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This is Page 37.

See some past weeks' photos below.

See an index of all past weeks' photos here.

See Page 1 here with the current photo of the week.


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.

Each week, we'll post selected photos from those received. We'll also share some photos posted previously elsewhere at CowboyPoetry.com.


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If you enjoy this feature, you may also be interested in our 
Western Memories Project, the personal recollections— many with photos— contributed by BAR-D visitors.  Your stories and photos are welcome.

previous weeks' photos

index of all photos

December 1, 2008

South Dakota rancher, poet and writer Robert Dennis shared photos taken from around his ranch, while he was "out riding on yearlings this spring." He told us:

 We usually have a den of red fox every year and this year was no exception.

Most of the fox had died from parvo and mange, but are making a comeback, along with the coyotes. While the coyote and fox numbers were down, we had a resurgence of jackrabbits...kind of fun to see some of them around again.

It was a good year for speed goats. Most seem to have twins or  triplets. I would suspect we are in for a tough winter, that will thin these down, as that is about all that will do it.

It was so green this year. Perhaps just because it has been so dry for so many years and now it is trying to make up for, it all in one  year. This is the rocky hill north of my house, where I would like my ashes scattered when I die.


This is Shadow and Nip. Shadow is young and not too well trained so  is sporting a shock collar. It doesn't get used often, but has proven to be very effective. He is half Aussie, a quarter Border Collie and a quarter Blue Heeler. He has lots of energy and like many young men,  doesn't want to listen to someone older and wiser!  Nip is an  older female and lets Shadow do most of the running and then jumps in to help when he gets in over his head. Kind of like many wives I know!

I'm not sure what this flower is but there are always lots of them  and they are pretty. See, even crusty old ranchers like pretty flowers!

Robert Dennis has contributed other interesting photos to Picture the West, including:

Photos of his mares and colts

Family photos from the 1920s and 1940s

Photos and stories from his ranch and Red Owl

Area photos from the early 1900s

rdfatheruncles.jpg (54358 bytes) Family photos from the 1920s

Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski

Read more about Robert Dennis and read some of his poetry here.


November 24, 2008


Writer Lee Cullens shares family photos from Savery (Carbon County) Wyoming. He told us he came across Picture the West while "trying in vain to find a sketch or photo of  an old ranch that came anywhere near what I remembered or symbolized such  for a story I'm writing for my web journal."  Lee comments on the photos:

This is a photo of my father in Savery, Wyoming, just before he left for the war in 1942.

This is a photo  of my grandparents in Savery, Wyoming, December 16, 1943.  Oscar and Laura Cullens had six boys and one girl. One boy, Mervyn, died in the First World War and another, Boyd, died in the Second World War.

The family moved from Kansas to Savery, Wyoming in 1920. After the Second World War, Wayne and Glenn both moved to Hopper, Utah. Vic was a scholar and ended up as director of schools for the state of Oregon. Orval made a career of the Army and Mildred never left Savery, Wyoming.

I just barely remember my paternal Grandfather Oscar, who died when I was quite young. I do remember his paternal Grandmother Laura much better, as she did not pass on until the early fifties. Laura was a frail and stooped, but vigorous, small woman in her seventies who had obviously lived a hard life. Laura cherished the fond memories of her life and did not dwell on the hardships and problems that must surely have played a significant role.

Oscar and Laura’s house was a one-room structure in the scrub sagebrush country just above the Snake River valley where Savery is located. Imagine raising a large family in a one-room house out in the middle of nowhere.

Savery, Wyoming (population 26 in 1950) consists of a small number of structures along a north-south dirt road where it intersects an east-west two-lane paved highway (of sorts). In the northwest quadrant of the intersection is the general store with three small cottages immediately to its north. The cottage closest to the general store is where I lived the first several years of my life. The photograph was taken in front of that cottage with the one room school (across the road) in the background.

The horse in the picture was named Pilet, but the name of the dog is forgotten. Also, the lack of snow in the picture is notable. Snow depths of two to six feet were not uncommon, which made trips to the out house difficult. In 1949 there was a blizzard that killed a lot of livestock and wildlife.

This is my Uncle Dutch and Aunt Mildred outside their Savery, Wyoming house sometime in the early 1950s.  Uncle Dutch had served in WW I.  I'm told the house had once been the local
saloon (among other things).  Uncle Dutch had a ranch about 14 miles north of Savery called Deep Creek (Crick), and a ranch in Savery that I'm told he won in a poker game.  What I do know, is that on those evenings at the north ranch when he, my cousin, and I played poker with black-eyed peas, he never ran out of peas.

Aunt Mildred never left Savery, Wyoming. She married Dutch Morgan who had a ranch in Savery and another about fourteen miles north of there.

Dutch was a quiet but interesting person who served in World War One then returned to ranching.

Dutch and Mildred had two children, a girl named Josephine and a boy named Sam. Mildred had all a normal woman could handle as a ranch wife and a mother of two, but she still managed to care for her aging mother, Laura Cullens, and me and sometimes my sister Pat for very extended visits.

I can remember my Aunt Mildred feeding a haying crew of six before first light, taking care of normal ranch chores, cooking a large lunch for the haying crew in the fields, taking care of more ranch chores, cooking the evening meal for the haying crew and then cleaning her house before resting for the day. This type of activity went on pretty much throughout the summer (seven days a week) and there was no lack of things that needed done in the winter. Least you picture this in your own setting, the ranch had a wood cooking stove, a hand pump well and an out house.

Mildred was an inspiration who demanded perfection in herself and others. She was not overbearing though, she was a doer not a talker.

The photograph was taken against the south side of their Savery house. The house is diagonally across from the general store and was purportedly a saloon before being refurbished.


This is a 1919 photo of my maternal grandparents, whom I never knew. She was from Surrey, England. My mother was born in Georgia.

You can read Lee Cullens' story that is mentioned above in his web journal here.

November 17, 2008


South Dakota ranch wife and top poet Yvonne Hollenbeck shares a family photo:

She told us:

This photos is of the Hollenbeck Livery, right next to the Hotel in downtown Ansley, Nebraska, about the turn of the last century. It was run by two of my husband Glen's great uncles.

After meeting at her uncle's livery stable in upstate New York, Sarah Cowles married  Andrew Hollenbeck and they went west to Western Nebraska to homestead in the 1880's. Two of their sons, Sid and Elmer, established the livery stable pictured here.

Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck raise cattle and quarter horses on their ranch in Clearfield, South Dakota.


Yvonne Hollenbeck has contributed other interesting photos to "Picture the West," including:

  early photos of acclaimed writers Billie Snyder Thornburg, her sister Nellie Snyder Yost, and their family's ranch

  a tintype of her great grandfather, Ben Arnold

  photos of a fierce winter storm

Read more about Yvonne Hollenbeck, including some of her poetry in our feature 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.

November 10, 2008

 Journalist and photographer Jeri Dobrowski writes:

IN OBSERVATION OF VETERANS DAY 2007, I assembled 14 photos pertaining to my family members who were United States veterans. These were posted with other readers’ submissions on CowboyPoetry.com.

[See Jeri Dobrowski's 2007 Picture the West veterans' entries here, which include photos such as the one below:]


While scanning the pictures, I was aware of several that I needed to locate. It was just a matter of tracking them down through next of kin.

But then I started wondering who had worn the uniform of the United States military that I didn't know about. Before long, I was calling and emailing family members, asking who they knew had served. Did they have photos? And, I made arrangements to visit with living veterans about their war-time and peace-time experiences.

I was excited to have my maternal great, great-grandfather, William Campbell, among the original group of veterans. William fought for the Union during the Civil War. We have his widow’s pension papers dated January 29, 1903, which entitled her to $8/month. I have since identified others who fought in the Civil War, including my paternal great, great-grandfather John Rial Warkins. Confederate States Brigadier General William Edmondson "Grumble" Jones, who was shot from his horse and killed in action, is also "family."

On February 22, 2008, I located an American Revolutionary War veteran: Samuel Balcom. A week later, I identified two more Revolutionary War veterans: Archibald and Samuel McSpadden. While looking for these Revolutionary War veterans, I came across a family legend saying my paternal grandmother, Hallie Janssen, had connections to Declaration of Independence signer Lyman Hall. I uncovered links to a total of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence.

On March 1, 2008, I located a colonial militiaman, Samuel Balcom’s great, great-grandfather. On March 5, I discovered that country music singer Patsy Cline and Grandma Hallie Janssen shared the same great, great-grandfather, Stephen Shifflett, a War of 1812 veteran.

On April 21, 2008, I identified a great uncle who sailed on the Mayflower. While not a veteran, he served three terms as the governor of Plymouth Colony, earning him the distinction of being our family's earliest American patriot. That same day, I found a connection to James A. Garfield, 20th U.S. President. There are several other presidential relatives.

I learned that my family has a rich tradition of working in the defense industry and supporting services. The earliest–the wife of Joseph Balcomb–is reported to have melted down her pewter plates to make bullets for the Continental soldiers. During WWII, my ancestors served as pilots, turret gunners and sailors, built bombers and naval ships, fed hungry shipyard workers, and processed shipyard payroll. As recently as 1990, my brother worked on the technology behind the then-emerging Global Positioning System.

It has been an amazing journey and one that continues. On both sides.

I created a similar gallery for my husband’s family. The earliest Dobrowski veteran I’ve identified dates to 1899. Boleslaw Dombrowski, as he was known when he served in the Prussian Army, went by Paul Dobrowski after he emigrated. A photo of him in uniform appears on his tombstone in rural Wibaux County, Montana. 

An amusing picture taken during WWI recently came to my attention. The group photo includes my maternal grandmother’s brother Norman R. Warkins. Norman, who was raised in eastern Montana, obviously did a little shaping on his standard-issue Army chapeau. It reminds me of Michael Martin Murphey’s song, "Cowboy Logic," where you're supposed to guess which fella is the cowboy. In Norman's case, it's not too difficult ... 


Both family collections are posted online:  Janssen/Campbell Veterans; Dobrowski/Marciniak Veterans

This is an on-going project. I continue to make additions and updates. My deepest thanks go to CowboyPoetry.com for jump-starting this awe-inspiring project. Oh, how I wish I had been aware of these individuals when I was in grade school.


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

  A special Fourth of July photo

  Photos and stories from the early 1900s in Coalwood, Montana, where her great grandfather John W. Janssen was postmaster and proprietor of the general store

  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

Contemporary photos for the Fourth of July

  1940s-era photos about McNierney Livestock


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

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


 Please share your photos for Picture the West.

Send your views of the West.

We need your photos. If you enjoy this feature, help keep it going by sharing 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. 

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

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