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The Nooseletter
Vol. 3 - No.09 September, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Howdy y'all. Summer is FINALLY over and we are still dealing with this pandemic. I am hoping that everybody is home with family and is safe from Covid as well as from our government. Here is a message from Frank Painter:
Please remember to keep in your prayers all the folks who are in the path of Hurricane Ida, as it has made landfall with a vengeance, leaving over a million people without electricity tonight. Also, most of you know Reel Cowboys member Dian Van Patten. Dian has actually just recently moved to a town in Mississippi about an hour North of New Orleans. Please keep Dian and her family, as well as all of our Southern neighbors, in your prayers.
Our featured article that went to us by Frank Painter. Paul Bonsignore is the director of the movie, Prospectors The Forgiven, which also featured our own William "Frank" Painter. It is a good read.

Our video this month features John Wayne giving a very important speech to True Americans. It is very sad that most of what he says is not how it really is anymore.

~Charles P. Scott
Interview With Director Paul Bonsignore
~Patty McCall
California resident Paul Bonsignore won the best writer for a feature film award at the Standalone Film Festival. This unique Festival was for independent filmmakers only, it was worldwide. No borders, all languages and genres accepted. Hundreds of films were submitted and only the nominees and their movies were played at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. One of the greatest honors that all filmmakers dream of.

Paul, whose movie is called Prospectors The Forgiven, a western so just getting in let alone winning an award was a great victory for California as well as those people who still love cowboy movies. The award show held August 12th also at the theater...
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John Daly
~Dakota Livesay
The people of frontier towns, when hiring a lawman, would look for someone with nerve and skill with a gun. Unfortunately, as the people of Aurora, Nevada discovered, the man they selected may have had nerve and skill with a gun, he was also a scoundrel.

John Daly was born in New York. As a young man, he migrated to California. Leaving a string of dead men behind him, he then went to the gold mining town of Aurora, Nevada. The mining company and the...
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  September 4
Reel Cowboys Meeting
  September 8 - November 3
Oktoberfest Big Bear
  September 11-12
Tall Ships Weekend at Dana Point
  September 16-19
Ojai Music Festival
  September 18
Reel Cowboys Meeting
  September 18
Southern California Hoedown
  September 25
CA Wine Festival + Brew & BBQ
Little Known Story
~Beth Daley
The history of American slavery generally conjures a set of familiar images: sprawling plantations white with cotton, gangs of enslaved African Americans stooped low over the fields, bullwhips cracking in the summer heat. It’s a strictly southern story – or so we’re told.

But that narrative misses a huge swath of the North American map and a crucial chapter in US history. American slavery wasn’t confined to the cotton fields and sugar plantations of the south. By the mid-19th century, it had reached the western end of...
Edward S. Curtis Redeemed
~Bob Boze Bell
All my life I have heard criticism of Edward Sheriff Curtis. He faked his photos, he didn’t do this, he had no business doing that. Here’s how Curtis described his life’s mission:

“I want to make them [American Indians] live forever. It’s such a big dream I can’t see it all. The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other… consequently the information that is to be gathered, all for the benefit of our future generations, respecting the mode...
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Romanticized Old West
~Arizona State University
More than 130 years ago, a small community of settlers in a remote northern Arizona valley erupted into a frenzy of ambushes, murders and massacres.

In one five-year period during what has come to be known as the Pleasant Valley War, 18 people were killed and four were wounded by lawmen, Apache raids, vigilantes and their fellow ranchers.

The story of the American West is rife with violence, but, until now...
~Paul Trachtman
In 1877, silver prospector Ed Schieffelin set out from Camp Huachuca, an Army post in southeastern Arizona, heading for the Dragoon Mountains. The soldiers warned him he’d find nothing there but his own tombstone. When Schieffelin struck silver, he named his mine Tombstone. By 1880, a town of the same name that sprang up around the mine was booming, with two dance halls, a dozen gambling spots and more than 20 saloons. "Still there is hope," a new arrival reported, "for I know of two Bibles...
Never Squat on Your Spurs
~Space Coast Daily
Will Rogers stated: When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, will read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like."

William Penn Adair "Will" (1879-1935) was an American cowboy, actor, comedian, humorist, singer, social commenter, vaudeville performer, and one of the most well-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s. Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the greatest...
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John Wayne Speaks to Americans
~Jim Fish
The ranch on which I hang my hat, though short on most the frills,
Is thirteen sections, give or take, of rugged trails an’ hills.
We call it ‘home’, our little world, our very own frontier,
Amongst the cattle, sheep an' goats; the varmints, hogs an' deer.

Today I watched the breakin' dawn an' whiffed the mornin' air,
A time I often set aside for things like thought an' prayer.
A Mockin' bird an' Mornin' Dove, an' other birds at play, Were there to sing an' set the mood to start...
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