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June 2011 - Vol 3, Issue 6
In This Issue
Feature Story: Laramie Tales, By James H Nottage
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Steve Bundy
Linda's Feed Bag: Lasagna Cupcakes
In the News: New TCAA and CAA Collaboration
Our Inner Cowgirl: Smoke Signals chats with Melissa McCracken
Additional Blurb: A Remembrance of Paul Stuckey, 1948-2011
and Furthermore: Some Cowboy Poetry by Russell Petter
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events
Feature Story
The hanging of Big Ned, Asa Moore and Con Wagner

Laramie Tales   


By James H Nottage     


We do not pay close enough attention to them, but every community has residents who carry memories of local history that can sometimes carry us back to pivotal points of change and growth. The problem is that all too often these memories go unappreciated and unrecorded. Certainly, political and economic leaders get a lot of attention. I am making reference to those everyday people who were solid, contributing, but modest and nearly invisible residents - the ones who time tends to forget or at least not to acknowledge.  How many times have you said or heard someone else say that an elderly relative or friend should sit down with a tape recorder or write their story to preserve they know about the past?  How many times do you end up, at the person's passing, with regrets that this was not done?

One of my favorite members of one of the founding families of Laramie, Wyoming, was Miss Martha Wallis. In the days before the public raised funds to preserve the Victorian mansion of the Ivinson family as an area museum, the Albany County Historical Society held regular meetings at a community center - a surviving building of Fort Sanders that had been built in the late 1860s. It was at one of these meetings in the mid-1960s that I first met Miss Wallis. What fascinated me was learning about her home, the small stone house at 419 South 8th Street, that her father Noah Wallis had built in the 1880s. The junior high school I attended was across the street and next to the house was the original barn where the Wallis family kept a carriage and horses.  One afternoon, after school, Miss Wallis agreed to let me stop by and ask her about Laramie history.


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Featured Photography by Steve Bundy

Steve Bundy photo of Bonanza Ranch Saloon

The photo this month is by Steve Bundy - Bonanza Ranch Saloon 

My goal is to capture and preserve the vast landscapes, crumbling buildings, rusting forgotten cars and evidence of diverse cultures that I find along the way between southern California and northern New Mexico - giving them new recognition, preserving them as they erode, before they melt back into the earth. When people view my images it is my hope that they see beyond my vision and experience their own feelings and emotions. Hopefully through my eyes they might gain a new perspective and see their world in a new and expanded way.

web: www.stevenbundy.com
email: steven@stevenbundy.com

Did You Know?

1. The famous Goodnight-Loving Trail was established in 1866 between Fort Belknap, Texas and Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Oliver Loving was later killed by Indians on the trail bearing his name. Goodnight, on the other hand, died a wealthy man in his nineties in 1929.

2. Fire Cloud is an irregular marking on the exterior of the pottery, usually a result of burning fuel coming in direct contact with the vessel during firing.

3. A form of printmaking utilizing stencils attached to porous screens that support delicate areas of the cut design, Serigraphs are most often issued in signed and numbered editions.

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Lasagna Cupcakes

(are you serious?)

Makes 8 mini-lasagnas

4 TB unsalted butter plus more for buttering the ramekins
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 pound fresh lasagna noodles (spinach noodles would also look beautiful and taste good)
1/2 cup all-purpose flourDelicious Lasagna Cupcake
2 cups milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup snipped chives
2 TB chopped parsley
4 finely chopped cloves garlic
8 oz Fontina cheese, shredded
6-9 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, finely diced
Fresh ground black and red pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves for decoration

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter eight 6-oz ramekins and coat with parmigiano; tap out excess. Place the ramekins on a sturdy rimmed baking sheet.

2. In a large pot of lightly salted boiling water, cook the lasagna noodles until al dente. Drain and cool under running water (to stop the cooking process). Pat dry. Using a 3-1/4" biscuit cutter, stamp out 24 rounds (they are supposed to fit neatly inside the ramekins).

3. In a large saucepan, melt the 4 TB of butter. Add the flour and whisk over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add the milk and whisk over moderate heat until the sauce is bubbling and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the egg, chives, parsley, garlic and 1/2 cup of Parmigiano. Let cool slightly, then stir in the Fontina and prosciutto. Season with ground black and red pepper.

4. Arrange 1 pasta round in the bottom of each ramekin. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling into each ramekin and top with another noodle. Press to flatten slightly. Top with the remaining filling and pasta rounds. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmigiano and cover loosely with foil.

5. Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes until the filling is just bubbling. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes until slightly puffed and the tops and sides are golden. Let cool for 20 minutes. Run a knife round the lasagna cupcakes, then invert onto plates, tapping firmly to release them. Sprinkle Parmiagiano cheese over top and decorate with basil leaves.

Serve hot or warm with a green salad on the side.


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Collector News
Illustration of High Noon PediaCheck out the High Noon-i-pedia

Did you know that High Noon has a very comprehensive RESOURCE DATABASE of the ARTISTS and CRAFTSMEN who have been featured in our auctions? And they can be found on our website FREE for EVERYONE to use? It features brief BIOGRAPHIES and TIDBITS of information about these talented and important individuals and companies. It's our version of "Western Wikipedia"!

And, in the style of Wikipedia, this is EVERYONE'S database! We want to know of any corrections, additions or deletions that need to be made. It's a High Noon family effort and we welcome your input!

Email us...we'll even give you credit for your submission if you want!

Check it out:  www.highnoon.com/hnartistbios.htm
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In the News

TCAA and CAA Collaborate to Create One Very Exceptional Event    


The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is very honored to announce that the 46th Annual Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) Sale and Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Museum's longstanding Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Exhibition and Sale, now in its 13th year. The combination of these two events running side by side, will offer collectors and enthusiasts of Western fine art an unparalleled opportunity at one location over the course of one weekend.

"It really was a groundswell of interest from all sides that fueled the merging of these two events," said Don Reeves, the Museum's McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture. He also reflected, "In 1998, when the TCAA was being formed, they looked to the CAA for advice on how to put their organization together. In essence, the CAA mentored the TCAA in their development so it's perfect that they are finally together for this event."

And for the CAA show, it is now returning to its roots. Its inaugural exhibition was held at what was then the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1973, the CAA Sale & Exhibition moved to the Phoenix Art Museum. Today, the organization has 22 active members who will participate in the 2011 exhibition. Tim Cox, president of the Cowboy Artists of America, said, "The Cowboy Artists of America are tremendously excited about the association with the National Cowboy Museum. We hope our followers will join us in the kickoff celebration."

The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silver-smithing and rawhide braiding. They are master craftsmen who have elevated their work to an artistic level, and this year 17 members are expected to offer 50 works of functional art for exhibition and purchase. "The TCAA is anxious to share the stage already set at the Museum," said Scott Hardy, TCAA president. "Our members believe these exhibitions may well make history this year and in the years to come." The move to October does represent a change in dates for the TCAA from its traditional last Saturday in September.

"We believe that bringing the Cowboy Artists of America home to the National Cowboy Museum is one of the most exciting and historic events to take place in the art world in a very long time," said Museum President Chuck Schroeder.

Art enthusiasts are encouraged to save the dates now in order to attend the preview party October 14. On October 15, attendees can look forward to an autograph party luncheon and educational activities during the daytime, followed by a marquee fixed-price sale that evening. The event will be capped by a "Western Formal" banquet followed by a celebratory dance held in the Museum's Sam Noble Special Events Center, one of the grandest venues in the West.

The CAA exhibition and sale will continue through November 27, while the TCAA fine art will be on display and available for purchase through January 8, 2012. The Museum will feature both exhibitions in online catalogs, and commemorative printed catalogs will be available for purchase. For more information go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

TCAA and CAA ImagesCreating a truly unprecedented opportunity to experience the finest Western art will be the collaborative Exhibition and Sale of the TCAA and the CAA. Enthusiasts will be able to immerse themselves in the works from the masters such as "Hummingbird in Gold Overlay on Bit" by TCAA artist Ernie March and Dusty Work by CAA artist Bill Owen.

Our Inner Cowgirl
Photo of Melissa McCracken

This month, Smoke Signals chats with Melissa McCracken: Publicist Extraordinaire for the Denver Old West Show and Auction

Melissa McCracken    


"I'm not a cowgirl," she begins. "I'm a city girl, born and raised in Chicago."  Well, that may be, but as the story unfolds, it turns out she's been a cowgirl all her life, she just didn't know it. And no, being engaged to a cowboy isn't the reason she's turned out to be a cowgirl. That doesn't count. She did this all on her own.

"Well, I've always loved riding horses and my bedroom as a girl was always decorated with Indian art and dream catchers and I always loved cowboys and Indians. I just never imagined I would end up living the lifestyle - I'm a city girl!"

What she did imagine and envision for herself was the life of a creative writer. Melissa's been writing since she was a little girl. By the 2nd grade, she was writing prose and poetry and entering competitions. Flashing forward, she went on to earn her MFA in creative writing and had already published several short fiction stories.

Living at this time in Boston, working at a great job, she and some girlfriends decided to take a much-needed trip to Santa Fe, a place she always wanted to visit. It was while on this vacation, lounging at the Hilton Resort, that she got the call saying she'd been laid off. Another victim of the post 911 economy. "It was surreal - I felt like either Thelma or Louise - maybe both."

Vacation over, Melissa returned to Boston but Santa Fe had gotten into her soul. She loved it there. So, she sold what she could and packed up the rest and headed to Santa Fe. No real plan, no real idea of what she would do there but she was on her way. Her life would blossom in Santa Fe, but she didn't know how much.

With a limited budget but needing a place to live, she rented a mud and straw kiva way off the grid. It did have electricity but no running water. She had a well and an outdoor camp shower and made do for about 5 months. Needing a job to supplement her writing income, she went to work as an administrative assistant at Sherwoods Indian Art Gallery in Santa Fe. This is where her life would completely change. She became captivated with Indian art, the culture and the history. She immersed herself in learning everything she could about it. "I'd go to all the museums, all the galleries, I just loved it."

Her gallery job ultimately provided her with an introduction to Brian Lebel, who would come to Santa Fe each August. The first year he came, he chatted with Melissa and left her his card. She didn't call him. The second year he visited, he "chatted me up again and left me his card." "I'm not calling this guy!" she recalls saying. But there was something about him that got her attention. It happened again the third year he came to the gallery - nope, still not calling him. The fourth year she was done. She decided she was ready to make her move. She got "dolled up" for work everyday and, thank goodness for small favors, he came on August 6th. Yes, that was the day that Brian Lebel would finally get that date with Melissa. It took 4 years, but he actually asked her out for the next evening which just happened to be her birthday. The date lasted 6 hours and they've been inseparable ever since. But enough about Brian, we all know him. This is about Melissa.

Melissa has brought her infectious energy, insight, unstoppable smarts and accomplished writing skills to Denver Old West. Her commitment to making Denver stand up and take notice is relentless. Whether it's television, radio or print media, she leaves no stone unturned. She has the highest standards and expectation and accepts nothing less for herself or the show and auction.

Oh, she also does screen writing now in her spare time when she's able to steal away some quiet thinking space at her condo in Santa Fe - the place where her inspiration lies and her life unfolded. Santa Fe is said to have magic - well, it is magic for her. Like the magic of her birth city Chicago. Call her any Sunday during the winter and hear her cheering on "da Bears".

As for Brian and Melissa's wedding plans? No date is set and "we won't be pressured!" she remarks. Well, that may be, but she hints that she just may have the most drop-dead gorgeous dress in her closet just waiting for the day they say "I do."


Additional Blurb
Photo of JoAnn and Paul Stuckley

Paul Stuckey



We have lost a friend and a true icon in the world of collecting. 

 -Linda and Joseph, High Noon 


By JoAnn Stuckey-Rogers 


Paul was born October 19, 1947 in Durant, Oklahoma, to Waymon (also known as Jack Stuckey). He later moved to Wabash, Indiana, where he and his dad bought and sold horses all over the world. Paul married, had one son, Paul Stuckey Jr. and one granddaughter, Cheyenne Stuckey.


Paul was quite the horseman. He rode and showed some of the finest horses for many years. Having said that, it gave him the opportunity to be around the old cowboy memorabilia and learn as much as he could about them. He was an avid reader, reading everything he could about the old cowboys. Paul was fascinated in every aspect about them.


Photo of Joseph, Linda, Brian and PaulIn 1976, he made the decision to move back to Oklahoma. In 1977, while living in Bokchito, Oklahoma, he met JoAnn who was the love of his life. Paul and JoAnn moved to Texas and married. He and JoAnn went to Canton, Texas, other flea marts and antique shows, all which sparked his interest again in cowboy memorabilia. He and two partners, Ernie Hoodenpyle and Dwight Huber, started their own show in Amarillo, Texas in the mid eighties, only the second show of its kind, which was very successful for many years to come.


Paul had such an extensive knowledge in all aspects of cowboy memorabilia, and didn't mind sharing that knowledge. Paul will be remembered for all that he did in the cowboy antique shows and business. You could never have shown him a pair of spurs that he didn't have knowledge and information to share about them. He knew it all, literally.


It's sad to say that Paul spent his last years in a nursing home located in Sherman, Texas. With very few visitors, Paul maintained a family relationship with his sister-in-law, Aleah Bell, and niece, Madi Bell, whom he loved very much. JoAnn, her sister, and niece visited as much as they could. He had many friends over the years, many just lived too far away to visit.


Paul will also be remembered as being a flashy dresser. He loved fancy boots, hats, belts, and gold and silver buckles, and diamond stick pins. Paul had that one-of-a-kind smile and witty personality. He will never be forgotten.


And Furthermore...


This month we present cowboy poetry by Russell Petter...


A Little Crazy



He was just a pup, when he learned the life,

how to saddle a pony, how to sort a cow,

the meaning of a dollar, the ability to sweat.

Pride filled his chest as he tamed the colts,

not once did he look back at his home,

He seeked the freedom to roam.

They always said, He was a Little Crazy.


He was up with the sun, gone like the wind,

never looking back, always ahead,

they always said, He was a Little Crazy.


He'd get up before dawn, and saddle his horse,

He'd ride into the sun, checking fences all day,

when his work was done, he's sit on the porch,

drink a cold one, and stare into the sun.

They always said, He was a Little Crazy.


He'd go to a rodeo, He'd spur a bronc,

He'd ride a bull, He'd rope a steer,

His motto was, To Ride'em all, the best he could.

And when he was done, He'd tip his hat to the crowd,

blow a kiss to the ladies, and take a bow.

They always said, He was a Little Crazy.


He'd find a good dance, find a cowgirl,

after too many beers, and too much fun,

He'd stay til dawn, and enjoy the rising sun.

They always said, He was a Little Crazy.


He took his vows, tried to settle down,

now she's his wife, she's his life.

No time for kids, He couldn't sit still.

All his rowdy friends knew just who he was.

They always said, He was a Little Crazy.


Now He's older, his body don't work,

too many broncs, too many bulls,

too many scars, his bones kind of hurt.

Now he knows as he is thinking back,

Now He knows, that He was a Little Crazy.


On the day He left, He was gone before dawn,

He saddled his horse one last time, spuurred him gently and rode away.

Never looking back, always ahead,

He rode into the rising sun,

checking fences one last time.

They always said He was a Little Crazy.


Now He's gone, they all gathered to say,

"Here is a Cowboy, who's life has passed away."

on the granite stone, the words are carved,

"Here is a Cowboy, who rode like the wind,

He spurred the broncs, He rode the bulls, He could rope any steer.

He Rode'em all the Best He could. Then He'd tip his hat and wave to the crowd,

blow a kiss to the ladies, and take a bow. He was just a Cowboy, who loved to ride.

He was just a crazy cowboy, who loved his life!"


Now here we are, saying Good Bye to our friend.

Good Bye to the Cowboy who rode away,

Farewell Amigo, Farewell Cabarello,

VIOS CON DIOS, til we meet again.

We all knew just who you were,

They all knew, He was just a Little Crazy.


He was just a Cowboy, who loved to ride,

He was just a crazy Cowboy, who loved his life.

He Rode'em all the best he could,...

He was just a Little Crazy.



Russell Petter
The KeyWestKowboy@yahoo.com




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Upcoming Events

NOW Until August 7, 2011  Red Black Related Through History  Indianapolis, IN                                        
June 3 - October 2, 2011  Dressed Just Right: An Evolution of Western Style from Function to Flamboyance  Cody, WY
June 10-September 5, 2011 
Prix de West Art Show - National Cowboy Museum  Oklahoma City, OK
June 24-26, 2011
  Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO
June 28-July 4, 2011  Prescott Frontier Days & World's Oldest Rodeo  Prescott, AZ
July 7-24, 2011 
Reining by the Bay  Woodside, CA
July 8-17, 2011 
Calgary Stampede  Calgary, Alberta
July 15-17, 2011 
Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering  Encampment, WY
July 21-24, 2011 
101st California Rodeo Salinas  Salinas, CA
July 23-31, 2011 
Durango Fiesta Days  Durango, NM
August 3-7, 2011 
Old Spanish Days  Santa Barbara, CA
August 5-7, 2011
  Great Southwest Antique Show  Albuquerque, NM
August 11-13, 2011  Antique Ethnographic Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 11-14, 2011  26th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Lewistown, MT
August 12-21, 2011
  Objects of Art Antique Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 14-16, 2011  Antique Indian Art Show  Santa Fe, NM
August 19-20, 2011  Reno Cowboy & Music Gathering  Reno, NV
August 27-28, 2011 
Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo  San Juan Capistrano, CA
September 8-11, 2011 
23rd Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Chuck Wagon Cook-off  Lubbock, TX
September 10, 2011 
Banning Stagecoach Days Parade  Banning, CA
September 11-October 9, 2011 
Quest for the West Art Sale & Show  Indianapolis, IN
September 14-17, 2011 
Pendleton Round Up  Pendleton, OR
September 20-23, 2011
  Bit Making: Form & Function Workshop (TCAA)  Oklahoma City, OK

September 20-24, 2011  Rendezvous Royal  Cody, WY 

September 29-October 19, 2011  19th Annual Will James Gathering  Elko, NV 

October 8-9, 2011  Golden California Antiques Show  Glendale, CA 

October 14-15, 2011  Traditional Cowboy Artists Assoc 13th Annual Exhibition, Sale, and Seminars  Oklahoma City, OK

October 14-15, 2011  46th Annual Cowboy Artists of America Sale & Exhibition  Oklahoma City, OK 

October 15-16, 2011  Austin Chocolate Festival  Austin, TX 

November 1-6, 2011  Annual Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair  Heber City, UT

November 4-6, 2011  Tombstone Western Music Festival  Tombstone, AZ

November 5, 2011  Celebration of Roy Rogers 100th Birthday  Apple Valley, CA 

December 1-10, 2011  National Finals Rodeo  Las Vegas, NV 

December 1-10, 2011  Cowboy Christmas  Las Vegas, NV 

December 2-4, 2011  Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival  Monterey, CA

January 28-29, 2012  22nd Annual High Noon Western Americana Antique Show & Auction  Mesa, AZ

February 2-19, 2012  San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo  San Antonio, TX  

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