Hashknife Cowboy: Recollections of Mack Hughes

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University of Arizona Press, Feb 1, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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"Age and size ain't got nothin' to do with it," Mack's daddy once said. "You gotta want to be a cowboy." Mack Hughes wanted to be a cowboy, all right, and he was just twelve years old when he went to work for the famous Hashknife spread in northern Arizona. Growing up on the range, Mack lived a life about which modern boys can only wonder. He spins yarns of bad horses and the men who rode them, tells of wild dogs that ravaged young calves, and recalls lonely winter weeks spent at a remote camp-where his home was a shack so flimsy that snow blew through the cracks and covered his bed. Stella Hughes, author of the best-selling Chuck Wagon Cookin' and a cowhand in her own right, has compiled from her husband's reminiscences an authentic look both at Arizona history and at cowboying as it really was. Illustrated by Joe Beeler, founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

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Born in Oklahoma, Stella Hughes moved to California where she rode, taught, rodeoed, trick-rode, Roman-rode and roped thoughout her childhood. Her husband Mack spent 30 years as herd manager for the San Carlos Apaches cattle operation and Stella became a chuck-wagon cook extraordinaire. She's the author of many articles about cooking and folk medicine. Her books include "Chuck Wagon Cookin"' and "Hashknife Cowboy: Recollections of Mack Hughes." For the latter she received the Western Writers of America Spur Award given for best nonfiction.

Joe Beeler of Sedona, Arizona, has been described as ?the Charles M. Russell of our time.? His paintings, drawings, and bronzes of western subjects are now widely held by museums, institutions, and private collections.

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