Frank J. Buchman

Cowboy • Horseman • Writer

Old-Fashioned Corn Picking Demonstrated At Alta Vista’s Ag Heritage Park

“Gee. Come on, get along Minnie. Haw. Get around, Molly.” There was almost a sing in the demand and certainly spryness as Ralph Anderson with beard, flopping straw hat and bibbed overalls provided verbal accompaniment to driving lines as maneuvering his near-four-ton draft horse team. “Back now. Easy. Watch it Minnie. You know better than […]

Old Fashioned Threshing To Highlight 57th Annual Weekend Celebration At McLouth

The McLouth Threshing Bee is one of the longest running old time threshing bees in the nation, now celebrating 57 years. “Come visit our annual threshing bee and all of the related activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-20-21, at the show grounds in McLouth,” welcomed Rick Stitt of the coordinating committee. “This year, we are proud […]

Proposed Water Rule Draws Concerns Of Intrusion On Farmers And Ranchers Rights

There seems to be another government invasion on agriculture producers’ already dedicated efforts to care for resources so important to their survival and profitability. Certainly, there is concern about impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed Waters of The United States (WOTUS) rule. As of now, the […]

Tractor, Truck Pull Saturday Evening South Of Holton

“Start your engines and get ready for excitement, fire and smoke fun for all.” That’s the welcome from Deb Dillner as she announced the Jackson County Tractor and Truck Pull scheduled Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex south of Holton. “The Jackson County Fair Association is hosting the  tractor and truck pull […]

Rural Community Picks Up Pace And Size When Mud Runners Have Competition Saturday

Alta Vista’s population will more than double when the Mud Runners come to town. “We’ll have contestants from four states and spectators from throughout the Midwest for our Alta Vista Summer Mud Run, right at the south edge of Alta Visa, Saturday, Aug. 16, with gates opening at 8 o’clock, and competition beginning at noon,” […]

Professional Cowboys And Cowgirls At Kaw Valley Rodeo In Manhattan

Time flies when there’s success, and that’s clearly the case with the Kaw Valley Rodeo at Manhattan. “We’re planning the 39th annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competition Thursday through Saturday evenings, July 24 through 26, at 8 o’clock in Cico Park,” according to Steve Frazier, a rodeo committeeman for a number of those years. There’ll […]

The One Arm Bandit & Company Buffalo Act At Junction City Rodeo

It’ll almost seem like the pages of history have turned back in time more than a century and a half. “Buffalo just like those roamed the Flint Hills in the 1800s will be star attraction of the 21st annual Junction City Rodeo Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, at the Geary County Fairgrounds, 1025 South Spring […]

One Getaway Steer Only Slight Setback For Top Kansas College Rodeo Cowboy

“That’s the reason we play the game.” Broken hearts can come from not only lost loves. While he wouldn’t readily admit such, and didn’t experience a crushed body organ, one of the best college cowboys in the country acknowledged intense emotional pain of similar sort. “I had a great year on the college rodeo circuit, […]

Santa Fe Trail Working Ranch Rodeo At Council Grove July 4-5

Working ranch cowboys from several Midwest states will converge on County Grove this weekend. “It’s the 28th annual Santa Fe Trail Ranch Rodeo, Friday and Saturday evenings, July 4-5, in the arena east of Council Grove, just off Highway 56, beginning at 7 o’clock,” announced Clay Wilson, president of the Morris County Youth Rodeo Association […]