By John L. Sinclair
Pointed out in England and Scotland as a reluctant aristocrat, John L. Sinclair (1902-1993) spent sixty years in New Mexico as a cowboy, museum curator, and author. Sinclair received off a educate in Clovis in 1923, observed saddle ponies and cowboys on the station, and knew that New Mexico used to be where for him. He spent the remainder of the Twenties cowboying round Roswell and within the Capitan Mountains, relocating to Santa Fe within the Thirties after he offered his first article to New Mexico journal. For ten funds a month he rented a home on Canyon highway, the place he hobnobbed with artists and writers. After a stint as superintendent of the Coronado kingdom Monument close to Albuquerque, he and his spouse spent the remainder of their days close by in a stone cabin with a view of the mountains. This memoir, written whilst the writer was once 90, captures his lonely early life and his take pleasure in the open areas and society of latest Mexico with miraculous readability. even if Sinclair loved dwelling like a hermit, he was once a sociable one who enjoyed to inform stories. His tale is a smart literary legacy. someone with a yen for the West within the reliable outdated days will appreciate it.
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After John and Evelyn moved to Bernalillo, New Mexico, Evelyn and my mother became fast friends. My mother was a friend to everyone for miles around Stanley. She always had coffee on the stove and something good to eat. People would go for miles to visit my mother to share news, ask her advice and share one of her great homecooked meals.. Evelyn would ride the bus to our ranch occasionally and stay a week or so, and then John would drive out to the ranch and take her home to Bernalillo. Over the years, John and I had many conversations about his life, how he came to New Mexico from Scotland and his early days as a ranch hand working on various ranches all across New Mexico from Roswell to Santa Fe.
The manuscript was finished in 1991. But the health of the Sinclairs was failing. Evelyn fell ill and was hospitalized. Then she was moved into a nursing home. She died in the fall of 1993. A Page viii little over a month later, John followed her. He was ninety-one years old. Although I wish this memoir had been published during his lifetime, to read it now is to be in John's company once again and to hear his voice tell his own story at last. Hasta la vista, amigo! CLARK KIMBALL SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO OCTOBER 1995 Page ix Foreword I first met John Sinclair about fifty years ago when he came to the White Lakes area as a ranch hand with the Batercell Cattle Company.
FRANK WATERS TUCSON, ARIZONA FEBRUARY 1990 Page 1 My First Years I was born in New York City, where my father represented the Bucknall Steamship Company, a British line. A lot of the Bucknall trade was with New York, and my father was Marine Superintendent, or port captain, of all the Bucknall routes into New York, although each Bucknall ship had its own captain for its voyages. His job was a very important one, and his position in New York allowed him to have an office in the Maritime Exchange.
A cowboy writer in New Mexico: the memoirs of John L. Sinclair by John L. Sinclair