My grandfather, my father were both horse trainers. They mainly trained Draft horses for farm work. Grandpa Cooper was well know throughout the Coopersville, Michigan area as a ‘Healer.’ A farm horse wears a horse collar around it’s neck. Over time, pulling the plows and other farm machinery while wearing the collar can create sores on it’s upper shoulder(s). Grandpa would lance the sores and put concoctions of his own inside the infected area. Included was turpentine and other products. My father told me that within a few weeks Grandpa would get up to a gallon of puss that would come out where he had lanced the infected area. As you can see a collar around a horses neck can rub, and over time it can create a sore. Many farmers would put ‘collar pads’ under the neck collars.
Grandpa had a horse that would try and crush him whenever he walked into the horse’s stall. The horse had crushed other people breaking their ribs. Grandpa told me how he had cured the horse. I used the same technique when Jacob trained ‘Buck’ in ‘Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance.’
Go to Chapter 7, page 52, and read how Jacob cured Buck from ‘crushing.’ If you have any questions go to ‘comments’ and ask me.
I practiced chiropractic in Yreka, California for 8 years. Yreka was famous for the Gold discovery in 1851. See Yreka History I did research for my book Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance in the Yreka Library and was shown old Newspapers of those early years during the gold rush. The newspaper reported there were over a 1000 Chinese gold miners in Yreka. Later it was reported they had dug underground tunnels from the inside of their homes to dig for gold. Some said it was not so, but a patient of mine asked me if I would like to come to his home, and he would show me where in one of his closets, there was a hidden trap door that went down to a underground tunnel. I could kick myself, because I never went.
When we moved to Yreka, there was a large lake just outside of town where everyone gathered for recreation, family picnic’s and fished in the lake. As I recall about 20 years ago, when everyone woke up one morning, the lake was gone. They speculated that the water had somehow emptied into the underground tunnels under the City of Yreka.
I still remember riding my horse in the Tetons Mountains, Wyoming in 1975. I was invited to go with a group of 17 horseman from Idaho. The wrangler and guide had 9 pack horses and each of us brought our own horses with us. We went on an 80 mile round trip in one week. We rode to the continental divide where one stream went to the east and the other stream parted to the west. Famous names such as Jim Bridge, Kit Carson and other names that were carved into the trees, along with the dates of their carvings.
I brought a friend with me, Dale Brown, and since we were low on the totem pole we opted to do the dishes after every meal. That alone endeared us to the group, because no one wanted to do dishes. When they found out I was a chiropractor, they all stood in line and I had office hours. One of the men roped a large downed log with his horse and pulled it into camp, and I used it to take care of my patients.
Talk about food. It was some of the best I have ever eaten. They sure knew how to cook in the wilderness. To this day, some of those men I met on that outing are still my friends.
While riding in the Tetons,I saw what the Sioux and the Shoshone Indians saw, and I rode where they could have ridden. We could have camped where they would have camped. While riding in those beautiful mountains, I received inspiration for a book. l called it Jacob’s Inheritance and then later changed it to Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance.
I just spoke with a man in Parowan, Utah. He and his wife had read all of my books which included the ‘Jacob Series,‘ ‘Caleb Series,‘ and Kathryn’s Inheritance. Mary his wife said, if she had to leave the room for something, Joe would grab the book and start reading it. (They only had one book). Since then they have bought copies of all my books and have given them to their family. Joe said, “Your books keep my interest and I don’t want to put them down.” An attorney and his wife dropped by our home last week, and they bought the ‘Jacob Series.’ They had been referred by the McCullough’s. I asked Joe and Mary which book they enjoyed the most. Joe liked “Kathryn’s Inheritance.” Mary liked the Jacob Series. I am glad there are people who still enjoy a good read. My books are family oriented, clean and wholesome. All of my books have a lot of action, adventure and some romance. My sons and daughters say, “Dad we didn’t know you had it in you.” (I’m 76 years old)
Just as we have challenges in our lives today, the characters in my book also had challenges in their days. I tried to portray them in their struggles and how they used prayer as a means of overcoming their problems.
Today I went to my wife’s mothers birthday in Honeyville, Utah. There were over 35 family in attendance. I was asked about my book, Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance. I had some in my car and I gave away 15 books. If any of you want my free book, Jacob’s Dangerous Birthright (Same as Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance,) go to my website and order a copy while supplies last. There will be a 3.00 charge for postage. The book usually sells for 16.99. Enjoy the read. Cowboy Wisdom: “Never dig for water under an outhouse.”
A man by the name of D. Martin called me and said he had read my books and wanted to talk to me about doing a movie on the “Jacob Series.” He took my books to a friend of his who was a producer in SLC and after reading the books, he felt it would make a great movie. However, the producer said it would do great in Utah and Idaho where there were a lot of Latter-day Saints. Once it was out of the area it wouldn’t do that good because there was no sex relationships in the movie, nor a lot of violence.Later, Martin read my Kathryn’s Inheritance, and he said it was my ‘Flagship,’ meaning it was in his opinion my best book. He never got a chance to read ‘Caleb and Sam,’ and ‘Caleb’s Mission.’ He died of liver cancer the following year.
Yesterday, 13 June 2018 I was on KSUB Radio in Cedar City, Utah for 40 minutes. We talked about my Jacob Series, Caleb and Sam and Caleb’s Mission and then in the remaining few minutes we talked about Kathryn’s Inheritance. I felt it went well. I had one caller who was blind and wanted to know if it was available from the blind foundation in Salt Lake City. I told her the first book was available. I gave away 10 free books and then additional free books if they went to my website.
You wrote, “Just finished reading all four copies of your books, ‘Jacob’s Series.’ The first two I read by myself. The last two I read out loud to my husband. When I was reading about the boil and Emily’s revenge on Zac, in ‘Home at Last’, I laughed so hard I could hardly read it. We really enjoyed them.”
Carol, I’m glad you and Ed enjoyed the ‘Jacob’s Series.’ I also had so much fun in writing my last book, ‘Home at Last.’ However, I did have some tears when I wrote about Zac and Elizabeth. The part about a boil on Shaun’s behind and Wahkan the Shoshone Indian using his knife, was inspiration, and also how Emily got back with Zac was hilarious and even Julie Ann and I had a great many laughs.
I really enjoy writing clean and wholesome novels. I just found out that my youngest reader was a 12 year old boy, and the oldest reader was a great-grandmother age 103.
Thanks for your e-mail. Since you lived in Montana on a horse ranch and ridden horses, you asked me if training Buck in ‘Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance,‘ was true. Yes it was.
My grandfather and my father trained horses in their early days. Grandpa Cooper said he had a horse that would try to crush anyone who entered his stall. Grandpa used the same method that I used when training Buck, and it worked. I must have owned at least 50 horses in my lifetime. My wife, Julie Ann, and our 6 children all rode horses. We worked our cattle and spent to memorable times in the ‘Marble Mountain Wilderness,’ packing in on horseback, fishing and camping.
D. Martin and his wife visited Julie Ann and I while passing through to Reno, Nevada. He told me he had read Kathryn’s Inheritance, and said, “Doc that was your ‘Flag Ship.’ (Meaning my best book) He said he enjoyed it more than ‘Jacob’s Dangerous Inheritance.’ He loved the romance, adventure and relationship between a man and a woman.
“When you write I feel as if I am right there with your characters that you portray.”
My goal has been to write exciting novels that deals with everyday events in the lives of people who lived in those days. My novels are historical fiction, but many of my characters really lived in those early pioneer years. In my second novel of the ‘Jacob Series,’ ‘Riding for the Brand,’ Major Lugenbeel was the Commanding Office at Fort Boise, in the Utah Territory in the late 1850’s. He was in command of 325 cavalry troops. and they guarded the pioneer wagon trains from the Sioux Indians. Many of those people I wrote about were real, they lived, and that’s what makes my novels so exciting.