Nov/Dec 2012


Our Officers


Tom Casselman

Sec. - Treas.

Ian Bond

Chief Factor

George Thompson

Our Writing Staff


Buck Conner

Staff Writer

Bill Cunningham

Staff Writer

O. N. Eddins

Staff Writer

Howdy Davis

Staff Writer

Paul Jacobson

Staff Writer Dan Miller

Staff Writer

Buck Conner

Staff Writer

Thomas Friend

Staff Writer

Elmer Pope

Staff Writer

Randy Bublitz




Captain Report
Captain Report.


Sec-Treas Report
NAF Sec - Treas. Report.


Chief Factor Speaks
Chief Factor shares what his plans.


Journal Editor's Report
Journal Editor still handing in..... 


Historical Footnotes
Jake shares his historical knowledge.


Bublitz's Report
Randy is having some fun with the California Parties...


Shining Mountains
Ned Eddins continues with his love of the mountains.


My Outdoor Adventures
Report from Howdy Davis - times from his past.


Blowin' Smoke
Mr. Cunningham shares his findings of our history in North America.


A Little History
Tom Friend has a little history of famous men.


Into The Woods
Buck has not left the woods yet.


An American Fort
Elmer Pope found some interesting information to share.


Cookie Has Recipes
The old cook shares his thoughts...



The new issue Nov/Dec of "Smoke Signals" was early so those interested or pondering the thought of attending the Nationals in Rye Colorado - June 11-16, 2013 allowing time to schedule your 2013 vacations.

We will start providing some information about the history of the area, and things to see or visit while going to or returning from this event. Think about gathering a group of friends from your area and caravan to Colorado, this type of travel has always fun times. Leave time for Bent's Old Fort - that's a neat stop along the way, so is Fort Garland where men like yourself would have traded your goods.

Castle of the Plains - Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade. Today, living historians recreate the sights, sounds, and smells of the past with guided tours, demonstrations and special events.

Fort Garland was designed to house two companies of soldiers to protect settlers in the San Luis Valley, which was the Territory of New Mexico. It was named for General John Garland, commander of the Military District of New Mexico. Kit Carson spent much of his time in and around this area.

Fort Garland Museum & Pike's Stockade - Fort Garland was once commanded by legendary frontiersman Kit Carson and had a garrison of over 100 men who served to protect the earliest settlers in the San Luis Valley. Tour original adobe buildings on the grounds and view excellent exhibits on how the fort was saved and preserved. And, donít miss the Infantry and cavalry barracks exhibits, an exhibit on the Buffalo Soldiers and the historic dioramas. From the Fort, plan a visit to Pike's Stockade, where Zebulon Pike and his men camped in the early 1800s.



Territorial - Chief Factor - George Thompson - CA

  • Regional - Western Factor

  Tom Casselman - CA
  • Regional - Rocky Mountain Western Factor


  • Regional - Rocky Mountain Eastern Factor

  Don Keas - CO

  • Regional - North Eastern Factor


  • Regional - South Eastern Factor

  Harry Carlson - FL


ANNOUNCEMENT Just in time for Christmas


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