Ron Lewis has had a life long interest and love of both history and westerns. Blending fact and fiction together, mixing real characters and those created from whole cloth, his stories are his views of the old west of the 19th century.
Mr. Lewis’s roots in Oklahoma reach back to the 19th century when is his great-grandfather John moved though the Indian territories, and eventually Oklahoma territory yearly. He operated a traveling musical group who sold a panacea concoction most often called “Snake Oil.”
Eventually his grandfather, John Henry, settled in the Winding Stair Mountains of eastern Oklahoma, very near to Robbers Cave. John Henry worked for a mining company as an elevator operator. His grandfather was well known and all who knew him knew his credo in life. “I don’t want to be higher than picking corn or lower than digging potatoes.”
Hearing stories from his father, uncles and grandfather about life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries kindled a love for those bygone days. Many of these stories are the basis for his writing.
Michelle Tanner begins a journey west in 1864 from Washington Town, as the American nation's capital was called, to Denver City. It becomes a perilous trek, filled with a gunfight here and there, disease, and new friendships. And lurking in the shadows, a madman intent on revenging himself on one of the main characters.
After a head to head confrontation erupts in Benham between Daniel Hannover and our fearless group of travelers, a desperate chase follows, leading Hannover’s pursuers back to small valley just off the Poudre Canyon. Will Hannover ever be brought to justice? Who will live and who will die in the final part of the Michelle Tanner Going West story?
In Part Seven, Daniel ‘Two Tongues’ Hannover is the personification of the quintessential American outlaw. ‘Bad man’ does no justice this rarefied, malcontent of the American West. This quintessential American outlaw is about to come face to face with Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker in a place called Benham, Colorado Territory. In a battle of good vs evil, who will live and who will die?
In Part Six of the Going West series, the young blonde haired twins, Hannah and Helen Packer, are causing havoc all over southwest Kansas and southeast Colorado Territory. In an act of kindness, Marshal Macy Tucker swept their crime in his town under the carpet. All he forgot to do was tell the twins, and now he sets out to find the girls before they do something from which they can’t be saved.
After the events in Colby, the group again resumes their journey to Denver City, but a broken axle threatens to derail their journey. In an effort to obtain a new wagon to replace their damaged one, the group diverts to Mountain View, Colorado Territory. Instead of a thriving town they find an empty community and scores of new graves. Part Five in the Going West series.
In this fourth installment of the Going West series, Michelle Tanner and her group of travelers continue west. On the journey, young Sarah falls ill, forcing the travelers to divert to Colby for her to recover. While there, Michelle quickly makes a friend and shortly after, two outlaws arrive in the town with trouble on their minds. And when it all comes to a head, thunder erupts in Colby.
Part Three of the Michelle Tanner Going West series. While delivering the outlaw Captain Edward Powers to the Law at Larned, Kansas, the group of travelers witnesses a hanging that goes horribly wrong. Musing on the fate of the condemned causes Powers to wonder if his own hanging might similarly be bungled. Meeker assures him that no Hangman could botch two hangings in a row. Or could he?
Michelle Tanner and Nathan Meeker are joined by the Harvard educated Cherokee Indian, Buffalo Head, as they journey to Denver City. Their sojourn is interrupted by a trio of confederate deserters. Desperate hardened men who are plundering their way across the Kansas plains. Michelle's grit is tested in Part Two of this hard hitting continuation of the Michelle Tanner – Going West series.
Michelle Tanner, a fiery red head who wants more out of life heads west into a new frontier. After a chance encounter with the lawman and living legend, Joseph Nathan Meeker, he becomes her mentor. After telling her he doesn't want to be sending a letter to her Pa explaining how she was killed killed, Michelle realizes life in the west may be a whole lot more difficult than she ever imagined.
A nervous hand trembled as it reached into the cold water, before pulling the nugget the size of his hand from the flowing stream. He knew as soon as he touched it what it was. He felt exhilarated at the sheer size of the mineral. The gold warmed from his touch, feeling heavy and living in his calloused hand. Perhaps this was where the fever comes from. Gold fever.