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This is Page 9

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.

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June 18, 2007


Nevada poet Hal Swift shared this photo from 1947. He told us:

Before joining the Navy, I was a sergeant in the Arizona National Guard, the "Bushmasters" 158th Infantry Regiment.  Recently, I wrote to get my discharge papers, and was sent all my remaining records.  With them was a note saying the reason the record pages were so narrow—about 3 inches wide, by 8 inches long—was so they'd fit easily in saddlebags.

I wasn't quite 20 yet.  Phoenix was under martial law, due to violence  that broke out during a strike of lettuce packers.  I was given time off in order to do our weekly "Varsity Hour" program.  I was walking
along Central Avenue, headed for KPHO Radio, when a sidewalk photographer took this photo.
During the 1947 Phoenix-area lettuce packers' strike, someone brought in several truckloads of men from out of state—apparently to intimidate the union packers into ending their strike, and going back
to work.

Martial law was declared because of reported attacks these men made against  the strikers.  The attacks included beating strikers, stink-bombing and fire-bombing their homes, and wrecking and burning
their cars.

When the Arizona National Guard was activated, the attacks against the lettuce packers soon halted, and the hired strike-breakers were, so to speak, sent packing.

We were on duty for approximately two weeks.  During that time, I drove  a jeep and patrolled the packing shed areas along Grand Avenue, northwest of Phoenix.  A lieutenant sat next to me, and there was a rifleman in the back seat.  The lieutenant and I carried only sidearms.

During my activation, I was allowed one evening off each week so I could take part in a weekly broadcast by local high school- and college-age students on KPHO Radio.  I sang bass with the Goldenaires Quartette, was in the studio band—actually a five-piece combo—and served as the program's announcer and master-of-ceremony.  I also was straight man for a friend who played the part of a pestiferous intruder named, "Gizmo P. Vanderbilt."  His real name was Chuck Vernon.

When the guard was activated, I had just begun attending the community college.  I was a music major, and dreamed of becoming either a famous symphony composer, or a jazz bassist.  Because I missed two weeks of  classes, I was forced to discontinue my music education.  Disappointed—and because my friend Chuck Vernon had joined the Navy--I did the same in December of 1948.  I became a shipboard Morse code radio operator, and was just in time to be a part of the Japan Occupation Forces, and the Korean War.

Hal Swift, right, on the USS Ajax AR6, San Diego, about 1950

[At a history site for the Arizona National Guard, it is noted:

Not always noteworthy utilization of the guard was several occasions of duty during labor strikes in Clifton, Arizona between copper miners and Phelps Dodge Mining Company and the Salt River lettuce strike between the agriculture workers and lettuce growers.  This pitting of the guard against the citizens of Arizona did not always present great public relations and good will between the parties involved, but in most cases, both labor and management cooperated with a minimum of violence.

The Arizona Army National Guard was formed in 1865. The 158th Regimental Combat Team was named "Bushmasters" after the deadly Bushmaster snake in Panama. General Douglas MacArthur said of the Team, "No greater fighting combat team has ever deployed for battle."

The Arizona Army National Guard is currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.]


Read more about Hal Swift and some of his poetry here.


June 11, 2007


Utah poet Paul Kern shared this photo.  He told us:

This photo is of good friend Lee Jacobsen (left) and Reese Kern, my father (right). It was taken around 1998. We took Lee to a place he had not been to since he was a young man, when he cowboyed for the Railroad Ranch, owned by the Harriman and Guggenheim families of Union Pacific Railroad and Anoconda Copper Mine fame. The Harrimans would organize  an annual big game hunt just south of Yellowstone Park and took Lee along to wrangle the horses. 

Here is a nice shot of Lee. Even from an angle, you can see the grin on his face. 

Lee Jacobsen

This was a little bit of a ride through memory lane for him. I have had no better cowboy mentors in my life than these two men.

Read Paul's poem about this trip and see more photos here.

Paul Kern's writing often reflects a deep appreciation of his father, Reese Kern. Paul has shared photos, poetry, and stories about his father and family, and we invited him to share more for Father's Day, 2007.  Read more about Reese Kern in a special Father's Day tribute by Paul Kern here , along with more information about Lee Jacobsen and his work for the Railroad Ranch, and more about Paul's family.

Also, read more about Paul Kern and some of his poetry here.


June 4, 2007

Texas poet and writer Linda Kirkpatrick shared these photos from the 1930s. She told us:

In the 1920’s about the only entertainment that came to the rural community of Leakey, Texas was the traveling tent shows.  This form of family entertainment would come to the canyon about once a year to the delight of all. 



Everyone looked forward to the horse drawn wagons that brought the much anticipated entertainment to town.  In later years the horses were replaced by the Model T Fords but even this form of transportation did not deter the excitement. 



I spent many an evening in the Canyon Theatre and to me it was an exciting, special event.  Just to sit there and watch the hero’s of the west riding across the motion picture screen.  For a mere two bits we could enjoy a John Wayne movie, a coke and a bag of pop corn!



A few years ago I just happened to meet Lloyd Schultz.  His parents and grandparents were the people who brought the tent shows to Leakey.  Mr. Schultz graciously shared his vintage photos with me and has allowed me to share them with the world. 


Because of the Depression they had a hard time getting fuel and tires to move the tent show, so they just decided to stay. During World War II they built a permanent building for the theatre that still stands today. 



You can read Linda Kirkpatrick's article about the Canyon Theatre and view more photos here at the Texas Escapes web site, which hosts Linda Kirkpatrick's monthly "Somewhere in the West" column.



Read more about Linda Kirkpatrick and some of her poetry here.

Photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski


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