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October 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 10
In This Issue
Feature Story: Great White Dogs of the San Juans
Linda's Feed Bag: Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits - Perfect for Halloween
Bits & Pieces: 2013 Dealer Update from "T"
In the News: The Woolaroc Honors the Art of Lynn O. Doughty

Feature Story
Photo of the authors great white dog

We have talked a great deal about horses in Smoke Signals. It's time to recognize the

of the San Juans 
By Veryl Goodnight

These dogs are working, or as the one hiker noted, "They are on the clock." None of us would walk between a mother bear and her cubs, nor would we walk between a policeman and a police dog.

I am a dog lover. Period. I have owned many breeds and currently have a Jack Russell Terrier, a Rotweiller cross, and two Alaskan Huskies. Currently, I am attempting "minor" dog sledding with the huskies. The primal experience of sledding, while greatly limited by having only a two dog team, has peaked my interest in the many roles that dogs play in the lives of humans - for over 15,000 years.

Last summer, I encountered three herds of domestic sheep in the high Mountains of Colorado, between Lizard Head Pass and Silverton. The sheep themselves, moving like waves across the high country, were breathtaking.  What really inspired me, however, was watching the great white dogs that accompanied the sheep herds.


Featured Photography by Myron Beck

A cowboy roping a calf

The photo this month is by Myron Beck - Got 'Em

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. www.myronbeck.com


Did You Know?

1. In Fort Benton, Montana a cowboy once insisted on riding his horse to his room in the Grand Union Hotel. When the manager objected, they exchanged gunfire. The horseman was killed before reaching the top of the stairs and fourteen .44 slugs were later dug out of his body.

2. The travois is a device used by Native North Americans of the Great Plains for transporting their tepees and household goods. It consisted of two poles, lashed one on either side of a dog or, later, a horse, with one end of each pole dragging on the ground. It had straps or wooden crosspieces between the poles near the open end that served as a carrier. Like the sledge, the travois was used by Native Americans before any use of wheels was known to them.

If you have some interesting tidbits that you would like to share, send them to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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All is well this month.

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Linda's Feed Bag
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Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits

Don't be SCARED!!!! Make Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits for Halloween! 


Serves: 12 - Make it the night before and allow it to cool.

Pumpkin Mousse: Delicious Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits
1 envelope (1/4-ounce) unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup dark rum
1 can (15-ounce) solid-packed pumpkin
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 extra-large egg yolks
2 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1-1/2 cups cold heavy cream
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3-1/2 cups chopped store-bought gingersnap cookies
3 tablespoons dry crystallized ginger (optional), very thinly sliced, for garnish

1. Prepare mousse: In small heatproof metal bowl, sprinkle gelatin over rum. Let stand 10 minutes to soften gelatin.
2. In large bowl, whisk pumpkin, sugars, egg yolks, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt until well combined.
3. To 2-quart saucepan, add enough water to come 1 inch up side. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to simmer. Set bowl of gelatin mixture over simmering water. Heat until gelatin dissolves. Immediately whisk hot gelatin mixture into pumpkin mixture.
4. In large bowl, with mixer, whisk attachment on high speed, beat cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Fold 1-1/2 cups cream into pumpkin mixture.
5. Prepare cream: In a second large bowl, with mixer, whisk attachment on high speed, beat cream until it starts to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until medium peaks form. Do not overbeat.
6. Assemble parfaits: Divide half of pumpkin mixture among 12 small parfait glasses. Divide chopped cookies among glasses. Top with half of whipped cream, then remaining pumpkin mixture. Dollop remaining whipped cream on top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
7. To serve, garnish parfaits with crystallized ginger.


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.

Bits & Pieces

Delicious Pumpkin Mousse Parfaits
High Noon 2013
Dealer Update
from "T"

Dear High Noon Dealers,

2013 High Noon Antique Show Contract Packets were mailed at the end of September via the US Postal Service.

If you're traveling and need your packet emailed to you, or if you've moved and didn't receive your packet, please contact me immediately: Theresa@highnoon.com or at 310-202-9010.

Once you've had the opportunity to peruse your dealer packet, feel free to contact me with any of your show-related questions.

Please direct ALL of your tax questions to the tax ladies. Their contact information is in your packet.

Your signed contract with deposit is due on Halloween, October 31, 2012.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Trails...


Consignments Being Accepted
Consignments being accepted for Jan 2013 Auction  

In the News
Submission from two of our avid Smoke Signals readers who are also Woolaroc supporters and Lynn Doughty fans: James and Tammy Hogan

The Woolaroc honors the Art of Lynn O. Doughty's
Old West Characters Sculpted In Wood

Collage of Lynn O. Doughty's Sculpted Pieces

 The Old West, though a small slice of American history, was yet a time when some very memorable characters emerged. As a boy growing up in Oklahoma, Lynn O. Doughty developed a love for the Old West and the characters that inhabited that exciting era. From Cowboys to Native Americans, miners to mountain men, camp cooks to chuck wagons, and horses to stagecoaches - all are inspirations to Lynn and can be found in painstaking detail in his award winning woodcarvings.
You can taste the beans cooking on the range fire and the crusty biscuits in the dutch ovens and smell the worn out leather on his cowboy's chaps as you are transported back in time to the open range. One must also marvel at his ability to capture the actual likeness of famous figures in history such as Will Rogers (proudly been displayed at the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore, OK). Or Frank Phillips (founder of Phillips 66 and western art collector) in his cowboy gear, on display as part of the permanent collection of Woolaroc Museum near Bartlesville, OK in which Phillips founded. 

Ken Meeks and Lynn Doughty Ken Meek, Director of the Woolaroc museum recognized the importance of this artist and gave him the greatest honor of his career, selecting Lynn for a one-man show and exhibition of his work at the museum near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Woolaroc is home to one of the most important collections of western art in the world including major works by William R. Leigh, Frank Tenney Johnson, Joe Beeler, CM Russell and Frederic Remington, plus an impressive collection of Native American artifacts. The show will run from November 23, 2012 thru January 6, 2013.

Mr. Meek chose Doughty because he tells a story with each piece carved out of wood. No limited edition bronzes or prints so each piece is truly one of a kind, taking a week up to a year to create. His attention to detail is has led to a devoted following of collectors in the United States and internationally.
Lynn has been featured in well-known publications such as Western Horseman, Oklahoma Today, Cowboys and Indians, and the cover of Chip Chats (the magazine of the National Woodcarvers association). He has also graced the pages of Art of The West and been displayed at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has won literally hundreds of first place ribbons, carvers choice awards, and best of show awards in competitions throughout the United States and in 2011 Lynn was presented the Ron Ryan award, by the Dayton, Ohio Woodcarvers Guild as the woodcarver who best represents the ideals of his craft, and freely gives his time and talent to advance the art of woodcarving. Lynn possesses the fire of artisans who keep the spirit of the west alive through woodcarving.

Visit the Woolaroc between November 23rd and January 6th to see this fine exhibition (www.woolaroc.org). Cannot get to Oklahoma? Visit Doughty's art at: www.outwestgallery.com or www.outwestwoodcarving.blogspot.com.

TOP, left to right: "Iron Buffalo," "Frank Phillips," "Charles M. Russel," "Hot Tamales."
NEXT: Left to right: Ken Meeks (Curator of Woolaroc Museum), 23 inch tall carving of Frank Phillips, and Lynn Doughty.

In the News, too!

Wedding Bliss Hearts plus Melissa and Brian Background



Congratulations to  

Melissa McCracken
and Brian Lebel,
who wed last weekend
under a full harvest moon
in California.

Birthday News!

Baby Ever Lily Rabineau


And Baby Bliss.....

Welcome and Happy Birthday to Ever Lily Rabineau, born Thursday night, October 4. Credit goes to daughter, Jamie and her husband Mica, who made Joseph and Linda Sherwood grandparents for the first time.  She is sure to have some great cowgirl outfits waiting for her!

Photo of Gary Brown on Horsebak
Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema
A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback
No. 7 in the series

By Gary Eugene Brown

This episode is about a cowboy film star, once a household name, whose virtually been forgotten.  He was pure cowboy born and bred, and a pioneer in America's other summer sport - Rodeo.  Described by peers as being absolutely fearless, could ride anything with hair and would fight anyone, anywhere, anytime just for the love of it.  Sadly, he was also a tragic figure, one whose life could be the subject of a folk ballad by troubadour Tom Russell. Diana Serra Carey in her book The Hollywood Posse described him as "the cowboys' cowboy." He was the infamous:

Photo of Art Acord ART ACORD

Prattsville, Utah (Glenwood) was the birthplace of Artemus Ward Acord on April 17, 1890. The Mormon family relocated to Oklahoma (Stillwater) due to his mother's failing health. However, she passed away when Art was only 3 and the family returned to Utah (Emery County). Art was a working cowboy for his father during the summer and a coal miner in the winter. He joined Dick Stanley's Congress of Rough Riders (1909) where he met future cowboy film star Hoot Gibson, who'd become his lifelong friend. Rodeo led to his obtaining film work in 1909. Grange B. McKinney's fine biography Art Acord and the Movies, noted Francis Boggs of Selig Studios provided Art a letter of recommendation. It read in part: "To Whom It May Concern......... Art Acord has worked for this firm during the past season. He has given the best of satisfaction in every respect. He is a great rider; in fact, there is none better in the country, many experts considering him the champion of the world. He is absolutely fearless, and can be relied on to tackle any stunt that a man in his line (of work) would be expected to do."

Art began with the New York Motion Picture Company, which had a film unit, under the direction of Thomas Ince, on the West Coast. Inceville was located in a canyon on the Bison Ranch (Santa Monica). Art would alternate between studios serving as a stuntman and unbilled actor. Between films, Art worked as a cowboy for a spell in Elko County. Harry Webb, fellow cowpuncher, recalled; "Yep, from what I heard about Art in Nevada, he was a tough son of a bitch from Bitter Creek. The farther up the creek the tougher they got and he was right from the headwaters." In 1912, Art won the title of "Pacific Coast Rodeo Champ" in Klamath Falls, OR. At the Pendleton Roundup, Art received the title of "World Champion Steer Bulldogger" and Hoot Gibson won "All Around Champion". In 1913, Art married Edythe Sterling, a rodeo star in her own right.

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Upcoming Events

NOW Thru November 2012  Many Mexicos: Vista de la Frontera  Tucson, AZ  

NOW Until November 4, 2012  Bolo Tie Exhibit at the Heard Museum  Phoenix, AZ
NOW Thru November 30, 2012 
Birds and Beasts in Beads: 150 Years of Iroquois Beadwork  Howes Cave, NY

October 12, 2012  Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 14th Annual Sale & Exhibition  Oklahoma City, OK 

October 12-13, 2012  Cowboy Artists of America 47th Annual Sale & Exhibition  Oklahoma City, OK 

October 13-14, 2012  The Golden California Antiques Show  Glendale, CA 

October 19-21, 2012  Gilla Valley Cowboy Poets & Music Gathering  Safford, AZ 

October 20, 2012  Buckaroo Bash  Indianapolis, IN

October 20-21, 2012  Calabasas Pumpkin Festival  Calabasas, CA 

October 25-28, 2012  The Great Pumpkin Festival  Phoenix, AZ 

October 25-28, 2012  10th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium  Cartersville, GA

October 27, 2012  Dia de Los Muertos  Hollywood, CA 

October 27, 2012  American Bucking Bull Finals  Las Vegas, NV 

October 31 - November 4, 2012  Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair  Heber City, UT  

November 2-4, 2012  Cave Creek Wild West Days  Cave Creek, AZ 

November 3 - January 6, 2013  Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure  Indianapolis, IN 

November 7-17, 2012  American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show  Fort Worth, TX 

November 8-11, 2012  Cowpoke Fall Gathering  Loomis, CA 

November 9-11, 2012  28th Annual Vaquero Show & Sale  Santa Ynez, CA 

November 9-12, 2012  Chiles & Chocolate  Phoenix, AZ 

November 11-12, 2012  Mesa Old West Days Festival  Mesa, AZ 

November 23 - January 6, 2013  Western Caricature Woodcarving by Lynn Doughty  Bartlesville, OK 

November 30 - December 2, 2012  Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival  Monterey, CA

December 6-15, 2012  National Rodeo Finals  Las Vegas, NV 

December 6-16, 2012  Country Christmas  Las Vegas, NV

January 26-27, 2013  High Noon Western Americana Antique Show & Auction  Mesa, AZ

February 2, 2013  The Story of Joe De Yong - Presentation by Bill Reynolds  Santa Barbara, CA   


Send event submissions to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com 



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Our magazine was founded in 2010 from our desire to share thoughts and facts with and from our High Noon family. We write about what we know (cowboy and Indian artifacts), highlight dealers and collectors, their thoughts and memories. We also love to feed our readers with great recipes. We offer free western music, a look at factoids intrinsic to our interests, give you insight into the newest books and tell you what is going on across the United States.

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