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A Cowboy’s Faith: Wind powered blazes insurmountable

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“March winds bring April showers bring May flowers”

That often repeated quotation is on the minds of most everybody.

Despite moisture forecasts, and sometimes a few drops, the Midwest has not received sufficient rain.

More than one commented, “Too bad we can’t have just a tad bit from those poor northeast folks snowbound and flooding.”

Combination of dry conditions and record winds has made wildfires more widespread than even year earlier more isolated damages.

A call in the middle of the night informed a pasture was burning nearby, but fire trucks had been called. Fortunately, those local volunteers were efficient in limiting damage to a small area. That the area ablaze had been hayed last summer, helped in keeping spread slowed.

Up and down the highway in every direction from headquarters, there have been pasture fires. All were brought under control before extensive loss.

Returning from work, three fire engines were headed east – telltale sign: “There’s a fire.”

Nightly news revealed location, but simultaneously another one was being battled two counties to the south.

Thousands of acres of Flint Hills were consumed between the two, but lives were saved. Biggest fright was possibility of fire spreading into one rural community.

Again, assistance gathered from every direction, miles and miles away with every form of water and extinguishing agent possible. Amazing the generosity and working together efforts of all in a time of need.

It does help override the bad publicity so often given today’s society. Neighbors helping neighbors is the way the country was built and remains in true ranchland.

FSA thanks ag producers for adding to nation’s quality of life

Dear Editor:

March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Kansas, for their contributions to the nation’s outstanding quality of life.

This year’s theme, Agriculture: Food for Life, spotlights the hard work of American farmers, ranchers and foresters who diligently work to provide food, fiber and more to the United States and countries around the world. To ensure a prosperous future for American agriculture, FSA provides continuous support to agriculturalists across the country.

FSA is rural America’s engine for economic growth, job creation and development, offering local service to millions of rural producers. In fiscal year 2017, USDA Farm Loan programs provided $6 billion in support to producers across America, the second highest total in FSA history. FSA also distributed $1.6 billion in Conservation Reserve Program payments to over 375,000 Americans to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and increase wildlife habitat.

For agricultural producers who suffered market downturns in 2016, USDA is issuing approximately $8 billion in payments under the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. USDA also continues to provide extensive assistance in response to natural disasters throughout the country, including last year’s hurricanes in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, drought in the northern high plains, wildfires in the west and central plains, floods, tornados, freezes and other catastrophic weather events.

Hidden History: Burlingame’s ‘Aunt Emily’ endeared for her strength and virtue

By Wendi Bevitt

You probably haven’t heard of her, but Aunt Emily Ford was one of the most beloved citizens of Burlingame, Kansas. At a time when prejudice and segregation ran rampant throughout most of the country, the color line however did not exist for Aunt Emily in her adopted community, and she held a special place of honor and respect there.

Aunt Emily Ford was a spry little figure, with toil-scarred hands and a kindly face. “To know her [was] to love her” and later in her life, the local newspapers would run lengthy articles on the occasion of her birthday celebrating her many years, or an interview inquiring about her past.

“I shouldn’t think anyone would want to hear about slaves and slavery,” she said, but the reply was, “Yes, but everyone especially those of the younger generation know little of slavery and such an article would be of interest to the readers.”

This is her story.

Emily was born in North Carolina in 1813. Her family was owned by a family named White. The Whites treated their slaves harshly and used them for hard manual labor clearing trees and grubbing out shrubs when they moved to Tennessee.

As was the custom for slave owners, when Mr. White’s daughter was married to a man by the name of Farmer, she was given Emily as part of her dowry. Emily was two years older than her new mistress, and the two had shared a childhood together. Because of this familiarity, Emily found herself in a much more hospitable environment in her new home. Emily served as a cook in the Farmer household. The family moved to the Springfield, Missouri, area in 1837. It was there that she was allowed to marry another local slave, Daniel Ford.

When the area was invaded by Union soldiers in 1861, the Union forces freed slaves on the farms they encountered. Daniel Haney, of Burlingame, was with the 1st Kansas regiment when their company came upon Daniel Ford hauling potatoes in from the fields with his master’s wagon.

“Come with us to freedom!” was the call. Daniel Haney helped the Fords load all their children, earthly possessions, and even the feather mattress from the big house into the master’s wagon and the family followed the soldiers to a new life.

Their eventual arrival in Burlingame found the family without much means to start their new life. Instead of letting them remain relegated to their poor status, the people of Burlingame gave them a fair shot at success in their new life.

Local Republican women can promote good government through community service

By Sue Anderson

Becky Johnson, left, former 1st vice president of the National Federation of Republican Women, was the featured speaker at the March 6 meeting of the Osage County Republican Women. Lois Butel, president of Osage County Republican Women, presented Johnson with a gift of appreciation.

The Osage County Federation of Republican Women hosted a get-acquainted meeting March 6, 2018, to introduce new members and guests to the many ways in which Republican women take an active part in the political process. Guest speaker was Becky Johnson, of Parker, Kan., who has held numerous leadership positions within both the state and federal federations, including the office of president of the Kansas Federation of Republican Women and most recently as first vice president of the National Federation of Republican Women.

Johnson addressed the importance of community service and working to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. She encouraged the club to continue its work in the Caring for America Project.

By taking an active role in the political system of our country, women can make a difference in helping both their individual communities and also political candidates on the local, state and national level. Group volunteer efforts are extremely important in reaching a larger number of voters. Johnson encouraged those in attendance to make a difference in their communities and to take full advantage of the many materials available from both NFRW and KFRW.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Season’s change on horizon

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Spring is in the air.”

Nearly two weeks before official start, the robins are searching for worms. Already green sprigs show through yesteryear’s dry grass.

Always contending fall was the best time because one could catch up on undone chores, attitude seems to have altered. Hadn’t thought about season’s changes until Grandma Davis’ funeral decades ago, when the pastor commented spring was her favorite time.

She anticipated the new flowers, birds chirping and planting a garden. Yes, spring does bring anticipation of more calves, colts, and lush pastures.

Seemingly everybody has the feeling as stores have potted plants for sale. Business was so brisk at one location, demand fast exceeded availability. Almost no sooner had filled carts been wheeled in, they were empty with green thumbs eager to plant.

No thought given that this is still winter, and there could be many freezes in days ahead. Contention obviously is “Oh, we’ll just plant some more.” That’s good news meaning more business for the flower and vegetable starters.

Can’t help but remember one of the biggest snow storms in recent times was March 8, 1998. It was snowing when cow chores started 10 miles from headquarters. Done and headed back, intensity expanded as wind blew huge drifts until finally the truck would go no further.

Stranded in the blizzard before cell phones were ever heard about, fortunately there was a farm home in sight. Treacherous walking through the blustery downfall and near hip drifts, knock on the door brought a welcome inside.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Sun improves cowman’s outlook

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t tell anybody, the sun’s shining.”

The Sunday morning comment brought promise and brightness to the past week of weather gloom.

“Those cows and calves need it bad.”

That’s a fact as well, considering all of the predicaments bovine mommas seem to get into during inclement conditions.

Nice days go by with no or few calves, then when cold, snowy, wind come so do cows’ birthing instincts.

Twin calves mean double the income to outsiders looking in, but in reality that’s more typically twice the problems.

Late afternoon, sharpest shrillest blizzard-like day of the week, proven-producing cow dropped baby twins. They were wet, shivering, nearly freezing.

While with maternal knowledge, the cow was still disoriented considering two instead of one. Mothering impulse did take hold as she started licking one calf so it became more aroused with life bellowing softly.

Nearby twin gets colder, closer to freezing by the minutes. Satisfied the baby being nurtured by momma will be fine, cow foreman loads cold mate into the pickup to assist warm up.

A 30-minute ride soon had that orphan showing spurts of life as well. Brought into the home mudroom the baby with rubbing, hair dryer and heaters perked up even more.

Big plastic nipple bottle with warm first milk replacer suited the little one’s fancy as he sucked it down.

Before bedtime, the little booger was healthy enough to go out to the heavily bedded barn stall.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Legs sure are important

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“She has good legs.”

Somehow it seemed an ornery mentor professor’s jive when congratulating him on engagement and upcoming marriage.

Thinking of the comment numerous times since, Dr. Norton, dairy team coach, was in most seriousness about his bride-to-be. Being just out of college, going rambunctious with a young family and pursuing dual careers, being able to get around well was no concern. It certainly was to a professor looking to retirement with pleasures and enjoyment intended.

Well, the comment of nearly a half century ago has hit home.

After one of the best years ever competing in local horseshows, everything seemed fine in early October. Then all of a sudden the Big Man upstairs showed his power, whatever it was: “Slow down.”

Never having much any pain in a lifetime, despite falling off way too many times, all of a sudden the left knee hurt.

“Oh, it’s just imagination.” Maybe so, but it still hurt, and seemed to be getting worse. “It’s just in the head, get the work done, quit complaining.” Never had been to a back cracker, but more than one suggested that was the problem, and he’d cure it with one whack.

That wasn’t the case. The good back doctor gladly accepted the insurance money with co-pay: “Can’t do anything to the back, it’s the knee.”

Okay, okay, maybe it isn’t just in the head.

One look, one pinch by the knee specialist diagnosis: “the knee’s caput.” Maybe a little shot of steroids like those 90-pound jockey use to keep weight off will help.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Romance of producing calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That heifer’s going to do it when she gets doggone good and ready.”

All’s havoc around the barnyard – stewing, checking, helping, pouting about the 40 first calf heifers ready to drop.

Actually another two beat the clock, had healthy babies in the winter pasture before being brought to headquarters.

Now, it’s mostly watch and wait. “That ‘659’ looks like she needs to be gotten in.”

After a few days, the girls learn the routine, walk down the barn lane without resistance. Then, it’s not too tough to sort off the one wanted.

But sure enough middle of the night call, “692” decided it was time. Out in the lot, 10 above, wind blowing snow, she dropped one, fortunately it’s alive. Tiny, wet, shivering baby with a first-time momma who has no clue what’s happened.

Cowman’s job is helping cattle in distress. But, in the cold shrill, getting heifer and newborn under cover becomes more complicated. Big stout cow foreman carries the calf, but momma isn’t smart enough to follow.

So baby in the barn, come back, rouse heifer every way thinkable to get her there, too.

Hidden History: Early trekkers cross Kansas, pulling cart, pushing for better U.S. roads

Smith and Miller were photographed with their cart, the “Fordlet”, and featured in the Hoisington Distpatch, Nov. 25, 1915.

By Wendi Bevitt

With the invention of the automobile, America needed roads, good roads – which created a push for the creation of highways, namely a highway that would cross the entire country east to west. To draw attention to this need, and following a movement created by the government to See America First, people started taking up the challenge of traveling the completed and proposed parts of this highway. Two men that took up this challenge were Edward J. Smith, age 20, and Carl A. Miller, age 19, both of New York state.

The pair left New York City in July of 1915 and headed for California with $5 in their pockets, 250 pounds of gear, and a mandolin in their cart, which they called a “Fordlet”. America was to be their school, nature their books, and the people they met along the way their teachers. Their goal was to make the trip from NYC to California in seven months. By comparison, a motorist would expect to make the journey in 30 days, which would be at a rate of 18 miles per hour and six hours per day, costing $5 per day per person.

Smith and Miller as pictured in the Palladium Item, Richmond, Ind., Sept. 13, 1915.

Ed and Carl made up for their lack of funds for the trip by lecturing about their travels and selling photographs of themselves along the route, all while promoting their hope for a book on their travels. They kept an extensive scrapbook, tucking away the letters of recommendation from various government officials or people they encountered, as well as mementos of sights along the way. They stayed at local YMCAs, gracious individuals’ houses, or just slept under the stars.

In Ohio, they befriended a dog that joined the caravan and whom they named Frisco. It was also in this area of the country that the roads became less travel worthy. Ruts and mud were a foot deep. Ed Miller commented that “you could not take a step without lifting an abnormal portion of the county with you.”

Once the pair finally reached Kansas City, they shifted their travel from the proposed route of the Lincoln Highway to that of following the Santa Fe Trail. The old Santa Fe Trail closely follows modern day Highway 56 in Osage County. Some of the points that would have been seen at that time and can still be viewed today are Simmons Point Station in extreme western Douglas County, and McGee-Harris Station near Scranton.

Ed and Carl arrived in northeast Kansas right after Arthur Capper had declared Good Road Days for Kansas, so he was glad to meet with them when they made a detour from their Santa Fe Trail route to visit the capital city.

A Cowboy’s Faith: A well deserved retirement

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Missy is a good ole gal.”

Perhaps that’s insufficient credit for all the 27-year-old Appaloosa mare has done in a fulfilled lifetime.

Still, it’s appropriate description of the old girl now in well-deserved retirement. Like many folks, Missy really doesn’t know what to do with herself when there’s not a regular job.

Her profession was running patterned horse races along with grudgingly obliging other expectations of owner.

Now Missy’s a small horse, somewhat athletically built. She’s neat-headed, such others have even called her “cute.”

At 24, Missy truly was the best claiming highpoint speed horse awards in two major circuits. That was with a sometime gimp that x-rays and the best veterinarians demanded Missy be retired. No way, she’d have died from a broken heart.

Another year older, Missy’s lameness worsened not bearing weight on her right front leg much of the time. Yet, hook the trailer, start the pickup, Missy’s ears up, nickering, anxious to load.

At the shows, competition beware, Missy was there. That darn wince might be noticed occasionally at a walk. Yet, when name was called high-stepping-prance with a little rear the excited urge to run became most apparent to all.

Missy’s expulsion to the first barrel set any rider back in the saddle, hanging on for dear life. Only thing slowing the speedster down would be pilot error, sadly occurring too often. Crossing the finish line, time was always near the top, often fastest of any runners that day.

Then is when Missy gave in to the pain.

With winter set in, warmth available at the senior center

Well, the long dreary winter days are upon us. Sometimes it just feels like winter will never end. Even though we have been lucky with few icy or snowy days it can still be gray and lonely. All of us at the Osage County Senior Center would like you to know that we are open every day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and we almost always have a pot of coffee brewing.

If you are retired or just find yourself at home with nothing to do please come on in and get to know us! Maybe you have a few friends who are in the same predicament – think about grabbing them and bringing them in, too. We have nice tables and chairs that are always ready for a card game or dominoes – or just a nice spot to gather around and have a lively gab session.

Tax season is quickly coming upon us. AARP representatives will be at the senior center 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1, 2018. AARP service has been very popular service in the past, so take advantage of it this year. There are limited spaces available; call the center to set up an appointment at 785-528-4906.

Finch: Legislature gets down to business

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, District 59, Franklin and Osage Counties

Greetings from the Kansas Statehouse. We are making the turn into February this week in the legislature and that means we are approaching the first set of deadlines that help keep our sessions shorter. Those deadlines for when individual legislators and committees may request bills ensure that we get ideas out on the table early. Monday, Feb. 5, will be the last day for committee bill introductions and earlier this week we saw the last day for individual members to introduce bills.

Once these initial deadlines have passed we should have a fairly good idea of the issues – other than school finance – that will be in play this session. Some committees have already started vetting those ideas and some fairly big topics are already beginning to bubble up. In the Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee we have already heard and passed out a bill that would stiffen penalties for those who have a prior DUI, drive drunk again in violation of their restrictions, and cause a death or great bodily injury. In the Judiciary Committee we have heard bills to improve reporting and data collection on civil asset forfeiture and improving the process so innocent owners can get their property back. In Utilities we will begin hearing and working legislation on rural broadband. Specifically, a bill to study how to make broadband internet more available to those Kansans who live and work outside the metropolitan areas in our state.

The biggest news in the statehouse this week was the changing of the guard in the governor’s office. Sam Brownback resigned to take a position in the Trump administration, and Jeff Colyer, a plastic surgeon and former state legislator from south Johnson County, moved from Lieutenant Governor to the top post. Now Gov. Colyer has promised a new tone and a more inclusive working style than his predecessor. I am hopeful that he will fulfill those promises. Our state faces some tough challenges and it will take a team effort to meet and conquer them.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Another tribute to Dad

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Dad would have been 108 years old on Monday, January 29.”

Sadly, he’s been gone nearly 38 years, passing away in the summer of 1980.

It was always easy to remember Dad’s birthday, the same as Kansas.

A bachelor until 30 years old, Dad knew how to take care of himself, his horse, a little bit of livestock and the small rented farm. He knew how to fry steak and potatoes and make gravy, always the best there was.

Those who remembered those days insisted there wasn’t anything Dad couldn’t do and wouldn’t undertake. His sorrel gelding Bar was the best around, even standing on back legs with finger snap.

Young woman riding the spotted pony to teach the one-room schoolhouse caught Dad’s eye. Before long, they were wed despite her 10 years his junior.

Poor farmers trying to make do. Times were tough. Tractors were replacing stock horses used for riding, driving, and working fields, too.

Even in those days it took a little bit of everything to make ends meet. Mom taught school, milked cows, had chickens, kept house and all. Dad farmed and had a job at the hardware store in town.

Tragedy struck.

New face at senior center grateful for local public transportation

By Dedi Mellies

Hello, I am Dedi Mellies – the new face at the Osage County Senior Center. I may look familiar to some of you because I worked at the Cotton O’Neil Clinic here in town as a nurse for 27 years. Last year I experienced a life changing medical condition that caused me to have to give up driving.

I have always been a very independent person – driving was something I just took for granted. You just don’t know how many times you just jump in the car to run to the store for little things – or people call and ask you to do them a favor and out the door you go to jump in the car. I was faced with the possibility of losing my job that I loved – both because of the financial security it provided but also because of the love of my coworkers and patients. That is when my supervisor, Vida Lewis RN, called me and told me about a service that she had discovered that would change my life yet again!

This awesome service is called Osage County General Transportation and they are based here in the Osage County Senior Center. I called them and told them of my dilemma and they jumped into action. Before I knew it they had made arrangements for me to be picked up every morning to get to work and every evening to get me home. I was flabbergasted that such a service was available and that I had never heard of it before. Then I thought I would never be able to afford it and that I was 61 years old so was not quite considered a senior citizen. Image my surprise when I found out that this service is funded in part by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the cost is only $3 per day if inside of Osage County and $5 per day if a trip outside of Osage County is necessary – and the service is available for any age group! Needless to say I signed up for the service and found everyone to be very accommodating and kind as they drove me back and forth every day.

Hensley: New governor, same thinking

By Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Kansas has a new governor and Sam Brownback has a new title. Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer has become Governor Colyer, while Sam Brownback heads to Washington, D.C., to serve as the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

When he first became governor, Sam Brownback told Republican legislative leaders that he wanted to go down in history as the best Governor our state has ever seen, but here is what the Brownback/Colyer administration has accomplished: 

A Cowboy’s Faith: Many help make successes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Always give just credit where credit is due.”

During several recent horseshow awards presentations, many accolades were bestowed, received and acknowledged by applause.

Recipients were exuberant with big smiles nodding and towing away hardware and tokens.

They’re the ones who campaigned the champions.

With limited exception little recognition was given to the most important part of every title.

While the real reason for success was generally named in passing, “Joe Blow on Tiny won…” That was about it recognizing the one most responsible.

A horse is the No. 1 ingredient in cowboy and cowgirl success, and should be honored most.

Yes, as was pointed out in a recent national horse publication, many potential champions never become such.

It’s because, nobody trains and shows the outstanding horseflesh to what they could become. Many horses are never used period. Let alone put into competitions.

Still, every horseshow award truly must first go to the horse, then to the exhibitor and many others out behind the barn.

Achievement actually starts with planned mating mare and stallion, birthing and a long line of hands. Years of continued preparation, hundreds of competitions, plus miles and miles of traveling combine for top end results.

Chamber Chatter: Christmas on Market Street proceeds distributed

Jeanette Swarts
Chamber Executive Director

Check presentation, from left, Kathy Lincoln, ECAT, Patrick Gardner, Chamber vice president, Jeff King, Warmth Fund, and Kenna Burns, ECKAN.

Funds raised during the 2017 Osage City Christmas on Market Street event were divided between the Chamber of Commerce and three local organizations.

Disbursements were awarded during the January members’ meeting to Kathy Lincoln, Ecumenical Christian Action Team, Kenna Burns, East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, and Jeff King, Osage City Warmth Fund.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows must have calves

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“They’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

One of the very best, most prominently known cowmen answered years ago when questioned about pregnancy checking his cowherd.

That philosophy contrasted management recommendations promoted by college cattle experts. Yet, Andy’s analysis had lifetime experience.

“Even when cows are examined ‘safe,’ a lot of things can happen before they have a calf come spring.”

Of course, observant cowboys can generally “tell by looking” if a cow’s bred. Likewise, seeing abortion evidence ahead of calving date is telltale no calf at weaning time. With exceptions, cows continually seeking bull romance aren’t “in calf,” either.

Often reflecting that good friend’s admirable ranch work from every angle, Andy has come to mind frequently in recent weeks. The most conscientiously observant ranch foreman has seen a number of cows “cycling.”

No, the cows were not checked for pregnancy in the fall for various right or wrong reasons. Perhaps, it’s because “they’ll either have a calf or they won’t.”

Anywhere, with fair certainly, a couple dozen mommas who keep “intimately nosing around” herd mates won’t drop spring babies.

Letter to Editor: Scranton council invites citizens to feral cat discussion

Dear Editor:

My name is Amy Miner and I am on the city council in Scranton. I wanted to reach out to you about a guest speaker coming to our council meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 2018.

Like many of our Osage County neighbors, we have a feral cat colony that has caused concern. In an effort to educate ourselves and our fellow citizens, we have invited Topeka Cat Fix to our meeting. The organization will be coming to present some very important information and possibly help to our community. We are looking at a TNR (trap, neuter, release) program and what that entails.

We thought an announcement on your news page may notify many of our citizens, and hopefully they will attend.

Thank you,

Amy Miner

Hidden History: Family builds fence wire empire from Melvern headquarters

By Wendi Bevitt

If only for a moment in time, Melvern was famous, made that way by the ingenuity of the Warner family and the farm equipment empire they began there.

Priscilla Warner and her husband Emery began their married life in Tazewell County, Illinois. When the Civil War began, Emery signed up to fight for the Union and served as a drum major with an Illinois regiment. Tragedy struck the family and Emery perished from fever in New Orleans in 1863.

Not long after the war ended, newly widowed Priscilla Warner was looking for a place to start over. Flat broke; she packed up her possessions and her five boys and headed from Illinois to the newly opened Indian lands in Kansas. In 1870, she settled on Sand Creek near Waverly. She spent the last of her limited funds on a cook stove, sack of flour and strip of meat for her family.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Just fix the problem

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“The second string will be the carload team at Denver, and then will also get to judge at Houston.”

It was the coach’s evening announcement that nearly made a 20-year-old recently married college junior’s shirt snaps pop open.

“Thanks, Dr. Able, but the bathroom is froze up, and no way to be ready to leave tomorrow morning.”

He assuredly grinned, “You’ll get it fixed. We won’t pull out of the Weber parking lot until you’re in the station wagon.”

Well before daylight, sure enough, teammates were loaded, waiting, and with a bit of harassing National Western bound.

Personal bust knocked K-State out of the carload title, but on the college’s first team at Houston created lifetime memories.

That broken sewer pipe was mended enough for ranch use with heat lamps guarding further damage.

Couldn’t help but reflect those “good ole days”, when the ranch foreman was having stop-ups last week. While most cowboys aren’t too uppity on plumbing, admittedly problems of nearly a half century ago were less complex than these days.

So professionals must be called in and still a major ordeal when temperatures remain below freezing.

Not necessarily positive, but a learning experience for today’s younger set who’ve never heard of an outhouse. They didn’t even have a clue what a commode was, but soon learned rather than facing subzero going to the barn.

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