We are remembering our western heritage this week end with two events. One in Ft. Pierre today and again tomorrow. Excellent demonstrations of crafts, such as saddle making in progress, lots of braided tack by local people. Old E. C. Lee saddles on display, as well as buggies, wagons, etc. Beautiful hand made quilts. Barbeque sandwiches, cowboy poetry and singing. and more.
We took some family treasures for the saddle display, including saddles from grandfathers Tom Jones and Tom Berry, and my mother, Marge Calhoon.
A real treat was finding that our friend not often on these pages any more, JingleBob was on the program. We enjoyed his music, and visiting with him. He must live around a hundred miles from Ft. Pierre, so wasn't a small effort he made to add his talent to the event, for which we thank him.
It was a fun day with many opportunities to buy nifty crafts, which I resisted very well!
Tomorrow, we are off to the west end of the state, Rapid City, for the remembrance of the Cowboys of 1902. Those were the guys who rounded up the cattle to end the open range days in western SD. The organization continues as a memorial of sorts to the ancestors and friends who participated in that great undertaking.
My grandpa, Frank Calhoon was one of the wagon bosses, for the March Bros., and Shorty's grandpa Tom Jones was another one, but I don't recall who he worked for. There was also a brother of my grandpa, Jet Calhoon, who was one of the cowboys. They covered the area east of the Black Hills, and east to the Missouri River with that roundup. It was a fantastic undertaking and many interesting stories are collected in the book, "Old Muddy to the Black Hills", by Bert Hall, a collection of mostly first person, or family member reports from those who participated.