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The Nooseletter
Vol. 3 - No.08 August, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 
Summer is almost over and it has been a difficult one for many of us. I hope you are all doing well. For those that need help, please contact me and I will see what I can do. I am releasing this Nooseletter a day early because we have a brother in need:
One of our own, Jeremy Joe Larson (The Reel Cowboys Ambassador), has gotten into a car accident, due to a serious malfunction on his truck, which flipped and rolled. Thank God he walked away from the incident with only cuts, bruises, and a mildly broken wrist. I call that a wonderful blessing from God almighty. The good news is that no other cars or people were involved. The bad news is that his only form of transportation was completely demolished, and he no longer has any way to get to and from work and make a living, and he has no way to help others as he has so often in the past. WE NEED TO BAND TOGETHER and help our brother get a new vehicle. Carrie Cunningham has set up a GoFundMe account page and we have already (overnight) raised over $500. Please help contribute whatever you can and show Jeremy that he is not in this alone and God still can provide through us. Click Here to Help Out.
FEATURED ARTICLE
The Postman Always Shoots Twice
~Sam Tweedle
On a New York winter morning three ominous looking men walk in a CIA office. One man, dressed like a mailman, goes into his mailbag and pulls out a hand held gatling gun. With a clenched jaw and cruel eyes, he aims and fires. Within minutes, five people are dead and the drama is set up for Sydney Pollock’s 1975 thriller Three Days of the Condor. Starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Max Von Syndow, the film is remembered for its white knuckle anxiety inducing plot, and the famous fight scene between Redford and the killer mailman played by character actor Hank Garrett.

In a career that has spanned over fifty years, Hollywood tough guy Hank Garrett has had a long career in television and...
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CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
Crazy Horse's Final Battle
~Dakota Livesay
It was the end of June of 1876. Crazy Horse, along with Sitting Bull, had just completed the greatest victory of the Indians over the U. S. military with the defeat of George Custer at Little Big Horn. The American people demanded revenge. So, General Nelson Miles mounted a winter campaign. It was thought that by keeping the Indians on the run throughout the winter would be devastating to them. General Miles convinced a number of Indians to return to their reservations. Meanwhile, Sitting Bull took his people into Canada...
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UPCOMING EVENTS
   
  August 5
Lakeside Days
   
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Old West Days
   
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Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days
   
  August 7
Reel Cowboys Meeting
   
  August 20
Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo
   
  August 21
Reel Cowboys Meeting
   
  August 27
Darby Last Fridays
   
Flour Sacks for Clothes?
~Dan MacGuill
In April 2021, the History All Day Facebook page posted a viral meme that described the practice, popular in the first half of the 20th century, of producing flour sacks imprinted with floral designs, so that millions of financially constrained Americans could convert them into clothing for their children. The meme, posted on April 7, consisted of a black-and-white photograph of a man standing amid what appears to be filled sacks with various designs, and the following text: “In 1939, in Kansas, Wheat mills owners realized that women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, the mills started using flowered fabric for their sacks so the kids would have pretty clothes...
Vast Early America
~Karin Wulf
There is no American history without the histories of Indigenous and enslaved peoples. And this past has consequences today. Nations need history; it is a key genre for explaining the status quo. Modern nations and modern historical practices in the West developed over the same centuries, so the effort to harness the latter to the former is no surprise. Yet whether about the removal of statues, the veracity of journalism and public history projects, or the appropriateness of school curricula and course materials, questions about just how history serves the national interest have been fodder for perpetual controversy...
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Real Hero of the O.K. Corral
~Eric Milzarski
It was the moment in history that every Western film has tried to emulate. The Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan, and their friend, Doctor John Henry Holliday, made their stand in October, 1881, against the outlaw Cochise County Cowboys who had been terrorizing the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. As the clock struck 3:00, Marshal Virgil Earp issued a warning to the outlaws, telling them to “throw up [their] hands.” Moments later, shots rang out and black smoke-filled...
Oatman, Arizona
~Riben Wadsworth
Oatman, Arizona, resembles the tourist-trap model espoused by Tombstone, Arizona, complete with two daily staged shootouts. Visitors can find all kinds of trinkets along its main thoroughfare. The main attraction, however, is its free-roaming burros that are the descendants of burros used during its mining heyday. They are technically “wild” but feel more domesticated due to their acclimatization to the multitude of tourists who regularly descend on the town...
Restoring Black Cowboys
~Sarah Maslin Nir
A pack of red cattle dogs bayed with excitement as Larry Callies drove his pickup truck down a Rosenberg, Texas, ranch road one morning. He pulled up to the barn and stepped a booted foot from the cab to the dirt, and the dogs keened even more wildly, eager to get out on the range: The dogs knew a cowboy when they saw one. But not everyone sees a cowboy when they look at Callies. Though he is inevitably dressed in Wranglers, a 10-gallon Stetson and...
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POETRY CORNER
Storm
~Susan O'Connell

My name's Billy Joe and when I was 18
I was gonna be a rodeo star.
That year I finished 11th all-around
there was no doubt I was gonna go far.

I was new on the circuit but I could handle myself
even though the other men said I was green.
They thought they were smart cause they'd all been around
but I knew I'd be the best they'd ever seen...

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