by Hawks, W.E., Jr.
Very Good. Letter containing a cowboy folk song printed onto Two Bar 70 Livery letterhead. Letterhead reads "= 70 Livery W. E. Hawks, Jr. , Owner - Bennington, Vt." Lined sheet with black lettering; no content on verso. Likely printed circa 1910. Letter has mailing folds, light toning and minor creasing to edges; 1/2" tear along mailing fold near top edge. The song printed on this leaf is titled "The Lone Prairie" and is a version of the old cowboy ballad "O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie." William Edward Hawks, Jr. Was born in Bennington, Vermont but owned and worked a ranch in Pocatello, Idaho in the 1880s. In 1888 Hawks lost around 10,000 cattle in a blizzard and returned to Bennington where he set up a livery (Bennington Museum). In this letter Hawks provides an original cowboy nightherd song and asks his fellow cowboys to "send all the old songs to the above address, so they may be preserved." No copies found in OCLC as of March 2019. ; 8 1/2" x 11; 1 pp . (Inventory #: 018270)