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The Resource Tapadero : the making of a cowboy, by Willie Newberry Lewis ; foreword by Victor White

Tapadero : the making of a cowboy, by Willie Newberry Lewis ; foreword by Victor White

Label
Tapadero : the making of a cowboy
Title
Tapadero
Title remainder
the making of a cowboy
Statement of responsibility
by Willie Newberry Lewis ; foreword by Victor White
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Everything about the Texas Panhandle of the 1880's was extreme; the vast prairies broken by endlessly winding draws; the climate, which paralyzed the land with blizzards in winter and parched it with sun in the summer; and the men. They were most extreme of all, and many had the seeds of violence in them. That in such a rough-and-tough world a boy from Maryland, who hardly knew a calf from a deer and who had never been on a horse, should gradually make his way without succumbing to the violence of his surroundings and, as a comparatively young man, acquire one of the great ranches in the Panhandle is little short of the marvelous--and to that extent, at least, in keeping with this country of extremes. It happened. William J. Lewis came from Maryland to the Texas Panhandle as a boy of fourteen. Mrs. Lewis shows how the polite young man, reared in a gentle and sheltered environment, brought his own brand of strength backed by confidence and courage instead of guns. In a country where the six-shooter was in every man's hand, he rarely wore a gun. Where swearing was part of the lingua franca, he seldom swore. Where no man would get on a horse without wearing high-heeled cowboy boots, he wore low-heeled shoes and admired the use of the Mexican tapadero, the slipper like leather guard over the front of the stirrup, to avoid the risk of being dragged. Always and individualist, he continued to assert his aloofness from the West, even though he loved the land and the life of the cowboy. By his early twenties William Lewis was a top hand of the R.O. Ranch; by his lat twenties he was a highly regarded cattleman who was able not only to purchase his first great Panhandle ranch, but also to lease a ranch of over half a million acres. Not too many years later he realized a boyhood dream by acquiring the R.O. Ranch. The subject of Mrs. Lewis's biography is pure Texas, but not the Texas so often portrayed in synthetic westerns. It is the Texas that grand historian of the cowboy, Frank Dobie, loved --Book jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 917.64/8
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F391.L482
LC item number
L4 1972
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
The M. K. Brown range life series, no. 11
Label
Tapadero : the making of a cowboy, by Willie Newberry Lewis ; foreword by Victor White
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
227107
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 189 pages
Isbn
9780292780019
Lccn
76185237
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Tapadero : the making of a cowboy, by Willie Newberry Lewis ; foreword by Victor White
Publication
Control code
227107
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 189 pages
Isbn
9780292780019
Lccn
76185237
Note
Library{u2019}s copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations

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