in the Amarillo Globe News
by Delbert Trew
Delbert Trew retired from a lifetime of farming and ranching along
with stints as a carpenter, cow trader and 35 years as a "Saturday
night professional musician." He turned to freelance writing because
he was "literally full of it."
E-mail at email@example.com
up peaches brings back memories 10-23-12
interview provides historical insight 9-25-12
Grey's novels sparked love of reading 9-11-12
provide funny tidbits 8-28-12
terms have underlying meaning 8-21-12
terms' origins intriguing 8-14-12
“American Yesterday,” a 1956 book by Eric Sloane, tells of the origins
of many terms handed down to modern times.
shake hands with a stucco man 8-7-12
If you have ever wondered why so many old houses are still standing,
it’s probably because the sides are coated with a concrete process
bonnets necessary gear for country ladies 8-1-12
Most country people who remember their elders also will remember
the shawls, aprons and slat bonnets worn almost every day of the
easy, practical process 7-19-12
Farmers, ranchers and other country people are amazed at this new
interest in a process they have practiced forever. To many, this
one effort has contributed to their survival for more times than
they care to remember.
to exchange years of frugality for quick cash 6-20-12
Being raised during the Dirty Thirties by parents of ultra-conservative
beliefs, “fix it up, use it up and wear it out” was pounded into
my young mind daily.
bull fight a dud 6-13-12
A contest held in 1907 between a Mexican fighting bull and a buffalo
bull at a bullfighting arena in Juarez, Mexico.
work keeps ranchers employed 5-22-12
Webster’s Dictionary states:
Work Something produced or accomplished by effort, exertion
or exercise of will.
end to uses for paper, twine 5-8-12
If you are old enough to remember a “twine or string ball,” usually
kept on a pantry shelf, you are probably moving around a bit slow.
railroads shape area history 3-6-12
Long before the town of Spearman was born, the settlement of Hansford
became the county seat with the winning votes for the election swung
by “the use of a three-seated hack and liberal doses of Dodge City
tarantula juice.” Their new frame courthouse was nearing completion
in 1891 when a cyclone struck...
western was not always best 2-28-12
Until the driving of The Golden Spike in 1869, signaling the coming
of The Railroad Age, accommodations along the various trails, stage
routes, freight routes and river routes were a tragedy to most travelers.
sacks save the day 2-21-12
For a long period of time in the old days, almost everything ordered
from suppliers and hauled on freight wagons either came packed in
a wooden crate, a wooden nail keg, a wooden barrel or a gunny sack.
Once the items reached the frontier, the crate, keg, barrel or sack
became a commodity just like the items packed inside.
builder's life became caricature 1-24-12
Stephen Wallace Dorsey, the famed builder and owner of the historically
acclaimed Dorsey Mansion at Mountain Spring, N.M., led a glamorous,
honest and successful career until he entered the political arena
in 1872. From that moment on his life was plagued with fraud, conspiracies,
shenanigans, thefts and lawsuits.
Ranch hosted Rockledge rail site 1-7-12
From 1900 to 1902, Rock Island Railroad built tracks from Oklahoma
to Tucumcari, N.M. From today’s Jericho to Alanreed, the track followed
Old Trail’s Ridge, dividing the Salt Fork of the Red River and McClellan
Creek watersheds. It also was the early day mail route from Old
Clarendon to Mobeetie.
sure as fences break, we'll still need barbed wire 12-21-11
Almost as destructive as prairie fires are the damages perpetrated
by wild hogs...
home's 'inside plumbing' didn't come easy 12-13-11
I think the year was about 1946. We had harvested our wheat and
were getting ready to plow wheat stubble south of Perryton...
grain after Dust Bowl quite a chore 12-6-11
If you have ever spent a long hot day on the end of a No. 10 grain
scoop, scooping wheat out of or into a truck or barn, this column
should trigger a few memories.
could have been lost, carried in flood 11-29-11
Extremely worn and battered, it appeared old as the hills. The black
dots were barely discernible, as well as the color...
use stock pen logic 11-22-11
Most old cowmen and cowboys have worked in hundreds of corrals during
their lifetimes. Some pens were built with new welded pipe, galvanized
panels and were painted. Others were built of used railroad ties
and landing matts, surplus from World War II. Others were hog wire,
barbed wire or salvaged telephone poles or raw cedar stays cut with
an axe and set in stockade design...
fight mesquite, others find use for it 11-16-11
Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was almost no mesquite
in the Panhandle of Texas...
way out of shame, curse 11-8-11
Some call it bartering, trading, horse-trading or just plain old
begging. After all is said and done, you tried to buy it cheaper
than it was priced...
Businesses, job workers cope with economy woes 11-2-11
When relating stories about good times and bad, and the many varied
remedies and solutions people offer, I tell the following stories
to illustrate my points...
only good for jokes 10-25-11
Among the drawbacks of living out in the country is during extremely
dry times the dirt roads have a tendency to form series of small
ridges on the surface, which I call washboarding...
make water, wild creatures return10-18-11
Once upon a time, these Panhandle Plains were densely populated
with wild creatures of every description...
some notes, quotes, common sense advice 10-4-11
A long-time scout for the U.S. Cavalry once stated, “We sure did
chase a lot of Indians. When we found them, I never knew whether
we found them or they found us.”
past offer interesting sayings 9-27-11
Few can compare with the old-time cowboys in descriptions and outlandish
tub must stand on its own bottom 9-20-11
During research for my articles, I run across many quotes that strike
for dances brings back entertaining memories 9-13-11
"Growing up in a musical family, then later playing professionally
for 35 years..."
towns gone, not forgotten 9-6-11
As I gather information about the past, I am amazed that today’s
towns and communities often had different names in the past...
Early settlers had too much or not enough 8-29-11
In examining the history of the American Dream, especially in the
rural areas of the new nation, the people either had too much of
something or not quite enough to get along and survive...
offer glimpse into life in Old West 8-23-11
Louis L’Amour, one of my favorite Western writers, once wrote: “When
a man or woman came West, their past became an unknown and the present
became an open book..."
Pass toll road tales see no justice 8-16-11
Possibly the most famous toll gate in western history belonged to
Uncle Dick Wooten, located in Raton Pass on the line between the
New Mexico and Colorado territories...
will always be change 8-8-11
There is no doubt the Crash of 1929 and the extreme drought of the
1930s contributed to The Great Depression and Dust Bowl. However,
closer study reveals the beleaguered people caught up in this strife
and disaster were caught up in another monumental change as well...
remedies got the job done 8-2-11
In days of old, ... old-timers used what was at hand to combat cut
worms, borers, beetles, termites, mites and ticks. Here are a few
remedies I have encountered...
amazing in their descriptions 7-26-11
The publications and writers continually amaze me with their varied
descriptions and choice of words. Here are a few of note...
inventions simple 7-19-11
Although Maj. Henry Hopkins Sibley never reached the war hero level,
he made great contributions to the comfort and survival of his fellow
troops during his career. Graduating from West Point in 1838...
Weird things and them bones 7-12-11
I'll admit, up front and honest, that my family is a bit weird.
I'll also admit that we probably have more fun than most families.
Here are a few examples.
adjust to barbed wire 7-5-11
Because of the nature of the subject, a significant chapter of Old
West history - bloody livestock injuries - is often ignored or forgotten.
However, it did happen, and here is the story.
everyone has interesting tidbits to share 6-28-11
Seems almost everyone I meet has a story, joke, old saying or an
place names describe unique stories of towns 6-21-11
The Place Name Survey of Texas, developed and added to for the past
20 years or more, lists and explains the uniqueness of names in
Texas. Here are a few that caught my eye...
producers, grandmas make miracles 6-14-11
Of all the strange, weird and confusing bits of history, none quite
compare with rain dancers, water witchers and grandmas...
a bit different, and I'm good with that 6-7-11
The change from rural Texas to big-city California spawned many
took outlaws to prison 5-31-11
Among the more famous conveyances adapted and used by man were the
"tumbleweed wagons." Actually, they were only common canvas covered
farm wagons put to use hauling captured prisoners being taken to
the Fort Smith prison.
comparison of ranching: past and modern days 5-23-11
stories abound in history 5-17-11
My favorite firewood story comes from the history of a Colorado
gold mining strike high in the Rocky Mountains.
attacks on region no sci-fi tale 5-10-11
The one disaster that took all and left nothing behind was the grasshopper
stitch in time saved 9 in a girl's hope chest 5-3-11
A suggestion from writer/cousin Jackie Gill, ... I am writing about
1880, travel time was quite the trip 4-26-11
A study of the actual mileage exhibited in a map of the Texas Panhandle,
No Man's Land, the Western Indian Territory, the Cherokee Outlet,
the Cherokee Strip and the southwestern section of the State of
Kansas, drawn in the year 1880, bring travel at that time into focus...
a tool for every job 4-19-11
No matter the design, brand, type or cost of a machine or implement,
sooner or later it will break down and need repair. That fact is
as reliable as the sun coming up each morning...
gave us info long before TV ads 4-12-11
Once upon a time, long before today's boring, repetitive, loud and
often dumb TV advertisements, armloads of unwanted junk mail and
irritating phone calls, there was a subtle and entertaining form
of advertising called a fair.
rock wall piece of history 4-5-11
Recently I built a dry-stacked rock wall in Bull Canyon... I learned
the method while visiting in Nashville, Tenn., years ago where miles
of such rock walls still stand after being built by slaves in the
outlet, strip not the same 3-29-11
Contrary to popular belief, The Cherokee Outlet and The Cherokee
Strip are not one and the same. Here is the explanation according
to Kansas and Oklahoma history...
rooted in dust 3-22-11
Just how, when and why did the establishment of these "national"
grassland places take place? We have to go back to 1933, the worst
year of The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl and the "First Hundred
Days" of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
machinery most reliable friend 3-1-11
With only me, myself and I to do the work I stay busy at trying
to stay out of a rest home. However, with age creeping up, muscles
and bones not as strong as in the past, I find myself depending
more and more on my best friend Jose Kubota.
brands mark originality 2-22-11
Recently I acquired a book, "The Manual of Brands and Marks," published
in 1970 by The University of Oklahoma Press, authored by Manfred
Wolfenstine. If you are interested in the history of brands, this
is the book to study.
bred Western dress 2-15-11
In 1872, a Reno, Nev., tailor wrote Levi Strauss that he had been
adding copper rivets to standard issue Levis to add strength to
the most stressed seam corners...
outlive Texas ghost towns' ambition 2-8-11
Though early towns had avid supporters with ambitious agendas, most
fell by the wayside as progress arrived and highways and railroads
passed them by.
West boots, vests have well-ridden history 2-2-11
Among the myriad of changes occurring in the Old West let us examine
the common boot. Originally built on one last to fit either foot,
the foot gear had wide, flat heels and "stovepipe tops" reaching
almost to the knees. Made for walking or marching the design was
saloons often 1st business erected in towns 1-25-11
According to the book "Saloons of Denver" by Scott Dial, published
in 1973 by Old Army Press, the word "saloon" was not used in America
until 1841, the year wagon trains began leaving for California...
Texas' first industry 1-17-11
The book "The Long Trail" by Gardner Sowle, published in 1976 by
McGraw-Hill, tells the real story of early cowboys, longhorns...
boiling fact down to common sense explanations...
Have Rich History 1-11-11
Currently, there are 32,609 registered brands in Colorado... Retaining
a registered brand in Colorado is not cheap, costing $225 for a
take your come-along along 1-4-11
Though some might look down on the common working man, he is actually
an ingenious person. If you don't believe me search the U.S. Patent
office files and find millions of tools, most invented by a working
man to make his work easier or faster.
'original primary Age of the Cowboy' 12-28-10
Most historians agree somewhat, the age of the cowboy began in 1866,
the first full year of peace after the Civil War. The end came in
is why we dance counter clockwise 12-21-10
As expected, our question of, "why do we dance western dance around
the floor counter clockwise" generated a varied response. The numerous
theories varied from the sublime to the serious to the ridiculous.
Here are a few of the best answers...
bricks and early chimneys 12-14-10
Few of the tools needed by man equaled that of fire. He needed it
to cook, heat, make light and to use for making other tools, like
shacks cheap, practical 12-8-10
A memory or two involving the famous "long skinny houses" that graced
the West on both farms and ranches and later on during the many
oil booms and busts.
Dance: Burning Question Counterintuitive 11-30-10
Recently, after enjoying an evening of good western swing music
on a ranch near Quitaque, this question came up. "Why do western
dance participants always dance in a counter-clock wise direction
around the dance floor?"
Texans relied on corn for cakes, livestock 11-23-10
To the early Texas settlers, raising corn was a matter of life or
lost colony in the Okla. Panhandle exist? 11-17-10
Recently while visiting friends in Kenton, Okla., I picked up a
small local history book titled, "The Way I Heard It," by Jennie
Rose Benton, copyright 1996. The contents tell of early history
in the area, which eventually became Beaver County in Oklahoma...
Act greatest act ever passed 11-9-10
Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the act offered 160 acres of
land to any qualified homesteader who paid a modest filing fee,
built a home, planted at least 10 acres of crops and remained on
his land for five years...
this really progress? 11-2-10
make one worn and tired 10-26-10
times, they are a'changing' 10-19-10
spurs memories of ol' saddle houses 10-12-10
use of old windmill towers a twist 10-5-10
filled with nicknames in everyday life 9-28-10
post holes by hand was hard work 9-21-10
old Tascosa 9-14-10
Farmers' Almanac' a good guide for life 9-7-10
workers suffered 8-31-10
The next time you travel north toward Denver, take a break at the
Ludlow Exit just north of Trinidad, Colo. A good paved road leads
west about two miles to the huge and educational Ludlow Massacre
Monument. I promise an interesting visit.
justice followed crime increase 8-24-10
place for everything - if I can find it all 8-17-10
of travel gives way to progress 8-10-10
is an old tradition 8-3-10
photo, many thanks 7-27-10
taught difficult lessons on frontier 7-20-10
sprung from filling needs 7-13-10
men part of Texas lore - but for different reasons 7-6-10
Known as "the Jinglebob King of the Pecos," John Chisum cast a long
shadow in the early history of cattle ranching... Almost as well
known but standing alone at the opposite end of the spectrum was
Edward Z.C. Judson, alias Ned Buntline...
a source of thorny problems 6-29-10
full of historical tidbits 6-22-10
serve as reminder of boundaries' importance 6-14-10
West' full of myth, mystery 6-8-10
often comes with theatrics 6-2-10
feed, from slab to sack 5-25-10
scene paves way to ranch memories 5-18-10
'critter' frightens rattlesnake-wary cowboy 5-11-10
offers county tales of the Texas Panhandle 5-4-10
past delivers unusual stories 4-27-10
and exaggerating 4-20-10
Purchase a great deal 4-13-10
truth behind 20-Mule Teams 4-6-10
horses and outlaw cattle 3-30-10
lurked on Texas frontiers during Civil War 3-23-10
often taken for granted 3-16-10
are remembered for bark, bite 3-9-10
When old-timers gather to visit, the tall tales do fly.
and order used to be so very different by Delbert Trew 3-3-10
Grandpa said, 'Where there's a will, there's a way' 2-23-10
No better examples exist than the problems of the old-time freighter.
hobbles were a vital tool 2-17-10
was burdensome training the beasts 2-9-10
terms of description, 'cowboy' has been varied 2-6-10
miracle materials, rawhide ruled 1-26-10
do's, don'ts and wonders of having pet turtles 1-19-10
ice monster 1-12-10
bend to advances in plows 1-5-10
I bet you never knew - and then some 12-29-09
whale of a tale? No - try wolves 12-22-09
pieces on odds, ends 12-15-09
your vocabulary pleasure - Words can have odd origins 12-8-09
in the past, water was work 12-01-09
change came demise of tollgates 11-23-09
how narrow does a niche have to be 11-17-09
your mark, go ... Big day was all important 11-10-09
tales - true or not 11-3-09
off pages offers up the dirt on Times gone by 10-27-09
hunt leaves us shellshocked 10-21-09
goodness sakes: Seems I'm done being rattled 10-13-09
to the Old West as child vivid as ever 10-6-09
stories and other true, but fowl tales 9-29-09
gunslingers to skunks, varmints took toll on Dodge City 9-22-09
have changed, but this wedding was old-timey 9-15-09
needed for towns 9-7-09
truths about tidbits 9-1-09
times, they aren't a-changin' 8-22-09
enabled Comanches to rule Texas 8-11-09
more to Borax than one might think 8-4-09
garden seed important 7-28-09
magazine shows of changing times 7-21-09
more work has helped us overcome 7-16-09
moved West on the backs of mules 7-7-09
generation needs to be more frugal 6-23-09
honoring mothers-in-law drew thousands 6-16-09
in thick of Dust Bowl 6-9-09
doors knew how to swing 6-2-09
labor helped build Thompson Park 5-26-09
was common currency 5-19-09
count out us old folks 5-12-09
became of old marker on state line? 5-5-09
Those of us living along Route 66 who research and promote the old
road's history have long pondered the fate of a missing Texas Highway
trees tough as nails 4-28-09
beats experience of Western movie 4-20-09
all these critters, I never really feel lonesome 4-14-09
Collingsworth history good as it gets 4-12-09
see your old people, write it down 3-31-09
depends on who's telling 3-24-09
was GTT: Gone to Texas 3-17-09
stories from pioneer days 3-10-09
facilities grew with the wheat 3-3-09
red tape outgrew family Bibles, tin boxes 2-25-09
trails full of mysteries 2-17-09
buffalo fact from fiction 2-10-09
This period, from 1868 to about 1878, is filled with historical
events including fights against the Plains Indians, the demise of
buffalo herds and, lesser known, the demise of a wolf species, the
Great Plains lobo...
Texas railroad system drew snickers 2-3-09
say take your meds and pray 1-27-09
grasses make tall demand for water 1-20-09
made a fortune, thanks to steel 1-13-09
for farmers multiplied during war 1-7-09
wire called 'Devil's Rope' for a reason 12-30-08
mining days were hazardous 12-22-08
brother, where art thou? 12-15-08
had a ball with newfangled electric 12-2-08
blacksmith shop full of stories 11-25-08
preserves always worth the work 11-19-08
use of newspaper 11-18-08
got some issues with the term 'issues' 11-3-08
Torture device of men's fashion 10-28-08
revolutionized ranching 10-21-08
takes on numerous meanings 10-15-08
Method early way to track criminals 10-7-08
wiped out frontier towns 9-30-08
River was watery trap 9-30-08
Ditch' brought river water to gold mines 9-23-08
Real known as scenic byway 9-16-08
The old road "Camino Real" or Royal Road may not be the oldest road
in America but was completed in 1598, a long time ago... The U.S.
designated it a National Scenic Byway and in November of 2005...
forced to siphon 9-9-08
water never a thought 9-2-08
Valley great spot for a vacation 8-26-08
led way for modern cowboy hats 8-19-08
was on cutting edge of ranching 8-12-08
were rules in good-old days, too 8-5-08
trail tamed by fort's installation 7-29-08
West accounts often fabrications 7-24-08
were the law in frontier towns 7-14-08
replacing old ranching ways 7-10-08
beef top concern for settlers 7-3-08
the front line for Texas 6-26-08
Texas rarely let go of land 6-19-08
Texas settlers saw many firsts 6-12-08
posts had top jobs 6-3-08
preceded death of a town 5-29-08
settlers threw mega-wedding 5-13-08
of laughter in Old West 5-8-08
of land ownership 5-1-08
camp stirs memories 4-24-08
journey too far for determined cattlemen 4-17-08
grow grayer 4-10-08
vehicles of West 3-27-08
hold fiery rally 3-20-08
trouble takes 30 years to terminate 3-13-08
plague settlers 3-6-08
work: Oil methods fascinating 2-28-08
switch laborious 2-21-08
up on the classic products 2-14-08
Bowl was deadly 2-7-08
scouts helped end the Indian wars 1-31-08
had to run its course
Region the birthplace of shopping cart, 'Old Yeller' 1-22-08
William Coe lived criminal highlife 1-16-08
find homes in West 1-8-08
wheel widths kept you in a rut 12-26-07
150, minimum 12-18-07
a wonder the Panhandle was ever settled 12-11-07
a valuable lesson 12-3-07
editions are book rarities 11-27-07
travelers owe much to service pioneer 11-20-07
West fires often impossible to tame 11-13-07
is as American as apple pie and baseball 11-6-07
rough as the land in Cimarron Country 10-30-07
improvisation in branding and jailing 10-23-07
ranchers formed well-organized groups 10-16-07
Durham tobacco the 'cheapest luxury' 10-10-07
Deal art provided hope 10-2-07
honors horse's gallantry 9-25-07
mother of invention 9-18-07
needed pairs 9-11-07
of the South Plains 9-5-07
were cultural hub 8-28-07
legends are made 8-21-07
chores evolved 8-14-07
a saddle into tiptop quality 8-7-07
supply not to be taken for granted 8-1-07
pear event preserves the past 7-10-07
slaughter had benefits 7-3-07
you please pass the salt? 6-26-07
canning was a high-pressure job 6-19-07
cures tame pesky farm critters 6-12-07
systems of the past 5-29-07
by food facts 5-22-07
was stage station 5-14-07
drivers brought in income, coined phrases 5-6-07
cowboys foil pickle plan 5-2-07
It's in the mail 3-30-07
book reveals mother's girlhood 2-1-07
how record keeping has changed 1-1-07
continued despite weather conditions 12-15-06
gardeners avoided 'feast or famine' route 12-1-06
top long list of life's hazards 11-14-06
Depression brought many programs 11-1-06
reminds of sacrifices for war effort 10-16-06
old-time superstitions prevail 10-3-06
about old-time expressions evokes story 9-26-06
methods improve through years 9-19-06
chats solve history's mysteries 9-13-06
weather always unpredictable 9-5-06
a smoker smokes can reveal personality 8-29-06
can continue to serve the present 8-21-06
bed was favorite for sleeping, hiding 8-15-06
Oklahoma line ever-shifting until 1930 8-8-06
- then and now 8-1-06
lubrication greases squeakiest of wheels 7-25-06
vehicles has colorful history 7-18-06
Wells once a booming health spa 7-10-06
biscuits now memories 7-4-06
income not such a new thing after all 6-27-06
energy has always been worthwhile 6-20-06
appreciation for trees go full circle 6-13-06
was a man farmers could really dig 6-7-06
Generation' kept America together 5-29-06
farms grew to look like small towns 5-22-06
defines local historical events 5-17-06
aided America's health 5-8-06
in hot water actually a luxury 5-3-06
look at wash day from early to modern 4-25-06
The Tupperware of their day 4-17-06
criminal or a saint? You never know 4-11-06
on traditional meat processing 3-30-06
chimneys a favorite memory 3-14-06
towns aplenty in Texas Panhandle 3-11-06
chores were priority during childhood 2-27-06
Stand-up comedians for the Lord 2-21-06
quick to help those in need 2-14-06
opens many doors 2-7-06
into the history of snuff, tobacco 1-31-06
Creek offered unique privileges 1-24-06
remains popular throughout time 1-18-06
medications were simple, gave relief 1-12-06
Hard-earned observations reflect life's lessons 12-13-05
66 Service Station 10-1-05
The First Phillips 66 Retail Outlet in Texas – 1928
of the outhouse kind make great family reunion tales 9-17-05
Learned Riding School Bus Last a Lifetime 8-26-05
'home office' centered on farmer's almanac 8-7-05
day on the farm always fell on Monday 7-22-05
horse trailer had its share of problems 7-1-05
penny saved is worthless if it's nowhere to be found 6-15-05
tickled by itch of childhood ailments 6-1-05
will be boys - and also troublemakers 5-14-05
pool parlors were pre-TV entertainment 5-1-05
of view depends on viewing point 4-11-05
cuss words aren't really cuss words 4-5-05
changes a little from generation to generation 3-28-09
Some believe a different language was spoken in the old days? Maybe
so, here are a few examples used by the Trew clan.
surplus was godsend to folks at home 3-14-05
"Everyone wanted a jeep. This heroic vehicle had appeared in
every war movie, newsreel and photo sent home from the war."
nibs, ink bladders were part of daily life 3-1-05
types of things happened when making butter 2-1-05
figure in life's fondest memories 1-16-05
for weather is trying proposition 1-1-05
Fires Up Memories 12-15-04
not, want not' was law at supper 12-1-04
lowly fare, potatoes enjoy popularity 11-15-04
remedies would cure or kill you 11-1-04
Hog, the Whole Hog, Nothin' but the Hog 10-20-04
Great Nail Pickup 9-1-04
Car Memories 8-17-04
Time Objects Long Gone 8-2-04
gallon buckets were versatile, useful farm equipment 7-7-04
Two addendums to vows help marriage to last 5-26-04
oil was useful all-purpose home remedy 4-1-04
The "TRIBUTE TO BARBED WIRE" The Only Monument in the World dedicated
to Barbed Wire
sweet, skim, sour, butter or scalded milk? 3-19-04
concrete involved search for sand, much hauling 3-19-04
Worthy of Prayer: Baling wire, duct tape, drywall screws and caulking
was hub of family, social life 3-14-04
mama's cornbread' discussion gets hot 3-14-04
even the 'whomp' kind, make world a better place 3-14-04
provided hours of entertainment 3-14-04
just seemed to go along with pioneer, cowboy life 3-10-04
was rural portal to outside world 3-3-04
door was faithful fixture 2-26-04
Wire Telephones 2-20-04
Girls and Juke Quarters
A fact most significant to the history of the West is that approximately
100,000 girls signed up to work for Fred Harvey from 1901 to about
was family's first sign of prosperity 2-6-04
is lifelong trait
Delbert Trew was
born in Ochiltree County in the northern Panhandle of Texas in 1933.
His wife Ruth was also born in the Panhandle on a farm near Follett,
Texas. This was during the darkest days of the Great Depression and
in the heart of the Dustbowl. They are retired and live 65 miles east
of Amarillo on a ranch that's been in the family for 54 years.
Both have suffered personal tragedy. Delbert's first wife and sixteen-year-old
daughter were killed in a car wreck in 1970 and Ruth's first husband,
a Marine helicopter pilot became one of those still missing in Vietnam.
They married, combining their surviving families.
Living through hard times, good times, tragedy and three major wars
gave Delbert boxcar loads of hindsight and experience.
Delbert retired from a lifetime of farming and ranching along with
stints as a carpenter, cow trader and 35 years as a "Saturday night
professional musician." He turned to freelance writing because he
was "literally full of it."
Writing for newspapers, magazines, doing public speaking and now publishing
books, his writing hobby has turned into a full-time job. He doesn't
complain, since it's still better than digging post holes in the hard
He states to all, "I write from a been-there, done-that and seen-it-all
philosophy. Whether I write or speak, and whether the subject is nostalgic,
historical or humorous, I guarantee 'It's All Trew' from start to
As a disclaimer he sometimes says, "I never let the truth stand in
the way of a good story" and other times he says, "If you've already
heard this story, don't stop me, 'cause I want to hear it again, myself."
Delbert is also a museum curator and supervisor at the Devil's Rope
Barbwire Museum in McLean, Texas. Those traveling old Route 66 would
be hard pressed to find a more qualified Panhandle ambassador.
His time spent as an editor/publisher, plus being "a mite windy" assures
that time spent with his writing or listening to his programs will
be both enjoyable and fun.
His column "It's All Trew" appears weekly in the Amarillo Globe
News. Mr. Trew has graciously agreed to share his column with
our readers providing them a closer look at the Texas
Panhandle - past and present.
February 5, 2004
For books, see Delbert Trew's website: http://delberttrew.com/
"It's All Trew"
80 weekly news articles as published in the Amarillo Globe-News
Here and Gone:
A Gray County Centennial Edition
The RO Brand:
The Story of Alfred Rowe, founder of McLean, Texas and the RO Ranch.
P.O.W. Camp: A WWII installation built at McLean, Texas
History of Obstacle Wire Used in Warfare
With Bill Russell:
Tales of the Llano Estacado (Illustrated by Al Martin Napoletano)