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Smoke Signals

The Official on line magazine of the

North American Frontiersmen

Jan./Feb. '08

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OLE JENSEN,

Captain

 

 

Meet your Captain.

Captain Ole, as he is affectionately known among the fellowship, is serving his 3rd year in the position, living his life style of the mountain men of the fur trade era. Figuring that anyone coming west would probably not throw out their eastern paraphanelia he nonetheless kept to the colonial ways as much as he could (again, you may have noticed the hat!). He is such a common fixture at Fort Bridger, both as a camper and also during the eight years of struggling to make a trade business go there, that on the rare occassion he has not shown up, the place has seemed incomplete. He and his wife, Fran, bring joy to those they connect with at rendezvous. Scarfing down a meal in Ole's tent is a gustatorial experience that draw people back year after year. Ole is the chief reason the NAF came into existance. It was his idea to expand the historical spread of years from the usual 1800 to 1840 that many are saddled with. After all, the rendezvous system actually lived beyond 1858 (look it up in Frederick Ruxton's books if you don't believe it). Ole continues to think up fun ideas and remains a guiding force for the North American Frontiersmen.

 

 

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FERRELL PETERSON Secretary

 

 

Meet your Secretary.

Friends,

We've talked to a number of people who have expressed interest and had some jump on board.  The most common question has been, "Why the pineapple?"  They liked the idea of hospitality as a symbol.

 

 

 

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PAT QUILTER

Treasurer

 

Meet your Treasurer.

Folks if you missed the 1st or the 2nd NAF Encampments or other NAF activities you missed some good ones WOW. We did have fun with old and new friends, be sure to make the next event whether local or national. Don't miss the next one.

 

 

 

 

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HOWDY DAVIS

  Chief-Factor

Staff Writer

 

 

Meet your Chief-Factor.

Born and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of Pennsylvania along the banks of the Susquehanna and Lehigh Rivers. He roved as a longhunters, hunting, fishing, trapping and treking, always looking to see what was around the next bend or over that far distant mountain.  Still active, doing seminars for archery muzzle loading and survival skills along with horse travel. 

Over the years Iíve written numerous articles for outdoor magazines. I also wrote for the Tomahawk and Long Rifle and now for Smoke Signals, the North American Frontiersmen on-line magazine. In the mid-1960s I came to Colorado to bow hunt and fell in love with these mountains. Sixteen years ago I retired early and bought a ranch north of Craig. My latest venture is hunting wild turkey with the bow.

 

 

 

 

 

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BUCK CONNER

Editor

Staff Writer

 

 

Meet your Editor.

Buck Conner's articles have been seen in a number of publications; "On the Trail", "Backwoodsman", "Tomahawk & Long Rifle", "Black Powder Report", "Buckskin Report", "Poke & Stroke" magazines, Smoke & Fire News" also found in "The Colonial Society", and the "Colorado Collectors" journals.  He is currently writing as a columnist for "The Colonial Society" bi-monthly magazine. His new book "Success in The North American Fur Trade" is a collection of company records, reviews, and the author's thoughts on the subject and the history of the Northwest Trade Gun.

 

 

 

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BILL CUNNINGHAM

Council of Elders

Staff Writer

 

 

 

Meet a member of the "Council of Elders".

Bill began his writing career by penning articles and stories for various magazines and interests, but eventually devoted his efforts exclusively to buckskinning and muzzle loading. He spent nine years as the managing editor of the American Mountain Menís magazine, The Tomahawk and Long Rifle. His three Rocky Mountain novels about the adventures of modern - day mountain men, based loosely on actual events, have met with acclaim as have his how-to book, Lighting Grandmaís Fire, and the very successful Rendezvous - Back to a Simpler Time, a text and photo work about modern rendezvous. Bill is currently working on a new novel extending the adventures of his well-established characters in the Rocky Mountain series.

 

 

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Walt "Griz" Hayward  

  

The founder of "The American Mountain Men" better known as "The AMM" has gone to his welcomed hunting ground in the sky as of this year ending 2007.  

"Griz" also founded this organization as well as being responsible for several other groups interested in the mountain man, survival and living off the land.

 

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