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A Cowboy’s Faith: More than heartfelt cowboy

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“This cowboy was certainly one of a kind.”

While riding, studying, breeding, producing, and merchandizing horses brought lifetime enjoyment, Rick Johnson was much more.

Now 35 percent of 100 students Class of ’69 into the Great Beyond, this all-around cowboy’s passing tugged heartstrings hardest. Defining Rick as an “all-around cowboy” has such a profound significance. He was unquestionably a cowboy at heart with definite broad successes therein.

Yet it’s impossible to adequately define the unique, versatile, talented, outgoing, congenial, fun-loving yet sentimental gentleman. Undeniable orneriness revealed in his always widespread grin, Rick was an “all-around nice guy,” everybody’s friend.

Sadly, one’s real worth in life can sometimes only be realized completely at time of passing. Cowboys, family and friends from near and far paid sorrowful respects at his church yard memorial services. Tied to nearby tree, the bay Quarter Horse carrying Rick’s saddle sensed the feeling, nickering precisely upon emotional reflections.

A local horseshow nearly six decades ago, Rick came riding in on his bay mare. Start of a lifetime cowboy friendship continuing and diversifying through passing years.

Inheriting love for cowboy life and horses from both sides of his Flint Hills families, Rick proudly touted that heritage. Classmates even through college days, infrequent time shared immediately turned to horse talk.

Quite intelligent, ambitious and determined, Rick, frugal too, made short order of university days graduating earlier than most. Following boot steps of his endeared father, horseman and lawyer, Rick became an attorney at Valley Falls.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Bonnie, the greatly-admired, community-serving couple of apparent strong faith raised three daughters.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Memorable days on ballfields

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Baseball is America’s favorite pastime.”

While a certain cowboy doesn’t agree, it’s true for many others in this country. Conversations heard in recent days have often centered on the baseball season at hand.

Decades ago, renowned rodeo contractor Emmett Roberts called about getting a horse trained, but stopped conversation to hear baseball scores. Now there remain reflections of youthful days playing baseball.

Town kids walked home from school for dinner while country kids who rode the bus to school ate from lunchboxes. They’d finish before classes were to resume and played workup softball for fun. Other students upon return for afternoon school classes were allowed to join the game.

Rules were lax but typically there were no outfielders just those playing the bases, pitcher and catcher. When there was an out, players got to move from base positions to become batters. Latecomers to the field might even workup to bat at least once.

Sometimes there were a dozen on the field and anybody who caught a fly ball automatically went to bat. Throughout grade school a wannabe cowboy got to bat a few times, had a couple hits, and scored maybe once.

One controversial rule involved the signboard at the north edge of the ballfield. Sometimes hitting the ball over the signboard was a homerun. Other times it’d be an out because the softball often went into Harry Blim’s coon dog pen causing howling disgust.

A Cowboy’s Faith: ‘Mortgage lifters’ back breakers

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Cowboys really aren’t supposed to be in the hog business.”

Still for decades it was frequently quoted “hogs are mortgage lifters,” often producing farm profit when nothing else did.

Recent newsprint stories about high demand for local livestock processing brought reflections of a wannabe cowboy in the hog business.

Where’s the relationship, many instantly scratch their heads? However, in order for the little wannabe to have a horse, Mom demanded, “You have to pay for it with hogs.”

After begging long enough, eventually two acres in the city limits were acquired “to keep a horse.” Still, hogs had to come first.

The bred Hampshire gilt was acquired from local breeder Jake Jackson. Picked up in the grocery delivery station wagon, Susie Q, the belted hog’s cute moniker, wasn’t a big bill payer. She had twins. Still, one gilt was retained for operation expansion.

Finally, Dad bought a grade mare called Spot so the wannabe became a “real cowboy.” Of course, Mom kept demanding the importance of raising hogs to pay increasing bills.

Chamber Chatter: Springtime sprouts activity in local business community

Osage City spring citywide garage sales, April 16-17, 2021

The holidays have been over for a couple months, the ground hog saw his shadow; however, spring time is just around the corner and it is time to get ready to do some spring cleaning. It will soon be that time of the year to sign up for the spring Osage City citywide garage sales, set for April 16 and 17, 2021. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some of that “stuff” you never use and free up some space.

To sign up, contact Tricia Gundy at 785-528-3301 or 785-219-9727. She has revised the area map and is more user friendly, providing a chart for the type of items at the garage sales. She will need your name – as you want it listed on the map, address, a phone number in case of questions about the sale, if you are having the sale Friday and Saturday or Saturday only, what area you are on the map, type of items that you will be selling, and a $5 donation fee. Gundy is also working to make the map available per the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and website. The proceeds go towards a scholarship awarded every year to two Osage City High School graduates. The deadline for adding a sale to the garage sale map is 5 p.m. April 13.


Edward Jones Investments relocates to new office

Dec. 22, 2020, marked the first day of relocation for the Osage City Edward Jones office. Financial advisor Robyn Williams and her team moved east on Market Street one block, from 516 Market St., where the office had been located for 27 years, to 622 Market St.

New Edward Jones office at 622 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

Williams has been an Edward Jones financial advisor for more than 24 years and works to understand the individual goals of her clients prior to assisting them with their financial needs. Her primary goal is to help individual investors develop an investment strategy geared toward their family’s long-term goals. Her team has built their business by treating their clients as they would want to be treated.

Robyn graduated from Fort Hays State University with a bachelor’s degree in business communications, a finance minor and a leadership studies certification. She began her career with Edward Jones in Beloit, Kan., in 1996; then moved to Emporia, Kan., before taking over as the financial advisor in Osage City in June 2001. In August 2008, she earned the accredited asset management specialist designation from the College of Financial Planning. She celebrated her 25-year anniversary with Edward Jones on March 4.

In her Osage City office, Williams is joined by two branch office administrators: Mandi Potter, has more than 22 years of experience in the Osage City branch, and Jen Koch, who has three and a half years of experience.

The Osage City Edward Jones team is planning to have a grand opening at the new location when corporate COVID-19 guidelines allow.


Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship

Smoke in the Spring State BBQ Championship will be celebrating its 18th annual event April 9-10, 2021. Friday evening’s Taste of Osage City will get underway at 5 p.m. in Jones Park. BBQ Bucks will be on sale prior to the event at Osage City Hall; and at Osage City Community Building during the Friday evening event. The celebration will include a live band outdoors along with a fireworks display.


Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show

The 17th annual Cruis’n and Cook’n Auto Show, will be Saturday, April 10, 2021, in downtown Osage City. This year, the Twin Lakes Cruisers will be having additional attractions along with the auto show including the Manhatchet Axe Throw, a craft show at St. Brigid Hall, and also the senior center will be kicking off the citywide garage sales a week early, with a thrift sale at the center.


Osage City Chamber of Commerce seeks 2021 scholarship applications

The Osage City Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship to one senior girl and one senior boy graduating from Osage City High School. High School graduation is just around the corner and the Chamber is encouraging seniors that are furthering their education to get with Kathy Camarena, Osage City High School counselor, and ask for application information. For the Osage City Chamber of Commerce application, data needed to apply is a transcript, two letters of reference, and an essay from the student on importance of owning and operating a business in a small town. Application must be postmarked by April 23, 2021. The announcement of the winners will be dependent upon the status of the school allowing visitor participation in such events. The 2020 scholarships were awarded to Dylan Shaffer and Kaitlyn Heiserman.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Locks cannot deter necessities

“Locks are meant to keep others away from something that doesn’t belong to them.”

Problem arises when those owning the property lock themselves out and they can’t get what’s needed.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Yes, many locking systems are not fool proof. All it takes sometimes is a bolt cutter, sledgehammer, pry bar, or even a big rock to break into private ownership. Nowadays most people lock just about everything they own – from their home to the barn to their car to the pasture gate. That’s a wide contrast to a half century ago when nobody ever locked anything.

As a grocery store carryout boy back in the ’60s, the backdoor to every home was unlocked. Without thought of a knock or warning of any kind, groceries were delivered right into the kitchen.

People didn’t lock their cars, usually leaving the keys in the ignition wherever it was parked. There were never any break-ins or stolen property that was ever heard about.

Nowadays is a far different story. Everybody’s told to “make sure you lock it.”  Most people adhere to the warning, yet there are seemingly constantly increasing numbers of thefts.

A key is typically required to open locks, whether the home, car or pasture gate. Keeping track of a dozen or more keys isn’t that easy for those who are very forgetful.

As possible solution, some locks have combinations to get them open. That’s okay too, if the combination can be remembered, or if it’s recorded for only personal access.

Can Help House help you? Reach out to find out

By Ted Hazelton, Help House

Do you or someone you know need food assistance? Help House, at 131 W. 15th Street in Lyndon, provided food or other services to 1,252 Osage County residents from 479 different households in 2020. Many of these received assistance monthly. Through generous donations and grants, and the work of our volunteers, we have the resources to assist many more. But only if they contact us!

Help House has a food pantry, is a distributor for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and can assist in completing SNAP applications in our computer lab. If you are an Osage County resident with household income below certain amounts, you could be eligible for the above food assistance programs. All food programs are by appointment only, and masks must be worn. Consult our website, helphouse.online, or call 785-828-4888 or 785-828-4889 for more information or to make an appointment.

Online food ordering

A new program at Help House is the online food ordering. You fill out your order at helphouse.online, choose a time you want to pick it up, and the food is brought to your car. No indoor shopping, no waiting, no need for babysitters, and no need to worry about social distancing! And it helps us serve more families.

Mobile pantries

Another option for food assistance is the Harvester’s Mobile Food Pantry held throughout the county with no income restrictions to receive food. You should be in line 15 minutes prior to the start time to be registered, and it goes until the food is gone. Mobile dates are: Carbondale, 12 p.m. second Tuesday; Osage City, 9 a.m. third Thursday; Burlingame, 10 a.m. third Thursday; Melvern, 12:30 p.m. third Thursday; and Lyndon, 12 p.m. third Friday.

Local churches win Souper Bowl

The winner of the 2021 Souper Bowl contest was the Overbrook United Methodist Church, with Lyndon First Baptist Church in second place, and Lyndon UMC in third place. In all, seven churches donated a total of 772 cans of soup or boxes of crackers to be given out at our food pantry.

Osage County Senior Center: Scrapbooking donations offer opportunity for new classes

Osage County Senior Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and activities are picking up now that a lot of patrons have received COVID-19 shots.

The center has received a donation of scrapbooking supplies and is considering offering a scrapbooking class.  Anyone interested is asked to call the center at 785-528-1170. Anyone with suggestions on other activities or crafts is asked to contact the center. Likely there is someone else that would like to try it, also.

Mexican Train games continue on Tuesdays, and some weeks every afternoon, for anyone interested in playing.

There are books in centers library – some are free and some need to be checked out. Also puzzles can be checked out, and there is always one being worked on at the big table.

The center is currently accepting donations for an upcoming thrift sale, that will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2021. Due to the car show that day, Market Street and downtown side streets will be closed, limiting parking near the senior center. The thrift sale will continue the following week, open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday (and possibly Saturday).

Chair exercise classes have started and are held at 9-9:45 a.m. daily, with approximately 12 men and women participating. After approximately two weeks or when anyone feels comfortable and wants to do some additional work out, Leslie Sansone’s seniors walk video is available. Everyone can start out slow and work at their own pace.

Upcoming:

  • Mondays – 8 a.m.-12 p.m., sewing; 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., pitch, bring a snack if you like.
  • Tuesdays – 9 a.m., ceramics (call before coming to verify times); 12:30-3:30 p.m., Mexican Train games.
  • Wednesdays – 8 a.m.-12 p.m., sewing.
  • Thursdays – 9-11 a.m., painting.
  • Fridays – 10-11:30 a.m., bingo, bring a $5 gift bag, everyone wins.

Senior commodities are distributed the second Wednesday every month at the center. Osage County citizens 60 years old or older that meet income guidelines qualify for the program. To sign up, income verification and a one-month waiting period is required. The commodities are ordered one month in advance. For more information to determine if individuals or households qualify for the program, contact the senior center. Osage County citizens unable to come to Osage City to pick up commodities are asked to call the senior center.

For more information, contact Tammy Fager, Osage County Senior Center director, at 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Rain has always come

“It’s sure hard to grow anything in the dust.”

The one getting his haircut in the barber’s chair made that evaluation as the waiting room conversation continued about weather. Nodding heads and grunts were in consensus as latest heard forecasts were shared with personal opinions aired as well.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.Certainly there’s dire need for ample rainfall in some locales, where even those promised showers have passed by. Still drought maps indicate much of the Midwest is shy on moisture with downpours in every county a necessary solution.

Such dry conditions and record wind gusts brought fire danger warnings which have sadly come to reality. There have been a number of local pasture fires consuming large acreages plus some facility loss. Truly heartwarming how friends, neighbors and firefighting crews will come together seemingly instantly and diligently work as a team. Of all the dangerous jobs, battling blazes in very dry conditions with unrelenting record speed winds is the most hazardous.

Additional issue is probability of a controlled fire restarting after firefighters have left the scene. On several occasions fires have been considered out and hours later come calls they’re furiously aflame again.

Weathermen have been partially accurate with forecasts for widespread relief of moisture distress. Still early on there’s been great inconsistency with one farm receiving nice rainfall and neighboring counties getting zilch.

Before rains began already negativists were complaining how mud would increase work difficulties. Exclamations expanded when there were just a few scattered showers around.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Consumer scams continue increasing

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“If you don’t trust somebody, you don’t trust anybody.”

Sometimes it seems safest to not trust anyone, but it’s essential to have certain senses of confidence. Yet with all of the crooked doings going rampant nowadays it sure is hard to know exactly what to believe.

Evidently many face the same situation, at least the truly honest folks, because stories about scams are reported daily. Even if correspondence appears to be from a known acquaintance, it still may not be honest.

Emails coming with friends’ names on them yet having a peculiarity are typically not too hard to identify. But last Friday, an email came up with a colleague’s name on it. Wording didn’t seem quite the norm, but response was made without much thought.

Sure enough, the almost immediate return verified another scam. There was a request to buy something without funds to pay for it or reason for the purchase. Immediately the emails were deleted.

Impossible to figure out exactly how all scams work and how there can be profit from those doing the soliciting. Whatever, they are making a dishonest buck doing nothing but cheating.

Daily media of every kind promotes handfuls of dishonest opportunities such the attorney general’s office can’t keep up with them. Most prolific phone calls are offers to renew car warranties on 30-year-old vehicles. Even a poor money manager ought to be able to figure that crooked deal out, but obviously not all people do.

Eat Well to Be Well: 5 snacks with misleading health halos

Starting with rice cakes, for one …

Americans love their snacks and the snack industry knows this. If you look at the global snacks market in 2018, it was valued at $439.9 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.2 percent from now to 2025.

The demand for snacks is driven by changing diets and busy lifestyles. Many of us are replacing meals with long shelf-life, on-the-go snacks as the demand for more allergen-free and vegan products increase.

If you fit into the category of someone who chooses a “snack” as a meal replacement, how healthy is that snack you’re choosing? Before you stock up on snacks you believe to be healthy, here’s a look at five supposedly “healthy” snacks that rarely meet that criteria.

Rice cakes

Rice cakes are often deemed as healthy due to their minimal ingredients. One reason why they are low in calories is because they do not carry a laundry list of ingredients – the main ingredient is obviously … rice.

If you crave something crunchy, then rice cakes fit the bill. But nutritionally, they offer little more than carbohydrates for energy. They contribute calories but lack fiber and important key vitamins or minerals. Flavored rice cakes are going to have either added sugar or artificial flavors or both. Avoid rice cakes drizzled with chocolate or other sweet flavors as they then are really no better than candy.

How to improve this choice: Opt instead for unflavored, lightly salted rice cakes made from brown rice or other grains such as quinoa. Quinoa is a fair source of protein and brown rice offers a bit more fiber than white rice. And stay away from “sugared up” rice cakes.

Community joins forces during Overbrook freeze up and water outage

One of many water line repairs underway in Overbrook during the great freeze of 2021. Courtesy photo.

During the deep freeze in February, Overbrook residents experienced an unprecedented number of water main breaks – five if you’re counting. These breaks caused city water sources to disappear or slow to a trickle as the water towers drained.

Overbrook employees, residents, local businesses, and work crews from nearby cities pulled together, working in subzero weather, to fix the water main breaks. As one was fixed, another would break. Most residents in Overbrook were without water for part or most of three days, and were issued a boil water alert that was finally lifted Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.

Here are many of the people who worked long and hard to get water back in everyone’s homes: Jon Brady, Jim Koger, Aaron Traphagan, Danny Gamblin, Ross Miner, Hanna Smith and Ben Trotter for the City of Overbrook, Todd Goodyear and Ralph Guffey from G&G Excavating, Chris Warthen, Mike Musick and Jim Jolly Jr. from Osage County RWD No. 5, the crew at Conklin Plumbing, Osage City utility workers who assisted through the Kansas Mutual Aid Program, Kansas Rural Water Association, Jim Foster, Jesse Heberling, Nathan Averill, Calvin Young, and Kansas Municipal Utilities. Special thanks go out to the Osage County Fire District No. 4 as they provided bottled water, non-potable water, filled non-potable tanks at Brookside, and allowed us to install a temporary pressure relief valve at their station. The Overbrook United Methodist Church provided non-potable water and bottled water for drinking. Thank you so much!  We hope we did not leave anyone off this list.

An outpouring of appreciation was expressed by residents. Many residents brought food and beverages to the tired and hungry crews. Children from the Overbrook Attendance Center brought gift baskets and handwritten thank-you cards.

Water issues of this magnitude should not occur again because the city of Overbrook will begin replacing the old water system in 2021.

– Overbrook City Clerk Jim Koger

Legislature reaches turnaround week, considers high energy costs, state unemployment system

By State Rep. Blaine Finch

Greetings from Topeka,

This past week was Turnaround Week in the Legislature. That means the bills in each chamber had to be out and on their way to the other chamber, or risk being lost. The House debated and passed 63 bills last week. Some were small and others large, but all were important to someone.

One of the most important measures this week was House Substitute for SB 88. This bill creates a low interest loan program to help Kansas cities struggling with bills for natural gas and electricity due to last month’s arctic weather. Big energy companies can borrow money to avoid hitting customers with those charges all at once. Cities cannot. This bill allowed them to borrow from state reserve funds at very low interest rates to protect municipal utility customers from the same huge price increases.

While I think the Attorney General and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should investigate for price gouging, I do not believe Kansas communities, families and businesses should have to pay the price in the meantime. If there are federal funds received by any city for those price increases, they must first be used to repay the loan.

We also took up and passed Senate Bill 13, which increases transparency in property taxation. Property taxes are based on two independent factors; your appraisal and the mill levies set by various taxing entities. Most of us have at least three tax entities and sometimes as many as seven or eight. While each of them may keep the levy the same, increases in appraisals can still raise your tax bill. This bill requires that taxpayers receive notice whenever a property tax bill is scheduled to be higher than the last. The House removed some exemptions that would have allowed some taxing entities to avoid sending you that notice and now the differences in the bill will be worked out between the House and Senate.

I was proud to support House Bill 2196 this past week which attempts to modernize and improve our state’s unemployment system. One of the most frequent calls I receive is from folks who are having trouble even getting through to talk to someone at the Department of Labor about their benefits. That is not acceptable. This bill creates a new oversight committee made up of employers and employees to help provide guidance to the Secretary. It requires technology modernization, increases penalties for fraud, and should ensure that the present problems do not occur in the future.

We also took action to give immunity to nursing homes that have done their best to deal with the COVID pandemic while keeping liability for those that did not make good faith efforts to ensure the safety of their residents. In House Bill 2153, we increased penalties on those who attempt prey upon the vulnerable living in adult care homes. With House Bill 2188, we required that police, social workers or Department of Children & Families (DCF) workers meet with and observe a child when there is an allegation of abuse concerning that child.

Finally, we passed House Bill 2183 to make clear that no one can change our election laws during the midst of an election. That power is reserved to the Legislature.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Hay wrap necessary nuisance

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Bundles of big round hay bale plastic net wrap are up and down the highway and country roads.”

Not a day goes by that somewhere there isn’t big bale net wrap which has blown off a stockman’s pickup. Large piles of the stuff are in most rural yards or burn piles ready for a match when winter wind calms.

Net wrap does protect big round bales from certain spoilage certainly, compared to traditional twine wrap. However, when a dozen big round hay bales are fed every morning that leaves lots of net wrap to dispose of.

Various methods of storing big round bales definitely affect how much spoilage there is too. Seemingly everybody has a different philosophy of what is the right way.

Of course it’s best when big bales are stacked in the barn, but few operations have sufficient space to get many bales inside. Stacking the big bales outside is not uncommon and probably reduces wastage compared to lineup in the field.

Likewise which way the bales are lined up and distance between each bale also has an impact on loss.

Nowadays certain stockmen are going a step further to protect big round bales storing them in large long plastic sacks.

When big round balers came on the scene in the late ’60s, sisal twine wrapped the hay like small round bales. Before unrolling apparatuses were developed, big bales were often just dropped in the field for livestock.

Hidden History: Osage County exiles populist publisher back to plow pushing

Gritty Kansas newspaper editor Sylvester Fowler made Osage County his temporary home in the late 1800s. His passion in politics and writing rubbed many the wrong way, causing his stays to be cut short, but he remained determined to return to this place he felt held his same ideals.

Fowler was born in 1853 in Ohio, and came to Kansas when he was three years old. He entered the newspaper business in Pottawatomie County in the mid-1870s, pledging that a paper under his supervision would not publish anything “unsound in morals, or unhealthy in religion … and parents need not be afraid of its bringing an evil influence into their homes.”

It didn’t take long however, for the young, ambitious and outspoken newspaper man to stir controversy. In 1879, he was accused of plagiarizing and stealing from another paper.

He continued to push the limits of what was considered acceptable in society when he published a book called Sex and other Poems in 1890, which included what was considered erotic poetry but also poems of a more general nature. While tame by today’s standards, the mere utterances of anything of a sexual nature were taboo during the Victorian period, and Fowler’s poetry caused breathless readings among its fans.

“In spite of creeds that mislead us
And doubts that vex and perplex
I hold that the highest religion
Is the proper worship of sex.”-Sex 1890

Despite some approval the poet gained, others were not so impressed. The Nortonville News stated that Fowler’s poem dedicated to recently deceased newspaperman Milton W. Reynolds was so terrible, “It seems a great pity … that Reynolds could not rise from his grave and drop the man who would write such trash and dedicate it to him.”

At the time Sex and other Poems was published, the People’s Party (or Populist Party) arose on the political scene and caught the eye of Fowler. The Populists sought to restore the government to the hands of “plain people”, distancing itself from corporate and financial interests, a concept appealing to both farmers and under-represented minorities. Fowler, who maintained a farm in addition to running a newspaper, took up the Populist cause and started papers that were considered “organs” for the Populist Party.

In 1893, Fowler made the move to Osage County, considering it a place with down-home values and anticipating a good reception for a Populist paper. He purchased the former Burlingame Herald and turned it into the Burlingame Blade, a Populist promoting periodical. His success and ambition encouraged him to purchase the Lyndon Herald, also. He would consolidate those papers under one title, The People’s Herald, and move the offices to Lyndon, reasoning that he often got turned around in Burlingame.

His People’s Herald went head-to-head with the Osage City Free Press, calling it and any others out on any anti-populism rhetoric. It did not take Fowler long in his reporting to stir up controversy.

In the previous election, in an attempt to revitalize the lackluster response to enforcement of prohibition around the state, the Populists promoted an all-temperance ticket in Osage County. Problems arose when the Populists’ winning choice for county attorney, Ellis Lewis, was found to be all but temperate, and would not enforce the laws. Rumors began that the Populists had agreed that there was to be no enforcement of the laws if their ticket was elected. Both of these were too much for the ardent Populist Fowler to bear and he lashed out at Lewis in his People’s Herald, calling him a “miserable ingrate, malicious, ungrateful, and wretchedly debauched and depraved. He is a traitor to the party that honored him and to the friends who furnished him money … He is the most hopelessly confirmed drunkard today in Osage County. He is without self-control and without hope. Let him be removed.”

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cows need motherly impulse

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“That heifer has no maternal instinct, no common sense whatsoever.”

The herdsman made similar comments numerous times during recent calving situations.

There’s ample timber protection in the draws completely out of the subzero storms. Yet when a cow starts birthing on a barren hill in a strong north wind it’s completely illogical. Chances of calf survival are immediately sharply reduced in such severe conditions. Problems increase more when a heifer drops her calf and immediately turns away eating hay.

A newborn coming out of momma’s warm inside to the frigid cold pasture must be cared for or it’ll freeze. Even calves with highly maternal mothers providing the utmost attention had frozen ears, tails and feet last week.

Certain cattle bloodlines are promoted for their maternal instincts. Naturally the cows are supposed to know how and want to care for their babies in the best ways possible. Still when the time comes, Mother Nature plays havoc on brainpower of certain young bovine females. Giving birth is an entirely new experience they’ve never had before and first timers often just don’t know what to do.

Continuing days of very cold temperatures, limited access to open water and consuming enough warming feedstuff add to the predicament. In such bad weather, a cow with mothering ability finds a warm place as possible to calve with protection from the elements.

Upon giving birth hopefully without problems, the cow must do her best to warm the newborn. That’s nuzzling, licking, encouraging the baby to stand and get warm colostrum in the first milk mother has to offer. With such a start, chances of calve survival are greatly enhanced.

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