My Son The Banker, A Bison Horn, Charles Goodnight & A Small Business Owner Part 3

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Three months later... My 87 year old Dad was in town to spend the day with me. We drove to Ed' Vitovsky's fabrication shop to pick up the display case and the Goodnight Bison horn. On the way down there a car pulls in front of us and a young man in business attire sticks his head out of the passenger's side. Its my banker son, Grant.  He and one of his downtown banking buddies were heading down to the Bishop's art district for lunch.  He spotted my truck with Bluebonnet's kennel in the bed driving down Beckley Ave. Grant mouths back to us, "what the heck are you and PawPaw doing down here?"  I called him on my cell phone and tell him we are picking up a bison horn.  All he could say was "WHAT?.....a bison horn?" My 30-something executive banker son still has a hard time surrounding the fact that we bring eggs, pork, chicken and beef into the metroplex to sell.    Something about "a bison horn" may have sent him over the edge.  Millennials!! 

Mart and I are thinking of displaying the Goodnight Bison horn at The Provision House.  Come by The Provision House on any Thursday or Friday and put your eyes on some true Texas history.  Oh and check out my vintage spur and 1800's authentic saddle bags.  I like old Texas things!

My Son The Banker, A Bison Horn, Charles Goodnight & A Small Business Owner Part 2

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In the process of finding a way to display my piece of history, I came across Ed Vitovsky.  Ed has been in business since 1972.  Not many small businesses have been in operation for that length of time. Ed told me that a lot of folks are shocked that he is still in business. Ed tells me, "People think I'm dead".  This man is a legend in his field.

He operates a unique fabrication shop in the heart of Dallas. The shop is not in the nicest neighborhood... metal bars are on the door and windows.  He keeps the door locked. Once I got there I had to call him on the phone to get him to let me in. Ed is the exclusive plastics fabricator for some of the best Museums in Texas.  He is a craftsman of extraordinary talent. We talked Texas history.  Ed loves history  as much as I do.  Back in May, Ed told me it would take several months before he would be able to craft a design for my bison horn because he was working on a big project for the Dallas Art Museum.  I left the horn with Ed and headed home.  I love small business owners like Ed. (To Be Continued....)

My Son The Banker, A Bison Horn, Charles Goodnight & A Small Business Owner

Charles Goodnight

Charles Goodnight

I like Texas memorabilia and attempt to collect artifacts that interest me. I recently got my hands on a unique piece of Texas lore, a bison horn from the legendary Goodnight Ranch.

Charles Goodnight was a Texas Giant. He saved the buffalo from sure extinction.  The buffalo herd today at Yellowstone National Park can trace its linage back to Goodnight's buffalo stock. Goodnight and Jim Loving were the two men Larry McMurtry loosely based his novel "Lonesome Dove" on.  Goodnight was in the party that rescued Cynthia Parker, Quanah Parker's mother.  He was  also one of the founders of the Texas and Southwest Cattleman's Association which was founded in Palo Pinto County.  

As to the Bison horn, it is absolutely beautiful. The color & tones of the horn are dramatic. The detail in the drawing on the horn is exquisite. Two adult buffalo and one small buffalo calf are etched in black ink on the horn. There is a handsome twisted rope design carefully drawn on the top, middle, and bottom of the horn.  The words "Buffalo Goodnight Ranch Panhandle of Texas" is scrawled in simple cursive writing near the middle of the horn.  The end of the horn has a vintage leather cover with old brass buttons on the lip.  The top of the leather cover has a eyelet hook for hanging.  There is a small metal plate with the number 22 engraved on the leather cover.  This beautiful piece of Texas history been been authenticated by the Heritage Auction House.  (To Be Continued....)     

President John Tyler's Letter

One of the many historical artifacts that can be seen at the Double S Ranch. 

President John Tyler was the tenth president of the United States of America. One of his key platforms and final things that he did while in office was the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the Union. Below is a letter from the President to the US Ambassador to the Republic of Texas (Charge D'Affaires). 

The letter reads:

President's House

March 8, 1845

Dear Sir:

Permit me to introduce to you my cousin Floyd Waggaman the Bearer of the Joint Resolution annexing Texas to the United States. 

Very Respectfully,

John Tyler



Throwback Thursday- Cooking Tool

Our ranch land has a deep history. Actual recorded history has taken place on our land (more to come on that later). There have been many interesting artifacts that our family has found over the years that have prompted us to do some research. It gives us some insight as to what happened or might have happened on our ranch hundreds of years ago. One artifact that we have found is this old hand forged cooking tool. There would have been one of these on either side of an open fire. The straight end would be hammered into the ground. The curved ends would have supported a straight rod horizontally over the fire. Cowboys and settlers would not leave good cooking tools such as this one, unless they had to leave in a hurry or were attacked.