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by Linda Kirkpatrick
Huntin’ Ghost Story 10-25-10
Besides being the time of ghosts and goblins, it is almost time
for hunters to arrive. Those of you who manage hunting leases and
should any of you hunters arrive early you might want to read this
story very closely.
was that Outlaw? 8-7-10
The story of Vic Queen
Mysterious Yellow Rose of Texas 4-1-10
This is a story about Texas. It is the story of a woman---a mysterious
woman closely related to the song, “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” As
I further delved into the research, I found a story beyond anything
that I had imagined. Is it myth or is it fact, I do not know but
I will share my discoveries and you can decide for yourself.
Bob Ramsey 3-7-10
The true storyteller can take you on a journey through time until
at the end, you want to say, “It can’t be over yet!!” Mr. Ramsey
was the best of the best.
J. D. Reed - The Story of a Cowboy 9-2-09
James Duff Reed, the Cattle King of the West
Day I Rode with the Newton Boys 2-5-09
The notorious Newton Boys played havoc on banks and trains during
the Roaring Twenties...
of Alcatraz 1-4-08
Did you know that I spent time in Alcatraz? And did you know that
during my time there I tied up some limbs broken from the old family
tree? Yep it is all true. And I might even add that the ghost of
Machine Gun Kelly helped to bring it all together...
Secrets of Bees 11-1-08
I remember my grandfather, Lewis Burleson Kirkpatrick, telling tales
of smoking bee trees but I never got the details. Thus I turned
to research in order to find out how early day bee robbers plied
their trade. I learned that honey was a cherished possession that
sometimes resulted in…murder.
Domodora of South Texas 8-18-08
Out of the PWA the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was born.
Thanks to the WPA and the monies paid to writers, we now have a
collection of interviews of people whose stories would have been
lost in history. Florence Angermiller's interview with Johanna July
of Brackettville, Texas is a story that I have read over and over...
Ann Goodnight and the Texas State Bison Herd 7-11-08
Their story began many, many years ago and when you know it your
heart will fill with the same pride that you get at you watch Old
Glory waving in the breeze.
Women of 1836, Part III, Mary Millsap 6-3-08
"... Mary Millsap, wife of Isaac Millsap, Gonzales Ranger.
Isaac was the oldest defender at the Alamo and Mary was now one
of the oldest widows. Not only was Mary left with the burden of
seven children to raise but she had been blind for many years..."
Women of 1836 - Part II
Susannah Dickinson 5-1-08
"...Susannah picked up Angelina and followed the officer into
the courtyard. It was then that she viewed a site that history books
can never describe. The air was still and there was a deafening
hush all around. The bodies of the brave dead Texans lay stacked
in piles, later to become funeral pyres spreading smoke and history
to the sky above..."
Women of 1836 - Part I 4-3-08
The women who came to Texas were strong beyond means. They faced
every hardship and danger that one can imagine and still they survived.
The following stories relate the tales of a few of these women.
The first is an unnamed woman from Anahuac...
a Pig, There a Pig
Third and Final Event of the Pig Trilogy 3-10-08
Today in Real County there are several dedicated “hog hunters” and
they don’t understand catch and release if you get my drift. I will
introduce you to a few of these unique people...
Little Piggy Stayed Home
Part Two of the Pig Trilogy 1-5-08
This story is about the important but disgusting details of butchering
the ill fated little pig and preparing the meat for the table. It
is not for the faint of heart...
Drives of Frio Canyon Texas
Part I: “Git Along Little Piggy”
Late 1890’s - Early 1900’s 12-8-07
The Frio Canyon suffered hard times in the late 1800’s... The folks,
who built up the early ranches in the Leakey area, did what they
could to just get by... Like the cattle drives of old but just not
as classy or as romantic or as written about were the hog drives
of the Frio Canyon.
White Lady of Rio Frio 10-15-07
Story of a ghost that haunts the banks of the Frio River...
in South Texas: Reading Black - Unionist, George Washington - Wall
The northern end of South Texas is still considered by many as a
remote, desolate area that could only be home to rattlesnakes, horned
toads, scorpions and occasionally an outlaw. It is, on the other
hand, a beautiful country abound with clear rivers, solitude and
an abundance of game and I am here to tell there was a time when
it was all of this and much more...
F. (Frank) Payne, Texas Ranger 9-5-07
...Annually they would round up the herds and brand the calves according
to the brand of their mother. Thus each rancher was able to keep
up with the herd size and the cattle belonged to him even though
the cow herds ran free. This process worked well until the Civil
War. Many of the young men who had hired out to work these cows
were called to fight...
Woman of the Apache 8-2-07
Many accounts are told of the April 18, 1881 incident at the McLaurin
Ranch in the Frio Canyon of Texas. Kate McLaurin and Allan Lease
were killed but the raiders had compassionately left the McLaurin
children alive. Many historical accounts are linked to one another
and a small glitch in history could have changed many of the outcomes.
Just one small change could have altered the lives of many, including
one Apache woman.
Cummings Master of the Long Loop 6-30-07
Robert H. “Sarge” Cummings was known as a master of the long loop,
a cowboy term for rustler. This old coot was loved by all, except
for maybe the Texas Rangers...
on the Frio 6-3-07
The McLaurin Massacre
Last Picture Show" 2-18-07
The Canyon Theatre
I have been writing
Cowboy Poetry for several years now. My mom is from Philadelphia and
my dad is from Texas. They met during World War II, married and my
mother got to live the dream that many city girls were wishing they
could do….she married her cowboy and made her home on a remote Texas
ranch. Then I came along and try as she might to dress me in dresses,
her little girl became Daddy's cowgirl. My whole life has involved
cowboys in one way or the other. I try to focus my poetry on the women
of the west and the lives of women ranchers. I am a part of a group
called "The Cowboy Sunset Serenade," along with Frank Roberts and
Joe Wells. Our programs are about the history of the cowboy, the west
and women of the west. We perform at schools, state parks and retirement
centers. We have also performed at the National Cowboy Symposium at
Lubbock, Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, Folklife Festival
in San Antonio, Texas Parks and Wildlife Expo in Austin and anywhere
else we can get someone to listen. Frank Roberts sings cowboy songs
while Joe and I do cowboy poetry.
I guess I do this in honor of my family, just a bunch of old cowboys.
I have watched them give their time, sweat and blood to be stewards
of the land and guardians of the livestock. I was, unknowingly, brought
up with a healthy respect for livestock and the environment and this
was all thanks to my dad, my uncles and my granddad. As any person
who has lived this life knows it is hard work with little pay but
the rewards are greater than anything imaginable. So this is why I
write about this life, with an emphasis on the women who lived in
the top Reciter awards at the Western Legends Roundup and Cowboy Poetry
Rodeo in Kanab, Utah. I was named among the top five female poets
by the Academy of Western Artists in 2005 and 2006. I was also in
the top five for female poet of the year with the Western Music Association
Somewhere in the West
The Big Roundup
The BAR-D Roundup
Beneath a Western Sky
My poetry CD, Beneath a Western Sky, was released in 2005.
Some of my stories and poems are collected in my book, Somewhere
in the West (Cowboy Miner Productions, 2001). I was a contributor
to The Big Roundup (New West Library, 2001) anthology that
received the AWA Buck Ramsey Best Poetry Book Award, and am included
in The BAR-D Roundup, a compilation CD from the Center for
Western and Cowboy Poetry, sponsors of CowboyPoetry.com. My poetry
has been featured on the radio, in other publications and overseas.
The story of the Last Indian Raid in the Frio Canyon and possibly
the entire state of Texas.
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Leakey, Texas 78873
photo is my dad, Alton Kirkpatrick, me and a longhorn. I was very
upset when this photo was made and remember every bit of it. You see
my dad made me sit in that saddle, on that longhorn, in a DRESS!!
Now what cowgirl do you know would ride a longhorn in a DRESS!? I
was highly offended that my dad expected me to sit in that saddle
in a dress. That nasty little look that I have on my face is not out
of fear of that big ole steer it is because I had to sit up there
in a dress!!! Daddy was standing there to keep me from bailing off!!
He carried that photo in his wallet until a few years ago when I talked
him out of it!!