"Yes, everybody called him Jack. I believe
his actual name was John though. I bid on one of his paintings at
auction once. It was one he had done of the terrain west of Alva with
Hereford cattle in it. We raise Angus here on our farm, but I remember
Jack painting such beautiful pictures of the red cattle. The land
around Alva is not lush and green, as it is here in the Tallgrass.
But it has a certain rugged beauty, which is homegrown into each soul
reared within it's realm, I feel. It is a wild and free feeling, and
my heart sighs each time I return for a visit. I lived near Tulsa
for a time, in the wooded lands. It was lovely, but how I did yearn
for wide open skies and to see a storm cloud rising 20 miles distant.
My 'Eastern' bred husband (born in Pawnee) just fails to see the loveliness
of the place. I recall that he did like to roam the hills of the Hyde
Ranch with me, as I found my heart's contentment there. He was employed
with Dale and Orville Ritter for a time, who worked the Hyde Ranch
north of Freedom. I figure that place to be fairly near to where the
Cummins set up, back in the opening of the Territory. Jack Hayward
could capture that 'something' in his paintings which endeared his
work to me. It's good to know that you studied under Jack, too. It's
a small world after all." -- Linda M.
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