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A Cowboy’s Faith: Cowboy Code Of Conduct, Hopalong Cassidy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Some words on behavior from four silver screen icons from long ago may be more relevant and needed now than ever before.

Today, the West continues to celebrate the “cowboy spirit” of adventure and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Still, nine times out of 10, the word “cowboy” is used as a negative or a derogatory term describing improper or distasteful behavior.

However, the principled demeanor became codes of conduct that America’s cowboy heroes promoted for viewers in early days of Western movies.

Third in a four-part series, the inspirational philosophies of movie cowboys, unknown to many today, are being shared.

William Boyd portraying Hopalong Cassidy.

Hopalong Cassidy was a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 for a Western novel. Cassidy was shot in the leg which caused him to have a little “hop,” hence the nickname.

Portraying “Hoppy,” William Boyd, outfitted in black, rode his white horse Topper in 66 movies from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Boyd continued in children-oriented radio and television shows until 1952. He made personal appearances including one in Kansas attended by former coworkers.

At the peak of the character’s popularity in the early 1950s, enormous amounts of merchandise were developed, as well as a comic strip, additional novels, and a short-lived amusement park, “Hoppyland.”

Hopalong Cassidy’s Creed for American Boys and Girls

  1. The highest badge of honor a person can wear is honesty. Be mindful at all times.
  2. Your parents are the best friends you have. Listen to them and obey their instructions.
  3. If you want to be respected, you must respect others. Show good manners in every way.
  4. Only through hard work and study can you succeed. Don’t be lazy.
  5. Your good deeds always come to light. So don’t boast or be a showoff.
  6. If you waste time or money today, you will regret it tomorrow. Practice thrift in all ways.
  7. Many animals are good and loyal companions. Be friendly and kind to them.
  8. A strong, healthy body is a precious gift. Be neat and clean.
  9. Our country’s laws are made for your protection. Observe them carefully.
  10. Children in many foreign lands are less fortunate than you. Be glad and proud you are an American.

Reminded of Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.




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