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These reminiscences of George W. Streeter, who prefers to be known as Dad Streeter, relate experiences and events in which he participated while living in Nebraska during the 1880's The manuscript was first submitted to the Federal Writers' Project in Utah (where Mr. Streeter now resides in Ogden), and then, through the National Office in Washington, D.C., to the Nebraska Federal Writers' Project. In order to preserve the flavor and flow of the rough narrative, editing was reduced to a minimum.
During the years covered by the reminiscences, "Dad" lived the life of a roving cowboy-constantly moving from Nebraska to Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado and back to Nebraska again. His life was spent on horses, either breaking bucking mustangs-which required a fine sense of balance and ability to anticipate what the wild horse would do next--or rounding up steers for the branding irons.
In addition to his stories of the range , his accounts of bull-whacking, mule skinning and stage-driving, the pranking of tenderfeet and missionaries, his meetings with Cattle Kate, Calamity Jane and Buffalo Biil, the hazards of prairie fires and blizzards, frontier justice and encounters with Indians, are a valuable contribution to tho folklore of the West.
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Nebraska Department of Public Instruction, Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Nebraska, and Nebraska Writers' Project, "Nebraska Folklore: Pamphlet 19, Reminiscences of Dad Streeter" (1939). Digitized Books. 2.
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