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2015 New Mexico Show -



The California show is history and it was a good one. There was a good variety of collections by both men and women. There was a lot of trading going on the whole time. We did eat well too, which is always good. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the show.

Congratulations to the award winners. Joe and Ellie Lawrence made some real nice Valentine Heart table decorations. Thanks Mark and Linda Nelson for putting on a good show. We New Mexican’s had a very good time. There was a lot of walk thru people, which was good.

Will not be long before the “Super Show”, which will be in Vernon, TX this year on April 10th and 11th. Looks like they do have a “Super Show” lined up. Set up will be April 9th, noon to 5 PM.

Our New Mexico show is all lined up for July 17th and 18th in Raton again this year. We do have our flyer done and you can see a copy in The Collector and the other Club Newsletters. The characters on the flyer are from our past themes for the last 13 years. Our neighbor, Harry Vedoe, did the drawings. Harry was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Taos News for 15 years. He is a good artist and neighbor. We want to give Harry a personal thanks for his drawings for our flyer.

Our theme this year is “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”. Our themes over the past years were:

You can pick your favorite theme or themes from the past years to decorate your table/tables. Should be fun to see what people come up with.

That’s it for this time. The best to all of you and hope to see you all at the shows this year.



Hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and Santa brought you the items on your wish list. We did have a white Christmas in our area.

With the beginning of the New Year, (where did the last one go?), we are looking forward to the first collectors show. This will be in Bullhead City, Arizona and put on by the California Barbed Wire Collectors Association. They have had some good shows in the past in Bullhead City and we are anxious and looking forward to the show. In our case, we are looking forward to some warmer weather and always enjoy our stay in Laughlin. The show will be Saturday and Sunday, February 14th and 15th.

Our New Mexico show is all lined up for July 17th and 18th, 2015 in Raton. We had a very large show in Raton last year and looking forward to this next year. Our host Motel will be the Microtel Inn and Suites again. The rates will be the same as last year ($62.99 plus tax). We do have rooms blocked out for the show (575-445-9100).

Over the last 13 years, we have had a show theme and a list of these will be listed in the next President’s Letter. Our theme this year is “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES”. You can pick your favorite from past years to decorate your table/tables. Maybe a different theme on each table. Should be fun. Our show flyer will be completed soon which will list all the past themes.

Hope you have a Happy New Year and our wishes are for a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy year ahead for everyone.




The Symposium closed out the collector shows for the season. It was a good get together and well attended. John Baumchen did a great job as chairman and there were some interesting topics presented. The pricing committees did a good job of reviewing the current suggested prices and adjusted the prices as they thought was necessary.

The Ladies, following the ABWS meeting, had a good time and went to Hay’s for lunch on Friday. They decided to go and do some “plate art” shopping following all the great looking plates that Nancy Sowle brought that she had done to the show. These plates she made are to be put out in the yard as “flower plate art”. These plates are used plates you pick up at a thrift store or wherever you can find a pretty plate.

The ABWS meeting, prior to the Symposium, went well and we all got an update on the Treasurers Report, Larry Greer Research Library, Wire and Tool Auction and the Barbed Wire Collector. Bob Spencer was re-elected as Vice chairman and Nancy Sowle as Secretary.

I reported at the Symposium on our Association News that following the NMBWCA show in Raton in 2015, the New Mexico Club will dissolve. This will be our 43rd show and we have run out of gas. We have a very limited number of people that can host a show as some of our younger members have moved out of state. We will go to and support other state shows but all the board members have agreed it’s time to call this 2015 show in Raton on July 17th and 18th our last. It has been a great run and we thank you all for making it possible.

That is it for now and we want to wish you all a VERY HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

See you next year. Stay safe and healthy.




We were very happy and pleased with the turnout at our New Mexico show. We used 70 tables and think there was 65 fellow collectors that were there. It was one of our biggest shows and thanks goes out to a lot of people that made it possible. First was the great support by the Raton City Manager, Butch McGowen, and the other employees in making the Convention Center available for us to use.

Then thanks to Christina Boyce, Director at the Chamber of Commerce, for all the advertising which generated a good walk thru of people from the town and area. Mr. C’s Catering, Tom and Norma Cecil, really cooked some extra good meals for lunch and the evening’s. Ricco Trujillo, Building Director, and his staff took good care of us during the show at the Convention Center. We also had a good trails end meal at K-Bobs and thanks to Gina Jackson for making sure we were well fed.

We always have the great support and help from our two New Mexico couples, FRED & WRENNEE REYNOLDS AND DAN & NANCY SOWLE. We would have to struggle without their never ending help putting a show together and working during the show.

We were pleased with our theme,”BEARS”, and had numerous displays which everyone enjoyed. Congratulations to Ed and Linda Clark for winning THE BEST TABLE THEME AWARD. Several people saw some live Bears while driving around town. BEST OF SHOW, WOMEN, went to Marilyn Wasden and BEST OF SHOW, MEN, was the Kirscht Family, David, Scott & Shawn. Congratulations to all the winners. Our prestigious award for UGLIEST COLLECTOR went to Bob Chamblee.

Also congratulations to Carolyn Herring and Betty Wright for their induction into the Ladies Hall of Honor.

We thank you all for coming and helping make our show a big success. We had people from Florida to California. Our show next year will be back in Raton on July 17th and 18th, 2015. Hope you all will be back again.

Our show was followed a few weeks later by the Colorado show in Burlington. It was fabulous and everyone had a wonderful time. It started with a nice trails end meal at a Mexican Restaurant. They had an extra fine building for the show. It was large, well lighted and cooled. There was a nice wine tasting and tour at the Claremont Inn and Winery in Stratton, CO. It was a fun time.

Friday night was special, after a good meal at a local steak house, we went and rode the Kit Carson County Carousel, which is a National Historic Landmark and built in 1905. We all enjoyed our rides on Camels, Horses, Giraffes and Zebras. We all acted like children again and had a ball.

Saturday had a lot of walk in traffic again and that evening they had a good awards banquet. Of course their theme this year was Carousels. Thanks to Vickie Schlepp and her daughter for making the darling carousels that were the door prizes.

A very Special Thanks to Clinton & Vickie Schlepp and Barry & Molly Beek, working as co-show chairmen, for a fabulous Colorado show. We give them an “A” Plus. Also thanks to the Kirscht’s for their help and to the caterer’s for all their good food.

Congratulations to Clinton Schlepp for being inducted into the Men’s Hall of Fame. Also congratulations to the Kirscht Family for Men’s Best of Show and to Molly Beek for Women’s Best of Show. Colorado did have a great show and next year they plan to have their show back in Burlington, CO.

That’s it for this time. Hope to see you all at the Symposium.




The 48th Annual Barbed Wire Festival in La Crosse, Kansas on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd was really a great show. They always have a lot to do and some special fun things. Everyone had a great time. Brad Penka, Patricia Duffy and all the other helpers do an outstanding job. Also Mike McCafferty does a lot to help make the show a big success. They always have one of the best award banquets and entertainment.

La Crosse’s theme this year was “We Will Rock You”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Post Rock Museum, where it all began. The banquet was a candlelight banquet and the hosts and hostesses were formal and very elegant.

Our New Mexico Show (July 17th, 18th & 19th) is just around the corner. As of now, we have 69 tables reserved. There will be a lot of “BEARS” (our theme) on hand and the walls will be lined with displays. There is some good food scheduled, a great play at the Shuler Theater and some shopping downtown.

Our schedule of events will start off with a Trails End get together at K-Bobs Steakhouse at 6:00 on Thursday (17th) and we will order from the menu (10% discount).

Each day there will be coffee and donuts available in the mornings. Lunch will be available each day at the show site as well as the evening meals.

Setup of displays and tables will be Friday morning starting at 7:30. The show will be open to the public from 9:00 top 4:30. We have a meal scheduled at the show site about 5:00 and after that, we are all welcome to go the the Shuler Theater for a play. ($10.00 per person)

On Saturday the show will be from 8:00 to 3:00. The live auction will be at 3:00 and there will be plenty of time to load your collections after that, before the awards banquet at the show site soon after 6:00.

If anyone has any questions, just give me a call at 575-758-3487 or my cell is 505-690-5010.

Hope you all have made your Motel reservations. Don’t know how many rooms the Microtel has left (575-445-9100).

See you all soon and have a safe trip.



MAY – JUNE 2014

The second show of the season is behind us and it was a good one. The Texas people, Danny Wright and family, Ruth and Delbert Trew and Zack and Carolyn Herring, were all responsible for a nice show. It was a small show with a fair amount of walk thru traffic. The big fun thing was their theme, “Surprise”, and there was swapping of the surprise boxes going on all the time. It was a nice idea for a theme. There were some real funny and good items in the boxes and some good laughs when they were opened at the banquet.

We want to congratulate all the award winners and especially the Best of Show, women, which was won by Barbara Channell. She had a great display of dishes. Men’s Best of Show went to Bob Chamblee for his display and video of salesman samples of different types of gates.

The awards banquet was extra great and the steaks were sure good. The trip and get together in Wheeler was a good choice for a trails end get together and we all had a nice meal and visit.

We’re off to the Kansas show in La Crosse next week. They have put together a fun show and always plan a lot of things that are enjoyed by everyone.

Our New Mexico show is on the 18th and 19th of July and it is looking like there will be a lot of people attending. We’re lined up for some good eating and fun. Remember the theme is “BEARS” so bring a display for your table.

Our tentative schedule is as follows:
Thursday–Trail ends get together at K-Bob’s steakhouse at 6:00. Order from the menu (10% discount).
Friday–Set Up 7:30-9:00–Show open to the public 9:00-4:30–meal (5:00) at the show site followed by going to the Shuler Theater for a play at 7:00.
Saturday–Show open from 8:00-3:00–auction at 3:00–awards banquet at show site at 6:00.

Lunch will be available both days at the show site. Coffee and donuts in the AM.

Any questions just give a call and don’t forget to make your Motel Reservations (Microtel–575-445-9100–We have a block of rooms set aside, downstairs, and
mention Jerry Boxberger–barbed wire show, for the room rate.




This year is sure marching on and we did make it to the California show and had good time.  It did turn out to be a SUPER SHOW for California and the largest they have had in years. There were 36 tables used and people, outside of California, were from Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska.


The show had an extra large amount of walk thru traffic.  There were a lot of displays, both by women and men.  The club presented some nice awards at the banquet and we congratulate all the winners.


We also want to congratulate the three ladies that were inducted into the Hall of Honor at the banquet.  They were Linda Clark, Linda Nelson and Marilyn Wasden.
Mark and Linda Nelson are to be congratulated for a good show.  Thanks also to Joe and Ellie Lawrence for the table favors and all the other things they did and all the other club members that contributed.


We all enjoyed the nice weather and hated to return to our 0 to 10 degree nights and still dry as a bone in our area.
The New Mexico show in Raton, July 18th and 19th, seems to be on schedule.  Hope you are able to make it.  We suggest you make your Motel reservations early.  We have a block of rooms set aside for the 17th, 18th and 19th at the Microtel Inn and Suites (575-445-9100).  Ask for show rates listed under Jerry Boxberger–Barbed Wire Show.  ($62.99 plus tax).


The theme this year is “BEARS” so keep this in mind when you bring your collections.  A trails-end get together will be Thursday (17th) at the K-Bob’s Steakhouse at 6:00.  A full schedule will be in my next Presidents Letter.


Hope you are all ready for the collecting season.  We are looking forward to the Texas show in Shamrock on April 4th and 5th followed by the show in LaCrosse, KS on May 4th and 5th.
Happy Collecting.







Not much happening in the collecting world this time of the year.  Hope everyone is getting their collections sorted out and mounted for the Spring and Summer shows.  We’ll be ready for the California show in Bullhead City, Arizona.  This will be the yearly Super Show and sounds like they have some super plans.  Hope to see a lot of you collectors there.  The weather should be nice.
Hope everyone had a great Holiday Season.  We sure did and it has been cold but not too much snow in our area.  The mountains have had a lot of snow and the skiing is great.
We, along with the Sowle’s and Reynolds’, did take a five day trip to the southern part of the state just before Christmas and really had a great time and enjoyed the warmer weather.  I did find a wire stretcher tool that I did not have in my collection.  Also a couple of Keen Kutter items.  Found them at SOB Antiques in Las Cruces and know you all remember “Sweet Old Bob”,  Bob and Carol Gaines, from all the times they have taken things to our NM shows.
Guess that is it for now.  Hope everyone has a Healthy and Happy New Year.
See you down the collecting road.

Another year of collector shows is behind us and now it’s time to up-grade our collections with our new purchases or trades.  It has been a good year for shows and we, along with fellow New Mexican’s, the Sowle’s and Reynolds’,  managed to attend them all, except Nebraska, which was the same time as our show.


All the shows were good ones and the one in Springville, California really started things off with an excellent show.  Then the show at the DRM in McLean, Texas, the super show in La Crosse, Kansas, which was a “Super Show”.  Our New Mexico show in Moriarty was extra good with a lot of collectors attending.  Colorado’s show in Walsenburg was a nice show and then it was off to La Crosse, Kansas again for the Symposium.


The Symposium is always good with a nice group of attendees. I think that there was a lot of good topics presented followed by some nice discussions.  The pricing committees did a lot of work to determine any changes that should be made.  There was a good ABWS meeting prior to the Symposium.  The Ladies, after attending the ABWS meeting, headed to Ellis, Kansas were they toured a railroad and doll museum.  Then they went back to Hays where they had a good German meal at Gella’s Restaurant.


That is a short summary of the Summer. Now NM is getting lined up for next years show which will be in Raton, NM on July 18th and 19th, 2014.
Hope everyone has a good Winter and we wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy HOLIDAY SEASON.