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November, 2009 - Vol 1, Issue 10
In This Issue
Special Announcement: From Roy Rogers Jr. - Roy Rogers Museum is Closing
Featured Photo: Pictorial view of Western Americana....featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: I Can't Believe These are Lima Beans
Highlights of the Upcoming High Noon Auction, January 30, 2010: Roy Rogers and Emperor Maximilian Saddles
Who's Who at High Noon: A little insight into who makes High Noon happen
Dealer Spotlight: Jacqué Smiley, Western Vintage Revival
Fraud Alert: Dealers watch for this scam!
Bits & Pieces: Information and Updates for High Noon Show Dealers
Special Announcement

Roy Rogers and Dale
Special Announcement from
Roy Rogers Jr.

I have been personally agonizing over how to start this letter. I guess I will start by saying thank you. Thank you for the years of love, support, prayers and loyalty to the Rogers Family. You, the fans, and our Board of Directors, are the ones who have kept our family's museum going for over 42 years. It has been a wonderful ride. After millions of visitors and countless stories of what Roy and Dale have meant to you, the Board of Directors have voted to close our doors of the Museum at the end of 2009. This has not been an easy decision. Many very emotional and financial issues have been addressed by all of us, as you can well imagine.

The decision to close the Museum has come after two years of steady decline in visitors to the Museum. A lot of factors have made our decision for us. The economy for one, people are just not traveling as much. Dad's fans are getting older, and concerned about their retirement funds. Everyone is concerned about their future in this present economy. Secondly, with our high fiscal obligations we cannot continue to accumulate debt to keep the doors open. This situation is one I have not wanted to happen. Dad always said - "If the museum starts costing you money, then liquidate everything and move on." Myself and my family have tried to hold together the Museum and collection for over 15 years, so it is very difficult to think that it will all be gone soon.

What will happen to Roy Rogers, Jr and his family? For those of you that have heard I am retiring, nothing could be farther from the truth. My company, Golden Stallion, and its show tribute to Roy and Dale, will continue. I plan on taking the show to another venue in Branson. We are looking for space now. The show will also be available to travel around the country and take the message of Roy and Dale wherever we travel. I feel that this country needs the message that Roy and Dale always put forth, not only in their professional lives, but in their private lives as well.

The Museum's last day of operation will be December 12th. We want everyone to have the opportunity to visit the Museum one last time to see the collection in its entirety. This will be your last chance to see Roy and Dale's collection. Tell your friends and encourage them to come, before we close. This will be your final chance!!

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Remember, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans will live forever in our hearts and minds, and will continue to ride across the silver screen through their movies. Every time you think of Roy and Dale, that warm feeling you have always felt, will always return.

Watch our website for further announcements and special dates.

I leave you all with Dad's favorite saying- Good bye, Good luck, and may the good Lord take a likin' to ya! See you in Branson, or on the road.

Love to all of you!
Happy Trails.
Dusty and Family

High Noon is honored to help the Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Museum spread the beauty, memories and artifacts inside its walls out into the hearts and homes of people all over the world.

December 3, 2009 - Christies in New York will be offering musical pieces from Roy and Dale in their Country Music Sale in New York.


On January 30, 2010 we will offer a few of the very special pieces owned by Roy and Dale in our annual auction to be held in Mesa, Arizona. Included will be one of Roy's fabulous Bohlin silver saddles as well as his personal Bohlin Spurs, Gun Rig and Colts plus his Rose Parade Grand Marshal saddle, as well as buckles and personal clothing.


On July 14-15, 2010 High Noon will be offering approximately 600-800 other high quality, very personal items from the Roy and Dale Museum.  High Noon is teaming up with Christie's Auction House and will hold the auction in New York City.

Please watch both the museum and High Noon websites for more details.


Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Myron Beck Herding Cows Photograph
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives.

Did You Know?
  1. Cowboys driving cattle to the market could expect to make between $25 and $40 per month. A Trail Boss might make as much as $125 per month.
  2. Used and made by all Southwestern Indian tribes, fetishes are objects that represent the spirits of animals or the forces of nature. Original fetishes were simple stones (or shells, turquoise or bone) which seemed to resemble people or animals, sometimes made more realistic by a carver. The Zuni people have the reputation of being the most skilled at fetish carving. Zuni tradition has six directions, each with its guardian animal fetish: the mountain lion, north; the bear, west; the badger, south; the eagle, the sky or up; the mole, underground or down; and the wolf, east.
  3. Cibachrome, a process by which a photographic print is made directly from a color transparency, is noted for rich color, brilliant clarity and unprecedented archival quality for color prints. (Also called Ilfochrome)
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February 1, 1928 - October 6, 2009

John Rohrer
March 18, 1944 - October 24, 2009

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I Can't Believe These are Lima Beans Dish

Wait! Stop! I thought everyone hated Lima Beans, too. But don't pass judgment until you taste these! Plus they look beautiful along side turkey, stuffing and cranberries, so give Limas a chance!

Serves 4-6

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno pepper chopped with seeds removed
1 generous Tablespoon tomato paste
2-1/2 Tablespoons paprika + 1 teaspoon for top
Up to 14 oz can of chopped Italian tomatoes
3 cans of Cannelli beans or giant white limas

Saute the onion, red pepper and hot pepper in the oil and garlic.
When onions & peppers begin to soften, add tomato paste, paprika.  
Add up to 14 oz of chopped tomatoes - don't feel the need to use the whole can. Just use enough to let about 1/8" of the tomato-y liquid fill the bottom so it steams a little.
Remove from stove-top and transfer to a glass baking dish or iron pot.

Bake covered at 325 for 30 minutes.Plate of Delicious Lima Beans
Uncover, add the last 1 tsp of Paprika on the top and bake another 30 minutes or until top is browned.

Serve as a side dish with your turkey! You can make it the day before and re-heat. If this recipe converts you to become a Lima bean lover, please let us know!


Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

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Highlights of the Upcoming High Noon Auction, January 30, 2010

Roy Rogers 1952 Tournament of Roses Parade saddle to be sold at the January 2010 High Noon Auction

Mesa, AZ - On Saturday, January 30, 2010, four very exciting lots from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, MO will be offered as part of the 20th Annual High Noon Western Americana Auction in Mesa, AZ.

The first in this collection will be Roy Rogers personal Edward H. Bohlin silver mounted Gun Rig, made for him by the legendary Hollywood Saddlemaker to the Stars in 1942 and used extensively by Roy in Movies, TV and Public appearances. This lot Includes Roy's pair of his personal Colt .45 frontier model pistols. (Estimate $20,000 - $30,000)
Roy Rogers Eagle Boots
The second offering will be Roy Rogers personal Edward H. Bohlin, Hollywood, Calif full-mounted parade spurs on a pair of Roy's custom made "Eagle" boots. (Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 both)

The third lot will be Roy Rogers exquisite personal Edward H. Bohlin sterling silver mounted Parade saddle with matching Bridle and Breast Collar, with Roy's name engraved on both the seat plate and back of the cantle. This is one of only three Bohlin Saddles that Roy used. (Estimate: $50,000 - $100,000)

Roy Rogers Rose Parade SaddleThe final offering in this collection will be Roy Rogers Tournament of Roses one-of-a-kind Saddle featuring ten dozen roses overlaid on gleaming white plastic and edged in deep blue. The saddle, bridle and martingale were designed and created by William B. Vandegrift, president of the All-Western Plastics Company of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, who received the inspiration on learning that Roy and Trigger were to lead the famous "Tournament of Roses" parade in Pasadena on January 1, 1952. The originator of the plastic saddlery, Vendegrift forwarded sketches of his idea to Rogers. Both sketches and working models were exchanged until the final design was agreed upon, and then construction was begun with more than six months being consumed between first sketch and final product. (Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000)

The auction will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, AZ in conjunction with the two day High Noon Western Americana Antique Show and fun-filled shopping weekend.

A full color catalog of the over 300 lots to be offered, with estimates, is available for $30 by phone, fax, or online at www.highnoon.com. Bidding for the auction is available in person, by phone, absentee or online at iCollector.com.

For more information on this important event, and to order catalogs, please contact the offices of High Noon in Los Angeles at (310) 202-9010 or visit www.highnoon.com

Historic personal saddle of Emperor Maxmilian of Mexico to draw international bidding at the High Noon 2010 Auction

Mesa, AZ - On Saturday, January 30, 2010, one of only two known, Emperor Maximilian of Mexico Saddledocumented saddles belonging to Emperor Maxmilian I (1832-1867) of Mexico will be sold at the 20th Annual High Noon Auction in Mesa, AZ. The saddle, known as the "People's Saddle" was presented to Emperor Maxmilian by the People of Mexico during his Imperial reign from 1864 to 1867.

Emperor Maxmilian, born Maxmilian of Austria, was the grandson of Francis II, Emperor of Austria. In the aftermath of several wars and conflicts, he was invited to Mexico, the country believing that the establishment of a monarchy with a European bloodline, could bring some much-needed stability to this strife-torn nation. Maxmilian arrived in Mexico in 1864 and was embraced by the Mexican people. His rule was short however, as liberal forces under the command of Benito Juarez captured and executed him in 1867.

It was at this point that the saddle was acquired by Rev. Augustin Fischer, an influential Jesuit priest in the Emperor's court (Jan-Feb, 1867). Fischer then gifted the saddle to Julius A. Skilton in November of 1867 and it has remained in the Skilton family for over 140 years.

The last public showing of the saddle was in April 1887 at the Wheeler Rifles' Art Loan Exhibition at the State Armory in Auburn, New York.

The splendid 1860s saddle is both impressive and elegant with a golden patinated partially exposed rawhide tree trimmed topped with a regal 8" saucer shaped horn adorned with a raised 6-pointed star and a filigreed sterling silver royal crown and Maximilian monogram. There are eight more Imperial monograms - six in silver and two embroidered in silver thread on the two leather skirts. Silver and gold thread in both floral and three-dimensional designs tastefully adorn the entire saddle. The fabulous 4' saddle bags are truly fit for a king and create the desired regal effect worthy of an Emperor.    

The "People's Saddle" will be offered as part of the 300+ lot auction of important historic and contemporary Western Americana art, artifacts and memorabilia. Maxmilian's saddle has been assigned a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 - 150,000.

The auction will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, AZ in conjunction with the two day High Noon Western Americana Show.

A full color catalog of the over 300 lots to be offered, with estimates, is available for $30 by phone, fax, or online at www.highnoon.com. Bidding for the auction is available in person, by phone, absentee or online at iCollector.com.

For more information on this important event, and to order catalogs, please contact the offices of High Noon in Los Angeles at (310) 202-9010 or visit www.highnoon.com

Who's Who at High Noon

Each month, Smoke Signals will give a little insight into who makes High Noon happen.
This month we introduce you to Myron Beck and Steve DeFurio.

Myron and SteveMyron Beck & Steve DeFurio
Photographers Extraordinaire

It's quite an honor for High Noon to be able to have the best of the best in photography create the spectacular High Noon auction catalogs. Known as virtual history books of the Western experience, the photography of Myron and Steve capture the richness of each piece featured in our catalogs, using the subject and incorporating the art of light, the beauty of the High Noon catalogs is owed completely to their skill.

It started several years ago when Myron Beck would do the cover shots. Steve DeFurio began working with Myron soon after, and today, Steve shoots the photography for the entire book and what an amazing job he does. The colors, the backgrounds, the lighting - it's not just an auction catalog but a collectible book on photography alone.

In speaking with Steve, it's apparent his passion for what he does drives his work. "Photography is about capturing the moment, it's art at heart."

Steve and Myron work together as very successful commercial photographers specializing in food photography with A-list clients including McDonalds, Dole, Uncle Bens, ConAgra and Hilton Hotels. "This pays the electric bill," says Steve but their real passions lie elsewhere.

For Steve it's fly fishing photography inspired by his love of the sport. A look at his 'photography as art' website (www.defurio.com) flipping through the images, you can immerse yourself in the scene with his ability to create an image which you virtually want to walk into.

For Myron, it's working in the natural light and the drama of the Western landscape that inspires him. The sky, the stars, the mountains, they open your mind and allow your imagination to step beyond the expected.

The unexpected, the rich, the inspiring - these are the goals of the photographers behind the High Noon catalog and they capture our dreams perfectly.

Steve DeFurio

Myron Beck

Dealer Spotlight

This month, our Dealer Spotlight is also our Inner Cowgirl. Smoke Signals talks with Jacqué Smiley, Western Vintage Revival - She's all heart and soul but so high style!

Jacqué SmileyJacqué Smiley
Western Vintage Revival
Altus, Oklahoma

For over 20 years, Jacqué has been creating the Jacqué Smiley Necklacesmost beautiful jewelry, incorporating her eye for high design with her passion for heritage and history. She's pure Oklahoma-born-and-raised and her designs are influenced by her deep Western roots. But what they truly reflect is her unstoppable energy to create pieces to be worn by the most stylish women world-wide. From Sydney to Paris to New York, necks are dripping in Jacqué Smiley designs.

It doesn't take but a minute of talking with Jacqué to know she's all heart and soul. One look at the home page of her website reveals a woman whose family roots is center to her life. She may be the creator of sterling masterpieces but the background on her website is the hand-tooled leather from the saddle from her "granddaddy's daddy", the very one on which she learned to ride.

So how did Jacqué begin creating jewelry from china and antiques? "I married a Yankee" she says with an edge. "We ended up living in the antiques capital of the country, Lancaster County, PA, for 10 years." While living there, she spent time learning about antiques from the wealth of experts in the area who were more than eager to share their knowledge. She began to look at the beautiful old traditional china patterns like Flo Blue and Transferware. Inspired by their delicate patterns and beautiful designs, she began to create a line using tiny pieces from these china patterns as the "jewels" in her jewelry.

To further her work, she took silversmithing classes and became a master engraver and designer. The combination? Jacqué Smiley's signature and original line of charm-laden necklaces and bracelets all created using pieces of china and sterling. Her signature "spoon" bracelets are another drop-dead gorgeous creation from her endless creative mind. Wonder what to do with the sterling silver flatware you inherited or really don't use anymore? Have Jacqué create jewelry from these pieces - fabulous bracelets, watch bands - they always turn heads. Jacqué will also create pieces just for you from your family china or sterling. A perfect way to preserve your heritage while looking high fashion at the same time.

Now, safely back from "Yankee world" and working in her studio in Oklahoma, Jacqué's line of jewelry designs is extensive. Pages of spectacular designs fill her website with new creations continually added. Her newest line called Bad to the Bone is rock star worthy and very cutting edge. Beyond her website, Jacqué's work is featured at top boutiques across the country from New York, to Jackson Hole to Los Angeles. But her success hasn't changed her in the least. She's still that embracing Oklahoma girl whose genuine energy is infectious, who is always looking to mentor an up and coming artisan and who is one of the best ambassadors for the Western Lifestyle.

Jacqué Smiley
Western Vintage Revival
Altus, OK
(580) 379-9060

PHOTOS: Always a show stopper at the Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, WY, pictured here are two of her competition pieces from the 2009 and 2010 events. These are fine examples of her ever-evolving designs that captivate stylish women worldwide.

Fraud Alert

Fraud Alert

We all know there is one scam after another targeted to those of us who sell merchandise via the web. Here is one I hadn't heard of before and thought it was important to share. The more savvy we are to the methods being used to defraud merchants, the safer everyone will be.

This just happened to our October Inner Cowgirl, Denice Langley, Denice Langley Designs. A few weeks ago, she received an inbound email inquiry regarding pricing on several of her purses and belts from a buyer in Dubai. Several emails back and forth later, the number of purses and belts was finalized as well as pricing. The total for the merchandise was agreed upon and the buyer was going to arrange a wire transfer directly into her account. Once the wire transfer was received, the products would be shipped.

Denice went to her bank and opened a new account specifically for the purpose of accepting the transfer. The buyer said the transfer had been done. After a few days, the money still had not shown up but her bank said this was not unusual do to time/date differences and international banking.

Then, instead of a wire transfer appearing, the bank received, via FedEx, a cashier's check from the buyer. The check was made payable for the wrong amount - almost twice the amount that was requested. Again, the bank said this was not that unusual with money crossing into US dollars. What was unusual, that the bank officer immediately noticed, was that the check, which required two signatures, only had one.

Denice contacted the buyer in Dubai via email saying that she had received the check but that it was for in excess of almost $15,000. The buyer greatly apologized for the error and said to just deposit the check and wire the overpayment back to them.

Thanks to the bank's diligence and role to protect their customers, in this case Denice Langley, they said they would refuse to deposit the check as they new it was fake or bad. Had the bank not worked so closely with Denice on this, she may have deposited the check and, trustingly, returned the overpayment only to find out there was never any funds behind the fake check. The decision was made to send the check back to Dubai (or wherever it really came from).

Small independent business merchants are particular targets for this kind of criminal activity. None of us want to live always looking over our shoulders or suspecting the worst instead of the best. The reality is, these scams come in from everywhere. Always keep your eyes open!

For more on this, see: www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=587180n

Bits & Pieces

Photos of TheresaHigh Noon 2010 Dealer Update
from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,
All of us at High Noon wish you
a very happy Thanksgiving!

We'll see you down the trail,

Upcoming Events
NOW through December 12, 2009   Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum Authentic Western Cowboy Music   Branson, MO
NOW thru January 03, 2010 
Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture
National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

NOW thru January 10, 2010   
Charles M. Russell Retrospective  Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
NOW thru January 10, 2010  
American Legacy: Our National Parks Plein Air Painters of America
The Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA
November 12-15, 2009   WRCA 14th World Championship Ranch Rodeo   Armarillo, TX
November 13-15, 2009  
Santa Ynez 25th Annual Vaquero Show & Sale   Santa Ynez, CA
November 14, 2009-July 7, 2011  
A Song for the Horse Nation Exhibition   The George Gustav Heye Center, Bowling Green, NY
November 14-15, 2009   Chiles and Chocolate Festival   Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ
November 20-22, 2009  
Pahrump Powwow   Pahrump, NV
November 28, 2009  
Cowboy Santa Arrives!   Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN
December 3-12, 2009  
2009 Cowboy Christmas Gift Show   Las Vegas, NV
December 4-6, 2009  
21st Annual Cowboy Christmas Poets Gathering   Wickenburg, AZ
December 11, 12 & 13, 2009   11th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Christmas Art & Gear Show   Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
January 30-31, 2010   20th Annual High Noon Show & Auction   Mesa, AZ
February 25-28, 2010   10th Annual Saddle Up! (Western Musicians & Cowboy Poetry)   Pigeon Forge, TN
July 24, 2010   National Day of the Cowboy   Ft. Worth, TX

Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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Chief Publisher: High Noon Western Americana
Chief Editor: Linda Kohn Sherwood
Chief Art Director: Robin Ireland, Ireland Graphic Design
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