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Vol. XIV · No. 12 · Series No.162 · December 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Tom "Cowboy" Ratican he has contributed many articles to us about Ghost Towns, Old Mining Sites, and History of the Area. Also he is the only person we know that can get lost in a Cul-De-Sac!


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

5th - Dave "Tujunga" Finnin
6th - Bud "Bud Buster" Reeves
9th - Dick "Colorado" Oakes
31st - Don "Dusty" Maiers

JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

15th - Wilma "Hiyawilma" Irvine
29th - Bobbi Farrell

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"You can't keep trouble from visitin' - but you don't have to offer it a chair."


DECEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

December 1st - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

December 15th - "Paniola's" Island Paradise - Annual Holiday Get-Together - Please R.S.V.P.

JANUARY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

January 5th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

January 19th - "Paniola's" Island Paradise

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Our long time friend, "Hondo's" mother, Kathie Cannon, is in the Adventist Hospital - again. We wish her a speedy recovery.

I talked to Tim "Durango" last week. He has some medical problems but he and Chris are leaving for Germany on December 15th to visit Chris' 92 year old mother. We wish them both well for a good trip.

Our recycle cans was outstanding this last time. "Golden Grizz" put over $50.00 into the Trail Riders' coffers. Many thanks for the good report.

Don't forget that our first meeting on December 1st will be at the"Golden Grizz" Cave and our Annual Holiday Get-Together is coming up on the 15th at "Paniola's". I'm really looking forward to this time together. It doesn't happen often enough for me. Don't forget to send your R.S.V.P.'s back.

Our fellow Trail Rider, "Slick" Pierson worked with George Kennedy making a movie. The name is "Three Bad Men. We don't have a release date for it yet but it is to premiere on January 15th, 2005. The premiere is to be held at the Armed Forces Base in Los Alamitos. The Trail Riders are extended a special invitation to be there to see "Slick" in action. The admission is free but I was told that parking can be a problem. Come early! A social program will start at 6:30 pm and the movie will start at 7:30 pm.

Sounds like a real treat!


ROUNDING-UP

I haven't heard from Jack "Buck" Harding for a while. My fault!! I haven't called him in some time. I get so caught up in my things, I forget everything else!!

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No. 11 · Series No.161 · November 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Ed "Paniola" Phillips for his dedication. He spent three days in Lone Pine showing movies, being a member on one of the panels on Saturday and... in all ways, keeping the Trail Riders' name alive to all he met.


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

5th - Dave "Tujunga" Finnin
6th - Bud "Bud Buster" Reeves
9th - Dick "Colorado" Oakes
31st - Don "Dusty" Maiers

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Treat the one you love the same as you'd treat your horse. No one likes to be rode hard and put up wet."


NOVEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

November 1st - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

November 15th - "Paniola's" Island Paradise

These dates are NOT cast in concrete. Normally, in December we have a get together for social purposes. We may decide to that this year also. It is up for discussion.

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Got a call from "Manitoba Man", Sheldon. He had some information about a Civil War re-enactment on the Tierra Rejada Ranch which is close to here. It was for November 6th and 7th, a weekend. He was a little sketchy about details but it should be interesting.

"Paniola" and "Rocky Bob" were in Lone Pine and brought back information about the museum and some of the things we have donated. The most interesting thing was something about a light bulb. You'll have to see "Paniola" to get the details on that.

Our member Art Landry, finally came up with his "handle". He is now "Wrangler Art", ... Good Name!

One of our old friends, Jack Iverson, died two weeks ago. Jack was involved with many of the projects that were of interest to our Western world. His name was well known among us. We will miss his presence.


ROUNDING-UP

I like the way "Walkshorse" ended his note: "Ride Hard, Fast and Take Chances"

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No. 10 · Series No.160 · October 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Ed "Paniola" Phillips and "Miss" Teresa. They hosted a Bar-B-Q at the "Paradise Island" on September the 19th and showed us a good afternoon with lots of great food and nice conversation. Ed showed a great movie "Hildago" which was enjoyed by every one.


NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

7th - Rose "Miss Kitty" Brown
14th - Pat "Big Casino" Nelson
19th - Tom "Cowboy" Ratican
26th - Bob "Iowa" Owens

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"A man standing on his own two feet has a hard time putting on his trousers."


OCTOBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, October 6th - 7:30 pm - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, October 20th - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Herb Jeffries received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 24th and celebrated his 93rd birthday at the Sportsman's Lodge. "Chester" and I went together for this birthday celebration and he has a write up on this event.

MMMMM? I got a call from Tom "Cowboy" Ratican asking me not to call him for a week as he would be taking a trip to Arizona. Hope he has a good time.

Dave Bracken celebrated his 90th birthday at Billingsley Restaurant which was the first time "Miss" Charleen and I were there. It was a nice place and the food was great. Also the Farrell family, Bobby, son Mark, daughters Mary and Erin and Dave's family and many good friends from his very full and rich life. Some of these things like his sports car racing, selling very exclusive cars, boating and his adventures with a good friend, Tommy Farrell. Dave looked and sounded very good and was completely surprised at this party for him. He had just came out of a care home and what a way to start celebrating life again. We're glad you're back. We felt special just to be invited.


As Reported by Ed "Paniola" Phillips

One of the largest crowds ever made their appearance for Herb Jeffries receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Herb was very interested in Johnny Grant as MC for this event. Johnny has been the "Honorary" Mayor of Hollywood for a number of years an has MC'd many placement of stars on the Walk of Fame.

While at the Sportsman's Lodge, a lot of Herb's family got on stage and entertained the people there celebrating his 93rd birthday. It was an event to remember!


It's About Time by "Chester" Brown

It's September 24th, a little after noon. There's a cloudless sky, rather warm, probably in the 80's, with a hint of a breeze that is keeping it from being as warm as the weatherman had predicted. I'm waiting for Dusty to pick me up so that we can attend the foot printing and star for Herb Jeffries on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the reception at the Sportsman's Lodge afterwards.

We are here at the Sportsman's Lodge in the Empire Room and the room is filled with friends and fans of Herb. As we enter the room we were met by Dave "Cheyenne" Pitt, a long time member of the Trail Riders, who is on security, and his wife Kathy. The Trail Riders are well represented by "Slick" and "Sidekick" Pierson, "Paniola" Phillips, Roger and Jeri Nicodemus the Pitts, Dusty, Sharon Carter and I.

Letters of congratulations were being read from such political figures as the Governor of Michigan, actor WIlliam Smith who played opposite Clint Eastwood in one of his unforgetable fight scenes, wrote a poem, "Ode to Herb" which Herb read.

At our table were stuntman Whitey Hughes, his wife Dorothy, "Gabby Hayes" Parks and his wife Laura and Alice (without Jeff) Sutherland who does interviews with western celebrities for TV broadcasting, and Keith O'Hare, who does rope twirling and knife throwing, and Charlie Dierkoph of Police Woman, with Angie Dickinson is also here.

There aren't many of the western community present and one reason for that is that there aren't many of them left. As many of you may be aware, one of Herb's careers was in the movies, one of the primary Black stars of the early 40's, his major film being "The Bronze Buckaroo". The majority of the people present, outside of the fans of Herb, are from the musical side of Herb's life. Another part of Herb's life was with the big band of Duke Ellington, with whom he sang "Flamingo" (a major hit of the 40's) and jazz.

They just announced that on Thursday, October 7th, Herb will be in concert at the Wheelhouse in Hemet, California with dinner, dance and show.

Herb ended the afternoon by singing Flamingo." You know how Frank Sinatra's voice got mellower as he got older? Well Herb's voice got stronger (and I have always thought of him as a "heart" singer) and it was all there as he sang to us on his 93rd birthday.

Mike Moroff is also here and Slick says he will bring him over to talk and let us know what he is doing. He has just completed a movie with Slick in which he played the heavy. He has been in several movies over the last 35 years, one of them being "Pancho Villa" for which he was nominated for the equivalent of the Oscar in Mexico. He is an accomplished singer, appearing many times with Herb in his concerts in Laughlin, Nevada and around the country. Slick also tells me that he is also a very talented painter.


ROUNDING-UP

Slick and Sidekick informed us of Slick's part in a movie that is being made. George Kennedy is the lead and many of the Trail Riders are also in it.

She sent a picture of George and Slick. The name of the movie is "Three Bad Men". The cast includes George Kennedy, Mike Maroff, Peter Brown, Chris Gain, June Wilkenson, Slick, Jeff Sutherland, and Larry Smith. They shot the movie in Auburn, Jamestown, Painted Gorge, near Idaho and Helendale.

She wasn't sure when it will be released but will let us know as soon as she hears.

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No9 · Series No.159 · September 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

"Tip of the White Hat" to Wilma "Hiya Wilma" Irvine for her dedication to the Trail Riders over the years. She has booked a room at the Dow Villa in Lone Pine for years and invites all of the members to visit and enjoy the snacks. Just recently she offered to buy the postage for the newsletter with the new John Wayne postage stamp series which is to be issued soon. Many thanks!


OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

5th - Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson
8th - "J.D." Juesgen
10th - Ms. Carla Iverson
10th - Bill "Panamint" Ehrhart
22nd - Ms. Betty Williamson
29th - Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Among other drawbacks, if you live alone you'll never know if you snore."


SEPTEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, September 1st - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

Wednesday, September 15th - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.

A special "get together" at Paniola's "Paradise Island" on Saturday, September 18th. It is scheduled to be a barbeque which sounds like a lotta fun. It is to start at about 3:00 pm and continue on until ??????? There will be hamburgers and hot dogs and many other foods there. If you want to help or want to bring any food, please call "Miss Teresa" at 805-526-7437, or "Miss Marge" at 805-520-0018. See you there.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

"Miss" Charleen and I were gone the month of August on vacation. One of the many things of interest was a short side trip into Itaska State Park, the source of the Mississippi River. "Miss" Charleen didn't know you could wade across the river so we made the trip to see it.

We also picked up a newspaper while on the road and found an article about Tom "Cowboy" Ratican as a member of the Historical Society of Havala. Small world!!


ROUNDING-UP

Our last meeting at the Paradise Island turned out to be extra special. We got news concerning one of the members we haven't heard from in some time, Dave "Tobasco" Twomey. He talked to Buck and brought us up to date as to his health. It was good to hear from him.

Also, Bob "Wyatt Earp" Kincad who moved to Ventura some time ago has moved back into our area and has been attending meetings. Welcome back, Bob.

Richard "Big Casino" Nelson was also at the meeting. He has been having eye problems which are slowly being resolved.

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No8 · Series No.158 · August 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

"Tip of the White Hat" to John "Chester" Brown for his efforts in getting the membership cards printed and ready for our new and old members. He has put in many hours keeping us going.


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

14th - John "Chester" Brown
18th - La Neil Ehrheart
20th - Mr. Dave Bracken
21st - Chris McIlvain

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow - it keeps your schedule full!"


SEPTEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, September 1st - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

Wednesday, September 15th - 7:30 pm "Golden Grizz's" Cave

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

The Trail Riders as a club have made a donation to the Motion Picture Home through Jim Roberts. So many of our honored members are there. It is a real pleasure to do what we can.

Tom "Cowboy" Ratican read Ronald B. Walkhorse's Bio and recognized some names from his past. He said he is going to contact Ronald and compare notes. It inspired him to write his latest submission about movie stunt pilots.


ROUNDING-UP

We're constantly looking for items of interest to include in the newsletter.

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No.7 · Series No.157 · July 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

"Tip of the White Hat" to Pat "Stoney" Bosquet and Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk. They have been lending a helping hand to our foreman, Jack "Buck" Harding. He has dialysis three times a week in Thousand Oaks. It means a trip there and a trip back. These guys have earned a special "Tip of the White Hat".


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

3rd - Bodie Webb
3rd - Foreman Marge Heiq
18th - Ms. Marge Schenk
25th - Bill "Panamint Slim" Ehrheart

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


AUGUST TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, August 4th - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

Wednesday, August 18th - 7:30 pm "Golden Grizz's" Cave

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

John "Chester" Brown and I made a trip to Long Beach and met with David Bracken and his daughter, Mary. I'm happy to report David is coming along very well in the recovery department. We had a pleasant time with them and are planning another trip there soon.

Haven't heard from Rick "Texas Red" Tucker as yet. I sure hope he gets in touch with us soon.

We have been discussing reinstating our 5th Wednesday of the month "Ladies Night" again. It was a lot of fun and makes for a pleasant social evening. We'll keep you posted as to these plans.

Another old friend has gone to the "Ranch in the Sky". Chris Alcaide died Wednesday, June 30th in Palm Springs. We don't know the funeral arrangements at this time. Goodbye Chris and God keep you.

There is an event on July 31st at Fort Tejon. They are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Tejon is an old fort on Highway 5. The grounds are nice and are suitable for a picnic and there will be a lot of activities to enjoy.

We still have more information from Tom "Cowboy" Ratican for our stories "From Out of the Past". We give "Cowboy" many thanks for these stories but this month we have a biography from Ronald B. Walkshorse. We're printing it just the way it came to us.


ROUNDING-UP

We're constantly looking for items of interest to include in the newsletter.

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No.6 · Series No.156 · June 2004

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

"Tip of the White Hat" to David "Forgetful" Manley who became a member on May 12th by attending three consecutive meetings. He developed his own "handle" by showing up for his third meeting one day early! Welcome to the group, "Forgetful".


JULY BIRTHDAYS

1st - Edwin "Chatsworth" Iverson
2nd - Rick "Texas Red" Tucker
9th - Curt "Slick" Pierson
23rd - Ermal "Duke" Williamson

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call "Dusty" at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


JULY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, July 7th - 7:30 pm - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, July 21st - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at "Paniola's" Island Paradise

Meeting places have been changed due to vacations. Hopefully, we'll be back on some kind of schedule soon.

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

"Texas Red" and spouse moved to Texas and promised to give us thier new address. As soon as I get it, I'll make it available.

Many of us went to Tommy Farrell's Memorial Service at the Motion Picture Home. It was a beautiful service, very well done.

Kevin "Hondo" Cannon is now living near Vail, Colorado. I guess that's one way to get up in the world. I am hoping he'll send us an update on his life soon.

"Golden Grizz" and Miss Marge spent two weeks in Minnesota by Lake Mille Lacs. It is beautiful country. Hope they took some pictures.

"Paniola" and Miss Teresa spent their vacation on the East Coast. He said they covered over 7,000 miles. We will be getting more information from them.

Our Foreman, "Buck", is back home after an extended stay in the hospital. He has to spend three days a week on the dialysis machine, what a pain that is. It was really good to see him.

On June 16th, instead of a meeting we went to Corrigan's Steak House as a social event. John "Chester" and "Miss" Rose, David "Forgetful" and his wife "Miss" Clare, "Dusty" and "Miss" Charlene were there. The food was, as usual, excellent and "Miss" Clare entertained us with some of the History of Simi Valley. We will have to do this again, soon.


ROUNDING-UP

We're constantly looking for items of interest to include in the newsletter.

Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XIV · No.5 · Series No.155 · May 2004

Tip of the White Hat

"Tip of the White Hat" to Arthur Landry (no handle yet) who became a member on April 21st by attending three consecutive meetings.


JUNE BIRTHDAYS

3rd - Kevin "Hondo" Cannon

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call Dusty at (1-805) 522-7713 or drop a note to the Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA. 93065.


Richard "Big Casino" Nelson has complained often about having the wrong date for his birthday and it has been corrected. He has had quite a session with his eyes. Finally the Doctor told him if he didn't follow instructions he could lose his eyes so now he is taking good care of them and things are getting better. It will be nice to see him on a more regular schedule.


MAY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, May 5th - 7:30 pm - Golden Grizz's Cave

Wednesday, May 19th - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at Paniola's Island Paradise

NOTE: Paniola's meeting may change, depends on Jury Duty.

The 3rd installment of a serial called "Painted Stallion" was very good. Ten more episodes to go.

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Miss Charleen and I spent the last week in Oregon on family business. While on some free time we visited the old town of Jacksonville. It has a whole pot full of historical stuff to write about next month. While there we stopped to eat at a place called the "Unorthodox Jewish Deli" which had interesting food but also information pertaining to WWII American Indians and their involvement in protecting our freedom. I am also working on this for next month's newsletter.


ROUNDING-UP

The Trail Riders have some brass belt buckles still available. They are offered at $22.00 each and are well worth it. Our Trail Rider logo is well done and makes a beautiful buckle.

Also for sale are some Daisy BB Guns. We have sold most of them but still have a few. Sold on a first come, first serve basis for $10.00 each. We were offering them with $5.00 shipping and handling charge but found this was not right. Now it is $10.00 plus whatever UPS charges for delivery. Please send orders to: Dusty Maiers, 1218 Alexander St., Simi Valley, CA 93065 NO COD's.

We are constantly looking for items of interest to include in the newsletter. We know each member really has something to share. Our Foreman Buck is still in the hospital with no change.

Warm Campfires:


Vol. XIV · No.4 · Series No.154 · April 2004

Tip of the White Hat

"Tip of the White Hat" to Trail Rider Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk and Ed "Paniola" Phillips for their contributions to the newsletter.

NEWS FLASH!!!!!

Our foreman, Jack "Buck" Harding is back in the hospital again. I think he likes the food. Also, on that thought, Miss Kathy Cannon, Trail Rider Kevin "Hondo" Cannon's mother, has been in Simi Hospital the last three weeks. She's been improving so we expect her to go home soon. Cards are always welcome.


MAY BIRTHDAYS

17th - Sammy Baugh
19th - Nancy Hilton
23rd - Sharon Carter
25th - Buck Harding
30th - Stoney Bousquet
30th - Doris Lauter

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call Buck at (1-805) 522-8472 or write to: Jack R. Harding, 1053 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA. 93065. Don't be bashful as we do not list the year of your birth!


APRIL TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, April 7th- 7:30 pm - Golden Grizz's Cave

Wednesday, April 21st - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at Paniola's Island Paradise

Directions to Golden Grizz's Cave - 118 Freeway, get off at Tapo Canyon and go north to Avenida Simi, turn right and go to the end (Granville) house on the corner (4373 Avenida Simi).



ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Rick "Texas Red" Tucker has once again decided to honor the state of Texas with his presence. He and wife Julie had decided to move last fall. They put their home up for sale and had no takers. Last month they tried it again and sold it in 48 hrs. Rick has been playing at Murphy's in Simi Valley the last couple of months. Of course, all the Trail Riders are invited to attend.

At our meeting on March 17th, (St. Patrick's Day) at the Paradise Island, we had four guests. They were:

Arthur "Art" Lanory of Thousand Oaks
John Conaway of Ojai
Doc Freeman of Ojai
David Manley of Simi Valley

Each of them expressed a strong interest in the Western way of life. We showed a Gene Autry film which was one of the better ones, with scenes shot on the Iverson's Ranch. Also shown was a first installment of a serial called "Painted Stallion" and was very good! Eleven more episodes to go.



ROUNDING-UP

We're constantly looking for items of interest to include in the newsletter. We know each member has something to share. One of our members, Ron Walkshorse, has a grandfather that fought at the battle of Little Big Horn. He didn't say which side his grandfather fought on but I'll bet it would make an interesting story for the Trail Riders Newsletter. We'd be glad to hear it.

Warm Campfires:

Jack R. Harding
1053 Erringer Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-8472


Vol. XIV · No.3 · Series No.153 · March 2004

Tip of the White Hat

"Tip of the White Hat" this month goes to Trail Rider Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk for making the arrangements for the Ventura Star to attend the meeting at Paniola's and interviewing the members present.

NEWS FLASH

Ole' Buck is home from the hospital. He spent over three weeks in this time. It is nice to have him where we can contact him easier. Please, shower him with cards.


APRIL BIRTHDAYS

12th - Ed "Paniola" Phillips
12th - Richard "Big Casino" Nelson
20th - Curt "Slick" Pierson

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call Buck at (1-805) 522-8472 or write to: Jack R. Harding, 1053 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA. 93065. Don't be bashful as we do not list the year of your birth!


APRIL TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, April 7th - 7:30 pm - Golden Grizz's Cave

Wednesday, April 21st - 7:30 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at Paniola's Island Paradise

Our February 18th meeting was held at Ed "Paniola" Phillips place and was a dally wacker!!!. We had two young ladies from the Ventura Star paper who interviewed the Trail Riders trying to find out what the club was about. We gave them a lot of information... and some of it was true!. They were introducted to "sarsasparile" as a true western drink. The saw a movie starring John Luden, made in 1938. Now they have an idea what we are about. When it hits the paper, we'll make sure we get it in the newsletter.

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.


IOWA SEZ:

Use to be people got married THEN lived together.


ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

Heard from one of the original Trail Riders, J. D. Juesgen called from Idaho and brought me up to date as to his life and wife. We had a good conversation. He informed me he and Sandy are paying a visit to Southern California to take care of some business and some pleasure. He plans on attending a meeting to renew some friendships. He is to be a welcome visitor.

ROUNDING-UP

There are several events for us in the next couple of months. The Poetry Festival at Melody Ranch, The "End of Trail" at Norco, and there's always The Love Pine Film Festival later. As the dates are shown, we'll print them.

Warm Campfires:

Jack R. Harding
1053 Erringer Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-8472


Vol. XIV · No.2 · Series No.152 · February 2004

Tip of the White Hat

This month's "Tip of the White Hat" goes to Trail Rider John "Chester" Brown and Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk for their contributions into the newsletter. These notes let all of the club know what is happening. We are trying to identify each offering with a picture of the author. If you do submit something, we would appreciate a picture that we could run with it.

NEWS FLASH

Ole' Buck is home from the hospital. He spent over three weeks in this time. It is nice to have him where we can contact him easier. Please, shower him with cards.


MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3rd - Carol "Red" Oakes
18th - Rick "Texas Red" Tucker

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call Buck at (1-805) 522-8472 or write to: Jack R. Harding, 1053 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA. 93065. Don't be bashful as we do not list the year of your birth!


MARCH TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, March 3rd - 7:30 pm - Golden Grizz's Cave

Wednesday, March 17th - 7:00 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at Paniola's

Our February 18th meeting was held at Ed "Paniola" Phillips place and was a dally wacker!!!. We had two young ladies from the Ventura Star paper who interviewed the Trail Riders trying to find out what the club was about. We gave them a lot of information... and some of it was true!. They were introducted to "sarsasparile" as a true western drink. The saw a movie starring John Luden, made in 1938. Now they have an idea what we are about. When it hits the paper, we'll make sure we get it in the newsletter.

All Trail Rider meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.



ROVIN' DUSTY DROVER STUFF

We had a nice letter from Johnny Mack Flanagan sent to John "Chester" Brown. It contained one of the newsletters called The Buckaroo. It covered his invasion of Southern California and the many places he saw while down here. As you recall, he was at our Christmas Gathering and a very welcome guest. Hope to hear more from him.

Trail Rider Dale Pitts, called to report that Clyde "Cherokee" Elder had died on Monday, February 16th. Cherokee was a well known Native American artist who did a lot of work for Roy and Dale Rogers' Happy Trails Foundation. The family asks that donations be sent to:

The Happy Trails Foundation
10755 Apple Valley Road
Apple Valley, CA 92308

The seventh annual Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Western Film Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 6th and 7th. It will be held at the Cinemark Victor Valley 10 Theater which is in the mall of Victor Valley in Victorville. For tickets or more information, call: (760) 240-3330.

Tom "Cowboy" Ratican promised to send more information about the old ghost town, Havilah. Tom is the curator of the museum there and has access to much information concerning Kern County. I'm trying to get more information for the paper.

Our special friend, Tommy Farrell is in the hospital again! We were hoping receiving HIS Golden Boot Award would cure all of his ills - didn't work! I'm sure Tommy would like to hear from us. How 'bout dropping him a card.

Tommy Farrell
23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364



ROUNDING-UP

There are several events for us in the next couple of months. The Poetry Festival at Melody Ranch, The "End of Trail" at Norco, and there's always The Love Pine Film Festival later. As the dates are shown, we'll print them.

Warm Campfires:

Jack R. Harding
1053 Erringer Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-8472


Vol. XIV · No.I · Series No.151 · January 2004

Tip of the White Hat

This month's "Tip of the White Hat" goes to Trail Rider Ed "Paniola" Phillips and Miss Teresa for hosting the Christmas Gathering on December 17, 2003. The food was catered by Red's Barbeque and was excellent. Our hosts graciously opened their home for us and made us comfortable. We had one unusual guest, Johnny Mack Flanagan, who came down from San Francisco way and chose to visit us while he was here.

Our Christmas Gathering was a large success. Curt "Slick" and Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson made the trek in from the desert and were very welcome. We missed "Ole Buck" who was under the weather. Pat "Stoney" Bousquet, Tom "Cowboy" Ratican and Tim "Durango" McIlvain all sent their regrets for missing the event. Some of us remembered our cameras so pictures of the event can be viewed by clicking on the Announcement Page.


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

15th - Wilma "Hiyawilma" Irvine
29th - Mrs. Bobby Farrell

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

8th - Charleen Maiers
12th - Mina Bousquet
17th - Tim "Durango" McIlvain
19th - Julie Tucker

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please call Buck at (1-805) 522-8472 or write to: Jack R. Harding, 1053 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA. 93065. Don't be bashful as we do not list the year of your birth!


IOWA SEZ:

(We know that Iowa has something to say but he lost his voice this month!)


FEBRUARY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, February 4th - 7:30 pm - Golden Grizz's Cave

Wednesday, February 18th - 7:00 pm - Snacks and sodas with a movie at Paniola's

All meetings begin around 7:30 pm and end around 9:30 pm. A donation of $1.00 per person is requested to help pay for the snacks and sodas. "Miss" Teresa invites all of the Trail Rider ladies to attend and talk while the "boys" watch the western movies.



A Tribute to Glenn Miller with HERB JEFFRIES

by John "Chester" Brown

Here it was, at last. I'd been waiting for this day for almost 6 months. Ever since Herb said that he was coming to our neck of the woods. We'd been checking the newspaper, looking for the ad that would tell us when he would be here. I'd almost given up when I opened the newspaper and "yesiree Bob!", there it was, The Tex Beneke Orchestra in "A Tribute to Glenn Miller, with Herb Jeffries, The Opry House, Thousand Oaks, California". There were several others but I didn't pay much attention.

I couldn't wait to mail away for the tickets. They let me choose where I wanted to sit, orchestra pit, founder's box, loge or box seats or balcony. When I looked at the catalog I picked seats about half-way up, which I thought was a good compromise between seein' and hearin' and price.

Then after I got the tickets I prayed that Herb would be OK to come because he was 88 years young and has had several surgeries on his knees.

But the day did finally come and we hitched up ol' Gray and Miss Kitty and I headed up the road and over the pass to Thousand Oaks.

The Opry house is kinda small but very up-to-date, allowing everyone a good view of the stage, and more importantly, to hear the performers. The acoustics (I learned that from Herb) were super. After the orchestra pit and founder's box, the floor of the auditorium rises at about a 45° angle. When the ushers got a look at my "sticks", they took pity on me and put us in box seats so's I didn't have to crawl over legs to get to where our seats were. We were almost directly above the orchestra pit and when I looked over the rail, I thought I was looking over the west rim of the Grand Canyon. The performers looked like ants moving around on the stage.

But when the orchestra started warming up, I wouldn't have traded places with my seat in the house. The sound kinda drifted up to our seats and it sounded like we were front row stage left.

Jimmy Peabody led the Tex Beneke Orchestra that sounded mighty like the original Glenn Miller Band. When the Modernaires sang many of their big hits, though all new members, they had the same sound as back in the 40's and 50's. Their rendition of "Dream", (my favorite and apparantely of many of the others in the audience) carried me back to "the good ol' days" and Miss Kitty had to reassure that it wasn't Jo Stafford singing lead. (As a matter of fact, the whole evening took me back to when I was younger.)

After intermission, the lights dimmed and then came back up, Herb (he told me later that Jimmy helped him backstage through the curtain to the stool placed there) was sitting there as big as life, not looking his 88 years at all. He opened his mouth and out rolled "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing".

For the next 35 minutes or so, that mellow baritone voice that thrilled thousands of Duke Ellington fans led the audience, by the range of his voice through the memories of such classics as "Satin Doll", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", "Old Man River", "Basin Street Blues", Solitude", "That Old Black Magic", and his signature melody "Flamingo".

After Herb had opened the set, he said that for years he had stood on the stage and looked at the audience sitting while he stood. He said that after 60 years he decided that he would let the audience look at him while he was sitting. He commented after singing Flamingo that people come to Florida and saw the beautiful flamingos standing on one leg and swaying and it gave them such a warm, peaceful feeling. But what they didn't realize was that it was all that "grass" in the swamp they had been feeding on.

After the performance we had a chance to go backstage and talk with Herb and Savannah, which was a real treat. It had been a long time since we had that privilege. John "Glenn Ford Ferguson and his wife were there with many friends and fans.

Savannah was busy running around managing the affair in the dressing room so I didn't get to talk to her except to say "Hi". We reminisced about some of the appearances that Herb had made that the "Trail Riders" had attended at the Iverson Ranch, Laughlin and the Golden Boot. Herb said that his knees were much better but he still had to be very careful about the activities he attempted, and Savannah was keeping a close eye on him.

The time that we got to spend with Herb in the dressing room after the performance was the perfect cap to a powerful enjoyable evening. We hope that the next time won't be so far away.

Chester



ROUNDING-UP

Our On Line Man, Bud "Buster" Reeves moved to Las Vegas but still retains his Website at budreeves.com . We haven't heard from him yet but we will soon.

At this date, "ole Buck" is still in the hospital. I'm sure he would appreciate a card. His address is listed below.

Tommy "Cowboy" Ratican has completed the necessary repairs on his Ford Steed and is mobile again. Of course now he's so broke he can't go anywhere but it was a real pleasure to hear from him.

Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson called to say there will be a Roy Rogers/Dale Evans event in Victorville on March 6 and 7 at the Victorville Mall #6. She'll write an article for us with more information. Watch next month's newsletter.

Warm Campfires:

Jack R. Harding
1053 Erringer Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 522-8472




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