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The pictorial exhibit design:

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The Pictorial Exhibit Design

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A.   A few Details about the Pictorial Exhibit.
The making of the pictorial exhibit took a lot of work and time.   But it was fun and it helped me learn that I too have some artistic abilities.  You too can make any pictorial exhibit design.  It takes motive and concentration.

Judy making pictorial exhibit

The pictorial exhibit and its design was the best way to show the artistic genius of my dad.   By designing and making an 8-feet long pictorial exhibit out of heavy wood, I was able to depict dad’s life story from the various events that had been included.

The pictorial exhibit was made of a heavy plywood with a centerpiece and two equal sides that folded to the center or out from the center.
The pictorial’s exhibit was an accumulation of dad’s creative innovations; rare pictures, unique stories; musical talent; his awe-inspiring sculpture and his building activities.

I am Judy, the designer and builder of the Pictorial Exhibit and my dad were named William Harry Wheeler.  His life is depicted in the exhibit by certain events that I am sharing with my visitors to this Website.

Each event in his life which began in 1935 until his death in 1997, included his background and his interest.  The exhibit also included dad’s innovations; rare pictures, stories and other surprises. 

B.   What Motivated me to build a pictorial exhibit about my dad, William Harry Wheeler. 

  

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My mule stories–invitation to a tea party

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Francis had an invitation to a Tea Party at a fancy hotel downtown

Can you imagine a mule going to a fancy hotel to attend a tea party given by a group of elderly ladies?  I had to answer the invitation because Francis—that’s the name of my dad’s mule—did not know how to speak the language of those elederly women.  It is a matter of symantics.

donkey eating grass

 Francis was a friendly mule who loved my dad.  His mule followed him anywhere.  Mom stayed away, but she loved him too.   We all loved Francis.

This particular story is about,  “Francis at the Tea Party”.

Dad found this wild mule in Palo Duro  Canyon near Amarillo.  It is the second biggest Canyon in the United States.   It is worth a visit. 

Francis kicked up a storm when he was put in a Horse Trailor.   Why did not dad get a Mule Trailor?    Francis would have behaved beautifully!The small Canyon in the panhandle of Texas

Dad tamed the mule and also taught him how to drink coca cola from a coke bottle.  He managed this in the lot behind our home in Canyon, Texas.

Now, Francis followed dad all the time; whenever possible. Mules are like that.   They will favor one person and will be faithful forever.

Dad would be doing some project and the mule would be right there behind dad’s back.  I guess Francis was curious.

They are usually devoted to one individual.  You can read about mules.  They are so fascinating to learn about. 

Francis’ reputation grew as a mule who behaved beautifully and it came to no surprise that some elderly ladies invited dad and Frances to a Tea Party at a certain dining room in a fancy motel downtown Amarillo.

By the way, my dad’s name was William Harry Wheeler.  He did many wonderful things in his life.    

Anyway, Dad told these ladies that he would be glad to bring Francis to the hotel to attend their “Tea Party” thinking that the publicity about Francis would not hurt the curio shop business.   It was the days when “Francis the talking mule” was so popular.                                                                 

Francis’ reputation grew as one a mule who always behaved beautifully.  It came to no surprise that some elderly ladies invited dad and Frances to a Tea Party at a certain dining room in a fancy motel downtown Amarillo.   

This image looks like the same lobby Francis went to his tea party.   Well, maybe not quite so elegant.

Hotel lobby of the William Penn Hotel

Here is a picture of a tea room in a fancy hotel.   It looks like the one Francis went to for his tea party.

an hotel tea room

Dad later repeated the story to all of us about how Francis behaved.  We were all anxious to know.  Francis and his antics.  If we had a way of listening, we could listen to his jokes, complaints, and the ‘coke machine’ clinking the nickles stories. 
 Well, the hotel people led Francis across the beautiful, elegant lobby to the elevator.  Now then, Dad was worried.
Dad thought that even though Francis behaved so beautifully at Home; yet, this was a first to go to a party!! 
The valley opened the door to the lobby.  There were delicate items around that was entertaining to look at.  Dad knew Francis would not bother the items.
Francis walked slowly across the large lobby to the elevator.
As you know a mule doesn’t go to a furnished bathroom, so Dad was a little nervous Francis would use the elevator on the trip up as a restroom.   But Francis behaved beautifully!
He seemed to enjoy the trip in the elevator.

Well, will Francis continue to behave?

Next, they walked down a long hallway to the tea room.  Now, dad became really nervous.

So now I want you to picture a gorgeous room with many tables and balloons way up high.  It was bright and distracting.   All these ladies were dressed up to the tee.  

(pardon my pun)    The bottom picture above shows a tea room just like the tea room dad took Francis to visit these ladies.

Francis was led up by one of the ladies to the front of the tea room so that everyone would see him.                                                                                                                                                         

After the whoo’s and aha’s, the leader of the group gave a small talk while the ladies drank their tea and ate their cakes and cucumber sandwiches.   Francis was standing next to her.

Again dad was a little more afraid Francis would use the tea room as a restroom.   Dad tried to look calm; not worried.    He was not even thinking about the possibility of Francis biting!!

Time passed slowly for dad.  One minute was like an hour.   Sweat was dripping from his neck and pouring under his armpits

Will Francis continue to behave even more?

To ask a question and answer yes or no.

                                                                                                                                                                             Yes?      No?

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The big 47 foot cowboy

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The big 47-foot cowboy

501 Levi ® original fit and tall & big original fit jeans for men.    The tall and big fit jeans for men describes the big cowboy! 
Levi jeans began in 1873 and in 1960, these famous Tall and big original fit jeans were made especially for the first and the only 47-foot statue of a cowboy.  That is because there are no other statues of this kind that were ever built.
Here where I live, there are several limitations, but they are a lot smaller and do not have real Levi jeans on them.
Today the reputation for the Levi name continues as did the popularity of those original fit blue jeans had earned for the cowboy.

 

W. H. Wheeler's big cowboy

A Reputation Builder!

I would like to personally thank a very dear person, Angelica Paez, who has generously allowed me to show this picture of the big cowboy with his right foot on top of the curio shop porch.   
She is the owner of this picture and is a Vintage photo collector.  I am indebted to her and am proud to display this beautiful picture of my dad’s business and the big cowboy he so dearly loved.

Who Built This Statue of a Big Cowboy?

The big tall cowboy was built by my dad, William Harry Wheeler in 1960, and wore real denim blue jeans, made by the employees of a Levi manufacturing plant nearby.
The big tall cowboy gained his vast reputation throughout the United States, because not only was he the tallest cowboy statue, but that he had the esteem, the art, the love and the recognition for wearing real Levi Strauss jeans.

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Funny stories about the big cowboy

Funny Stories About the Cowboy

There are many funny stories that was told to me or that I was present at the time.  Tourists saw the cowboy and thought he was a plane.   I was given stilts and was ready to run.  The cowboy’s shirt was made in a gymnasium, but it ended up too small.  Dad did not tell them.

I have pictures that will put a smile on your face.  Do you want a cure?  Try on a laugh.

Light and shadow brings happiness

 

laughter with a smilesome men talking and laughing

This picture is from the collection of Angelica Paez.  She bought this picture from a person in Houston.  Now Angelica is the owner. Angelica is an artist herself and does not mind her picture being posted.  It is registered, however.

This is the picture of the big cowboy and the curio shop in early 1963.  The picture brings back many memories of funny stories about the big cowboy and the special 501 original tall & big original fit jeans for men.

Francis. the mule and the big 47-foot cowboy are stories of interest and fun.

Tex Randall

 

Let me introduce myself.  I am Judy and my Dad is the one who built the 47-foot cowboy including the motel and curio shop and a 22-foot cowboy.  Dad’s name was William Harry Wheeler.  See if you can spot my dad in this picture.

Wheeler's 22-foot cowboy

My Mom’s first name was Gayneyl.   She was the businesswoman.  {dad did not care for paperwork.}

 

She also was a piano teacher and a composer.   While we lived in Canyon, she spent some time at West Texas State University–now called West Texas A&M University working as an accompanist for students in Voice Classes.

Dad knew denim 501 Levi® jeans would be the fashion of young people.   The denim western shirt was popular among cowboys.

In the 1950’s and 196o’s, there were real cowboys.   Some today only wear the cowboy outfits but have never even ridden a horse or rounded up cattle.

The curio shop called the Corral Curio Shop was just 15 miles from Amarillo, Texas.   The town was named Canyon.   We moved there in 1952.   In 1963, Dad sold the business when I was at Amarillo College.

Business was doing great.  He sold the curio shop and motel so that his youngest son would have more opportunities and recognition as a genius in the city of Amarillo rather than the small provincial town of Canyon about 15 miles from Canyon.

I am forever thankful to Levi Strauss Manufacturing Company for providing the jeans.   A tent and awning company made the typical shirt of the 1950’s.

Levi Strauss sewing manufacturing company in Amarillo made the 501 Levi® denim jeans for tall and big men.

This is the setting for the funny stories about the big cowboy.

One funny Story–The Making of the Western Shirt!

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Levi Strauss story for Johnnie

The Levi Strauss History The making of the 501® Levi jeans–includes the inventer of the original jeans. Jacob Davis

A Long Story in History To Remember for Johnny!
I was sitting on the sofa next to my grandson, who asked my if he would be able to wear the 501® Levi jeans just for tall and big men like his dad wore.  I told him I could tell he was going to be big and tall, but he would have to decide he if he wanted 501® Levi jeans.
He pointed it out to me how much his dad loved his 501® jeans so much that he kept them in the freezer sometimes.  Now, my grandson, age 10, did not know that most men did not clean their jeans when they owned a pair of 501® Levi jeans.
“I will tell you the drama about how once the Levi 501® jeans were made by a man by the name of Jacob Davis as well as Levi Strauss.”
        Johnny:  Not just by Levi alone grandma?
Now Johnnie was a precocious child and was always interested in my stories about real people and about the 501® Levi jeans his dad wore.
I have a book here on maps.   So, you are right.   The other person, Jacob Youphes, was born in 1831 of a Jewish family

Riga in 1830's

and in a town named Riga which was a part of the Russian Empire.   This map shows Riga is now in Latina.
During the time in Riga, he trained and worked as a taler.   In 1854, when Jacob Youphes, was 23  he immigrated to America and settled in New York City.  There he changed his name from Youphes to Davis.  He was a tailor and so he operated his tailor shop for a while before he left for Maine.   Later, in 1856, he left Maine and traveled to San Francisco.  However, he did not stay long, so in 1858, he once again moved to Weatherville.
Yes and it was at this time, it was believed,  he worked as a journeyman tailor.”
        Johnny: What is a journeyman?
He is a person who has served as an apprenticeship at a trade and is certified to work at it assisting another person.  Now the show must go on.
In 1858, he was on the move again.  But this time he moved to Western Canada.  While there he met and married a German immigrant named Annie Parksher and had 6 children by her.  During the time he was in Canada, he tried his luck panning for gold and also sold tobacco and wholesale pork in nearby Virgina.
In 1867, he returned to San Francisco with his wife and family.   Then when that did not work out well for them, they eventually moved to Reno Nevada to start his Tailor store.  In his tailor shop in Reno, he also sold tents, horse blankets, and wagon covers to the railroad workers on the Central Pacific Railroad.   He worked with heavy duty denim cloth to make these products which he bought from Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco.   And he used rivets to make them stronger.
         Oh wow, now we can talk about the Levi Strauss 501® original jeans?”
Not quite yet,   We still have more story to tell first.  Levi Strauss sold dry good and heavy duty material.   Davis was a creative person and later experimented using  copper rivets to reinforce the stitches in the pockets and seams of the pants to make them stronger at the stress points.  Here is a picture of rivets which is found in a jean image from Levi Strauss & Co.    a rivet
Here is the story of how Mr. Davis used rivets to make the pockets and seams stronger in a pair of pants.   In 1870 a customer walked in the door.  She told Mr. Davis how her husband was upset by his pockets coming loose and the pants lasting just a short time before falling off,  so she begged Mr. Davis to make suitable working pants that he could wear for a long time.   He knew her husband, who was a woodcutter, was angry so much that even his own wife was concerned about the pants too.
        Can you imagine his pants coming off when he got ready to chop a tree?    That is funny, but it wasn’t for the woodcutter!

 

And what did Mr. Davis do?  He wanted to do his best.  By accident, he saw some rivets nearby where he was working and decided to use them in the pants.  He discovered they held the pockets and the seams so much better.  The customer was very pleased that the pants Davis made for him did not easily rip apart.
So it was Jacob W, Davis who first made these reinforced pants  And Levi Strauss was the supplier of the pants.  Yes, Johnnie, these pants with the rivets later became known as denim jeans.  But remember, the pants were not called jeans at the time.
Before long, Davis had so much work he did not know what to do with all the demand for his jeans
        He had a lot of business selling his jeans.  So what happened next?
Well, he knew the importance of his reinforced jeans, so he wrote Levi Strauss and asked him for his financial banking and help in the filling out the forms of the patent.  Mr. Strauss said yes and together on May 23, they received the patient number— wait till I open this book that has the maps, pictures, and the U. S.  patient number from the old United States Patent Office.   (She opens a book.)  It says the number was 139,121 and that was to be  “used for improvements in fastening pocket openings”.  It was issued in the name of Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss & Co.

Davis and Strauss Patent

 

That same year, Jacob Davis started the double orange stitch on the back pocket for a special design.   It was believed that the thread and the design be the same color as the rivets, but because the information was lost in the earthquake in 1906, the purpose for the color is just a guess.  This feature became a Trademark and was registered with the Patent Office too.
By then Levi Strauss had a large tailor shop in San Francisco for producing Davis’ working pants,   Consequently, the Davis family moved back to San Francisco for Davis to run the shop.  Eventually, Mr. Davis became the manager of the manufacturing plants for Levi Strauss which included the work shirts and the overalls.  He did so, until his death in 1906 in San Francisco.
Now, Johnnie, It’s time for you to go to bed.  We’ll finish this story tomorrow evening.
SCENE 2,  THE NEXT EVENING WITH JOHNNIE
The next evening when her grandson was again sitting next to her, she began telling the boy about the drama again.  Now I will tell you the drama about Levi Strauss, she told him.
Well! Levi Strauss was born on February 26, 1829, in Bavaria, Germany–a long time ago Johnny.  He had 6 brothers and sisters. And they were very poor because Jewish people were forced to live in certain areas where there were poor housing and few job opportunities.   They were discriminated against; in other words, they were separated and singled out with disfavor.
His father was a peddler who traveled around the country trying to make enough money for his family.  When the father died,  the two oldest bothers left for America where they later opened a dry good’s store.
        What is a dry good’s store mean?
A dry good store sells cloth, clothes, sewing needles and thread, flour, oats and things like that.  But let’s continue with this drama. You remember Jacob Davis?  Well! Levi Strauss was the one who helped Mr. Davis get his patient on his rivets.
Now Levi finally was able to go to New York where he worked for his brothers who already had their dry goods store.  He learned how to peddle from his brothers in in New York.  On his way to San Francisco, he sold all the material his older brother had given him to sell on his trip, except for the canvas like one makes for tents.
        I remember my tent is made of canvas!   Sorry grandma, what happened next?
When he got to San Francisco,  Levi eventually opened up his own dry goods’ store.
One day, a local miner came in the store and asked Levi if he sold pants.  Now, Levi was a smart businessman.  There were a lot of miners working in the mines looking for gold.  So he decided to make pants out of canvass that he had when he left New York.  That is when Levis® were born!!  Johnnie opened his mouth wide and nodded in agreement!!
When he ran out of canvas, his brothers in New York sent him a new fabric, or material–a cloth called denim.   It was the same material he sent to Mr. Davis.   Denim was a soft, durable material which was stronger,  more comfortable, and easier to wear than the canvas material.
In 1872 Levi got a letter from Jacob W, Davis.  Remember that Davis had his own business as a tailor in Nevada and was a regular customer of Levi Strauss because he needed material for his small business in Reno.  In this letter, he told Levi how he made pants for his customers using metal rivets which Levi found interesting and different.
Well! Davis did not have any money for a patient process, so he suggested that Levi pay for the paperwork—it took a lot of money for a patient process and there was a lot of paperwork too.  Levi was enthusiastic about the idea and on May 20, 1870, what happened Johnny?
        That’s when both Davis and Levi got the patient.  I don’t remember the number.
Yes, it was granted to both men.  And the number was 139, 121.
Levi Strauss knew there would be a great demand for his new waist overalls, which was the old name for jeans.  So the factory on Fremont and Market Street was opened with Jacob Davis, after moving from Reno to San Francisco, as manager.
At the end of the 19th century, he left his business to his nephews to run.  Levi had his other business and philanthropic interest to keep him occupied.  He was active in many things.  He was also on the board of several companies.

On September 26, 1902, Levi Strauss died peacefully in his bed.

END OF DRAMA

Now it’s time for bed Johnny.  We will talk more tomorrow about    501® Levi original and tall & big original fit jeans                                               

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