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8. Pickups and Trailers

John R. Erickson. Photographs by Kristine C. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Eight

Pickups and Trailers

There was a time in the Old West when a cowboy did just about everything horseback. The modern cowboy still does much of his work horseback, but he has also come to depend on two very useful pieces of equipment: the pickup and the stock trailer. Used together with a horse, they have vastly increased his range and mobility, and have given him the mechanized tools that allow him to look after more country and do a better job.

Pickups and light trucks have been around almost as long as cars, but from what I have gathered from old-timers, pickups didn’t make much of an impact on ranching until after World War II. During the war, American automakers learned how to build a light truck that could travel in the sands of North Africa, the snows of Russia, the mud of

France, and the rocky terrain of Italy, and when this technology was brought home and applied to civilian vehicles, it led to the production of light trucks that could get around in rough country and take the constant pounding of ranch work. By 1950 most cowboys had parked their mules and wagons and were making their winter feed runs in some sort of motorized vehicle, either an army surplus Jeep or Dodge, or a civilian copy of it.

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15 Summer-Fall 1914: War

Galina Kopytova Indiana University Press ePub

AUER’S SUMMER TEACHING SEASON in Loschwitz began early that year and students flocked there from all over Russia. The Heifetzes arrived in May and sent a postcard to Kiselgof. On Sunday, June 1 (NS June 14) he answered them from St. Petersburg:

I received your letter and was very, very glad. But I’m still in stuffy and dusty Piter and I’m not getting out of here until Wednesday. How horrible! But I’m glad for you, my friends, that you are already there, in a cultured, clean country, and are enjoying the beautiful nature and pleasant surroundings. I was in Pavlovsk again, but did not ride my bike—I was too lazy. I saw Achronchik [Isidor Achron] and passed along your greetings. He very much regrets that he did not see you at the station. Now I will wait from Vitebsk for your letter (Generalnaya, d. 3). From there I will write in more detail. Let me know your permanent address.1

Kiselgof sent the postcard to the home of Dorothea Grosse in Dresden since she knew how to contact the Heifetzes that summer. Conveniently, Jascha and his family stayed at the same residence as the previous year: Kurhaus “Neue Rochwitz,” 8 Hauptstrasse, Bergschlösschen. Having already spent a summer in Loschwitz, the Heifetzes quickly settled into the routine of lessons, forest walks, tennis matches, and trips to the Russian library in Dresden. Meanwhile, Jascha was never separated from his beloved Leica camera.

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Chapter 11: Madam Mary Porter: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Richard F. Selcer University Of North Texas Press ePub


Madam Mary Porter: Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Few people have ever heard of Mary Porter, although many think they have. That is because Mary is usually confused with Fannie Porter, the notorious San Antonio madam who became famous as the consort of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the 1970 documentary “The Making of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Director George Roy Hill stated that Sundance’s beautiful girlfriend, Etta Place, was “one of Fanny [sic] Porter’s girls in Fort Worth.” Wrong. Mary Porter was Fort Worth’s most notorious madam at the turn of the century, not Fannie Porter; they were not related except for being in the same line of work. And unlike Fannie, Mary Porter’s story was not turned into a Hollywood-ready legend; in fact, until now it has never been told.

She was born in Ireland in July 1844. Her family name is unknown at this time, and her time in the country of her birth was short.1 Ireland at the time was in the grip of An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, caused by the failure of several successive potato crops. Between 1845 and 1850 more than a million people died of starvation and disease in a country of only eight million. Of the survivors, more than 2.1 million left Ireland for good, 1.5 million of them settling in the United States. Among those who came to America were the infant Mary, her sister Catherine, and her parents. They probably landed in Canada sometime before 1850, then crossed into the United States over the open U.S.-Canadian border, eventually landing in Rochester, New York. Alternatively, they might have come through the Castle Garden port of entry in New York City and then made their way up to Rochester. The record is not clear. Because New York had a large resident Irish population, the newcomers felt comfortable and entered the workforce as menial laborers, which was still a vast improvement over life back in the old country. As one of their fellow countrymen observed of New York City, “No man or woman ever hungered or ever will and where you will not be seen naked . . . where you would never want or be at a loss for a good breakfast and dinner.”2

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13. Fort Craig to Camp Grant

Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter 13

Fort Craig to Camp Grant


he newspapers contained accounts of the mortuary services of the Young Prince Imperial, at the chapel of Saint Mary,

Camden Place, Chiselhurst, England, July 18th. The pallbearers were the princes of the English Royal family.

Almost on same date came the news from South Africa that Lord

Chelmsford had with almost 5.000 men defeated the Zulus who had a force of 12.000. Sir Garnet Wolsely [sic] who had been sent out to relieve Chelmsford had not yet assumed command and consequently whatever credit was due for the affair belonged to Chelmsford.1

July 22d (?)2 General Wm. F. Barry, (Colonel 2d Artillery,) died.

About same date, a party of Government detectives had a fight with the outlaw, Middleton, on the Niobrara, in which two of the detectives and Middleton were wounded. July 31st Doc Middleton captured by a party of detectives and soldiers from Fort Hartsuff, Neb.

August 1st Lieut. W.S. Schuyler, A.D.C., returned from his trip to the Murchie Mine, Nevada County, California. This property belongs to General Crook and his friends and may be referred to more at length in these pages at a subsequent time.

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25 Memorilas for a Legend, 1992

Richard Westwood Utah State University Press ePub

Georgie sold her business to Bill George, owner of Western River Expeditions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lee McCurry said, “She thought the world and all of Ted Hatch and of Bill George. But she had said, back in ‘86, ‘If I was ever to sell to anybody, it would be Bill George, because I know he’s got the money to buy me out.”’1 Georgie sent the following letter to her clients:

Dear River Rats:

After a lifetime of adventures and 47 years of leading white water expeditions on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, I have turned my valued “river rats” over to Western River Expeditions, a company which has operated trips in the Grand Canyon and other areas for the past 35 years.

This decision has not been easy, for as I stated in the epilogue of my book “Georgie Clark—Thirty Years of River Running”: “And so I am off down the Grand Canyon again doing what I love best, for I am Georgie Clark, Woman of the River, and if I have my way, I shall repeat these trips through the biggest rapids in the world, over and over and over again ... Forever!”

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