The Cabbage Liberator

by Robert Shuford 
I spent last Thanksgiving with Mike and Anne Capron and had a really good time. Good Food (Two Chuckwagons , Bill and Jill Miller of Valentine TX., and Glen and Patty Moreland of Ft. Davis,TX), lots of good people and just one whale of a good time, or as the lady writers describe it, in the social columns. “A Good Time Was Had By All”.   And We Did ,!!!!!!
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Brock Hoover Horse Stories

By Reid Holmsley

Brock Hoover gave Gaston Boykin some horses (so said my dad). They were to be penned at the corral at Brock’s house. Gaston told me that the horses ran around the pasture (several sections). When they got to the corral, Brock ran out of the pen waving his hat. Gaston started to get mad. Brock hollered “circle them again so they will be tired enough not to tear down the pen!” Gaston, Ted Powers and my dad, Peery Holmsley, drove those horses through Ft. McKavett on to Comanche.


Fat Alford and Red Kizer (Kizer was uncle to Pecos Co. Sherriff Cliff Harris) were working at Brock Hoover’s. After a few days, Brock and Aunt Bessie went to town. Either Red or Fat decided to ride one of Brock’s personal horses. Hemmed him up in a corner to catch him. The horse turned his tail to them and backed up a step or two. This happened two or three times and Fat and Red didn’t want to get kicked and decided this horse looked like only Brock’s old pet.
Later when Brock got home they were going to saddle up. Brock got his bridle and walked up to his pet. The horse turned tail. Brock reached out, pulled the tail, then walked alongside the horse punching him in the belly and ribs with his thumb. That particular horse was trained to be caught that way.
Several of the Hoovers were working on the Sulphur well in Indian Canyon. They sent my dad (maybe the youngest one in the bunch) on Brock’s horse to the house to get a jug of water. On the way back, almost at the Sulphur Mill, the horse kept going faster. At the mill he wouldn’t stop and ended up running in a circle. Brock hollered “Pull his mane just in front of the saddle!” He did and the horse came to a sudden stop!


Frijoles Poem
From Reid Holmsley

Uncle Armond Hoover Sr. recited a poem about a fellow who fed his help mostly beans (frijoles). He said it was composed by a sheepherder some where south east of his house-this included nearly all the Hoover country. McIntyre (father of Drew, Arthur and Lacy) and also a group from Alsaise Lorraine (Basque) had sheep in this country soon after 1900. Probably others, too.
The t-5 brand was brought here by Lindsy Hicks on Dry Creek. Doc Turk also used it. Mike Turk has a letter from Ike Pryor to Lindsy Hicks introducing Doc Turk. My dad remembered Doc Turk moving horses up Prince Albert canyon when my dad was in his teens.
The parts of the poem I remember:
“He flavored his beans on the belly of a sow,
Fattened on the carcass of a T-5 cow.
. . . (verses I don’t remember)
Sow belly as tough as a boot,
Clogged you up so you couldn’t poot.
. . . (verses I don’t remember)
When high on damnation’s waves he rode,
Through the gates of hell he strode.
When on earth you cease to tarry,
A sack of beans to hell you’ll carry.”
Finishing verses called all the demons to get water, “I’ve brought the beans.”

We would enjoy hearing from anyone who has heard this poem or any information about it.


Old Bulger

by John T. Baker DDS
Old Bulger & One Christmas at the Baker farm around 1920 in Palo Pinto County.
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Going From Dunken to Pinon

by Rusty Fleming 
All these folks are dead and gone now except me so it’s safe to tell the story,,,,Where I was first hatched and raised, in the Sacramento Mountains west of Artesia, west of Hope, when going from Dunken to Pinon, a few miles down the road, the first road to the right went up Cuevo Canyon. The first ranch was Sonny and Jane Watts, they had a really nice apple orchard,,,along the same line as Runyan’s famous fine Sacramento Mountain apple orchards,  and like most folks around Pinon, were sheep AND cow ranchers,,,,the next place was one of Arvel Jernigan’s ranches, Arvel was a COW rancher, no sheep allowed, under NO circumstances,  then his nephew Larry Jernigan’s place.  I was working for Larry that fall, gathering, me being a one man gathering crew,,,Larry didn’t count,,,
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So Long Bonnie, But Not Good Bye

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Lawrence’s Fried Chicken

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Lawrence Chatman (Part Two)

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Lawrence Chatman



Cowboy Fest: Holmes Trading Co. & Texas Cowboy Art

Holmes Trading Co. &  Texas Cowboy Art  
Wish to invite you to Sheffield Texas, November 23rd, November 24th, and November 25th for a Cowboy Fest.  Two Chuck Wagons, Bill Miller from Valentine Texas, and Glen Moreland from Ft. Davis Texas will be serving two meals a day. One at 12 noon and the evening meal at 5 pm. They will serve meat, beans, bread and other fancies they so choose. People wishing to join in and bring something can certainly add a pot luck salad and desert of their choice. They will cook to their heart desires and serve until it is all gone. We would like to close the kitchens at 1 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively , so we can enjoy the evening of big fires and some visiting and home spun  music by whom ever wishes to join in. 
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Holding the Cut

by Carl Lane Johnson 
The Diamond and a Half Ranch that I was raised on had about 100 sections, consisting of one 50-section pasture, one 25-section pasture, 3 gigantic horse pastures and a couple more pretty large pastures. When the two large pastures were gathered it took 3 days on the 50 section one and 2 days on the 25 section one. The drives and gathers were long and difficult. There were no trailers, so it was high trot, lope, high trot, and lope from the time we left the corrals until the boss (Daddy) had made the entire outside circle, dropping all the men off. Then, depending on where the cattle were, how they handled, where the cowboys were and if they were awake and not lost, the drive was commenced. 
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