Panhandle Cowboy (Google eBook)

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University of North Texas Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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First published in 1980, this classic description of the cowboy life by master storyteller John Erickson is now back in print. His observations about the Crown Ranch in particular, and the cowboy lifestyle in general, are filled with humor as well as pathos. Erickson describes the ranch, individual cowboys, roundups, wild cattle, and horses.
  

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Contents

The Crown Ranch
1
Ranching in Beaver County
10
COWBOYS
17
Bill Ellzey
19
Sandy Hagar
25
Mark Mayo
31
Tom Ellzey
37
Preacher Hardy
45
A Bitter Lesson
117
Another Wreck
128
HORSES
135
Blackjack and Momma Mare
137
Gypsy
145
Reno
157
Calipso
169
RANCH
177

ROUNDUPS
51
Spring Roundup
53
A Day on the YL Ranch
60
Hell on Neighbors
76
The North Pole Roundups
86
WILD CATTLE
99
Wild Cattle
101
Snow and Bad News
179
The Last Roundup
185
The Last Outlaw
191
Goodby to the Horses
194
Epilogue
201
Index
203
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About the author (1999)

John R. Erickson, born in Midland, Texas, and raised in the Texas Panhandle town of Perryton, is a fifth-generation Texan with ranching roots back to the 1850s. He graduated from the University of Texas and studied at the Harvard Divinity School, but made his living on horseback while pursuing his writing. His Hank the Cowdog series has become a national favorite. He and his wife run their own ranch and commercial beef cattle operation. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Erickson has been profiled in Southern Living, American Cowboy Magazine, and on CBSís Evening News with Dan Rather. He is the author of seven books in UNT Pressís Western Life Series.

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