5 miles South of Bremond
Invaded by B-Branch & Willow Creek Comanches
On October 16, 2009 a
beautiful Friday evening at 5:30pm, a Trail Ride with 12 Cowboy/Cowgirl Horse
Riders and a couple of Low-boy Trailer Riders were attacked/hi-jacked by about
20 Indians attempting to move through a low Willow Creek water crossing.
The B-Branch and Willow Creek Comanche Tribes were attempting to collect
a toll for the Willow Creek water crossing, but the Cowboys/Cowgirls and the
Low-Boy Riders were not willing to give any cash.
The Trail Ride was halted by none other than the Medicine Man - Ralph
Hopcus, who was sitting on a chair with his piece by his side and many bones
hanging around his neck, raised his right arm for a "Halt" signal.
After some back and forth sign signals between the Medicine Man and the
Trail Ride Foreman leading to no good communication, the Medicine Man directed
Chief Running Bull - Willie Kempinski and Chief Funny Bull - Ed Okonski with
their warriors to surround/attack the Cowboy/Cowgirl Horse Riders and Trail
Low-Boy Riders and collect the toll.
All of a sudden, approximately 20 warriors began appearing out of the
creek and from behind trees led by Chief Running Bull and Chief Funny Bull.
Tonka - Tinka Hopcus immediately raced out to her husband, Medicine Man,
to satisfy her first priority of ensuring his well being.
Run Away Squaw - Virgie Kempinski side-kick
to Chief Running Bull, Cherokee Blossom - Charlene Broome, Pocahantas - Stella
Pruitt, and Navahoe - Susan Green were some of the more vicious warriors leading
in many of the treacherous sounds
and wild dances threatening Cowboy/Cowgirl Horse Riders and Low-Boy Riders with
their homemade bow and arrows made from Willow tree branches.
Chief Running Bull with his decorative Headdress and outfit also had a
homemade bow and arrow and reassured everyone that no one was going to cross the
creek with swift moving water until an acceptable toll was paid in cash or with
other valuable and tradable items. The warriors were getting louder and more
out-of-control. The Trail Rider
Foreman offered some Firewater and sweet potatoes for the Toll and was quickly
rejected by Chief Running Bull. Chief
Running Bull said they make their own Firewater and have plenty of it and could
raid the town gardens for all the sweet potatoes they want.
As the warriors circled the wagons, the 12 Cowboys/Cowgirls horses began
to get spooked and backed away from
the warriors. Medicine Man and
Chief Running Bull were getting restless and demanded taking of several new
squaws from the Low-Boy trailers to help grow the B-Branch and Willow Creek
After the third initiation of a new squaw,
the Trial Ride Foreman offered a deal the Tribes could not refuse.
Medicine Man, Chief Running Bull and Chief Funny Bull accepted the deal
of joining the Trail Riders for the
continued trip and taking of pictures, invitation
to the Ok Jamboree the next day, invitation to the St Mary's Bazaar and
invitation to possibly a larger Show next year.
All the amateur actors and Trail Ride participants enjoyed the Event and
had a least a 30 minute Laughing
Attack during a beautiful Fall evening on October 16, 2009.
Event was described as one of the best Outdoor Theater activities every
attended. Movies and many pictures
were taken. Many of the
participants/casts were descendants of the original settlers of Tidwell Prairie.
Running Bull - Willie Kempenski
Willow Creek Comanches
Bull - Ed Okonski