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Orv's Cowboy Poetry

Orv’s Cowboy Poetry tells of the days of life on the ranch in Midwest America when horses were used for transportation, field work, Sunday-go-to-meetings, and more. Read cowboy poetry from our beloved Orv Alveshere who recalls the days and memories from his past growing up farming on the prairies of North Dakota. Revel in the glory days of the true cowboy. Take steps back into the history of rural farm life, when horses were the centerpiece of the ranch and instrumental in the survival of the families that built America.

GETTING STUCK IN THE HOUSE

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–By Orv Alveshere– A MIND AS SHARP AS A TANK We expect questions and quizzing and quips from those with sharp minds, From detectives, mystery sleuths or...

Tea Time Has a Modern Name (in Today’s Terminology)

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-By Orv Alveshere - At the top of the stairs was a Tea Can. It wasn’t green, aqua, taupe or tan. A special color, that one...

A CAROLING WE WILL GO

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-by Orv Alveshere- GIDDYUP JINGLE HORSEAsk country folks, they have gone caroling since way back when.I like to think back in years to when I...

Pitching Grain Bundles onto a Bundle Wagon

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-By Orv Alveshere- WILD HORSES COULD KEEP THEM AWAYThey needed another harvest bundle pitcherAlthough, they'd be very tired...they would feel richer. That was a delib'rate...

RURALLY EMBARRASSING

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-By Orv Alveshere- OATBURNERS REPLACED BY SMALL GAS TRACTORSHe parked his horse-drawn wooden grain drill by his rusty antique machines.His draft teams enjoyed the pasture....

Three Plows, Two Plowboys and a Phantom

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-By Orv Alveshere- ILLUSION, CONFUSION, COLLUSION OR SOLUTION? A story's going 'round, about guys who've been 'round; A grain stubble field, many times, plowing the...

Haul Some Heat into the Town Hall

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-By Orv Alveshere-  LITERALLY A COLD SHOOTING BASKETBALL NIGHT The grade school basketball team got in two cars and cruised down the road. That energetic...

Easter Sunrise Service at Hollywood Bowl

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Easter Sunrise Service at Hollywood Bowl By Orv Alveshere  OUTDOOR WORSHIP IMPRESSIVE FOR THOUSANDS Several interesting tickets came to my desk at work, Where my soldier duty was the...

GET-UP-‘N-GO SKIERS WERE SO INCLINED

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-by Orv Alveshere- AWAITING HIGH SPIRITED DOWNHILL SKI PARTY GOERSThe torrid, dusty ‘30’s made hay and grain growing very poor.The spirits of country folk...

Tribute to World War II Veterans

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    -By Orv Alveshere- The Hired Man Wore Army Clothes         The Olive-Green Undershirt“The war, the danger and fighting was getting old,”Were some of the Army stories our...

Grandma’s Pet Goat, Mr. Quirky!

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PERTURBED BY A PET/NO HUMILITY & NO TRANQUILITY I asked Mother, of all the farm animals she'd met Could she describe one as her favorite pet? She told of her...

Filling a Thirsty Steam Engine

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-By Orv Alveshere- The Threshing Crew's Steam EngineAt what age can a young lad join the threshing crew?Depended upon the age and how fast one...

SHOCKING SHOCKING GRAIN BUNDLE TALE

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SETTING GRAIN BUNDLES INTO SHOCKS-By Orv Alveshere- Stand Up Comics Stand Up the Bundles Ev'ry year there was a pressing 'people-power' need. At harvest and shocking time the...

Operating a Harvest Grain Binder

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Memories of harvesting grain with a horse drawn implement.

SIGHTLESS MAN TUNED OUR PIANO

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-By Orv Alveshere-INTENTLY WATCHING A TALENTED PROFESSIONALWe’d unhitched horses.  A car drove into our yard at noon.The driver asked us “If our piano was...

CATTLE DRIVE, HORSEBACK, 1928

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-by Orv Alveshere- WATCHING REAL LIFE, NOT MOVIESDad trained, drove and rode horses, and like movie stars, rode tall in the saddle.He told of long...

PLOWING WITH HORSES:  TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

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    -By Orv Alveshere-   HARNESSED UP FOR OLD TIMES SAKEA Country Gentleman looked longingly at his newly purchased horse-drawn plow.He had practiced driving his team.  He...

I Met the Boogie Woogie Man

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  -By Orv Alveshere-  A welcome school visitor on FridaysOnce there was a special piano stool,Years ago at our little country school.With various pretenders to the...

SOME HORSE DAYS SURPASS OTHERS

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-By Orv Alveshere-A Beautiful Horse and Children's DayA bustling 1800’s cowtown had been lovingly restored.Now a summer highlight, they won 2007 Visitor’s Choice Award.Nestled...

Halloween Pranks and Cranks

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-By Orv Alveshere-   TRICK OR TREAT HOLIDAY WITH HOBGOBLINS Halloween has always been eagerly awaited by gals and guys.  Costumes and masks have been sought, wanting to...

THRESHING MEMORIES: WORKING AND SOCIALIZING

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By Orv Alveshere         THRESHING CREWS: HUMANS AND HORSESSome threshers might have been to the point of sleepwalkAs teams of horses pulled hayracks from shock...

QUIRKY, MOM’S PETULANT PET GOAT

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-By Orv Alveshere-family's long train ride to coastal town Wilmington *Gramp's heart trouble Gram raised Mom and girlsGramps pulled Mom from ocean by hair...