Thursday, March 31, 2011

Main Street, Christoval Texas

Christoval Week continues here at OPOD with this picture of the Barber Shop and Real Estate Office. The picture was taken in about 1900. I wonder if any of these men are the same men on the porch in yesterday's picture. Perhaps a group of men who walked around sitting on porches. The other possibility is that Christoval had two separate groups of porch sitters . . . one that sat at the barber shop, and one that sat at the store.

I am enjoying these pictures so much, I might just have to extend Christoval Week another week.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

General Store

Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Today, we feature a picture of the General Store in Christoval, Texas in 1900. To me the picture looks like something straight out of the Old West. If you zoom in on the picture, the little structure on the right is labeled "Filling Station." Not sure what was dispensed there.

Also, I have gotten lots of email this week from people who lived in Christoval at some time, and some even from people who lived here "back in the day". I got an email from Vivian who lived in these parts in the 40's and she told me that the man seated in the Blacksmith Shop picture on Monday was W. T. Mckee.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Building Dam

This is another picture from Christoval, Texas around 1900. The picture shows men using horses to build a dam across the South Concho River. It is interesting that I can recognize this exact spot today, and it is just a couple blocks from my house. The area the men are standing is where the highway crosses the river today. The big tree on the left is still standing.

Later, the river area shown in the background became "Playland Park", where you could swim, rent paddle boats or canoes, fish, or just have a good time. Where the big tree is, there was a rope bridge which you could use to walk from one side of the river to the other. Playland Park pretty much shut down in the 1980's as kids became more interested in TV and video games than in fun days outside.

Monday, March 28, 2011


As I mentioned yesterday, this will be Christoval, Texas week. Today's picture was taken around 1900, and it shows the town blacksmith shop. The man is shown shoeing a horse. Maybe someone who knows something about horses could tell us a little more about what is going on. What is the think in front of the horse that looks a little like a car jack?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Side Saddle

Well, I see no one was successful on the Mystery Person Contest, so I declare myself the winner. I was surprised no one got it. It was Marriner Eccles, the first Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The Fed Chairman decides how much money to print, so is probably a person actually more powerful than the president. I had intended to make this week "Bankster Week". Do you get it, Bankster, like Gangster, but about the Federal Reserve? I had intended to blow the lid off the secret societies and dark dealings behind the Federal Reserve, but after a little reflection decided it might not be safe to expose such a sinister system at this time. So, I decided to switch to Side Saddle week. Since I only have one Side Saddle picture, and I am using it today, I will have to make it Christoval, TX week.

The picture above was taken in my home town, Christoval, Texas in 1900. This is one of those pictures you have to click on to get a closer look. Notice that the two women are riding side saddle. Also notice the one woman is wearing a Colt 45 peacemaker, and cartridge belt.

I found a treasure trove of pictures of Christoval from the late 1800's and turn of the century. I am learning that this little town came about as close to being the iconic old west town of the movies as you are going to find. There was "flat rock" which was a hideout for the Black Jack Ketchum gang on the South Concho River. There is the "Head of the River Ranch" which was a hub of cattle ranching. There was a train depot in town, general store, blacksmith and much, much more. This week I will be sharing these pictures with you.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mystery Person Contest

Mystery Person Contest . . . Ready, Set, Go!

3/27/2010 Contest is closed. Since not one got it, I am the winner. The person is Marriner Eccles, the first Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Indian Mother

We wrap up the week with this photograph of an Indian mother and child. The photograph was taken in 1905, in Oregon.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Apsaroke Mother

Today's picture was taken in 1908. It is another portrait by Edward Curtis. The photograph shows an Apsaroke  mother and child.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Indian Maiden

Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Today we feature this photograph of an Indian Maiden. The picture was taken in 1904. I have no information on the photograph, other than it is captioned, "Minnehaha". 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Indian Girl

Today's picture was taken in 1907, and it shows a Qahatika Indian Girl. This is another portrait by Edward Curtis. The thing I have noticed in looking at these pictures of Native American women is that their names are almost never recorded. More often than not, names of the men were recorded, but on the women, at best they are identified as someone's wife or daughter.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Isleta Woman

Today's picture is from 1910. It shows a woman of the Isleata Pueblo. This photograph shows a very different glimpse of this group of Native Americans. The lifestyle implied from the photograph is different from the nomadic hunter/gatherer often associated with Native Americans.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Indian Woman

You asked for "Indian Woman" week, and "Indian Woman" week you shall have. Due to all the comments requesting a week on Native American women, I have found a great group of pictures which I will show this week. The picture above is an Edward Curtis portrait from 1910. The woman is a Chinookan from Washington State. Her name is Wishham.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mystery Person Contest

Today is Mystery Person Contest day. I post the picture, you have to figure out who it is. Today, will be the day I win. Oh yes, I will win today. None of you can figure this one out. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sioux Indian Chief

Good Friday morning to you all. I have to say I am sad to see this week come to an end. I have enjoyed all the photos this week, and hope you have too. Today we feature a picture of a Sioux Indian Chief. The man's name is "He Dog". The picture was taken in 1900. He appears to be carrying some sort of large bird wing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Taos Indian

Today we feature another Edward Curtis photograph. This one was taken in 1905, and shows a Taos Indian Man. I have always really liked this photograph.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Indian Camp

Good Morning to you all! This morning we feature a picture of Indians on horseback in camp. This picture was taken in 1907 by Edward Curtis. The picture looks almost too good to be true . . . as if it was staged by a Hollywood Director. However, in the early 1900's, there were still Indians living in more or less traditional ways.

OK, I am off to San Antonio. EAM is getting her RN soon, so I am taking her shopping for a graduation gift. She wants a very nice ladies sports watch, and the nearest Breitling dealer is in San Antonio. She is graduating at the top of her class, so perhaps I will splurge (just this one time).

Monday, March 14, 2011

Indian Brave

Good Monday Morning to you all. This morning we feature a portrait of Amos Two Bulls, a Sioux Brave. The picture was taken in 1900. By this time, the traditional Indian lifestyle had pretty much come to an end. Most were living on reservations at this point. Amos Two Bulls was a member of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Indian Chief

Welcome to Red Man week, where we will spend the week looking at pictures of Native Americans. This picture is of Whirling Horse. I consider this photograph to be a classic, and shows the man with full head dress, buckskin clothing, and blanket. It is believed that Whirling Horse was a member of a Wild West Show, possibly Buffalo Bill Cody's. So, in looking at the picture we must wonder whether this is the way he looked as a traditional Indian person, or whether this is how Buffalo Bill told him he should dress for the show.

I will now be taking bets on how long before I get PC attacked for calling this "Red Man" week instead of "Indigenous Plains Persons" week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dog Sled Team

Working Dog week would not be complete without a picture of a classic dog team and sled. This picture was taken in the early 1900's. The picture shows Dr. Sutherland, and his party preparing to depart Fairbanks for Kantishna. I don't have any info on Dr. Sutherland.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pack Dog

I found this picture from early 1900's Alaska interesting. The dog is being used to haul camp equipment on its back. I see there is no snow, so perhaps it was not sledding season, yet the dogs were still expected to work.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dogs and Mail

Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Dirty Dogs week continues today with this picture from Alaska. The picture was taken in the early 1900's. The dog team was used to deliver the mail. I wonder when the last US mail was delivered by dog team?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dogs and Trains

Today's picture is from the early 1900's, and it was taken in Alaska. The picture shows a setup called a "Pup-mobile". There is a small cart being pulled along the tracks by a dog team. It looks like the cart could hold three or four people. I would hope the operator was mindful of real trains, and that the cart was not too hard to get off the track if a real train was coming.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Working Dogs

Today's picture was taken in Alaska in the early 1900's. It shows a dog team being used to pull a laundry delivery cart. I guess that dogs that are trained to pull sleds can be used to pull other things in the warm season. I bet during the snowy season the laundry was delivered by dog sled instead.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dirty Dogs

I will admit that when I posted yesterday's Mystery Person contest I intended for this to be "Union Thug" week, where each day we would look at a Union Thug or examples of Union Thuggery. After looking through some pictures, I concluded that they were a bunch of Dirty Dogs, and then decided to make this "Dirty Dog" week instead. So, we start with the picture above, which was taken in Alaska in 1916. These are no doubt sled dogs, but in the off season they are being used to pull a cart. I like the picture, and I like studying the different ways people have used dogs as "workers".

Domestic Update:

OK, I am sorry I have not had a domestic update in a while. Things are very busy around here, and sometimes I just do not have time to pull it off. So, here goes . . .  

First off, it looks like Handsome Jack is finishing up his project out behind Chickie Town. It looks like he has built a rather magnificent structure for himself.

We will keep our eyes on the construction project. Hopefully he is going to put some doors on those big openings.

Things continue to go well out in the Bean Barn. With the days getting longer things are growing very fast. The new lettuce system is really producing an abundance of lettuce . . . much more than we can eat, sell, or give away.

You can see we are growing Bib, Romain, and Purple lettuce. The trick is to plant in stages so every day you have heads that are ready to pick. In addition to the lettuce, we are getting lots of cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, and sweet peas. I really like having everything growing, so when Mrs. PJM is cooking, she just tells me what to go out and pick. It is like having a fresh vegetable market right in the back yard.

Now, I am in the process of trying to figure out what the project will be for this summer. I am thinking about putting in a corn and black eyed pea patch, expanding the orchard, or drilling for water, and putting in a wind mill. I have not exactly figured out what to do, but I will need a challenging summer project.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mystery Person

Name the person on the calendar, and the lady. Ready, Set, Go!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mosby Raiders

We wrap up Gentleman Raider week with this picture from the 1920's. It shows what was left of the Mosby Raiders. The picture was taken at a reunion of the raiders at Warrenton, Virginia. In the 20's, many Civil War veterans would have been in their 70's and 80's.

I will have to admit I am sad to see Gentleman Raider week come to an end. Now, off to figure out next week's theme.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

William T. Anderson

Blog comment opinion is continuing to run decidedly against my boys this week. Yet, we must persevere and finish Gentleman Raider week. Today we feature a picture of William T. Anderson. Mr. Anderson was one of Quantrill's raiders, and was a fairly important member of the group. He participated in the Raid on Lawrence Kansas. After the raid, his family was rounded up and imprisoned. They were housed in a three story building in town, and the building collapsed, killing his sister, and crippling another sister. 

In 1864 he had a dispute with William Clark Quantrill, so he started his own raiding group. He was killed in an ambush in 1864, and his head was cut off and put on display on a telegraph pole in Richmond Missouri.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Younger Brothers

Good Wednesday Morning to you all. I notice in the comments section this week you all are being pretty hard on my boys, calling them common criminals and such. I remind you this is Gentleman Raider week, so lets lighten up on them a little. Perhaps the harsh comments are coming from Yankee Sympathizers, still smarting from the thumping these boys gave during the unpleasantness of '61. In any case, Gentleman Raider week continues with this photograph of the Younger Brothers. Pictured is Robert, Henrietta, James and Cole Younger. Robert is on the left, and Cole on the right, with James in the lower center. The Younger brothers were part of the Quantrill Raiders, and after the war joined up with the James Brothers to create the James-Younger gang.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Frank James

Today we feature a photograph of the Gentleman Raider Frank James. Frank actually rode with William Clarke Quantrill in the Civil War, and was one of the famed Quantrill Raiders. After the war, this group did not enjoy the general pardon issued to other southern soldiers, so Frank James and his brother Jesse teamed up with other Quantrill Raiders to form the James-Younger gang, and the raiding continued. Frank James was born in 1843, and lived all the way to 1915.