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January 2010 - Vol 2, Issue 1
In This Issue
Feature Story: Charles F. Lummis: A Westerner with a Mission
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Cheater Chili - Only 20 minutes from start to finish!
Auction Tips: The Auction Preview - A most important step in the auction process
Recommended Reading: Tales of Tecopa - by Mary Lou Walbergh
Dealer Spotlight: Danny and Dina Neil
In the News: A Movie That Needs to be Made - Figure of Eight - The Ride of a Lifetime
Bits & Pieces: Information and Updates for High Noon Show Dealers
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story

Charles Loomis
Charles F. Lummis:
A Westerner with a Mission

By William C. Reynolds

Like so many things in Los Angeles, the landmark Southwest Museum was helped getting started by a character - a college dropout. Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859-1928) had all the makings of a classic pioneer entrepreneur. He was a journalist, publisher, photographer, amateur anthropologist and passionate historian of the American Southwest. If he were in L.A. today he would have a screenplay rolled up in his back pocket he would want you to read as well. Lummis was a writer for a fledgling newspaper out west called The Los Angeles Times. In 1894 he became editor of a new magazine he started that promoted visiting the West, Land Of Sunshine. Among his other self appointed taskings was to push for the preservation of the California Missions as well as helping create L.A.'s first free public museum of the regions art, history and culture.

Featured Photo by Myron Beck

Myron Beck photo of Cowboy on Fence
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. Albumen prints are a positive, photographic printing process that use egg whites in the emulsion.
  2. Though the term "stick 'em up" is widely used in Western films, it wasn't actually coined until the 1930s.
  3. In Native American pottery, the process of producing a polished, shiny surface, or Burnishing, is achieved by rubbing a smooth stone over the surface of pots or bowls after application of the slip.
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Empty Saddle

John Baldwin
(Jason Baldwin's father)
West Olive, Michigan

Jack Cheaney
Gainesville, Texas

Jim "Curly" Musgrave
Lake Arrowhead, California

Jane Lawry Reynolds
(Mother of our beloved publisher, friend and cowdog, Bill Reynolds)
Santa Barbara, California

Floyd Segel
Carbondale, Colorado

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Cheater Chili

Please don't gasp!
It's 20 minutes start to finish:

1-1/2 to 2 lbs ground beef
1 large can Ranch Style Beans
1 chopped onion
1 large can stewed tomatoes - diced
Season your chili - fire level thermometer to taste.

Brown the ground beef with onions, add tomatoes and ranch beans. Season to taste: i.e. red chili, lots of garlic, cumin, etc.

Simmer for a few minutes: 10 minutes works...

Serve in bowls with your favorite accoutrements

Cheddar Cheese
Gold Fish Crackers
Sour Cream

by Peggy O'Neill
Sales Manager - Phoenix Marriott Mesa

Note from Linda: When you see Peggy in Mesa at the hotel, please let her know how much you enjoyed her chili!


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.

High Noon Web Directory

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Friends and

Be sure to send us your web address to be included in our Web Directory. Please tell us if you want to be listed as an artisan, a store, a dealer or collector. And please include our website (www.highnoon.com) on yours!

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Auction Tips

The Auction Preview

A Private Detective with Magnifying GlassThe Auction Preview
One of the most important steps in the Auction process is to inspect the merchandise you are planning to bid on before the Auction. Items sold at auction are generally sold "as is", so it is the responsibility of the bidder to have a working knowledge of each item of interest. Take your 2010 High Noon Auction Catalog with you as you walk through the Auction Preview, and make notes next to the lot descriptions, or use the Notes page at the back of the catalog. Catalogs are available for purchase on the High Noon website, or at Bidder Registration outside the Preview Room.

Auction Preview and Auction
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201

Auction Preview and Bidder Registration
Thursday, January 28: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, January 29: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday, January 30: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday, January 30 at 5:00pm sharp

Recommended Reading

Cover of Book Tales of TecopaTales of Tecopa -
A Memoir of a Frontier
Mining Town

By Mary Lou Walbergh

In the past few issues of Smoke Signals, we have addressed the power of memories, both studying those from our past, and creating those for the future. Mary Lou Walbergh, a lovable and passionate collector of Indian baskets, has done what many of us think we might do "some day." She has written 109 beautiful pages about the important years of her childhood that shaped her life. As I read it, I fast-forwarded and imagined her great-great-grandchildren reading about their ancestors!  

She writes about her parents, the Depression years, how they came to live in a mining town. Tecopa, Arizona comes to life through her descriptions of the physical house and buildings, the colorful people who flowed in through their lives, the characters who intertwined with her family, the neighbors who gave depth to the experience and some historical figures who became friends. Throughout the book, you feel her love for her family, the memories and sense of pride they provided and an honest look at an historical town, set in the middle of nowhere.

Told through 21 short chapters, it's a quick read and an inspiration for us all to WRITE IT DOWN!

"This book is dedicated to the memory of my father....He loved Tecopa as no other place. And to the memory of my mother.....She didn't love Tecopa but she loved him."

Published by Bill Reynolds, Pacific Slope Press
Printed in Los Angeles by Javier Munoz
Copyright 2007

To contact Mary Lou you are welcome to email: smokesignals@highnoon.com and we will forward it on to her!

Dealer Spotlight

This month, Smoke Signals talks with Danny and his life partner Dina, individuals with energy and passion for what they do.

Dina and Danny NeillDanny and Dina Neill

In doing an interview for Smoke Signals, there's a certain format we writers try to adhere to in gleaning the pertinent information we need to create a story. Just 30 seconds into the phone interview with Danny, it was clear those guidelines were going to be tossed out the proverbial window. Rarely in life, does one get the opportunity to feel the energy and passion an individual has for what they do, literally electrifying the phone line. That's Danny and his wife and life partner Dina.

Danny's been a centrifugal force in the last 20 years of High Noon. Dealer yes, but so much more than that. Many know Danny for his world-class collection of Mexican Charros, but it's his passion behind what he sells that sets him apart.

To Danny, it's not the specific pieces or stuff, it's what they represent. Danny's real goal in life is to educate people about and preserve the rich Mexican history, which is the foundation for the American Cowboy and its legacy. Few people really know that it was the Mexican Vaqueros who were the original cowboys. They brought horses from Europe, they brought in the cattle and they created the foundation of the craftsmanship used to create the saddles, the bits and the spurs. It's this history and the preservation of this heritage that is center most to Danny's heart.

For the past 40 years, he has been collecting, buying and selling, visiting Mexico 5 to 6 times each year. "These aren't trips where you run down, buy stuff and come back and sell them. It's a process of relationship-building with the people: staying in their homes, getting to know them and their story." It's the stories that hold the key to the value of the stuff - otherwise, it's just stuff.

Danny has had many enriching and also frightening travel experiences which he felt best not to share, other than one time when he had to change his shorts. We can only imagine. He did mention one trip, hours and hours long on a bus through rural Mexico, where he shared his seat with a goat and had to hold a woman's chickens...

His experiences, his knowledge and his commitment to furthering a deeper understanding of Mexican heritage is what has finally brought him national recognition. In the fall, he was invited to be a guest lecturer at the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City and he was a smashing success! Museums across America and Mexico have been in touch with him since to participate in their educational programs, and he recently got a call from the Smithsonian who is interested in working with him on a special exhibit of Mexican Charros - congratulations Danny!

And then there's his fabulous wife Dina. Vintage clothing diva, and dealer, who draws buyers from around the world for her spectacular collections of cowboy and couture vintage fashions. You can catch her each month at the Rose Bowl where the "Hollywood" types race to buy her latest offerings.

It was her Cowboy clothing that led to Danny and Dina meeting. Over 20 years ago, Danny would buy from Dina and, lo and behold, that was kismet. Four years later they married. Not your typical wedding either. They married in Cody, WY during Brian Lebel's Cody Old West Show. A whole entourage assembled at the Cody Court House to share this event and Brian Lebel was Danny's witness. When vows were said and the marriage license was signed, the judge looked at Brian and told him he signed where the groom should. So, the question remains, is Dina married to Danny or Brian?

Danny and Dina Neill, an unstoppable team, of the highest integrity, passion, and, oh yes, spectacular stuff.

In the News

A Movie That Needs to be Made
Figure of Eight - The Ride of a Lifetime

Figure of Eight Book CoverThe powerful relationship between man and his horse is at the very core of our Western American heritage. It's this relationship that built the West and continues to be at the root of sustaining this heritage today.

Currently in the development is a movie that illuminates the ongoing role horses still play in the Western Lifestyle and the preservation of the land and its resources within which we co-exist with these magnificent animals.

Figure of Eight - The Ride of a Lifetime is a race to save one family's land from a logging baron determined to clear-cut. It's this 200 mile horse endurance race that will be the deciding factor in whether the family can save it's ranch, timber and honor or whether the government and big business prevail.

This is an important issue today as ranchers and farmers fight to save their land from development. It's an important story about how, even today, people and horses work together to fight to save their environment and their dreams.

For more information about this project visit www.figureofeight.com

Bits & Pieces

Photos of TheresaHigh Noon 2010 Dealer Update
from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

Confirmation packets are on their way via the US Postal Service.

Please take the time to look over your contract confirmation, peruse the info packet, and check out the floor plan and parking and load-in maps.

Everything in your packet will help to make things go smoothly for you, especially if you actually read it!

Can't wait to see you all!


FYI: At dealer packet pick up in Mesa, we will only give packets to those people listed on your badge list, for your own protection.

Upcoming Events
NOW thru May 30, 2010  The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition Exhibit  Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
January 16-18, 2010  Winter Storytelling Festival: Sharing Our Stories  National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
January 30-31, 2010   20th Annual High Noon Show & Auction  Mesa, AZ
February 12-14, 2010  Sixth Annual Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering  Ellensburg, WA
February 12 thru September 6, 2010 
Georgia O'Keefe and the Faraway: Nature and Image Exhibit 
Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, TX

February 25-28, 2010
   10th Annual Saddle Up! (Western Musicians & Cowboy Poetry)  Pigeon Forge, TN
March 2-21, 2010  Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo  Houston, TX
March 6 thru June 11, 2010 
All Aboard! The Life and Work of Marjorie Reed  Prescott, AZ
March 12-14, 2010 
Palm Springs Wild West Fest  Downtown Palm Springs, CA
March 17-20, 2010 
March in Montana Show & Auction  Great Falls, MT
March 19-21, 2010 
36th Annual Denver March Powwow  Denver, CO
March 26-28, 2010 
COWGIRL UP!  Creating an Uproar for Women of the West!  Wickenburg, AZ
April 22-25, 2010 
Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, CA
May 7-9, 2010 
Traces of Tradition Festival  Cody, WY
July 24, 2010
   National Day of the Cowboy  Ft. Worth, TX

Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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