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In The Frank Tenney Johnson Book Harold McCracken wrote, “As with so many other young men who came out into the great West, the free and rugged life on the open cattle range in the Colorado back country appealed strongly to Frank Tenney Johnson. He was reluctant to leave. There is little doubt that he could have become a good working cowboy or eventually a successful cattleman. He had all the qualifications and instincts inherited from his ancestors and own boyhood on a small Iowa farm. He like the Colorado cowboys and their bosses; and he had a ‘way with horses’ that comes naturally to some people. He thoroughly enjoyed riding a spirited horse and had no fear of sending his horse at full speed in pursuit of a bovine bolter through brushy places where the next stop might be into a badger hole. For a good many reasons important to the cowboys he had become ‘accepted’ into their special fraternity.”

PROVENANCE
The Artist
Ray Lester Skofield, Santa Barbara, CA 1925
Private Collection, by descent until 2008
Private Collection, OR 2008
Private Collection, MT 2017

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