(This is page two of this year's activities. Find page one here.)

 


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"A Life Less Ordinary"

 

New Mexico cowboy and noted artist Gary Morton's painting, "A Life Less Ordinary," is selected as the 2016 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image.

Gary Morton comments on the painting, "The cowboy life is never boring. Most of the West is still worked on horseback. Days are long and the weather is sometimes a challenge. These cowpunchers saddled up and rode out when daylight was just a promise on the eastern horizon. They have been in a high trot to get to the back side in order to make a drive. The cowboss is scattering the riders and each will gather cattle back to the roundup. It will require a sure footed horse and a good hand to handle the job. Many spur of the moment decisions will have to be made for a smooth works. Each day is a different experience and truly it is, 'A Life Less Ordinary.'"

He adds that the painting, "... is from the 06 Ranch in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas." One of the pictured riders is popular poet and cowboy Ray Fitzgerald.

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week's Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters as thank you gifts.

 


 

Cowboy Poetry Week News

See the Events calendar for all event listings.

Events and activities below; latest here.
 

(This is page two of this year's activities. Find page one here.)

 

 


    Oregon poet Tom Swearingen has two Cowboy Poetry Week programs scheduled:

April 18, 2016
Tigard Public Library Tigard, Oregon  7-8 PM

April 19, 2016
Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego, Oregon 7-8 PM   More here.

 



 

  Utah's Terri and Steve Taylor of Stampede! and Dan Korth have a Cowboy Poetry Week program scheduled:

        April 19, 2016
        Draper Public Library  Draper, Utah   6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
       
 



 

 

April 23, 2016
Cowboyin', Horses, and Friends Choctaw, Oklahoma ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

From the organizers:

"Cowboyin', Horses, and Friends" a cowboy poetry gathering featuring Oklahoma poet, Jay Snider and friends.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10:00 - 6:00. At Hope Retreat Ranch 2320 Sandwood Ave., Choctaw, Oklahoma.

Poetry, music, chuck wagon feed, local crafters. A family event to benefit Hope Retreat Ranch, a 501(c)3 organization that provides free equine therapy to children with disabilities.

hrranch.org; Facebook


 



 

      Jay Snider obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

See the proclamation here.
 


 

  Shane Queener obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.  This is the first-ever Tennessee proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week.

See the proclamation here.


 


 

Rex Rideout obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

Jerry Brooks obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week declaration from Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

See the declaration here.

 


 

Chris Isaacs obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey.

See the proclamation here.

 


 


  Marci Broyhill and Teresa Kay Orr perform at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center in an event celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week:

April 10, 2016
Western Heritage Songs  Sioux City, Iowa
 

From the Betty Strong Encounter Center:

The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Preserving America’s Western Heritage with Songs and Tales Along the Trail” with prairie poet and storyteller Marci Broyhill and songwriter and guitarist Teresa Kay Orr at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Admission will be free; a reception will follow

“Grab your hat, boots and spurs. Cinch your saddle,” say the artists. “We’ll weave history, agriculture and the human experience into a program of education and fun.”

Broyhill will share intriguing stories of courageous and colorful characters of our Western culture. Orr will present powerful songs conveying the struggles, joys and fun that were part of everyday life in the early West.

Broyhill and Orr are sisters who grew up along Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, Highway 12.

2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2016

siouxcitylcic.com


 


 

  California's San Miguel Library has an event on April 23, 2016:

April 23, 2016
San Miguel Library  San Miguel, California

This year we will be have a Cowboy Poetry Party on Saturday, April 23rd. We invite the community to come and listen to recorded cowboy poetry and enjoy refreshments, and share their cowboy poems if they so desire!

 


 

    David Carlton has obtained a resolution for Cowboy Poetry Week from Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet of the State of Florida.

See the resolution here.
 


 

Lynn Kopelke has obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

Tom Swearingen has obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

  Dove Morgan Schmidt of CrossRoads Ranch Barn and Breakfast has organized a Cowboy Poetry Week event at the Bristow Library:

April 19, 2016
Bristow Library  Bristow, Oklahoma

The Bristow Library is excited to host our Cowboy Poetry event on April 19, 2016 from 2 - 4 pm. I have invited several other cowboy poets and I'll be doing some poetry as well. 

 


 

DW Groethe obtained a Statement of Recognition of Cowboy Poetry Week from Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

See the proclamation here.

 



 

  Totsie Slover of The Real West from the Old West obtained a proclamation for Cowboy Poetry Week from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

See the proclamation here.

 

 


 

Jarle Kvale of Back at the Ranch radio obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

See the proclamation here.

 



  Francie Ganje of Heritage of the American West obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.

In 2006, Francie was the first person to receive a proclamation from her governor, and she has inspired all of the other efforts for Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations and recognitions.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

Colorado musician and reciter Rex Rideout has two Cowboy Poetry Week programs scheduled:

April 14, 2016
Sheridan County Fulmer Library Sheridan, Wyoming

April 22, 2016
Arthur Lakes Library Golden, Colorado

 



Marleen Bussma reports, "...members of the Cowboy Poets of Utah (in southern Utah) are celebrating National Cowboy Poetry Week with an hour program at the Santa Clara library 4 p.m. and at the St. George library at 6 p.m. on April 19. Russ Westwood, Ken Marshall, Marleen Bussma and Bob Christensen will tell stories and windies about the old and new west.

April 19, 2016
Santa Clara Library  St. George, Utah

April 19, 2016
St. George Library  St. George, Utah

 


 

  Each year, Jim and Andy Nelson's  Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with a special show that includes great cowboy poetry as well as songs that were written and co-written by poets. Featured poems and songs for this year are:

Kip Calahan's "The Eyes of a Windmill Man," written with Les Buffham

Wallace McRae's "Reincarnation"

Trinity Seely's "The Hand," written with Waddie Mitchell

Bruce Kiskaddon's "Alone" recited by Trey Allen

Gail I. Gardner's "The Sierry Petes" performed by Peter LaFarge

"One More Rain" by Georgie Sicking with Jean Prescott's "When the Rains Came," written with Carole Jarvis

Pat Richardson's "Cowboy Banker"

Joel Nelson's "The Men Who Ride No More"

Don Edwards' "Here's Looking at You," written with Joel Nelson

Listen to the syndicated broadcast during Cowboy Poetry Week on your broadcast station, and listen on line starting April 25 at clearoutwest.com.
 

 


 

From Scott Hagler:

April 22, 2016
How the West Was Sung  Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Men's Camerata presents "How the West Was Sung," Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta. The auction opens at 6:00 with goods and services by local businesses, art, jewelry and more.

The concert at 7:00 p.m. features the Santa Fe Men’s Camerata and guests telling stories of the American West in song and poetry, in conjunction with the 15th annual Cowboy Poetry Week.

 Tickets, $15 for adults, $5 for students, free for children 10 and under, are available at SantaFeMenSing.com, at 1-800-838-3006 and at the door.

 




 

Marci Broyhill has obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.

See the proclamation here.

 



  Wendy Brown-Barry (www.wendybrown-barry.com) created a great display for California's Mariposa County Library and she will appear there on April 16 in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.

April 16, 2016
Mariposa County Library  Mariposa, California

 

 


 

THE MARIPOSA COUNTY LIBRARY IS CELEBRATING COWBOY POETRY WEEK
 
APRIL 17-23, 2016
 
Local cowboy poet Wendy Brown-Barry will be reciting original and traditional cowboy poetry at the Mariposa County Library, 4978 10th St., on Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 AM.
          Fifteen years ago cowboypoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week.  In April 2003 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the Cowboy Poetry Week celebration.  Cowboypoetry.com sponsors the Bar-D Ranch web site.  Their mission is to preserve and celebrate the arts and life of rural communities everywhere.
          Cowboy Poetry is an oral tradition of the Old West that was born on the cattle drives of the eighteen hundreds.  Sitting around their campfires, cowboys began a tradition of story telling, poetry, and song that has survived on ranches from Texas to Montana, and in recent years has entered the mainstream of literary genre.  The themes are universal, with heavy emphasis on nature, history, folklore, family, friends, and work.  “Cowboy poetry records the heartbeat of the real working West, in a tradition that spans three centuries.  Ranchers, cowboys, and Western writers represent the voices of this vital-yet endangered-rural culture.”
          Come join the celebration, and support your local library!  All ages are welcome, and refreshments will be served.
          Please visit Wendy’s web site: www.wendybrown-barry.com

 


 

Writer, poet, and musician Susan Matley celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week at her blog. She writes:

To celebrate, I’m posting interviews with four cowboy poets, each with a different tale to tell. Last week’s featured guest was Lynn Kopelke; those to come are Doris Daley, Clark Crouch and Janice Gilbertson

Find the interesting interviews here.

 


 


  Bob O'Donnell's Western Jukebox has a poetry-filled podcast for Cowboy Poetry Week. Listen
here.
 

 



 

  Poets Clark Crouch, Lynn Kopelke, and Del Gustafson celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week with a program April 20 at 7PM at Creekside in Woodinville, Washington.

April 20, 2016
Cowboy Poetry at Creekside Woodinville, Washington
 
 


 

Hal Swift obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

  Jarle Kvale, Mark Kerr, and Buddy Huff celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week with a program on April 22:

April 22, 2016
An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Song Rolla, North Dakota

 

 




  Shoshoni, Wyoming celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week and presents the 4th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering featuring Western poets Hub Whitt, Garland Kennington, Ron Bailey, Karl Brauneis and band, Jean Haugen, Rick Pitt, John Brower, and Rodger Weitzel just to name a few. 4pm-6pm. Held at the Community Hall on the west side of the Shoshoni Fire Hall on East 2nd St and Hwy. 20. 

April 21, 2016
4th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Shoshoni, Wyoming
 

 


 

    Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

Bobbie Hunter obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

See the proclamation here.

 


 

  Yvonne Hollenbeck celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with two events:

April 20, 2016
South Dakota Extension Council Meeting  Winner, South Dakota   (noon)
 
April 22, 2016
Vermillion Public Library  Vermillion, South Dakota  (11:30)
 
 


 

  Barbara Richhart of CowTrails radio obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Mayor Karen W. Sheek of the City of Cortez, Colorado.

See the proclamation here.

 



Barbara Richhart's CowTrails radio celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on April 17, 2016 with Jerry Brooks live in the studio.

Listen at noon Mountain time on ksjd.org or catch the podcast later at cowtrails.com.


 


 

Judy James' Cowboy Jubilee radio celebrates Cowboy Poetry with two shows. She writes:

Join us for a special edition of Cowboy Jubilee April 16 as we celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week. The show will feature Colorado Poet Terry Nash. He will be calling in around 8:00 Texas time and sharing some of his poetry.

Then the next Saturday, April 23rd, Sam Deleeuw will be calling in from Utah and Teresa Burleson will be guest hosting with us! We will be playing many of your favorite Cowboy Poems as well as those that are set to music! We air from 7:30 - 9:30 on qxfm—89.5 and on the internet—www.qxfm.com.

Join us!

 


 

  Mark Munzert and others celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week at the Rensselaerville (New York)Library:

April 16, 2016
Cowboy Poetry at Conkling Hall  Renssalaerville, New York

COWBOY POETRY AT CONKLING HALL as part of Rensselaerville Library's Poetry Month and in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week: APRIL 16: (3:00-5:00pm)

"We are happy to have Janet Botaish back for an afternoon of Cowboy Poetry…this year we very excited to have special guests Mark Munzert andKimmy Hudson-Munzert. Mark considers himself a "green-horn" to the range of writn' and recitin' and says he's as big a fan and promoter as writer and performer. He has been featured in many publications and has performed at venues as distant as Benson, Arizona. "I enjoy relating experiences that shaped me and I truly enjoy making folks smile, chuckle, tear-up and think. I consider it an honor to promote the positive values of cowboy life in doing so." Mark is the current Western Music Association Western Wordsmith's Secretary and also administrates a 'Cowboy Poetry' Facebook page which stands over 7,000 members. "My saddle is pretty dusty and my trails are usually paved" working as a territory manager for an equine nutritional and care products manufacturer. Mark, and wife, western singer, Kimmy (Hudson), live and perform in the Northeast and travel westward for larger Cowboy Gatherings with plans for a westward move in the future."

 


 

 

  Andria Kidd and others of the Western Music Association and its Western Wordsmiths chapter celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week:

April 17, 2016
Cowboy Poetry at the Autry Museum  Los Angeles, California

"... I'm Inviting You to Help Celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week at The Autry Western Heritage Museum!...I'll be Performing - Along with some of my Western Music Association and WMA - Western Wordsmiths Cowboy Poet Posse: Peter Conway, Lefty Alright, Gency Brown and More!...If you can, Please Stop by Noon to 3PM and we'll entertain ya!..."

 


 

 

  Marci Broyhill (www.marcibroyhill.com) and others celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week.

April 23, 2016
Second Annual Songs and Tales Along the Trails Spencer, Nebraska

The Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway, Nebraska's HWY 12 is hosting its Second Annual Songs and Tales Along the Trails-2016. This year's freewill offering will benefit the Spencer Fire Hall. Plan to attend the Gathering featuring Teresa Kay Orr, Marci Broyhill and other local performers in Spencer, Nebraska, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Fire Hall. You are invited to support the Spencer Fire Department while celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week.


April 2015 in Naper, Marci Broyhill, Kyle Rosfeld, Teresa Kay Orr
 

 


 

  The Douglas County Library in Minden, Nevada shared their Cowboy Poetry Week display. Ellie Newell, Library Technician, send photos of:

...our display location—right by our circulation desk and our front entryway, the shelf in our Nevada collection room where we display cowboy poetry collection—CDs and books—year round, and a close- up of our poster advertising Cowboy Poetry Week at our library. That final image is also displayed on our website and on our rotating message board above our circulation desk. We will most likely also post it to our Facebook and Twitter accounts as well.

 



 


 

 

   It's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words...we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 42nd piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a special Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur, a painting, "A Life Less Ordinary," by noted cowboy artist, cowboy, and rancher Gary Morton (garymortonart.com).

We asked Gary to tell us about the painting's inspiration and he commented, "The cowboy life is never boring. Most of the West is still worked on horseback. Days are long and the weather is sometimes a challenge. These cowpunchers saddled up and rode out when daylight was just a promise on the eastern horizon. They have been in a high trot to get to the back side in order to make a drive. The cowboss is scattering the riders and each will gather cattle back to the roundup. It will require a sure footed horse and a good hand to handle the job. Many spur of the moment decisions will have to be made for a smooth works. Each day is a different experience and truly it is, 'A Life Less Ordinary.'"

He adds that the painting, "... is from the 06 Ranch in the Davis Mountains of far west Texas." One of the pictured riders is popular poet and cowboy Ray Fitzgerald.

Submissions were welcome from all through April 13, 2016. Find selected poems here. They are:

 A Sunset Earned by Marleen Bussma of Utah
Which Way the Wind is Blowing by Doug Gustafson of Washington
Language of the Land by Tom Swearingen of Oregon
The Yearning by Kay Kelley Nowell of Texas
“Why, I Recollect…”
by Jim Cathey of Texas
Square Dance of a Different Kind by Michelle Turner of Iowa
Range Fever by Glen Enloe of Missouri
The Boss by Lynn Kopelke of Washington
The Colt by Merv Webster of Queensland
The Meetin' of Ray Fitzgerald by Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns of Wyoming
His Own Way
by Jean Mathisen Haugen of Wyoming
 


 


 

  We're pleased to announce the release of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten, a double-CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the best cowboy poetry.

This tenth and final edition of The BAR-D Roundup collects the most popular classic and contemporary poetry tracks from the past volumes, including those from early volumes that are long out of print. You’ll find the authentic voices of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows (Buck Ramsey, Wallace McRae, Joel Nelson); past Texas State Poet Laureate Red Steagall; of classic poets in their own voices (Gail I. Gardner, Robert Service, Charles Badger Clark, Jr.); and of many other men and women, respected poets and reciters who are cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers.

Poets and reciters include
Randy Rieman, Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Gary McMahan, Waddie Mitchell, Paul Bliss, Joel Nelson, Jerry A. Brooks, Sunny Hancock, Paul Zarzyski, DW Groethe, Jesse Smith, Jay Snider, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Ken Cook, Red Steagall, Virginia Bennett, Kent Rollins, Andy Nelson, Georgie Sicking, Diane Tribitt Scott, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Doris Daley, Carole Jarvis, Elizabeth Ebert, Chris Isaacs, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Trey Allen, Buck Ramsey, Gail I. Gardner, Wallace McRae, Rod Nichols, Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson, Jane Morton, Brigid Reedy, Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”), Linda Kirkpartick, Harry Jackson, Hal Swift, Robert Service, Dick Morton, Charles Badger Clark, Gail Steiger, James Richardson, with a PSA by Baxter Black.

The CD's cover picture is James F. Walker Nelson (1920-1993) in the late 1970s, farrier and father of poet Andy Nelson and Jim Nelson, co-hosts of Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio. Inside the CD there's a photograph of the Texas ranchers Sylvia and Joel Nelson, taken by top photographer Walter Workman (walterworkman.com).

 

The Center's Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution and by twenty-four states' governors and officials—is held each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, The BAR-D Roundup CD and the celebration's poster (this year by respected cowboy and artist Gary Morton) are offered to libraries in the Center's Rural Library Project. The outreach program is a part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.


CDs are also thank-you gifts to CowboyPoetry.com supporters and are for sale.

The CD is dedicated to all those who proudly carry on the ranching tradition.

Find order information and more here.

Posted 4/22

 



Julie Smyres Machado, Managing Librarian of the Spanish Springs Library in Sparks, Nevada, shares a photo of the library's display, which includes Governor Brian Sandoval's Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation:

Julie told us that, "Several people who have never read cowboy poetry have checked out these poetry books on display..."

 




    In celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week, South Dakota rancher and writer
Linda M. Hasselstrom of Windbreak House  recites some stanzas from Badger Clark’s poem “The Legend of Boastful Bill” and tells some stories of her connection to the poem in a video here.

Find more about Linda M. Hasselstrom here at CowboyPoetry.com and at WindbreakHouse.com


 


 

Mendell Morgan, Director of El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, Texas, shared their announcement:

El Progreso Memorial Library is observing Cowboy Poetry Week April 17 - 23 with items in our display cases and special Story Hours on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. when Trini the Chihuahua is coming back with her faithful human companion, Karen, for an encore reading on this theme. This is the fifteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week which takes place each year during April, National Poetry Month.

The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry has send a CD of classic and contemporary cowboy poetry, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten for our readers to enjoy. You'll find the authentic voices of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows Buck Ramsey, Wallace McRae and Joel Nelson along with past poets laureate and classic poets in their own voices of respected poets and reciters who are cowboys, ranchers and Western writers. For more information, visit CowboyPoetry.com.

Find an article and photo in the April 17, 2016 edition of the Uvalde Leader News here.
 


 

April 23, 2016
Western Spring Fling  Hooker, Oklahoma

Hooker, Oklahoma's Olive Warner Library hosts its Western Spring Fling, Saturday April 23, 2016. They write, "Olive Warner Library is once again hosting a Cowboy Poetry Contest, and there is fun and excitement
in town all day long."

They also sent along this description:

Once again the Olive Warner Library is offering their annual Cowboy Poetry Contest, asking this year that the entries be about John "Hooker" Threlkyld, the cowboy foreman from which the town was named.

Poems or Art about Hooker Threkyld and his times and his work here in the Panhandle of Oklahoma [are welcome]. He was a respected worker, the man all the big outfits hoped to have for the foreman job with their outfit. He worked for the Tory Brothers who owned the O.X. Ranch, worked for the Hall brothers, and his name was known to the cowboys around from the Cimarron to the Brazos.

When he was a foreman of a cow ranch in southeast Colorado in 1873 near what the ranch called, "The West End," Hooker had a man come in riding hard and asking for help. Some settlers were beseiged by the Indians. They were forted up in the stockade at old company M and they sent the rider for help.

Hooker told his men, "Let's ride, boys!" and off they flew to  rescue the folks. Well, everyone in the stockade peered out and thought, "All that dust? Must be General Hooker and his troops," for they were known to be patrolling in the area too. And so they cheered "Hooker! Hooker!"

Well our John "Hooker" swooped in with his guys and "convinced" the Indians to leave the folks alone. After the dust all settled, our beseiged folks said,"Well, Ii warn't ol Hooker but he were just as good as!"

But all those who worked with him on the daily basis, taking care of the boss's cows saw him time after time, just calmly ride into a herd and neatly, quietly dab a loop on this calf or that and take care of him without causing much fuss. The herd remained a herd and not a stampede.

The cattle kept gaining instead of running it off in fright.

Every cowboy has some bad days too, and for Hooker, it was a terrible blizzard that hit the plains, and in this land of new barbed wire, the cattle tried to drift ahead of the storm, but they hit those fences and piled up, froze and suffocated huddled against the barbed wire fence.

They called it "The Great Die Off" claiming when the storm was done, and they checked for the damage, you could nearly walk across the pasture stepping from carcass to carcass. The
big outfits began rethinking their love affair with the high plains panhandles and decided Montana
had winters when it'd oughta be winter...and maybe less chance of tick fever besides.

Hooker's boss sold out and offered him their side camp for his own. Then when the trains began building through this area, every 10 miles they needed a water or fuel stop. And this one was where they'd drop off things for Hooker..."Yeah, that's for Hooker Ranch, just drop it here, they'll be along."

Early pioneer in this area Boss Neff said our town was named for John Threkyld and that's good enough for us. Old Charlie Hitch hosted Hooker when he came back to visit from his retirement in Redondo Beach. When Hooker Threkyld passed away and word got back to our area. Charlie said, "Well, Heaven will be dearer to me now, for Hooker will be there."

We are just hoping folks will stop and appreciate a top hand who knew the cowboy trade, John "Hooker" Threkyld.

 




  

April 20, 2016
Crook County Library  Sundance, Wyoming

Past Wyoming Poet Laureate Patricia Frolander took part in a Crook County Library event for Cowboy Poetry Week. She reports:

Had a great program at our library on Wednesday. I was honored to be asked to work with the fourth and fifth grade classes utilizing cowboy gear to create a poem.

I brought a pair of chaps, boots, spurs, neckerchief, saddlebags, and hat. A team of five students at each table had to compose a four line stanza about their article of cowboy gear. First we dialogued about the items as there were uses they might not have lot about like using a spur to dig into a damp place at the bottom of a draw and get enough water to seep to drink. Or to use the spur to mark trees in a heavily-timber if you weren’t in an area you knew well. At the conclusion of 25 minutes each team picked a member to read their work to the group.

The wonderful librarian, Bonnie Stahla, at the Crook County Library will compile the poem from each class and post in the newspapers and on the library’s public board.

Bonnie also decorated the room with cowboy photos and of course the wonderful Cowboy Poetry Week Poster. She even made each child a laminated book mark with one of my poems written on it.

What fun. The classroom teachers, Bonnie, the children and I had a great time and it seems we shall do this next year as well.

 



 

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  2016 Cowboy Poetry Week events took place at: North Ogden Branch Library, North Ogden, Utah; Southwest Branch Library, Roy, Utah; Ogden Valley Branch Library, Huntsville, Utah; Pleasant Valley Branch Library, Washington Terrace, Utah; Cowboyin', Horses, and Friends, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Tigard Public Library, Tigard, Oregon; Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego;   Draper Public Library Draper, Utah: Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City, Iowa; San Miguel Library, San Miguel, California; Bristow Library, Bristow, Oklahoma; Sheridan Fulmer Library, Sheridan, Wyoming; Arthur Lakes Library, Golden, Colorado; Santa Clara Library, St. George, Utah; St. George Library, St. George, Utah; How the West Was Sung, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mariposa County Library, Mariposa, California; Cowboy Poetry at Creekside, Woodinville, Washington; Cowboy Poetry at Conkling Hall, Renssalaerville, New York; An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Song, Rolla, North Dakota; Fourth Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Shoshoni, Wyoming; Cowboy Poetry at the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, California; South Dakota Extension Council Meeting, Winner, South Dakota; Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion, South Dakota; Second Annual Songs and Tales Along the Trails Spencer, Nebraska, El Progresso Memorial Library, Uvalde, Texas; Olive Warner Memorial Library Hooker, Oklahoma; Crook County Library Sundance, Wyoming, and other places. 

Governors' proclamations and recognitions were received from Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, Florida, Washington, Oregon, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, Wyoming, Texas, Idaho, along with a proclamation from Cortez, Colorado:.

 

 

 

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