Went out to Buena Vista in February. Collected rodeo stories and bits of Buena Vista history from longtime residents: Randy and Carol Sailor, Gary and Betty Merrifield, and Donnie Shake. The Sailors talked about rodeo in the 60’s and I learned what a “train orphan” was. Orphans in the east were put on trains to Nebraska where they were met by families needing an extra set of hands who then adopted them. Sometimes the kids were abused and Randy’s Grandfather escaped his step-parents with a bible and a stolen pony. Gary Merrifield and his family had a deer living in their house with them for two and half years. I had to believe it after I saw a few dozen photographs. Donnie Shake had a picture of his Great Grandfather officiating at the only hanging in Buena Vista history. I could’ve listened to these people for many more hours.