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When D Burns arrived at the mighty Pitchfork Ranch as the new manager in 1942, he walked straight into the hostility of a lot of longtime hands who did not want to take orders from an outsider. Gradually, though, D and his wife, Mamie, won allies and made a place for themselves on the historic spread. For the next twenty-three years Mamie jotted down stories about the cowhands, the cooks and gardeners at the Big House, the many guests, and her own lively family.
Her stories reveal life as it was on an isolated ranch during the war years and the years of change that followed. The Pitchfork is one of Texas’ largest and oldest ranches, eighty miles east of Lubbock and a hundred miles north of Abilene.
Mamie’s reminiscences about life there with her husband, her grandchildren, and the many hired hands needed to run such a spread portray the exuberant informality of chuck-house meals, the color of Christmas dances, and the Forks’ grand tradition of hospitality. My book is about the ranch people,” she writes, more than it is about the ranch’s history, or its skunks and rattlesnakes.”
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MAMIE BURNS was the wife of D Burns, foreman of the Pitchfork Ranch from 1942 until 1965. Shortly before her death in 1982, she donated her stories of their life on the ranch to the Ranching Heritage Association, Lubbock.From Library Journal:
The Pitchfork Ranch is a big cattle spread in West Texas, a fourteen-by-twenty mile block in Dickens and King counties. Burns lived on the ranch from 1942 until 1965, while her husband, known as D, served as ranch manager. This book is the result of her observations, notes, and journals, which she kept as a tribute to D and a legacy for her grandchildren. It is filled with salty stories and ranch incidents. The descriptions of cowhands and other colorful characters who worked on the ranch as cooks and helpers spring from Mamie's close association with them. Her book is delightful and humorous, a true picture of ranch people and ranch life in the 20th century. Evelyn G. Callaway, California Native Plant Soc., Ridgecrest
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Book Description Texas a & M Univ Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0890962863
Book Description Texas A & M Univ Pr, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110890962863