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

Continued from Here.

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

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....)     

Texas Rising

I've been enjoying the History Channel's Texas Rising! The drama is based on the Texas Revolution against Mexico and how the Texas Rangers were created. The series stars actor Bill Paxton (a Texan as well as distant relative of Sam Houston).  Paxton plays the part of Sam Houston. As one interested in all things "Texas" I am enjoying the miniseries, regardless of the complete historical accuracy of the events & landscape as portrayed and detailed in the miniseries. I've been a collector of Texas memorabilia for years. No, not on the level of musician Phil Collins but I do collect.  Below are two of our special Sam Houston documents in the 2S Ranch Texas Historical Collection. The first is a document signed in 1819 by Sam Houston accepting the appointment as "adjutant General of the State of Tennessee." The second is Sam Houston's signature from a document signed February 26, 1833.   


A Visit To Carlton, Texas

Last weekend we visited the ranch of some good friends. Their spread is north of Hico, TX and  their ranch house was originally built in the 1870's. Our friends have added on to the original structure. Their place is beautiful and the grasses in their fields have recovered from the drought nicely.  The stone hut Martye and I are standing in front of was used by the original owners for protection from the Indians.  If Comanches came near the ranch the family and hired hands would lock themselves into the hut for protection. The back side of the stone hut had small holes/slits to stick a rifle through and fire.  

Throw Back To The American Cowboy

Throw back to the latter half of the 19th century when America saw the "golden age" of the American cowboy.  Today we can still see the mark that the cowboy made upon this country. Many words of our everyday usage owe their existence to the cowboy, even if a few of them came to us via his Spanish and Mexican compadre, the vaquero: dogie, Maverick, lariat, remuda, dally, stampede, and chuck wagon, just to name a few. The American cowboys came from different walks of life. 25% of the Cowboys were black, many of whom had either fled slavery or were looking for a new start in life and seeking it out West. A good number of cowboys were Hispanic, too. Women also contributed their share, although we will probably never know just how many women, disguised as men, fled with the herds to escape an unadventurous life.

                   - Kathy Etling

Davy Crockett

As we "Remember the Alamo!" we have to talk about David "Davy" Stern Crockett, one of the most colorful heroes of the Alamo.  Known as the "King of the Wild Frontier, " Davy Crockett gained a reputation for hunting and storytelling in Tennessee where he was a colonel in the militia and a member of the Tennessee state legislature.  He was also a member of the US House of Representatives for the state of Tennessee off and on from 1825 to 1835.  His narrow defeat in 1835 led to his decision to head to Texas.

His youngest daughter, Matilda, wrote that she distinctly remembered the last time she saw her father "dressed in his hunting suit, wearing a coonskin cap, and carrying a fine riffle... he seemed very confident that he would soon have us all to join him in Texas."

Crockett arrived at the Alamo on February 8 with a small company of volunteers.  They were surprised on February 23, when the Mexican army led by Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo. The siege ended at dawn on March 6 when the brave and outnumbered Texans were overwhelmed by Santa Anna's army.  Susannah Dickinson, who was gathered with other noncombatants in the church sacristy for safety, said Crockett paused briefly to say a prayer before going out to make his final stand.

The story of Davy Crockett is a classic for all Texas children and should be a part of every child's library!  We are thrilled to carry it in The Provision House