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9/26/2006

Kansas Cowboy

Jest what the heck is a Kansas Cowboy? Well in the C.O.W.B.O.Y. (Cockeyed Old West Band of Yahoos) Society I guess its jest about anyone who likes Old West History. We started the C.O.W.B.O.Y. Society because we knew that the old stories were being lost. The Cowboy was raised on a cattle operation and I sure didn t want to see our history thrown away with new times.  
 
The Kansas Cowboy newspaper was originally a mouthpiece for a stock association in SW Kansas. They reported on grazing conditions out on the range. They recorded the brands of cattlemen running cattle in that area. They printed letters from Cowboys out in some lonesome lineshack and they commented on just about anything a Cowboy would be interested in.  
 
So we borrowed from their original format and added stories about Texas drovers, traveling the old trails, Cavalry encounter with Indians, wild horse thieves and jest about anything we could find to do with frontier Kansas.  
 
There is absolutely NOTHING in print that equals the Kansas Cowboy! Jim Reed was a one-armed drover who put thousands of head of cattle up the trail. John Pat Ryan worked for Reed and wrote of his first drive to Kansas in 1871. The herd was made up of beef steers owned by Capt. Reed and Tom OConner. H. T. Clare was trail boss. Ryan recalled the first night the herd spent in Indian Territory. It was a night to be remembered.. & for we did not sleep much. Five herds crossed Red River that day& I think every herd stampeded. I know when our herd was stopped several miles from the starting point, I was the only man that stayed with them and when the sun came up it rose in the west for two mornings before it rose in the east with me. 
 
Frontier history is varied and unexpected . The February 22, 1872, Ellsworth Reporter admonished two of the fancy ladies. Those two soiled doves of the class demimonde, who got away with the upper story of each others heads at what is denominated the nauch had better draw it slow or they and their married man will have a chance of loaning the school fund their surplus stamps. 
 
That very night, February 22nd, Madam Lizzie Palmers house burned to the ground& The Reporter poked fun at Lizzies customers, What did we see? We saw quite a few fair haired boys minus hats, coats, etc. in an awful big hurry to go someplace, We saw Ghosts! Yes, they were gliding around town in their shrouds, winding sheets and other white fixins. 
 
How about vigilante justice in Hays City, Kansas? ~ Donovan had grown bolder than ever. He was King of the Horse Theives. His overconfidence would be his undoing. The bandit leader was recognized on the streets of Hays City and arrested. His timing was unfortunate.  
 
William B. McClellan had just been jailed for killing Jack Wright over the affections of Nellie Baldwin& McClellan was housed in the basement of the courthouse, chained to a supporting post in the room; the same room that held Pony Donovan.  
 
That night vigilantes crept close to the courthouse, shoved rifles through the basement windows and opened fire. Pony Donovan was killed. McClellan was not hit. 
 
I could give you excerpts that go on for pages and pages and I suppose some folks offer all kinds of articles on line that you can get for free. But ya know $18.67 isn t really too much to ask for 6 issues of the best Old West readin around. So help us keep spreadin the word and saddle up ta ride the next year with a great bunch of arm chair Yahoos. Its the Cowboy Way! 
 
Click on Join The Cowboy Society along the right side of the page and at the bottom of that page click again to get to a form and we'll get the latest issue out to ya pronto! 
 
So Long, 
The Cowboy 

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