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How the West Was Won

When he emigrated to North Dakota Daddy came to help fill needed quota Of young, strong men of honest worth For untamed land at its new birth. He met my mother, strong as he, Raised seven kids including me. He broke wild mustangs to the halter And from cold or heat would never falter. The settlers in this brand new land Weren’t looking for the wild cow-hand, The drifter who’d collect his pay, Then casually be on his way. Some would then join an outlaw band, Before the law came to the land. Though their kind earned infamous glory, Men like my dad were the real story. North Dakota had only been a state, Ten years when Daddy tested fate. He left Eastern standards and aesthetics, Armed only with his strong work ethics. He and his kind would build the schools, And churches and towns and follow rules. It took big men to build the west. I claim my dad one of the best. He homesteaded in nineteen hundred one And that is how the west was won.

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Date: 5/14/2020 1:50:00 AM
Interesting Sublime Congrat On your First win
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Date: 5/14/2020 1:44:00 AM
I loved this Joyce! Congratulations on your much deserved First Placement! You have given us a real taste of the West as your family lived it! A Fave for me! xxoo
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Date: 1/13/2016 12:59:00 AM
Joyce, Congratulations on your win. Luv ~LINDA~
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:45:00 AM
What a great piece of history you have shared with us. Congrats, your dad was quite the fellow.
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Date: 1/9/2016 2:51:00 PM
Thank you for sharing the story of your dad, Joyce. :) It's so good to know individual stories of how the west was won. Congrats on your win.
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Richard Lamoureux
Date: 1/10/2016 10:46:00 AM
Hi Eileen, I see you are also reading dad poems.
Date: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 PM
Joyce, Congratulations on your win, in Judy Konos Dad contest. Love **SKAT**
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Date: 1/6/2016 5:06:00 AM
What a great story! I envy your dad.
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Date: 1/5/2016 3:51:00 PM
Thank you for being in my contest. I found your tribute to your dad to not only be filled with love and admiration but to be a complete story as told by his daughter..thank you
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Date: 4/2/2013 9:37:00 AM
Nice to read about your daddy today. He must have had a hard but interesting life. He sounds like a nice man; I almost feel as if I just met him.
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Date: 3/13/2013 7:02:00 PM
Congrats on a brilliant poem....Seren
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Date: 3/13/2013 4:18:00 PM
a wonderful and thoroughly delightful tribute to your father. the rhyme and rhythm are spot on!
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