Friday, March 20, 2015

My family's cowboys and cowgirls



George Milner shared this fantastic circa 1874 shot of his great great Grandfather, Jonathan Milner, an itinerant Baptist preacher in Rains County and Comanche County in those times. Traces of Texas on Face Book

Texas is known for its Longhorns and the bluebonnets. by Sheryl Millar. Traces of Texas on Face Book

Sepia Saturday this week asks for old photos of horses, drinking, rivers and ?  Come over to see what other Sepians have shared HERE.


Of course I want to find some of my ancestors who were cowboys from Texas with some cattle drinking...and a few horses.  But alas, I don't own any of these photos myself.  However, I know my ancestors were involved in the cattle business.

This is famed cowboy photographer (and real cowboy) Erwin Smith in a half-dugout on the LS Ranch, 1907. Traces of Texas on FaceBook

I already posted last year about my great grandfather Leary (Larry, LeRoy) Francis Webb HERE.
1894, Weesache or Huisache, Texas

And here's the photo of his store, including a lot of cowboys and farmers in the foreground, in Weesache Texas, (the town was named after the sweet acacia tree; the community's name is a corruption of the plant's alternate name, huisache, Acacia smallii Isley, a native of Texas.)  This thorny tree also has small yellow fragrant flowers in the spring.




Shane Odom shared this splendid 1905 photo of his great, great, Grandfather, Louis Nestor Gerault, his wife Marie Adam Gerault, and two of their children in Ennis, Texas. Traces of Texas, Face Book


I also have to mention my cousin Pat who does a lot of work with the genealogy of our family, and has the certificates to prove it.  She may not live in Texas, but her life in Arizona reminds me of how her love of horses has been passed down to her granddaughter, who I guess is my third cousin.


I'm proud that Pat posted this picture above on facebook, including a vase which I made on the right of the photo.

Lost Dutchman Day parade
I wish I knew more about all the rodeos in which my young cousin participates, and Pat takes photos.

Spirit of John Wayne, taken by Steven Schorr, Monument Valley
Pat also frequently shares professional photos on her FB page.  I am so grateful!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, especially for those who are patiently waiting for spring.  By the sun and earth's rotation, the Spring Equinox just happened.

14 comments:

  1. I know very little about Texas (except cowboy movies) so was unaware that Longhorns and Bluebells are synonymous with Texas. That is such a striking photo and drew my eye immediately!

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    1. Hi Sharon...bluebonnets are the Texas State Flower, and are blooming as a wildflower along highways these days, so I'm told. Not being in Texas myself, I rely upon friends and relatives to keep me informed these days.

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  2. Those dug out houses were pretty awful. Nice selection of photos.

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    1. I definitely wouldn't want to live in a dugout house. I guess it's better than a wagon or a tent...

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  3. love the longhorn and blue bonnets, saw many of them both traveling in Texas, it's one of those states that seems like it takes forever to cross

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    1. Driving across Texas is where I saw people going 100 on 2 lane roads, usually in a Cadillac. I didn't copy them though, but I sure wished I had air conditioning!

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  4. Oh my gosh, this was total fun, I have some old cowboy blood running in our family too, and this brought back some fond memories.

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  5. Life on the range without the buffalo and antelopes was much tougher than portrayed in the movies. Horses were a necessity and yet became part of the family too.

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  6. Some wonderful pictures here. But that Longhorn in the middle of the Bluebonnets, in particular, is striking.

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  7. What is always fascinating to those of us from over the seas is to read how the West was not just a thing of cowboy films but a real part of people's family history. This is little to compare with those times of adventure and discovery in our past - such memories, stories and challenges

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  8. Can't match the longhorns but our village was home to Thomas Bates a world famous breeder of shorthorn cattle. Cowboy films were a Saturday morning entertainment when we were young. I guess Texas was the first state I heard about,

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  9. I've never been to Texas, but to me it's synonymous with cowboys and big hats, so thanks for those interesting details and photographs. By the way, if Pat is your 1st cousin, then her granddaughter would be your 1st cousin twice removed.

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  10. Your photos capture the spirit of the cowboy and the "wild west" for sure.

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