1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 July Voice - Page 13

It Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse ' KEEP TALKING" (Continued from Page 10) Letter to the Editor Dear Mr. Green: I have your book, “Biography of a Walking Horse” and subscribe to the "Voice” and it has been interesting to learn more of some of the sires and dams that are on my horses papers. Many of us late comers in the horse business know of some of the great sires, particularly recent ones but it was of real interest to read of such sires as Hunters’ Allen, Giovianni, Sir McAlvany, Tommy Telle, as well as the Hal’s and Stonewall Jacksons and see these on the papers of your brood mares, along with the well known Merry Boys, Midnight Sun, Wilson Allen etc. My own family Geneology has been of interest to me, and since my family settled in the Ozark region of Arkansas in earl 1830 have been fascinated with the history of that region and with the related Mayes families. Many of the people that settled that region came from middle Tennessee and in following the history of Wash­ ington County Arkansas which is brought out so completely Mr. W. J. Lemke of the Washington County His­ torical Society at Fayetteville Arkansas. Many of the family names in that area are the same that I see mentioned in your book and magazine. In fact, in re-reading some old is­ sues note a poem “The Saga of Jim McGill of Tennessee’ that was written by great grandson of Jim McGill in which he relates the immigration of McGills from Tennessee to Arkansas. Many counties and cities of Arkan­ sas bear same names as those in Ten­ nessee, particularly in Northwest Ar­ kansas and the people seem to have much in common. Also there are quite a few Walking horses in that Arkansas Ozark region. Recall that many of the early day horses had the easy going gaits and general utility for which the early Foundation sires were noted. I live ill the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and hope to convert more of my quarter-horse friends to Walkers. Biggest drawback until recently has been farriers. With best wishes for your continued success, and hoping the enclosed will prove of interest lo you, remain. Sincerely, C. Vale Mayes (Editor’s note—Jan. 1954 WJL) The Saga of Jim McGill of Tennessee by H. D. Cum­ mings, Prairie Grove, recounts the story of tite descendants of this Tennessean who came to Washington County over a hundred years ago—the Sholtners, Terrys, Cummings, the Carls, and others. Mr. I-I. D. Cummings is eminently qualified to write the story, since he himself, now 78, is a great-grandson of James McGill of Tennessee. (Any interested persons may see the copy of this poem at the office of The Voice. BAG) Now They Own 4 Walkers “Last year was our first visit to the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration and at that time we did not own a single Walker, or any other breed. Now we are the proud owners of four—three mares and one grand pleasure gelding," says a letter from G. R. Olsen, 1245 East 29th Place, Tulsa 14, Okla. First they bought two mares, a fine sorrel show mare named Flirt’s Ramb­ ler for daughter Karen; then a brood mare now in foal for Patricia Olsen, mother of Karen. Then on a springtime visit to Tennessee they acquired Midnight Shadow, a show mare, and the geld­ ing. Mr. Olsen said they are in train­ ing at Evanwood Stable in Broken Arrow, Okla., operated by Harry M. Evans. (A fine start with the breed by fine folks). He Amazed Californians The Rev. C. E. Greene, 7309 Exter St., Paramount, Calif., tells us about the time he bought a horse trailer in Los Angeles and came back to his former home in Tennessee to get Little Society King, a TWH stallion that he had bought in McMinnville, Tennessee., before going to California. “My friends were amazed. Could not understand my love for a horse,” he says. This Baptist minister, who once saw Miller’s Wilson Allen and Brant­ ley’s Roan Allen, said King resembles these grandsires, and also looks like a picture of Brantley’s Roan Allen used in an early Blue Ribbon. King won a blue ribbon in a pleasure class at Johnson City, Tenn., in 1950 be­ fore being taken to the Pacific Coast. King has sired a number of colts who have appeared in California shows, the Rev. Mr. Greene writes. * * * Sold—It Made Him ‘Sick’ “It made me sick after I sold the old boy,” says L. Mondell Martin of Rt. 1, Pinnacle, N. C., in telling about his registered TWH stallion, yellow with white mane and tail and three white stocking. “Sold him about two weeks ago . . . and it made me sick ... we were so close, but I have a 314 -year-old gelding now. I hope he gives me as much pleasure and makes me as good a horse as the stallion did.” (Geld­ ings make the finest kind of pleasure horse, most folks tell us. So Mondell will find this out on his own). * * * Our Poetic Friend Charles E. Stewart of Rt. I, Box 263, Blackwood New Jersey waxed poetic in sending his renewal sub­ scription. “My face is red, I’ve been bad, Here’s the 4 dollars, I owe Mr. BAG,” he pens in doubtful rime. (Now you are a good boy, Charlie). * * * ‘Good Enough to Eat’ E ileen Lewelling, Route I, Argyle, Texas, tells about a friend who bor­ rowed a back number of the Voice and said “it was good enough to eat.” "And he must have eaten it,” added Eileen,” as he didn't return the copy.” (We really hope it didn't make him sick, don’t you, Eileen). # # * First Colt—A Family Thrill “We have had two fine mares for several years out of ‘Old Glory’ but have not been in the position to raise colts until now,” reports Mrs. Harry Stout, Rt. 3, Box 94-A, Jackson, Miss. “We had our first colt yesterday, which thrilled the whole family” she tells us. "The little thing looks like a natural Walker. I am sure you can appreciate the thrill. "My son is raising purebred Angus in his 4-H project and horses are my hobby. However, he was so happy over this new colt that I am afraid he is going to take it over. I hope before too many years you will be see­ ing our name on the Celebration ‘Wouldn’t Take A Mint’ calendar. I hope we are not aiming “I would not take a mint for my too high too fast.” (Keep right on pleasure Walker. He never fails to aiming him, Mrs. Harry. They all do). place in our amateur shows in West Tennessee,” is the word from Mrs. THE END Joe Trentham of Covington, Tenn. Some people call him a “picture horse.” The Trenthams always come to the Celebration, and they have two regis­ tered Walking mares for breeding By Voice Secretary purposes. (Right there, Mrs. Joe. A. mint only has money in it—no horses). KEEP TALKING’