Tuesday, September 12, 2023

He Who Yawns & The Winona That No One Will Ever Forget

 September 12, 2023

   Number 12 in the series of Sunrise Yawning.

 Uno: He Who Yawns #12

  The boy is also pretty good at smiling, seen here in Homestead Appreciation mode.

Uno's Homestead Appreciation

Meanwhile, caught this little mini-rainbow on the western horizon at about seven.

Rainbow Ridge

The Winona That No One Will Forget

   Marshall Trimble is writing up a very personal and clever answer to the lyric in Bobby Troup's classic ditty "Route 66" that answers the edict: "Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona."

Winona June Wester Trimble

near Chloride, Arizona, early 1940s

   "She was my aunt, and the wartime bride of Jack Trimble, my dad’s younger brother. Winona was born in Brownie, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, the same area that produced songwriter-guitarist Merle Travis and the Everly Brothers. She knew both families. The Westers left Kentucky and moved to Chloride, Arizona in the late 1930s, later settling in Kingman. She then moved to Mesa where she met my Uncle Jack. They were married and when the war began, he joined the Army, eventually serving a tour in New Guinea where he contracted one of those jungle diseases that took the lives of so many Americans, including Uncle Jack. In 1949 Winona became a war widow with three small children to raise. She never remarried, saw to it that her two sons graduated from Arizona State University with advanced degrees and lived into her mid-90s. She and I had a special kinship. I became a product of the 1960s Folk Music Revival, performing many of those Kentucky coal mining songs she loved. At her funeral I referred to her as, “My Sweet Winona from Kingman, Arizona.”

—Marshall Trimble, from  the forthcoming book "The 66 Kids: More Stories and Hi-Jinks from The Mother Road"

   Mark my words, it is going to be a total kick!

   Here is an old photo I found of the Mine Shaft sign and a trio of horses tied up to the sign. The riders were no doubt inside at the bar hoisting a drink, or two, to the owners Lew & Tara Jones.

The Mine Shaft, Cave Creek, Arizona

Lew Jones passed on Labor Day at the age of 85. Loved the guy.

More People We Love

Here's a True West hero: "I found your magazine @ Barnes & Noble in The Villages, Florida, today. I moved it to a position of prominence, where it belongs."
—David Mills

David Mills, True West Maniac, 1985

"With friends like David, Lew and Marshall, and yes, Uno, we will all live on!"


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