Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cowboy Heroes of the Southwest

I want to thank Jim Olson for writing this book that gives some broader notoriety to these Cowboy Heroes, some of whom I had never heard of but are pretty well-known in rodeo and ranching circles. Take John Wayne and Louis "Louie" Johnson. John Wayne is known throughout the world as an actor and ranch owner, but his partner, Louie Johnson, may not have been so famous. Mr. Johnson seems to have taught the cotton business to "Duke," but I don't recall ever reading anything about it until Mr. Olson wrote about the partnership in his book. And some of the other Heroes are Eddie Chavez, Don Kimble, Earl Thode, Jim Olson's wife - Bobbi Jeen Olson, an interesting story there, William Zivic the Western Artist, Pete Phelps, Pablo Osuna, JW Brooks - the Hat Maker, Jack Penrod, C. P. Honeycutt, and the list goes on.

These short biographies portray men and women of action and love for the Western way of life. They include Rodeo Champions, Ranchers and Champion Ropers, hard workers and fun-loving cowboys, as well as actresses, Women Champions of the Rodeo, horse trainers, and about everything else pertaining to the Western way of life, cowboys and ranching, etc.

A well-written and mighty fine, needed book.


  1. I had never even heard of Louie Johnson. Sounds like a good read, I'll keep an eye out for it.

  2. Love Cowboy stories from here and down in your country. This would be fun.

    1. A fine group of true stories that Jim Olson has written.