Category Archives: Cowboy/Ranch

Buford Ranch on OCCA Ranch Tour

By: Roseanne McKee Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise The Osage County Cattlemen’s Association’s annual ranch tour, held each Father’s Day weekend, featured six ranches this year. This column provides highlights of the Buford Ranch, the fifth tour stop, … Continue reading

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Alred Ranch, Bluestem Ranch and Turkey Trak Ranch on OCCA 2018 Ranch Tour

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise By: Roseanne McKee The Osage County Cattlemen’s Association annual ranch tour is a treasured tradition in Osage County. It’s an opportunity for ranchers to showcase their cattle operations. Interviews with the ranchers or … Continue reading

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Wagyu Beef Operation featured on OCCA Ranch Tour

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville-Examiner Enterprise By: Roseanne McKee From 9 a.m. to noon June 16, the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association held its annual Ranch Tour. A caravan of trucks, a few SUVs and one sedan, mine, left from … Continue reading

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Okla. CattleWoman of the Year Named

Republished with permission of the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise By Roseanne McKee Norita Martin has been named Oklahoma CattleWoman of the Year by the Oklahoma CattleWomen’s Association. The award was announced on July 20 in Norman at the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s annual Convention … Continue reading

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Al J. Kester’s Childhood & Rodeo Days

By: Roseanne McKee Al J. Kester, a resident of Bartlesville since the age of six, was born the son of a bootlegger, but he didn’t let that stop him from having a regular childhood. “I grew up with Butch Donald … Continue reading

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The Bootlegger’s Son

Al J. Kester at his childhood home on Cheyenne Ave. in Bartlesville. By: Roseanne McKee Al J. Kester, a life-time resident of Bartlesville, sat down in his childhood home, to share his memories of growing up with his father — … Continue reading

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Part II: Jack Short’s life in the 1940’s & 50’s — cowboys, rodeos, Ben Johnson & More

In a series of interviews recently, Bartlesville resident, Jack Short, who was born in 1939, tells of his life growing up in and around Washington County, Okla. His long-time friend, Al Jay Kester also attended the interview. “I was born … Continue reading

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