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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.

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...

AIRBORNE WHEN WE HIT THE HAY

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By Orv Alveshere   FALLING BEHIND IN HAY WORK Gramps said decades ago, horse-drawn hay rakes gave drivers a horse-tail view. A 1 person job. When using tractors,...

UN-RODE RAGE

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By Orv Alveshere                                 trailered from an auctiona stunning muscular overo...

RURAL YOUTH MADE SUMMER PLANS

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-By Orv Alveshere-ENAMORING EVENTS AND PERHAPS SOME TEARSOn the last day at small country schools there was a celebrationBuzzing with laughter. Most would return....

HISTORY LIVED AND SPOKEN HERE

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  -By Orv Alveshere- COVERED WAGON TRACKS IN THE SANDS OF TIME, 1895 “Horses and covered wagon brought me here,” the octogenarian said. Determined, he staked a...

MARCH WHITE-OUT SNOWSTORM…SCHOOL’S DISMISSED

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--by Orv Alveshere--ED LOST SIGHT OF HIS HOUSE, BUT NOT HIS GOALEd came to third grade in a one-room school…on his skis.He bundled in...

Making Wooden Christmas Toys

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I’M CALLED A WHAT?   Some of the fondest memories and joys  Are of constructing wooden Christmas toys.  “Open Your Heart” programs, I remember,  Sponsored year after year in...

The Ballad of the Billfold

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    by Orv Alveshere   CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS EVE A couple was married in ’34; The Depression made ranching very poor. At Christmas they drew other family names; That custom...

DROVE TRUCK HOME ALONE, ONCE

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-By Orv Alveshere- Five-Year-Old at Mid-America, at Mid-CenturyA rural Dakota farmer bought a small John Deere combine;  Paid a bundle of cash for that early functional...

IDEA OF SKUNKS NEXT DOOR STUNK IT’S NOT WHO, BUT WHAT YOU ‘NOSE’

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IDEA OF SKUNKS NEXT DOOR STUNK; IT'S NOT WHO, BUT WHAT YOU 'NOSE' -By Orv Alveshere- Faded red grainery ninety years old has tilted, Harvest grain sold...

YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPER IN A HORSE RACE

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YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPER IN A HORSE RACE By Orv Alveshere FASTEST HORSE OUT OF A TURN Ev'ry rodeo's racing course Was won by G's fast sorrel horse. Those dusty race...

LOST BETWEEN BARN AND HOUSE IN A BLIZZARD

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 LOST BETWEEN BARN AND HOUSE IN A BLIZZARD -By Orv Alveshere- SNOW CAN FIND YOU:  CAN YOU FIND THE HOUSE? Luckily he had just arrived home to...

CHRISTMAS TITLE

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CHRISTMAS TITLE By Orv Alveshere -GREEN SCENE GIVERS- I have Christmas mem’ries where parents gave each, one special gift. Paying for land and livestock, it was a world...

BAKING DISORDER

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BAKING DISORDER -By Orv Avleshere - My mother made buns that were the world's best; We chose those homemade buns and left the rest. Sometimes she's up and...