The Original Texas Giant Cowboy
MR. RALPH MADSEN, "Big Boy," was born
and raised in the State of Texas. Age,
twenty-four years the 19th
of last April. His height is seven and
a half feet; weight, 228 pounds.
His mother and father are of medium height;
father about six foot two, mother five foot
eight, two sisters and a brother about five
foot eight. Mr. Madsen wears a size
nine shoe, his hands are of an average size.
He is healthy in every way, hearty and
strong. Exceptionally strong
in his arms and limbs. So you can
readily see he is not on stilts as some
people think. Mr. Madsen spent most of
his life on a ranch and a greater part of it
in the saddle, until he started to travel
some six years ago. he has visited
every State in the Union and parts of Mexico
and Canada. Wishing to enlist in the
Army, he tried both his home country and
Canada, but was turned down on account of
his extreme height.
Mr. Madsen has acquired a good practical
education and is an authority on live stock,
horses, cows, pigs and sheep.
Knowledge in veterinary and caring
for stock has been acquired by actual
experiences, being one of the best posted
the country on domestic animals. He
loves a horse about all animals. The little
horse he carries
him is his pride. He would keep her at
his hotel if permitted. Ask Mr. Madsen
anything about a horse, or a domestic
animal, he is always ready to talk
intelligently on animals or farms. So
many people ask him foolish questions in
order to appear ridiculous, he is quite
witty and goes them one better.
Mr. Madsen is normal in every way, and does
not appear as a freak or monstrosity.
He takes pleasure in his present work, likes
to travel, and has plenty of this world's
goods. His height does not bother him
when it comes to being sensitive; he says,
"we were all meant to be just as we are."
When asked hos he sleeps, he remarks
sometimes, "Up stairs over a vacant lot." or
"In the hall at the hotel." One old
negro woman down in Georgia, when she looked
up at big boy said, "He haint is he?
He sure kaint be folks - he wuz meant fo'
twins an dey forgot to separate him."
Big boy is good natured and laughs
with the world. He says, "We don't
have to die to go to heaven, we can enjoy
this world, we are not so sure of the next."
Of course he is tall enough to reach up for
a blessing - don't have to ask it.
Picture and circulars can be obtained from
Mr. Madsen's permanent address, R. E.
Madsen, Ranger, Texas.
Mr. Madsen is the original Texas Giant
Cowboy, under the management of J. Sam
Houston, contrary to the reports that he is
traveling with any circus of carnival.
In Latin "Mare" means "mother" - she of
gentle, loving face
So wistful, kindly, trusting, that no soul
can take her place,
But you, my time, little mare, come next.
Where'er I pine
For truth like her's, it's you I seek - you
little mare of mine.
You're just a bit of flesh and blood, too
small to fight your way
Through all the battles of the range to
where you stand today-
So small to carry loyalty that seems well
And yet you're truest of them all-you little
mare of mine.
We've crossed the mountain passes and we've
nestled side by side
In joy and hope and trouble-for together we
In grief I've looked deep in your heart;
I've seen your big eyes shine
In sympathy with me, your pal,-you little
mare of mine.
I've ridden with the best of them; I've had
a lot of friends;
I've seen the West grow "civilized" by men
the East Land sends;
I've learned of human nature, for I've gone
all down the line.
But you've the truest friend I've found-you
little mare of mine.
Madsen in presenting himself and little horse,
calls it a big and little surprise. Many
giants now traveling call themselves eight foot
three and nine foot tall, which is not true by
many inches when it comes to measurement.
"Tis true Mr. Madsen towers about them when it
comes to height. So when you see Mr.
Madsen you have seen about the tallest man in
the United States, and a man who is not built up
to make himself tall, a man who is normal and
not exhibiting himself as a freak.
Tex Madsen appear as the Giant in Mama's
Little Pirate, an Our Gang Comedy
is a visual and aural treat with
neat effects, those wonderfully
crafted sets, a non-stop LeRoy
Shield soundtrack (with some new
tunes) and a perfectly believable
giant, played by Tex Madsen and
voiced by, who else, diminutive
Billy Bletcher. There are gags,
including some good ones involving
Billy Thomas, who is now finally and
forever Buckwheat, but the laughs
are merely punctuation for the
Joe Young, as
Spanky's father, was Robert Young's
older brother. The resemblance is
obvious and even stronger in the
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