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Spurs and Memories

Don, my brother in law, called to say he had some photos of my late sis, Tula, when she was riding, when we were both members of a high school riding club and we used to go every week to Elston Stables in Elston, Illinois, to ride. There she was with Blackjack, the horse she rode in one of the horse shows George used to give. He was the owner of the stable. I’ve written about him before. His name was George Jayne and his half brother, a successful stable owner himself, had him murdered. All I knew was that they hated each other for years. One missed attempt was when George asked one of his groupies, a star struck teen, to start his car and she was blown up. Good old George – always careful.

Anyway, there was my sister jumping Blackjack over a barrier. I was too small then to be allowed to jump. I cried “I can do it, I can do it?” but no one was listening. Anyway, Don wanted to know if I would like to have the photos and also her spurs. So I got those too. I don’t know what to do with the spurs, so I suppose I will clean them up and put them on display.

I looked at those photos and wanted her back before she got sick, before she lost herself. My sis. I called her Toops. And she called me Kika.

xx, Teal

posted on Dec 12, 2020 7:30 AM ()


So pleased that Tula's spurs have a home with you! One of my first cousins is working on my paternal family's website. From time to time she finds and posts wonderful old B&W photos of my Dad when he was a youngster, circa 1920. It is beyond delightful.
comment by marta on Dec 29, 2020 3:22 AM ()
I hate hobby lobby but they or Michaels could help you out with your project. I feel so fortunate to still have my sister to talk on the phone with and to be in contact with my niece and nephews and their children.
comment by elderjane on Dec 13, 2020 5:09 AM ()
For the last ten years of her life she had post herpatic neuralgia -- the pain that persists after a shingles attack if you are not immediately treated. She couldn't exercise or walk a lot, so she got congestive heart failure. I don't know how she survived as long as she did. We had our issues but I loved her deeply and I will never forget our closeness before she married Don, who essentially separated her from the family. He made every effort to never let us be alone together because he feared I would turn her into a Democrat. In our younger days, I was 16 and they were both 18, when they met. We were always doing things together. Another life. Something turned him into a right-wing maniac.
reply by tealstar on Dec 13, 2020 6:31 AM ()
How nice of him! I'm not one of those fixy-crafty people, but the ones I know would get a deep shadow box type frame and put the spurs and picture(s) in it so they are all together and protected from dust by the glass. I can envision things like that, but don't trust myself to pull it off.
comment by traveltales on Dec 12, 2020 2:15 PM ()
That's a good suggestion. I'll take my project to a framer. Thanks.
reply by tealstar on Dec 12, 2020 5:28 PM ()

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