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This is Page 108.

See some past photo entries below.

See an index of all past photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photos.

 

We welcome your pictures. We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We're looking for vintage photos and contemporary photos: family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo to share, email us for information about sending it to us.


 

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Western Memories Project, the personal recollections—many with photos—contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.



We welcome your photos.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

Share your part of the West or the West of your past. To send photos and their descriptions, just email them to us.   


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index of all photos

July 9, 2012

 

Montana photographer and journalist Jeri Dobrowski shares photos from Medora, North Dakota's 2012 Flag Day Parade.

In an article in the Tri-State Livestock News, she writes:

From the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame to the Cowboy Café to the Medora Grazing Association, the streets of Medora, North Dakota, were decorated for the town's annual Flag Day parade on June 14. Pickups and trailers started arriving in the former-cowtown-turned-tourist-destination by mid-afternoon, hauling the only type of entries allowed in the parade: horses and wagons.

As it has for the past 11 years, Medora hosted riders of all ages for the event commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States. Once the stomping grounds of Theodore Roosevelt, who later became the 26th President of the United States, the event is coordinated by the Medora Chamber of Commerce. Patriotism is the theme for the event, headlined by the United States flag.

Natalia Rayne rode along behind her grandmother, Mitzy Mross. They participated in honor of the North Dakota National Guard 818th Engineer Company that is deployed to Afghanistan.

Kolby Sperry from Beach, North Dakota, lets his horse, "Turtle," graze while
waiting for the start of the parade. Kolby rode with his father, Robert Sperry, and grandmother, Marcia Sperry.
 

Roger Clemens, who maintains the Sully Creek State Park campground and
corrals south of Medora, was one of local riders who posted the colors
at the annual Medora Flag Day parade.
 

Matt Larson, with the Medora Riding Stable in Medora, North Dakota, carried an over-sized American flag.
 

Read more about the parade and the riders in Jeri Dobrowski's July 2, 2012 article here in the Tri-State Livestock News.

See Jeri Dobrowski's photos from the 2007 Medora, North Dakota Flag Day parade in an earlier Picture the West entry here.

Jeri Dobrowski has contributed many other interesting photos to Picture the West, including:

  Kent Rollins' Red River Chuck Wagon Boot Camp

 A reunion of her Montana pioneering family

  Some domesticated critters

  Petroleum exploration work in her area

  Striking photos of her prairie flower garden

  Highway signs from eastbound I-94 between Rosebud and Hathaway, Montana

More highway signs from the eastbound I-94 near Hysham, Montana 

  Photos and historical markers from Montana's Highway 12

  Photos of her family's veterans for Veteran's Day

  A special Fourth of July photo

  Photos and stories from the early 1900s in Coalwood, Montana

  Photos about her grandfather and "all the things he ever rode..."
 

Family photos of generations of veterans and some additional World War I photos

Family photos from Yellowstone, from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s

2007 Medora, North Dakota Flag Day parade

  1940s-era photos about McNierney Livestock

 
photo by Jennifer Dobrowski Rogers

Read Jeri Dobrowski's Cowboy Jam Session and more about her here.

See her gallery of Western performers and others at her site here.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


 

June 18, 2012

Nebraskan James Grooms is descended from Cherry County pioneers, and he is continually researching that family history (including the Becker, Grooms, Lawrence, Lovejoy, Sears,
and Wallingford families and related families).

The Nebraska Beef Council notes that "Nebraska has the top three beef cow counties in the U.S., including the nation’s No. 1 cow countyCherry County...Cattle outnumber Nebraskans nearly 4 to 1."

James Grooms shares some family photos and captions:
 

This is branding on the DH Lovejoy ranch in 1940s. The guy in the white hat on the front is my grandfather Don Baker, who was working for the Lovejoys and married DH's daughter Lela "Sweet."  It has to be after 1945, as Don served in the European theater during WW2.

 

This is on the Grooms 26 Ranch NE of Valentine, 1933: Ed Grooms on the ladder, George above him, Johnny on the peak, and a hired man in the front.  The barn was damaged by a tornado and disassembled piece by piece, turned around and rebuilt.


 

George Grooms, my grandfather, in front of the same barn in June of 1961:


 


Find much more about the barn here at the National Barn Alliance site.

We got to know James Grooms through Yvonne Hollenbeck, and their family connection through Jennie Hollenbeck. He writes about this photo:

This is Jennie Lovejoy, circa 1923, daughter Of Fred and Eva Lovejoy, granddaughter of Chalmers Lovejoy, one of the earliest and largest pioneer ranchers in Cherry County.

She was born in 1907 and lived in Schlagel-Kennedy area. She married Earnest Hollenbeck and moved to Wisconsin and then to Oregon where she died. 

James Grooms is continually searching the histories of Nebraska's Cherry County BECKER,
GROOMS, LAWRENCE, LOVEJOY, SEARS, and WALLINGFORD families and related families.

You can email him at jayb2664@yahoo.com.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.


June 11, 2012

South Dakota cowboy and writer Deanna Nelson takes some great photos and we asked if she would share some that we saw recently on her Facebook page, including some of critters aside from the cattle around the ranch. We had heard a story about her rattlesnake encounters, and asked her to tell that as well. She sent these photos with descriptions from the ranch where she works near Murdo:

This photo was taken on the 28th of May, near Okaton, South Dakota, while we were gathering the herd to start branding, and I was waiting on the ridge to turn the cattle towards the gate. I've taken enough pictures from off of my mare, that I don't get very many blurry photos anymore.

 

The lazy barn cats have laid claim to the porch swing and don't move over for anyone. Their numbers have gotten so large they have to pile up to fit.



Earlier this spring, I had checked cows and tagged the new calves born during the night and was on my way back to the house for breakfast. This owl had forgotten to call it a night and was sitting in the stackyard, trying to blend in. He was not very happy to see me, so after a few more pictures, I left him alone.



I had gone out to load some steel posts and found this big rattlesnake among them. Having earlier doctored a calf in that area for snakebite, I used one of the post to end his career. My dogs aren't very good with a camera so I couldn't get a picture of me holding him up and was forced to settled for the back of the pickup.

Last summer I was out in the pasture on foot after catching horses and came across a good-sized rattlesnake. Lacking anything else to kill it with, I took off my belt and whacked it across the head with the buckle, stunning the snake. And holding its head down with my boot, I decapitated it with my pocket knife. I collect the buttons, as we try to control the population of poisonous snakes on the ranch.

Deanna Nelson has shared photos previously for Picture the West:

  images from the South Dakota ranch where she works

 

We asked Deanna to tell us something about herself:

Cowboy and writer, transplant from Southern Idaho, via Wyoming, and currently hanging my hat in South Dakota.

I cowboy for a living on a family cow-calf outfit near Murdo, South Dakota. We also pasture yearlings and put up all our own hay during the summer. In my spare time I write and am finishing my first novel, also I enjoy quilting and sewing.

 


   Share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We're looking for images that give a glimpse of the ranching, cowboy, and rural and working life of the West of today and yesterday. We welcome vintage and contemporary photos:  family photos, images of where you live and work, and the area around you. 

If you have a photo and story to share, email us.




 

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