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STORIES ABOUT RED RYDER'S FRED HARMON: Part One

Cartoonist Fred Harman, who produced Red Ryder, the nation’s only long-lasting cowboy comic strip in newspapers, was an authentic cowboy: he grew up on his father’s ranch near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

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His erstwhile home and studio is now the Harman Museum, and I visited it a couple years ago and met the cartoonist’s son, another Fred Harman (the Third, the cartoonist’s father being the First). One of the family stories is about our Red Ryder Harman’s mother.

Once she and her husband were driving home and got stuck in the muddy road. Harman stayed at the wheel of the auto and his wife (the cartoonist’s mother) got out and pushed the car. After they’d extricated themselves from the mudhole, a couple of Native Americans showed up. They’d observed the Harmans’ predicament and their escape from it. Admiring the behavior of Mrs. Harman, one of the Indians offered Harman five blankets and a horse “for the woman.”

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Comments

D. D. Degg

"Red Ryder, the nation’s only long-lasting cowboy comic strip in newspapers"

Red Ryder 1938 - 1964 = 26 years
Rick O'Shay 1958 - 1981 = 23 years
Lone Ranger - 1938 - 1971 (+1981-84) = 36 years
Tumbleweeds - 1965 - 2007 = 42 years

Not quite such a solitary achievement.

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