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Vol. XVI · No. 12 · Series No.182 · December 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk for the special effort he puts out to see things get done. Our Christmas get together is due largely to his efforts.


DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1st - Steven "Little Joe" Foland
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 email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Never make a promise without some idea of how you're gonna keep it!"


DECEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

December 6th - "Get Together" Home Town Buffet

December 20th - "Under Discussion" To Be Announced

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.


ROUNDING-UP

I expected to hear from Bud "Bud Buster" Reeves. I sent him a couple of articles that should have made him giggle but I got no response. Maybe he lost his "funny bone".

Tom "Cowboy" Ratican called with his medical report. The doctor gave him a very good report which was nice to hear. He is making plans to be here for the Christmas gathering.

Haven't heard from the Groat Boys in some time. Maybe we live too close!!

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 11 · Series No.181 · November 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To me, "Dusty". I think I deserve at least one tip!


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 email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Always try to make folks happy, even if it means going out of your way to avoid them..."


NOVEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

November 1st - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

November 15th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Blue & Gray Civil War: Reinactments at the Tierra Rejada Ranch on November 4th and 5th. In case of rain it would be held one week later, November 12th and 13th. Admission is $15 per person. Call for information and directions. Should be fun.

Lone Pine Film Festival: Ed "Paniola" Phillips will be showing movies for the people. We are hoping to get at least one day but time probably won't allow it.

Don "Buckshot" Moyer, the man who wrote the bio on David Twomey will be there with his wife. He'll have a booth in the hall and will be promoting the books he has written.


ROUNDING-UP

At our last meeting we briefly talked about having a get together some time before Christmas. These have always been a lot of fun. I expect we will probably have one. Date and time will have to be decided and posted. I'll try to keep you posted.

Our partner, Tom "Cowboy" Ratican sent this note I just received. I'm glad he keeps us posted.

"Dusty", the car is fine. Thank you again. I went to see Kelo Henderson a couple of weeks ago and he has a car just like it. He and his wife Gail are number one people. Their home is like a western museum. They want me to visit with them again but I'm going to be laid up for a while, I think.

I have a little growth in the middle of my back that I have to have a biopsy done on it and it's been determined that it is Melonoma, a skin cancer. The doctor said that it's a good thing I came in when I did because she can cut it out and I have to go to the hospital to have some surgery. It might take over an hour but I'm not allowed to drive so a friend of mine is going to drive me. I have to be there at 7:30 am which means that we leave here about 6 am. Maybe a little earlier. That's about it for now. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 10 · Series No.180 · October 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk who has a full time job helping "Miss" Marge who broke her ankle in three places. She is not able to move about and has to keep all weight off of it. This is giving "Grizz" an opportunity to learn how to be a good nurse.


OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

5th - Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson
8th - J.D. "J.D." Juesgen
10th - "Miss" Carla Iverson
10th - Bill "Panamint" Ehrhart
29th - Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Oil all of the wheels on your wagon, not just the squeaky one."


OCTOBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, October 4th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

Wednesday, October 18th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Tom "Cowboy" Ratican is our best correspondent, sending things on a regular basis. He has many of Will "Cherokee Slim" Lacey's poems of the Trail Riders.


ROUNDING-UP

While at Jim Robert's Round-Up, ran into Donna Martell. She looked great and sounded like her active self. It was a pleasure to see her.

John "Chester" Brown, "Miss" Charleen and I delivered Tom "Cowboy" Ratican his "new" car. It is a 1990 Buick Century with a slightly dented body but one fine engine. Needless to say he was tickled pink. We told him that we expected him to come and see us more often now.

Curt "Slick" Pierson was at the Beverly Garland Hotel promoting the movie he appears in. I wish we had more time to go and lend a hand to him but he gave us very short notice. Hope it will be successful.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 9 · Series No.179 · September 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To "Miss" Charleen Maiers who has the job of reading my writing and trying to make sense of it. She also has to live with me.


SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

14th - John "Chester" Brown
18th - La Neil Ehrehart

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Horses always start, they never run out of gas, and they will not get you greasy!"


SEPTEMBER TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, September 6th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, September 20th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Jim Roberts' Round-Up was held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City and was well attended by the Trail Riders. The high spot of the evening was talking to Herb Jeffries and sitting next to him was Frankie Laine! He was scheduled to sing but talking to his many fans there sorta tired him out.

Herb Jeffries was also slated to sing and did himself proud by singing several songs. As I said, it was the high spot of the evening.


ROUNDING-UP

We're planning a quick trip to Lake Isabella to deliver Tom "Cowboy" Ratican a car. We found him a Buick which seems to be ideal for his purpose. Maybe now he'll be able to drive in and see us.

We still have the picture Jon "Hangman" Couture sent to us from Washington. He has been building a western town in his back yard. I'm going to try to get some of them in the newsletter next month.

Haven't heard from anyone with news, good or bad. So I guess everything is good.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 8 · Series No.178 · August 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Jon "Hangman" Couture who reads this newsletter all the way through. It is nice to know that it is read. His observations will help the "Trail Writer" to be more informative. Thank you, Jon!


AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

18th - "Miss" Marge Schenk
23rd - Bill "Panamint Slim" Ehrheart

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IOWA SEZ

"Baloney is baloney no matter how you slice it."


AUGUST TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, August 2nd - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, August 16th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk, John "Chester" Brown and I made a trip to Lake Isabella and Havala to see Tom "Cowboy" Ratican. Ed "Paniola" Phillips had given Tom a 16mm projector and we were delivering it to him.

The Weather was hot and there were flash flood warnings in effect. We weren't sure how long our visit would be. As it turned out, the rain started as we turned into "Cowboy's" drive, and it poured! By the time we got into the house, we were soaked. We spent a good long hour or so swapping stories and drying out. Then the rain stopped and the sun came out so we rode down to the town of Havala and stopped at the museum.

"Cowboy" is the caretaker and curator of the museum, so he has the keys. "Chester" took lots of pictures in and around the place. I hope to share them in the near future.

Then we went down the hill to the town of Lake Isabella where we had lunch. We didn't have much time for lolly gagging around. There is quite a few things to see around there but we only had time to eat and run. We drove back up the hill to "Cowboy's" place and sat around having a bull session. We had to return home the same day so time was watched. All in all, it was a good day. We promised "Cowboy" we would do it again.


ROUNDING-UP

Pat "Stoney" Bousquet received a short note from George Coan of the "Cowboy Picture Show". George is wearing Jack "Buck" Harding's hat and scarf which he bought from "Buck's" effects. Made a good picture.

Finally found the newspaper clippings I received from Jon "Hangman" Couture showing what he is doing to his backyard. Hope to get it into the newsletter soon.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 7 · Series No.177 · July 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Ed "Paniola" Phillips. His involvement in the Lone Pine Film Festival has brought us more enjoyment in Lone Pine. Also, because he is a board member, we have made more than one trip a year to that part of the country.


JULY BIRTHDAYS

1st - Ed "Chatsworth" Iverson
2nd - Rick "Texas Red" Tucker
9th - Curt "Slick" Pierson

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Convincing yourself that a bad idea is a good one, is a bad idea."


JULY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, July 5th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

Wednesday, July 19th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Ed "Paniola" Phillips, "Miss" Teresa, Don "Dusty" Maiers and "Miss" Charleen made a one day trip to Lone Pine to attend the dedication of the Lone Pine Film Festival Museum. The museum is something we have been looking forward to for some time.

The gift shop inside of the entrance was pretty well stocked and set up. Although the museum is open now, it is not complete. We understood that a lot of stock was still in storage. When the landscaping is in it will be very impressive.

There were many celebrities present for the dedication and everyone I talked to were impressed. This is one of the "must see" places in Lone Pine.

After the ceremonies, we took a short jaunt to the "Portal" where we stopped for a quick lunch. We didn't know how the weather would be at that altitude so we had brought jackets along. At 8,300 feet the weather was great! Did not need any jackets.

The scenery there is spectacular, tall pines, running water, waterfall and a lake. The air is cool and clear. All in all, it's a great place to see.

After coming down the hill, we headed towards the town of Independence. The internment camp of Manzanar was out next stop. This was one of the camps set up for the Japanese during WWII. There isn't much left there except for the welcome center. The information in the center makes stopping there well worth the effort. When you get up in that part of the country, try to make that stop.


ROUNDING-UP

Another world heard from! Bud "Bud Buster" Reeves called from Las Vegas. It was a surprise and pleasant. He has been in Vegas for about three years and is settled in. He had a website set up for the Trail Riders but finally dropped it for lack of information. (Our Fault) He told me that he reads the newsletter all the way through and has kept every copy.

We talked for quite awhile, catching up on all the latest dirt. He has a son in the San Fernando Valley and does visit him on occasion. He has no car so moving around is always hard. I suggested to him that he give one of us a call and we could probably furnish him transportation, at least to one of our meetings.

I am sure we will hear more from Bud in the future.

Had several conversations with Tom "Cowboy Ratican in Havala. His shoulders are still bothering him but he has resumed working on his many projects. He is making a porch swing without using nails, or, you know, the old fashioned way. He is using wooden pegs. Also he's working in the Havala Museum so he stays busy.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 5 & 6 · Series No.175 & 176 · May & June 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Pat "Stoney" Bousquet. He volunteered to help "Miss" Joyce Harding, "Buck's" widow square away all of the loose ends of "Buck's" stuff. "Stoney"inventoried most of the stuff and mailed information to some club members. It was a definite work of love and I know it was appreciated.

Because of the lateness of this newsletter, I've doubled up on the birthdays, having both May and June in the same issue.


MAY BIRTHDAYS

17th - Sammy Baugh
19th - Nancy Hilton
23rd - Sharon Carter
30th - Pat "Stoney" Bousquet
30th - Doris "7½" Lauter

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

3rd - Kevin Cannon
19th - Bob Chancey

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"It's prudent to spend less time tryin' to figure out who's right and more time tryin' to figure out what's right."


JUNE TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, June 7th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, June 21st - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

As you can tell, I'm up and around again. I truly hope this was my last time in a hospital. The Doc said I was in good shape and the pain should be gone in about two weeks... he lied!

We haven't heard anything from Bud "Bud Buster" Reeves in a long time. He moved to Las Vegas a couple of years ago and has sorta disappeared. Be nice to hear from him.

Trail Rider Rick "Texas Red" Tucker was doing something in the Conejo Days celebration. I heard about it too late to do anything about it but it was nice to know he was involved.

Had a long conversation with Tom "Cowboy" Ratican. He has been sorta out of things because of his shoulder problems. He spends a lot of time watching the "boob tube." He said he got a sudden inspiration which he gave to me. I said I would print it just like he gave it to me:

"How much pitch would a pitcher pitch if a pitcher could pitch pitch?"

I said "Tommy, you gotta get out more, you gotta get a life!"


ROUNDING-UP

Not many things happening in our rank. Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk is becoming a shadow of his former self. He has lost enough weight to make his head look smaller and his hair look like more.

Haven't heard from the Groat Boys. Good thing I didn't hold my breath until they came to a meeting.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 4 · Series No.174 · April 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Sheldon "Manitoba Man" Hall and Tom "Cowboy" Ratican. They both keep us posted on happenings outside of our everyday scope. Their input and articles are welcome.


APRIL BIRTHDAYS

1st - Donn "Buckshot" Moyer
12th - Ed "Panioila" Phillips
13th - Richard "Big Casino" Nelson

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"You don't drown your sorrows, they know how to swim."


APRIL TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, April 5th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, April 19th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Jon "Hangman" Couture sent a nice article about his buildings in his back yard. He is constructing a western town and was looking for some artifacts. I sent him Dale Rickards' address and phone number. Hope they connect.

Every St. Patrick's Day, Tom Corrigan has a super corned beef and cabbage dinner. "Miss" Charlene and I look forward to that evening. Rick "Texas Red" Tucker entertains for that and I am sure, this year was no different. We weren't able to make it - our loss!

Pat "Stoney" Bousquet, volunteered to inventory all of Jack "Buck" Harding's collectibles. George Coan of the "Cowboy Picture Show" in North Carolina, bought a sizable group of stuff which helped "Miss" Joyce out. Any of you who would like to help out could call "Stoney" and find out if there is anything else to purchase.


ROUNDING-UP

We've managed to keep in touch with our Trail Rider Members and Honored Members. It's nice to hear from all of them.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 3 · Series No.173 · March 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To Ed "Paniola" Phillips and Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk for the meeting places we enjoy. Also to the wives who make sure we have our snack at the meetings.


MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3rd - Carol "Red" Oakes
18th - Rick "Texas Red" Tucker
13th - Bob "Rocky Bob" Sobeck

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Anybody who thinks they know everything ain't been around enough to know anything!"


MARCH TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, March 1st - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, March 15th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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 an e-mail from Jon "Hangman" Couture in Washington State. We received an article from their local newspaper with pictures of the building Jon is putting up. He wants Dale Rickard's address and phone number to inquire about some props. Dale may want to sell. I hope they connect.

Three of our Trail Riders, Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk, Ed "Paniola" Phillips and Art "Wrangler" Landry went to Apple Valley for the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Western Film Festival. The weather was cool and the hills were covered with snow, making the setting beautiful but cold. Here is what "Grizz" had to say:

"On Sunday, the 19th of February 2006, three members of the Trail Riders went on a field trip to the Western Film Festival at the Apple Valley Inn in Apple Valley."

"This is the 9th Annual Film Festival and is the first one at the Apple Valley Inn. It is hoped that this will be the permanent home for the festival."

"At 7 am, Ed "Paniola" Phillips, Art "Wrangler" Landry and I piled into "Paniola's" car and took off. The trip took two hours but we were not in a hurry, and especially in the Cajon Pass area we were treated to some fantastic winter scenery. We arrived at the Inn at 9 am. The weather was very cold and blustery. Fortunately the festival was held indoors. Once inside, we met Trail Riders, Curt "Slick" and Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson, and Roger and Jeri Nichodemus."

"The Inn is a very nice place. They have a theater and the actors, artists and stuntmen had tables setup in the main room and had memorabilia for sale. Some of them were Denny Miller, Ty Harding, Penny Edwards' son, Neil Summers, Dale "Gabby Hayes" Parks, House Peters, Jr. and his lovely wife Lucy, Dick Jones, Loren James, John Locke and others."

"We were treated to some great movies provided by the hosts. One in particular by Loren James that had some fantastic footage of a fight that was conducted aboard two freight wagons galloping down a road with the good guys and bad guys jumping from one wagon to the other. Great actions between movies and actors and stuntmen held a panel and we were treated to some great informative stories."

"All in all, we had a great time. It was well worth the trip and I for one plan to attend the next one and I would encourage all the Trail Riders to attend."


ROUNDING-UP

Tim "Durango" McIlvain called Ed "Paniola" Phillips and brought us up to date as to his health and family. Since he retired we haven't seen much of him. We miss his wit and his company.

I ("Dusty") am due for surgery very soon. I'll keep you posted.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 2 · Series No.172 · February 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

To the members who faithfully go to the meetings. These are the guys who make our Trail Riders of the West fun!


FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

5th - Sheldon "Manitoba Man" Hall
8th - "Miss" Charleen Maiers
12th - "Miss" Mina Bousquet
17th - Tim "Durango" McIlvain
19th - "Miss" Julie Tucker

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"Even if it takes more than one throw to land a steer and tie him, he's still roped and tied."


FEBRUARY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, February 8th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, February 22nd - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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 listed several of his thoughts on paper when he was at Jack "Buck" Harding's funeral. It is as follows:

"It's Friday, December 30, 2005, a beautiful sunny day, with a few wispy clouds. The Trail Riders are at the Methodist Church for the funeral of Jack "Buck" Harding, the founder and president emeritus of the organization."

"'Buck' died on Christmas morning December 25, 2005 at the age of 64, after several months of confinement in rest homes and hospitals from complications of diabetes."

"Aftr arriving at the church we met several of the Trail Riders, Rick "Texas Red" Tucker, Donna "Chestnut" Northrup (who was representing Jerry "Lone Pine" Conduit, Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk and Marge, Roger and Jeri Nichodemus and Ed "Paniola" Phillips and Teresa. We also had an opportunity of speaking to Joyce and Chrissie, wife and daughter of 'Buck'."

"When we arrived at the church, the open casket was located inside the foyer. Shortly after arriving, it was announced that the casket would close and services starting. At the beginning of the service the casket was rolled in and very prominently displayed on top was "Buck's" Hoppy (Hopalong Cassidy) hat. The casket was once again opened for those that would like to view the body at the end of the service."

"The minister, after making some comments regarding "Buck" and his life, had the people sing "Jesus Loves Me" and not surprisingly, everyone joined in."

"Rick "Texas Red" Tucker sang a song written by him especially in tribute to the life and memories of 'Buck'."

"Among those who had comments regarding the influence of "Buck" in their lives was "Texas Red", Don Bradley (Eddie Dean's Manager for many years), Scott and Brent ("Buck's" two sons.)"

"After the service, we adjourned to the chapel where hors d'oeuvres and drinks were offered. On display was the picture board put together by the family of some of the events in the life and "Buck" and the family. "Buck" had an extremely active life, involved in a variety of hobbies. He looked very young in most of the pictures and we were given the opportunity to see him in a way that most of us never had. As Brent commented, many of us had never known "Buck" when he was not sick.

One of the pictures on the board was of the early Trail Rider group, Bob "Golden Grizz" Schenk, "Buck", Ralph "Montana" Trant, Tim "Durango" McIlvain, "JD" Jeusgen, Pat "Stoney" Bousquet and Kevin "Hondo" Cannon. Also in one picture with "Buck" was Curt "Slick" and Marilyn "Sidekick" Pierson his wife, George "Carolina" Coan and his wife Pam."

"I also had a chance to talk with "Stoney" and his wife Mina while sampling the finger foods."

"Warm Campfires to you Trail Rider, we'll see you again one day."


ROUNDING-UP

I can usually depend on "Chester" for comments on the gatherings we go to. He usually has good things to say and it is appreciated.

Talked to Tom "Cowboy" Ratican a few times last month. His shoulder is still bothering him and now he says the other on is starting to act up. I keep telling him it's his age.

Talked to "JD" Jeusgen in Idaho. He sounds well and his ranch is shaping up. His wife Sandy is doing well.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"


Vol. XVI · No. 1 · Series No.171 · January 2006

TIP OF THE WHITE HAT

"Paniola" and "Miss" Teresa out did themselves with the Christmas Party. The decorations were beautiful and the food was excellent. The movie was "Polar Express" which was timely and a lot of fun. Lincoln Bond entertained us with some magic which was great. All in all, the Christmas Party of 2005 was an event to remember.


JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

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

Have you seen your birthday celebrated in our newsletter? If not, please email Dusty at chuckdust@aol.com or drop a note to: The Trail Riders at 1218 Alexander Street, Simi Valley, CA 93065.


IOWA SEZ

"There's a lot to be said for patience. In time, even an egg will walk."


JANUARY TRAIL RIDER MEETINGS

Wednesday, January 4th - "Golden Grizz's" Cave

Wednesday, January 18th - "Paniola's" Paradise Island

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

Dave Holland of the Lone Pine Film Festival passed away recently. He has moved from Lone Pine because of his wife's health. He never let it be known that he was suffering himself. He will be greatly missed at Festival Time.

Had a long conversation with "JD" Jeusgen. As you know, he now lives in Idaho. He has a ranch with horses and snow. You have to use a shovel on both. He sounded great and sent a greeting to all of the Trail Riders.

"Rocky Bob" Solbeck managed to get us the steaks for the Christmas Party but could not attend the party. He made a special trip from San Dimas to make sure we had them in time. Many thanks to "Rocky Bob".


ROUNDING-UP

Jack "Buck" Harding has been ill for several months. He finally gave up December 25th, Christmas morning.

Services were held Friday, December 30th at the Methodist Church on the corner of Erringer Road and Cochran Street in Simi Valley at 1:00 pm.

Cards should be mailed to Mrs. Joyce Harding, 1039 Erringer Road, Simi Valley, CA 93065.

Happy Trails and Warm Campfires

"Dusty"




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