Some of what ninety-two-year-old Warren Hunt knows about life can be found in these true tales of his youth living on a ranch in the wilds of Wyoming. What constituted civilization in the 1920s and 1930s was a ...
Some of what ninety-two-year-old Warren Hunt knows about life can be found in these true tales of his youth living on a ranch in the wilds of Wyoming. What constituted civilization in the 1920s and 1930s was a sixty-mile drive away.
Learning to ride horses before he was big enough to reach the stirrups, getting tricked into being the primary wood chopper in the family, training horses to cut cattle, and learning to use a rifle were all part of cowboy life ... which was just plain life to Warren.
WYOMING'S EARLY DAYS
To populate the western expanses, the Homestead Act was passed to allow ordinary citizens to claim and develop land. Warren's parents were some of the early 20th-century settlers in Wyoming and Montana and they stayed until mid-century.
Tales like those shared here are the real stories of the American west, not long after most of the "wild" had left the West. Ranchers still carried firearms, rustling was still a hangable offense, and boys like Warren learned the self-sufficiency and gentle humor that characterizes ranch life.
WESTERN HISTORY DETAILS
Along with life lessons, this book shares fascinating little details about life on a ranch. Working with animals was only part of the game. Having fun with neighbors, playing jokes on friends, and burying a widowed rancher with no known relatives figured into the singular culture of the West as well.
Learning to make sure a cinch is tight is a lesson that Warren carried with him into his future life. You'll laugh and recognize yourself in these specific stories that have a universal appeal.
NEXT TIME MAKE SURE THE CINCH IS TIGHT
HOW TO READ A COW
AN EQUINE TANGO
MY BUFFALO HUNT
TWENTY SIX GATES
YOU AREN'T OLD ENOUGH, YET
WHAT A WALLOP
A NICKNAME IS BORN
COW COUNTRY FUNERAL
PUT YOUR LITTLE FOOT
CUT HIM LOOSE
You'll read this collection of western humor again and again and then you'll read it to your family.
Born in 1920 and raised in the cowboy life in Wyoming, Warren Hunt has published his first book in 2013 at the age of 92. He left the ranching life to attend the South Dakota School of Mines, taught electronics to Air Force radiomen during WWII, then had a long career in the airline business as an executive. He retired after teaching electronics at the college level in upstate New York and now lives near his children in Kent, WA.