We thank you. We honor you.


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For all of those who  serve, before, now, and in the future,  Thank you!

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Hush, You Puppy!


420px-Cattle-TrailsChuck wagon food came in many guises, some good, some really really good, and some just horrid.

Far be it for the cowboy to complain about the food that got put on his tin platter.  No grumpy cookie wanted to hear complaints after he has just spent a long day on the trail, driving, setting up camp, tending wounds, herding cowpokes and cooking vittles.

A smart cow wrangler ate what he got, smiled, and asked for more!!

(and in appreciation of Cassandra Swanson…Rattlesnake Roast should be on this list!)

Chuck wagon monikers

 

Summer dreaming and thinking ahead


samsung 305 samsung 352 samsung 124 samsung 299 samsung 305 samsung 306 samsung 316 samsung 319 samsung 320 samsung 337 samsung 341samsung 299samsung 320samsung 359We had a great summer, here are some highlights of the Albert Lea Rendezvous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I complained bitterly of the cold that first week in October.  Oh if only it were so warm now!

Our fun was outstanding

Our friends Supreme

Our food

was

oh so wonderful

 

 

 

Looking Forward to next years

 

 

Events are us!

Josefa (Chipita) Rodriquez… Today in History


images“No soy culpable”     I am not guilty”    These were the only words spoken by Josefa Rodriquez during her 1863 trial for the murder of John Savage

Josefa , an orphan from an early age, ran an inn in her tumble-down home in San Patricio County, Texas.

John Savage, a trader who had stayed overnight in her establishment, was found bludgeoned by an ax at the side of a river near her home.

Josefa and her son are arrested for his murder and held for a trial overseen by Judge Benjamin Neal. Judge Neal had a diversified history as a newspaper editor, teacher, politician and boarder raider.

The head of the grand jury was the sheriff who arrested her. Jury members included men who were facing trial for their own crimes.

Josefa  did not testify at her trial, only stating she was not guilty.  It was thought that she may have been protecting her son, who possibly did the deed. Evidence was weak, and circumstantial.  Another theory was floated about that perhaps she was gathering information on reasons to enter the civil war for Texan legislatures, and her death was a political measure.

The jury found her guilty and suggested clemency.  She was 63 years old.  Judge Neal sentenced her to hang from a tree on November 13, 1863.  Some say she is the first woman executed in Texas.  She was pardoned inn 1985 by  Texas Governor White.

It is also said, that Josefa wanders the river bottoms of  Texas when a woman is sentenced to die…  Josefa  mourning her false conviction and death.chipita
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The Salt Creek Crossing Raid


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warrenwagonContractor Henry Warren was hired to haul supplies to the forts in West Texas. On May 18, 1871 Warren’s wagon train, heavily laden with corn, was traveling the Jackson Belknap Road towards Salt Creek Crossing. Along the trail they briefly encountered the famous General William Tecumseh Sherman. Within an hour of this brief encounter a large group of riders was spotted in the distance ahead, appearing to be Kiowa warriors. Warren quickly placed the wagons in a circle, mules in the center.
The Warriors efficiently attacked the circled wagons, killing then mutilating seven of the wagoners. The leaders of the Kiowa warriors were Satana, Satank, and Eagle Heart. They had watched the Sherman party pass by from their hidden post, but had not attacked. The previous evening a Shaman predicted that the relatively small party would be shortly followed by a larger party with more reward.
The raiders lost 3 men but in the end of the raid captured 41 mules’ carrying many supplies as the Shaman had prophesied.
Only five men escaped, including one Thomas Brazeale who managed to reach Fort Richardson, 20 long walking miles away where he told the story of the brutal attack to Colonel Ronald Mackenzie. Sherman was informed and the two army officers took a party out to search for the raiders. The 3 chiefs were captured and sent by train to Fort Richardson. Satank was killed on the train while trying to escape, and the other two were tried and convicted of murder in Jack County, Texas on July 6 in the first Native American trial in history,

Holy Cow! Happy Birthday Calamity Jane!!!


martha canary ( From  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamity_Jane )

Martha Jane Canary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903 age 51), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Indians. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and needy. This contrast helped to make her a famous frontier figure.

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