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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by RubberFloorMat, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. RubberFloorMat

    RubberFloorMat 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    My grandfather, Jesse L Johnson died today.

    he was the last of his breed, he was born in 1912, in a sod house near Mooreland Oklahoma, his father was a cattleman and his mother was a teacher.

    he watched his closest friends leave for california in the midst of the dust bowl.

    he watched the land that he loved turn to dust, horses die and cattle starve.

    he trapped beaver pelts, broke horses and went on cattle drives to montana and wyoming.

    in the 1930s he started school at OU, one of the few who could afford tuition, he worked as a waiter in the rich houses of Nichols Hills.

    in 1942 he joined the Navy and served till the end of the war in the pacific as a Demolition Swimmer.

    he started with 1500 dollars and 80 acres of land in 1945, his net worth in 1998 was 3/4 of a millon in assets and 9400 acres of land.

    he raised my father and aunt and taught them the value education and of self.

    he bought me my first boots and cowboy hat, he taught me to shoot, rope and ride.

    he taught me at the age of 7 that girls like lemon drops.

    he was one of the last real cowboys.

    he died with his boots on.

    there are no men like him anymore, and if i become 1/4 of the man he was, ill be more of man than most.


    John
     
  2. unclematty

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    That was really touching, thanks!
     
  3. shewheeler

    shewheeler 1/2 ton status

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    Sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing :(

    Lovely tribute :)
     
  4. gjk5

    gjk5 3/4 ton status

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    That was a great post.



    Sorry for your loss, sounds like a great man.
     
  5. Cricket

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    Grandpa's are always the toughest to lose.
     
  6. bigjbear

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    Keep his spirt alive through you own actions.

    Sorry for your loss, grandfathers are special.
     
  7. justhorsinaround

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    God's Speed, Sir.

    Your Grandfather will never be truly gone if you pass on the traditions and teachings that he passed to you.
     
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    Excellent tribute to your Grandpappy. Sorry for your loss.:(
     
  9. roadnotca

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    Awroooo Route Route. All of us here can relate, 's reason we're driving trucks that can git out there.
     
  10. XHitman396

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    i know exactly how you feel, about a year ago last Christmas... sorry for your loss..
     
  11. diesel4me

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    My Condolances..

    Sorry to hear about your grandpa..the world needs more cowboys..


    Reminds me of Ed Bruce's song "The Last Cowboy Song"...I dont remember all the words,but here are a few lines..

    "This is the last Cowboy song"..
    "The end of a hundred year waltz"..


    wish I could remember the rest,but its late,and I have a 9 am date with a treadmill and a heart stress test at a local hospital..gotta get to bed!..:blush:
     
  12. midnitewarya

    midnitewarya Sounds like a problem for future me. Premium Member

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    A tear for those who've fallen...

    Sorry about your loss. I lost an uncle a few years back, your Grandfathers tribute reminds me of him. It was touching, thanks.
     
  13. RubberFloorMat

    RubberFloorMat 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    thanks alot guys, looks like im gonna be back on the ranch for awhile.
     
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    I'm sorry for your loss. wow. that was an awesome writting. sounds like a helluva man
     
  15. MTBLAZER89

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    Sorry for your loss. Your Grandfather sounds like a great person who lived a long and very fulfilling life.
     

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