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McKENNA, JAMES A. First Edition. Cloth. 300pp. Illustrated with numerous woodcut-plates by Howard Simon. A great personal account of life in southwestern New Mexico. Of equal interest, is that this book came from the library of Fred Barton. With the exception of a few years in a New Jersey military school, Fred grew up ranching in Montana, where he established the Y-Bar Ranch in Miles City, Montana. In 1911, at the age of 24, he was hired by the Russian army, eventually establishing a horse ranch in the remote interior regions of China. Working with the U.S. Army to procure the American horses that he needed, he cross bred American Morgan horse with the large Russian Orlov horse to develop a breed to then be bred with the Mongol ponies from nearby Mongolia. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, Barton left China and returned to the United States. This book has one 4.875"x7.375" photograph of Fred neatly affixed to the front pastedown, which shows what appears to be a full-length, oil-painting portrait of Fred, in his cowboy attire, labeled as Miles City, Montana 1906. Neatly affixed to the rear pastedown are 2 more photographs of Fred, both on horseback, one 5.5"x4.125" taken in a corral, the other 4"x3.25" in a grassy field. Fred signed both pastedowns and referenced the Y-Bar Ranch Miles City, Montana. Fred was a cowboy of very unique experience! A few small spots, else a clean, tight very good copy.
  • $175


[BROWN FAMILY - MISSIONARIES] 12" x 10" photograph album containing 58 photographs, most black and white and most sized 3 1/2" x 5," that were taken by missionaries to Filadelfia, Paraguay, in 1973. Album begins with 4 black and white photos showing missionaries Judy (?), Harry (?), and Meril, Ruth and Dwight Brown. Fourteen photos of typical scenes around Filadelfia to include cattle, horses tied to posts, horse-drawn carts, city street scenes, market scene, etc. Seven photos of typical scenes of a Chulapi Indian Village showing homes, children playing in dirt streets and even a nurse at the Chulapi Indian village. At bottom of this grouping of pictures states, “The Mennonites in Filadelfia have been working among the Chulapi Indians for many years. Because of the savage Moro Indians of the North the Chulapi and other Indians found safety where the Mennonites had settled. There are over 8,000 Indians who have taken refuge at Filadelfia and other near by Mennonite colonies. In the last eight years the Moro Indians have been in contact with civilization and there are three missionary families working among them.” Four photos of Lengua Indians including a home, a Lengua woman spinning wool and a Lengua Indian family. Twenty-nine 3 ½ x 5" black and white photographs of a Manjui Indian village to include working in the field, spinning , children, men and women working, cooking, an oven, a group shot of a large group of children (what appears to be a school photo), homes, a woman who appears to be caring for an elderly man, women caring for children, an old woman carrying a huge sack on her back, etc. Of the 58 photographs, 42 include pictures of the natives. The Chulupi Indian Mission (Mennonite Brethren), located in the Mennonite Colony Fernheim in the Paraguayan Chaco, had its headquarters in the town of Filadelfia of the same colony. The Chulupi (Nivacle) first came to Fernheim in 1934 from the Pilcomayo River area, southwest of the Mennonite settlement. As more Indigenous arrived the Fernheim churches felt the need for a mission to them and in 1946 the first missionaries were sent to Fernheim by the Mennonite Brethren Board of Foreign Missions of North America, to assist the local churches in this undertaking. The Lengua are one of many nomadic tribes inhabiting the lower Gran Chaco of western Paraguay. With the introduction of Mennonite settlements in the central Chaco in the 1930s, many nomadic tribes semi-settled near the Mennonites. The Mennonites established Missions to many of these tribes, often grouping linguistically similar tribes nearby. The Lengua were settled on La Esperanza mission, southeast of Filadelfia. The Manjui people are an ethnic group belonging to the Mataguayo language family. Traditionally, they made a living by hunting, fishing, gathering herbs and fruits, and small-scale farming. All photos with great detail. A wonderful collection of photographs.
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  • $1,200


[WESTERN BANK NOTE COMPANY, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS] 11.25" x 7.875" unissued stock certificate. Great center vignette of cattle bearing the YM brand. The Searight Cattle Company of Texas was originally established by Gilbert A. Searight who arrived in Burnet County, Texas in 1859. By the 1870's he had established a cattle company in partnership with his brothers. The Searight brothers decided to expand their operations to the Wyoming Territory and in 1877 drove 20,000 head of cattle from Texas to Wyoming where they established the Searight Brothers Cattle Company on the Goose Egg Ranch 10 miles west of Casper. In 1883 Gilbert filed a homestead claim for 640 acres along Poison Spider Creek. According to the report of the Secretary of the Interior in 1883, the Searight Cattle Company was one of the biggest cattle raising operations in Wyoming and in 1886 Dunn's Register listed the assets of the company at over $1,000,000. The expansion of the Searight enterprises in Texas also continued with the establishment of the Dolores Land and Cattle Company with properties in Dimmit and Kinney Counties in 1886. However, the company was overextended and closed down by the end of 1887. The Searight holdings in Wyoming were also reduced and by 1889 its assets were sold to the Penn Cattle Company. Exceptionally fine engraving and printing by the Western Bank Note Company. An exceptionally attractive, unissued stock certificate, in Fine condition (11.25"x7.875").
  • $100