Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 9-12-11
One of my uncles told of the depression era and how my dad would sometimes help out on my grandfather’s farm by driving a tractor.
“Your dad would carry a wrench on the tractor and if he saw a jackrabbit, he would stop the tractor, jump off and throw the wrench at the rabbit,” my uncle said with fondness towards my dad. He went on, “ya know he could throw a baseball really well and he brought home lots of rabbits for the skillet.”
Times were tough during the depression, gentle readers, and I know some of you were there doing the best you could. I have had my own depressions as I’m sure that most of you have had also. I have written before that when Little Miss Martha and I were first married there were times I couldn’t scrape up a quarter for a cup of coffee with the guys. That in itself is depressing.
Of course things got better. I got better jobs and was able to better provide for my family. I worked for Sears and later for Procter and Gamble before I decided that cowboyin’ would be the best place for me and my family when the dust settled. It took a couple of years of “hard times” before the dust settled and I was managing a large ranch. Times were good then. Ranch and farm work is always going to be harder than your run of the mill sales job or most other jobs.
I know that some of you are on hard times now. Times are tougher than they have been in a long, long time but there is always hope that this rough ole road will get smoother as we travel down it.
Right now farming and ranching in most of Texas, Oklahoma and some parts of Colorado and Kansas is tougher than an ole boot that has been on the fence post for a decade. The drought has devastated many farms and ranches in those states. My thoughts and prayers are with those folks who have worked so hard to build up their places and now many will be lost.
Hard times build character. At least that is what I have always been told.
We are tough people and we will get through these hard times, but I betcha’ that they are not soon forgotten. This country is going to change and I believe for the better.
Check yer saddle pad for burrs, check yer cinch, be sure the pasture gates are closed and tight. It’s gonna’ get better sooner or later.
Stay tuned and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all.