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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

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IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
22060 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 28 Elden K. Shaw Grandma's House Walking around the Dugway every Sunday, To Grandma's House, To Grandma's House. Past the church then up the hill, I see it still, My Grandma's House, My Grandma's House. Peace was always found and love did abound, In Grandma's House, In Grandma's House.
22061 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 29 Elden K. Shaw Adam-Ondi-Ahman That summer day I stood upon Spring Hill, At the sacred place called Adam-Ondk-Ahman, I felt the power of Heavenly Father's will, A feeling to Latter-day Saints not uncommon.
22062 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 30 Elden K. Shaw Grandpa Rides The "Devil" One summer day Alan and I, Decided that we would try, To ride Dad's horse up the lane, And visit with our friends again.
22063 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 32 Elden K. Shaw Grandma's Garden In our small and isolated high-desert town, Almost everything was either gray or brown, With little rainfall and a short growing season, It was not difficult at all to identify the reason.
22064 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 33 Elden K. Shaw Surviving The Great Depression No car payment No house payment No credit card payment No phone bill No gas bill No electricity bill No water bill No garbage bill.
22065 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 35 Elden K. Shaw Grouse Creek Sayings Clean as a whistle Old as the hills Fit as a fiddle Dumb as a post Ugly as a mud fence Thin as a rail Big as a house Slow as cold tar Clear as mud Hard as nails.
22066 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 37 Elden K. Shaw Our Model "A" It was after use of the term horseless carriage, But before P.C. banned words that disparage, When a blond girl still could be called dizzy, And motor cars either a flivver or a tin lizzie.
22067 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 40 Elden K. Shaw Our "Banty" Rooster Many years ago when I was a young lad, My Brother and I had a talk with our Dad, And pleaded with him like the dickens, To please get us some bantam chickens.
22068 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 41 Elden K. Shaw Pine "Nuts" One fall day we piled in bryan's old truck, To travel up Rocky Pass and try our luck, At gathering pine nuts, a very special treat, That in those olden days tasted good to eat.
22069 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 43 Elden K. Shaw Mide's Pond Mide's Pond was the only pond in town, But our Mom was sure that we'd drown, So we were strictly forbidden to go there, But every once in a while we'd still dare.
22070 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 44 Elden K. Shaw The "Swimming Hole" Located in Newell Richins' alfalfa field, Was a secret spot that was well concealed, By high grass and the banks of the creek, It was a place where we would often sneak. Yes, many hot summer days it was our goal.
22071 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 45 Elden K. Shaw Haying On The San Jacinto In Northeastern Nevada far out in the West. The Utah Construction Company chose to invest, In three million acres of cattle ranches and lands*, Running thousands of cattle wearing their brands.
22072 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 47 Elden K. Shaw Threshing Wheat Since threshing wheat was a community affair, Each family was expected to do their share. In helping to harvest and thresh the wheat, And in providing the threshers plenty to eat.
22073 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 49 Elden K. Shaw Shearing Sheep Shearing took place at "Billy Kimber's Down Below", In a sheep-shearing shed that was both long and low. Often twenty shearers shared the cramped space, Shearing the sheep at what seemed a fast pace.
22074 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 51 Elden K. Shaw Growing Up After being asked when I was just a "pup", What do you want to be when you grow up? Considering my vocation it may seem strange, That I wanted to be a cowboy riding the range.
22075 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 52 Elden K. Shaw Climbing Trees There is something about climbing a tree, That sets the human spirit free, Especially if you are a boy, Tree climbing is a joy.
22076 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 52 Elden K. Shaw Canine Phobia When listening all the many animals that I fear, Dogs scare me the most whenever they're near, Perhaps you'll understand why when you hear, My tale of woe that ought to bring forth a tear.
22077 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 53 Elden K. Shaw Weekly Bath Whether we really needed it or not, A Saturday night bath is what we got. Yes, Alan and I were put in a wash tub, Where mother gave us a vigorous scrub.
22078 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 53 Elden K. Shaw Shaving Before the electric or the safety razor And the invention of the depilatory laser, A sharp, straight razor was the only way, To shave unwanted facial whiskers away.
22079 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 55 Elden K. Shaw The Games We Played There was a happy time not so long ago, When there was no television or radio, And the games we played in innocent fun, Were designed for many and not just one. These games taught honesty and fair play, Trust and social skills still useful today.
22080 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 57 Elden K. Shaw Cowboys In those days Cowboys were a special breed, Who seemed to live by their very own creed. They were almost always men of a few words, Those Cowboys who worked the cattle herds.
22081 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 58 Elden K. Shaw The Outlaw One day he just rode in from the East, A "cowboy" upon a very tired beast. No one knew from whence he came, And all he revealed was his "first name".
22082 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 59 Elden K. Shaw Uncle Roni Uncle Roni lived on the side of a hill, In a shack whose ruins remind me still, Of this gentle, kind, and simple man, Who still inspires me to be the best I can.
22083 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 61 Elden K. Shaw Tommy Sherry No one knew from whence he came, Only that Tommy Sherry was his name, And from the world he'd become a defector, For the hard, lonely life of a gold prospector.
22084 The Mystique Of Grouse Creek FC 11 S-64 63 Elden K. Shaw The Attorney Isolated from most all of the human race, By miles and miles of only empty space. My hometown was a good place to reside, If from the world you really wanted to hide. The nearest railroad was twenty miles away, To reach it by horse and buggy took one day.