It’s been a while since I posted anything new on the blog. Apologies. Still getting used to this new technology. And I am going to pass on the heavy lifting this time to Jo Tice Bloom and the Western Historical Quarterly for a marvelous little introduction to the “Westerners.” This is interesting to us right now because our new Josephy Library Reading Group will be looking at Alvin’s pieces–and the rebuttal by Francis Haines–on the Appaloosa Horse, which were all published by the New York Westerners in their “Brand Book.” We meet at noon Monday, November 15, at the Fishtrap House to discuss.
Alvin had recieved another version of the Appaloosa story–one that did not credit it as the Nez Perce War Horse–from local author Grace Bartlett and her Nez Perce horseman husband Harry. Alvin was involved with the New York Posse of Westerners, so took their story and his own historical research to the Brand Book in