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TRAVIS NYE, ROPING CHAMPION
Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

FROM ACROSS THE POND
Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
Germany
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

MUSINGS FROM THE PRAIRIE
“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

Camp IOU News

Cowboy Poet-Author Owen Badgett's Newest Book

Cowboy Poet/Author Owen Badgett’s Newest Book Available at Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Photo of Owen Badgett by Linda Lou Crosby

Owen Badgett. Photo by Linda Lou Crosby.

Hang on to your hats folks. Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett has a new book, and it’s arriving just in time for you to get a copy at the Miles City Bucking Horse sale,  May 19th – 21st. In Badgett’s newest work, ‘Thirsty Camels and Bogged Alligators’, Owen shares over 200 photographs with detailed descriptions, along with fascinating stories that describe his history of the Eastern Montana cowboy experience throughout the last 60 years. Read an Owen Badgett book, and you’ll get the feeling you are sitting around the campfire with some of the toughest cowboys and one of the best yarn-swappers of the Old West.

How do you find Badgett at the Bucking Horse sale to get your copy? Badgett says he will be parked in his dark Blue Bronco (you can’t miss it with it’s faded blue paint, and the most unusual cattle guard ever) behind the chutes in the infield. Bring $20 bucks, and a signed book is yours.

As Owen tells it, the cowboys he knew as a child were “of the old school – old Texas trail drivers.” Hard winters taught those ‘Men of Iron’ (from his first book) that “Mother Nature runs the ranching industry”.

His early interest in writing came from a good role model – his mother – who was “kind of an amateur journalist” and who was published in such magazines as ‘True West’. Other models were the authors whose books he devoured whenever he had time away from chores. Owen is an avid reader, “When I was a little kid, there wasn’t no T.V. and we saved the radio battery for news and prizefights,” he said.  “People don’t realize what’s laying out there in any library, any bookshop. They say we have only one life to live, but I can live 50 or 60 lives a winter through my reading.” For his newest book, editor/writer Pat Corley, in her forward, says it best, “Yes, this book is different. But every page is – one way or another – pure Owen Badgett. Truly a labor of love from this old cowboy!”

Badgett has performed in major cowboy poetry events; including Elko, Nevada; Lewistown, Miles City, Wibaux, and Ingomar, Mt.; and Salinas, Ridgecrest; and Lone Pine, California, and with Bob Petermann in Spearfish, South Dakota. Badgett is featured in a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman”, about his life and Eastern Montana.

Badgett will be performing this summer at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown August 17th – August 20th . Badgett’s books are available at the Miles City Library, the Miles City Saddlery, and in Forsyth at the Forsyth Library, the Forsyth Drugstore, and Fitzgeralds Restaurant, and in Ingomar at the Jersey Lilly.

By the way, if you want to know why Owen picked his new title, you’ll just have to read the title page to figure it out.

Contact Linda Lou Crosby for more info at LLneon90@gmail.com, or 406-358-2289.