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    01-11-2012, 12:12 PM
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Trained
Oldtimer stories, tell yours...

So My Papa has been staying with me for weeks hunting on our property. I love him dearly! He is 78 going on 50! He's taught me about the wilderness, our Native American heritage and ways, and I've gotten some pretty outrageous stories out of him! These "oldtimers" are priceless!

So, when my Papa was around 16 he moved back to AR with his family and worked on the old homestead. About 1,000 acres of farmland along the King's river. One of their pastimes was to race and ride the farm horses, especially against his cousin TJ's black stud QH. The prize of the county! The drafts would win EVERY time and would enrage TJ! Another pastime was stealing watermelons farmed along the banks of the river.
So one day Papa borrowed TJ's stud and set off with two large gunny sacks tied to each side of the horses saddle. He had to cross a deep hole in the river to get to a watermelon farmers field. The horse swam it fine and they crossed, rode up an embankment and tied him up. Papa snuck (Like only an Apache can!) through the fields in broad daylight, picking and loading watermelons in the sacks. Loaded up, he tried to cross the river again, well three strides in the horse was in over his head and dropped out from under him, WITH THE WATERMELONS! They didn't float like he thought they would... The horse would lunge to the top, take a breath and was sucked back under. Papa was TERRIFIED thinking he was drowning TJ's prize stud! After 5 long mins of helping to pull the horse along and helping it get to the top for air the horse made it across. He hopped on it and rode him home... thanking God the horse made it. TJ would have shot him dead if he ever found out or if something would have happened to him!
These "Indian" boys also liked to sneak into the farmers fields at night and bury the biggest ripe watermelons before harvest. After they were picked they would go dig them up, crack them open, eat the centers and leave the rest to freak out the farmers.

I love this man so much! Here is a shot after we took a haul catfishing on the Kings. He'd set me up in the "sweet spots" and I always hauled out more than he did! Much to his "dismay"! I try to get him to ride with me now but my grandma swears she'll beat me with a switch if he does!
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    01-11-2012, 12:54 PM
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Trained
Wow what a wonderful memory
Sounds like you papa had lots of fun
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    01-11-2012, 01:09 PM
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Trained
Your pappa is PRICELESS! I have uncles that can spin a yarn like that and I could sit and listen for days.
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    01-11-2012, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Woman    
Wow what a wonderful memory
Sounds like you papa had lots of fun
I love the fish picture

This reminds me of my dad and I
We used to fish too , he is now gone
     
    01-11-2012, 01:27 PM
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Trained
I'm so sorry Country Woman!
I don't know what I'm going to do without him, he's more like my Dad than a grandpa. I'm so blessed that my grandparents are relatively young for my age.
One time we were fishing all night and I got a little sloppy casting. Got stuck up on a log, gave the rod a haul and the treble hook covered in chicken liver landed smack dap between his eyes! We laugh about it every day!
     
    01-11-2012, 01:48 PM
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I'm so sorry Country Woman!
I don't know what I'm going to do without him, he's more like my Dad than a grandpa. I'm so blessed that my grandparents are relatively young for my age.
One time we were fishing all night and I got a little sloppy casting. Got stuck up on a log, gave the rod a haul and the treble hook covered in chicken liver landed smack dap between his eyes! We laugh about it every day!
My dad passed away Sept 2 2007,I was with him when he passed away
I got my love of horses and the out doors from him
I miss him still
My dad and I spent a lot of time together
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    01-11-2012, 04:32 PM
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The ones I can think of off the top of my head:

My dad and his sister had a pony or a mule or a horse or something when they were kids, saddled it up, and my dad's little sister got on. Being kids, I guess, they didn't check the girth and it didn't take long until the saddle had slipped, right over underneath the horse until my aunt was pretty much hanging upside down underneath the horse. Luckily, it was a good old farm horse who just stopped and started to eat while the kids got the saddle fixed up.

I can't really remember the exact details of this one, but my dad said he and some of his friends would go out and race their horses and ponies, and one of his friends had this (and I quote, excuse the language) "sh*t-brown cap" (it was a brown coloured hat) that I guess he really liked. When they were galloping around, the kid's hat flew off and they couldn't find it, so he went home, upset because: "I lost my sh*t-brown hat!"
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    01-11-2012, 05:30 PM
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When my great grandpa was 12 or so some teenagers from town were giving him a hard time and picking on him, mainly because he was from one of the 'wealthier' families in that small town. So he went home and accidently confessed to their stable hand, who was this huge, burly man. Well, he didn't take to kindly to them messing with his boss's son, so the next day he went and found the boy, and strapped him upside down to the belly of his horse. My grandma always tells me this story, and It makes me laugh everytime. I just wish I could've been their to see it!
     

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