The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 32, July 1928 - April, 1929 Page: 50
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pickles, stuffed and unstuffed olives, fruit salad, iced tea, milk,
coffee, several different kinds of pies, and cake and ice cream.8
When all have been served preparations are made to start the
all night dance, which the cowboys call "baile" or "old-fashioned
hoedown." It usually starts about six-thirty. It is held in the
sleeping quarters of the cowboys in the bunk house. The music
is furnished by some of the J A boys. Si Johnson, Bolie Mayo,
and Eck Robertson play the violin, Clinton Henry plays the banjo
and Huck Kent plays the guitar.0 Some of the pieces played are
"Arkansas Traveler," "Rag Time Annie," "Over the Waves,"
"Soldier's Joe," "Rye Straw," "Measley Shame," "Chicken Reel,"
"Casey Jones," "Turkey in the Straw," "Snow Bird in the Ash
Bank," "Sugar in the Guard," "Peekaboo," "After the Ball," and
the last piece played is "Home Sweet Home."
Jim Wilson and Lu McClellan are usually floor managers.
About every sixth dance is an old-fashioned square dance and
various old-time cowboys take turn about calling for them.10 As
a rule, some self-invited guest, "a city smart aleck," gets out on
the floor and tries to "show off," that is, he tries to show the cow-
boys the modern way of dancing, much to the disgust of the cow-
"The menu for the dinner May 10, 1927, was as follows: beef roast,
dressing, gravy, creamed Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes smothered in
marshmallows, pickles, butter, Poinsettia salad, Waldorf salad, coffee, ice
cream and cake. In the center of the table there was a miniature "outfit"
complete in every detail, made by Jimmie Moore, Clinton Henry and
(Cowboy) Hines. It consisted of a chuck wagon, ten bed rolls, a fly,
cook and horse wrangler, pot rack, pot hooks and pots hanging over the
fire, three miniature horses and miniature saddles, complete in every
detail, with spurs, bridles and ropes lying around. There was not a
thing left out that would be found around a cow camp. It even had towels
hanging on the fly ropes and on the spokes of the wagon wheels.
The midnight lunch consisted of sandwiches, pickles, cake and coffee.
'The music for the dance on May 10, 1927, was furnished by E. L.
Palmer, Richard Bell, Joe Davis (violin), Elmer Palmer, Clinton Henry
(banjo), H. Stephens, (Huck) Kent (guitar) and I. V. Pierce (saxo-
"1The dinner and dance is primarily for the people employed by the Ranch
and their invited guests. There should have been only one hundred and
thirty people at the dance on May 10, 1927. The writer, who was one of
the invited guests on this occasion, was surprised at the number of self-
invited guests. There were ninety-one couples who took part in the dance
and equally that many more who did not dance. Another thing the
writer observed was that most of the cowboys for whom the dance was
given, did not take part in it. I asked a number of the boys why they
were not taking part in the dance and they all gave out the same answer,
namely, "That bunch who were not invited have crowded in and taken
charge of the dance floor."
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