The Battle at Guilford Courthouse

On a recent trip to North Carolina I visited the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park with my sister and niece. There is a great deal I don’t know about this time in our nation’s history! So much of our revolutionary war education centers on the...

Straight to the Horse’s Mouth

[caption id="attachment_1104" align="alignleft" width="225"] New display item at NDCHF; set of equine dentistry tools from the early 1900's[/caption] At first glance, especially to those unfamiliar with all that is involved in horse care, the new exhibit at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame might look...

Charles Franklin Martell: Pre-1940’s Ranching Division nominee 2019

Charles Franklin Martell 1885-1966 This short biography appears in the The Cowboy Chronicle, Volume 23 Issue 1.       In 1908 a young man left his family dairy farm in New York going west to fulfill his dream in western North Dakota. Charles Martell arrived with nothing, worked for his...

In Good Company

  The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame shares mission, and more than a few of its honorees, with the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.   [caption id="attachment_1086" align="alignleft" width="226"] Vintage doll: Buddy Lee[/caption] Chester Reynolds had a dream. He was a Kansas City native who rose from...

Just One More Ride

Across the prairies they are galloping as fast as old Sandy can go. The tall grass and trees are a blur, the wind is stinging the young cowboy’s face. There is no time to be timid; the outlaws are in close pursuit and he has...

A Century Since the Great War; Family Ties

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 11th month. It’s been 100 years since the first Armistice ( Veterans ) Day. A century, such a long time, yet when I was born the “Great War” had only been over for a little...

Who was Benjamin Henry?

Who was Benjamin Henry?  Historians and those knowledgeable of guns would be familiar with his name, but for most his significance is unknown.  Conversely, the name Winchester sparks immediate recognition.  Yet in one of history’s many ironies, it was Henry who was directly responsible for...

War Bonnet!

The old steamer trunk has been in the family attic for generations.  The treasure it holds comes out from time to time to be admired and pondered. Who wore it?   What moments in history did the wearer see and experience? What stories are hidden in...

Knowing Your Past Carries You into the Future

The past meets the present and future in a quiet little town; from the last lynching in North Dakota to the fellowship of burgers in the park and a farmers market on Saturday nights. Showcasing it all is the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum. Motoring down...

“Come and Get It”

There she stands welcoming all who enter the ranching exhibit at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.  She’s all done up like she would have been back in her heyday when she was perhaps the most important entity in a cowboy’s life on the...