Growing up during the 1940’s and 1950’s, in the Choctaw (McCurtain and Choctaw Counties) and Creek Indian (Okmulgee County) Nations of Oklahoma, with the spoken languages of Choctaw, Ojibwa, Spanish and English was an asset in my knowledge of story telling. A reporter for the McCurtain County Gazette told me, “Write down the stories and the things you have done in life for some day they would be useful in keeping the tales of the old folks alive after we all are gone.”
Working various jobs from cowboy and farmer to holding, the positions of Foreman of a bridge gang, with the Saint Louis San Francisco, Railroad and Command Sergeant Major in the Army, gave me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people. Medically discharged from the military, I did construction work until finally being forced to retire completely because of my health.
Moving near Russellville Alabama because my children came to this area to work and raise my grand-children.
Now I live and play near the Crooked Oak community near seven of my grand-children. The older three grand-children have read all but four of my novels so there is not sexual intent or as much violence as on the evening news. I have written short stories, young adult books, free lance magazine articles, articles for several news papers and write novels about the tales of the old folks when I was growing up. In addition, to the twenty Western novels, I have written two mysteries of modern day times.
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The canyon, located 10 miles west of the Sipsey Wilderness, was first inhabited by Native Americans over 10,000 years ago. When Europeans arrived, they gave the canyon its name. Some believe it was named for the Dismals in Scotland, some say it was because early pioneers thought of it as being a supernatural place.
"The Young West" The Joey Zackary Story
About a young man having to grow up fast. He was making his own way because his parents were dead. The things which happened to him in a short span of four years and of the people he met along the way.
By the end of the Civil War jobs were a thing of luxury if you had one which paid money. The men returning from the war found their lives disrupted, families starving or dead. There was where the markets were for a country which had a need for beef. This is the story of one man who took an old Osage Indian for his word of “All ways help others and they will help you.”
The horse traders that would lie to you about the health or what was not straightforward about an animal were the kind that did not have much of a repeat of customers. Word would get out on the trader and not many people would be trading or buying a horse from this type of trader.
Nights Of Terror
“Nights of Terror”
A woman of Hugoton, a one horse town, on the Kansas plains tried to help two small Indian children. They died of lung fever in her home. Then the nights of terror started. After dark the town was afraid to go out at night for when someone did, they died. The
Never Too Late
Never Too Late
Finding out his brother had been hung as a horse thief; Jim went to find out who had framed his brother. Several men had formed a grange. They were determined to take over the cattle range of the Box L ranch. The lady and her brother were trying to run the ranch when her brother was bushwhacked. Then the cattle were being brazenly stolen by the grange members.
Ai Machonnee Wolf Man
Joe Helms received a grant while at the University of Maryland. He was on a quest to find lost treasures and artifacts of the Spanish explorers who came up from Mexico to travel through what is Now Texas, Oklahoma, and into Colorado. These Explorers were the first to explore America. Fifty years after Columbus discovered America, the Spanish came to the area of Oklahoma.
Tanner Oaks Texas Ranger
In 1974 I had the honor to be able to see a case containing the two of the badges mentioned in this novel. The original owner was long since dead and his granddaughter had them in her possession. She told me the stories of her grandfather and a friend of his, who also give a set of badges, which wore the badges during their life time and died with distinction and honors.
Run From A Hanging
J.P. Daily was waiting to be hung for several citizens had been killed during the robberies that him and his gang had committed in New Mexico. While waiting, on a circuit judge to arrive, he came across an opportunity to escape. On the run, he holed up in a place to keep from freezing to death, and another opportunity came his way. He had a chance to change his life around and become law abiding.
Lee Garrett Bounty Hunter
After the War Between the States was over Lee went home. Finding the man, he called Pa, killed by two men over horses. His Ma died shortly after him arriving home. Going to the sheriff and was told no one would go after the two men, he decided to get them himself. Getting into a grange war over homesteads and having a gunfight with the town toughs.
Sam Mountian Texas Ranger
An old time type western, about the old adage of one Ranger for the job, is the best way. After delivering a prisoner for the Texas Rangers, Sam Mountain took a leave of absents to visit his sister-in-law and nephew. Sam didn’t bother to tell anyone he was a Texas Ranger. From the time he arrived until he finished he was in constant danger.
Returning from a war that no one wanted, he tried to get back into the civilization of people. He became a U.S. Marshal protecting people in the witness protection area. Living in the wilderness of the four corners area of the United States, he found the treasure of the old outlaws of yester year. Gangsters came into his wilderness after him and several of the witness against them.
White Bear Clan Lem Dew
Old time western and action packed about life in the late 1800. A man trying to do right in life that just wanted to be left alone. Unable to get along with other people he became a wolf hunter by a twist of fate. He found his true love thou from a tragedy in her life.
Deputy Sheriff, Cowboy, Wolfer, and then back to a Deputy U.S. Marshal he made a full circle in jobs until he became a rancher.
Cane Longbow Range Detective
Being twelve years old, in 1889, and with out a family or anyone to look after him, makes a young boy take care of himself. From going through people’s garbage to chasing outlaws who robbed the local bank, Cane took on the job to make some money to live on. He made a banker and the sheriff look silly for not being able to get anyone else to go after the outlaws.
Don Ulma had heard of the Bell ranch but who hadn’t in this part of the country. By a fluke in being in the wrong place at the wrong time Don had the chance of working on the ranch. While taking the money which Harmon Bell had recovered from bank robbers Don was involved in a shoot out at the bank when the bank was being robbed again. DOn started his own ranch and found it took guns and guts.
In the old west and even in today's time frame you will still find some people that are partners. Some of the partnerships last a short while with others from the time they are first made until the after life. The characters in this novel are factious names but the two men are buried side by side with the remarks still readable on the tombstone.
Treasures Of Indian Territory Of Oklahoma
I have written of some of the stories of outlaw treasure and also of the gold mines of Oklahoma. For I knew several of the people, in their old age, I wrote about in the stories. One of the stories was about my step father whom I loved and misses him to this day. There is still gold found today in the creeks and dirt in several areas just waiting for someone to come and find it.
White Bear Clan Black Thorn
Black Thorn was a self schooled man in the facts of life. He masterminded the largest train robbery of the early 1900’s. His father had married a woman, supposed to be a Creek Indian, who was the daughter of a Freedman slave of the Creek Nation. His father had run Thorn and his sister off from home because he didn’t want anything to do with having half Black children.
Early Times Of The White Bear Clan
Eagle Mountain came from North Georgia, as a boy over the Trail of Tears, to the Indian Territory. Taking the trail of revenge, Eagle killed the men, who killed his family. Eagle furnished horses and supplies to outlaws, at a cave, which his father had found. The cave was later known as Robbers Cave. Over the years, he stole many horses to supply the outlaw gangs.
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In the early years of the War Between the States, Civil War or War of Northern Aggression, as some southerners called it, a man paid his debts however he could. In the southern states, at times, slaves were used as collateral and won or lost on the turn of a card in games of chance. Whole plantations was lost because of this war and the slaves set free with no where to go.