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Kiskaddon had hundreds of poems printed in the Western Livestock Journal and the Los Angeles Union Stock Yards calendars. Bill Siems' impressive book, Open Range; Collected Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon, includes all of those poems, along with extensive background information about the publications. The book notes that "The Quitter" appeared also in the Western Livestock Journal in April, 1936. See our feature about Open Range and the complete table of contents here.

The Los Angeles Union Stock Yards, built in 1923, became the largest stock yards in the West. The Global Road Trips site has information and photographs here. There are photos from the California Historical Society in the University of Southern California Digital Archives: the stock yards under construction, a 1929 panoramic view, a 1940 aerial view, the offices, and a 1940 photo of a monument unveiling. The stock yards were closed in 1958.

"The Quitter" is illustrated with a drawing by Katherine Field. Bill Siems, in his introduction to Shorty's Yarns (Kiskaddon's collected short stories) comments, "One of the reasons that Kiskaddon's poems have been remembered when the stories have not, why they were clipped from the Western Livestock Journal and pasted in ranch family albums or saved from the monthly calendars published by the Los Angeles Union Stockyards, is that many of the poems are beautifully illustrated with line drawings created in ink by Katherine Field. ..."  Field and Kiskaddon collaborated for twenty years; they never met face-to-face. Read the entire introduction in our feature here.






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