma Territorial Prison on the banks of the Colorado River.
In his 1907 autobiography, cowboy Nat Love recounts stories from his life on the frontier so cliché, they read like scenes from a John Wayne film. He describes Dodge City, Kansas, a town smattered with the romanticized institutions of the frontier: “a great many saloons, dance halls, and gambling houses, and very little of anything else.” He moved massive herds of cattle from one grazing area to another, drank with Billy the Kid and participated...
Mutt Newman Keeps Cowboy Way of Life Alive
~ by Vanessa Brashier
After 50 years in professional rodeo, Dayton native Mutt Neuman has a few stories to tell.
Neuman prefaces many conversations with “Let me tell you a story," before launching into tales from his many years as a bull rider, bull dogger, bull fighter, racehorse and rodeo bull raiser, and rodeo promoter.
At 73, Neuman shows no signs of...
A Tribute to All Who Served in the United States Military
~ by Insp.com
INSP is proud of our U.S. military forces, and we commend all who served to protect and defend our nation, past and present, in The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Let’s take a look at a few INSP stars who put on the uniform before they put on their costumes in Hollywood. We invite you to share stories and photos to honor the veterans in your life in the comments below.
Make Me a Cowboy Again for a Day ~ by Don Edwards' Saddle Songs
Backward turn backward oh time with your wheels
Bicycles, wagons, and automobiles
Dress me again in a big Stetson hat
Spurs, flannel shirt and slicker and chaps
Put a six-shooter or two in my hands
Show me a yearlin' to rope and to brand
Out where the sage brush is dusty and gray
Make me a cowboy again for a day.
Give me a bronc that knows how to dance
Blue roan in color and wicked of glance
New to the feeling of bridle and bit
Give me a quirt that will sting when it hits
Strap on a blanket behind in a roll
Toss me a lariat dear to my soul...