Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Remember When: Cowboys

 I have always loved cowboys. I loved to watch westerns and my heroes were men of the West. My sister was the same way and since she was ten years older her influence was very strong.

We always watched westerns; "Gunsmoke," "Rifleman," "The Legend of Wyatt Earp," "Bat Masterson," "Have Gun, Will Travel." I used to say that I didn't have a choice as my older sister controlled the television. However, if I ever minded I don't remember.

The cowboys in the photo above are cousins. I think in the Covey family. I'll have to find the original and check the back but for now I'm just enjoying the "cowboys."

I few years ago my daughter and I took a trip to the area where all my families finally came together southwestern Kansas.

This is a picture of the countryside. No, Kansas isn't that flat.
It is beautiful country.

This is my great grandmother's younger brother, Willard Keith. The family left Illinois about 1881 and he was born near Kingman, Kansas in 1885. My great grandmother was born in Illinois in 1878.
I remember her and sometimes it really hits me that those times aren't really that long ago. It's kind of scary when you think how much has changed in a relatively short amount of time.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in 1881. My great grandmother was three. Wow! Sometimes it is amazing to put things in a different perspective.
Memoir Prompts:
Make a list of the areas your family has lived. Have you visited any of them?
What ethnic foods are your favorites?
Do you know of any cowboys in your family?
Have you ever kept a journal or diary? Are there any left from other members of your family?
What memories do the sound of bells bring to you?
Describe your third grade teacher and classroom.
What was your high school graduation like?


  1. South south east of Dodge City, the canyon located west of where I grew-up is named Brite Canyon. It is named for a black man who came west after the Civil War, He worked for the Simmons on Bluff Creek. I believe he's buried by his dugout located near Walnut Grove.

    1. I have an old photo of a Mr. Peeples who did the same thing. The photo was taken in Cash City after it became a ranch headquarters. This is the one published in "Wild West" magazine. Where is Brite Canyon? The photo above is where towards Cash City from Meade and I think that's the Goodnight Ranch.

  2. We grew up watching Westerns such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Wild, Wild West, etc. Gunsmoke was my favorite.

    Great pictures! I agree, time has flown by when you really think about it. And keeps doing that. :)

  3. wow what a history and my husband is a lover of all things 'cowboy' he collects the movies. great post my friend. Thanks also for the lovely welcoming comment you put on my blog Rita. Hugs June x

  4. Hi Rita, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Thanks for coming by. I will go visit you.


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