Who was Peter McCue?
Peter McCue, grandsire of Joe Hancock
submitted by Michelle Thompson
How Peter McCue Got His Name
by Otto Dover; The Quarter Horse Journal, April 1953
submitted by John Moore
| Do you know
how come Samuel Watkins (Red-headed Sam) of Petersburg, Illinois, named his
famous horse Peter McCue? Well, I'll tell you the way I heard it.
I was talking horse with a friend one day, and the horses mentioned were named Peter McCue and Dan Tucker. A man sat down at my little soda fountain, located on the corner of Twelfth Street and Washington Boulevard, Ogden, Utah and ordered up a coke. As I handed him his change, he said "Did I hear you mention the name Peter McCue?"
I answered, "Yes."
He said, "Well, we used to have a horse in my home town named Peter McCue. I wonder if there is any connection?"
I asked him where he was from and he answered Petersburg, Illinois. When I asked him his name he answered Cyrus Bowles Watkins, and that his father was Sam Watkins, a cousin to red-headed Sam Watkins who owned Peter. I asked him how come the horse was called Peter McCue, and he said that red-headed Sam had many race horses, and one day he asked his neighbour, Peter McCue - an Irishman - to pick out the best horse in his corral. When the old man had made his choice, Sam named the horse Peter McCue after him.
Mr. Watkins visits my fountain every day, and I have had many interesting conversations with him about Peter McCue, Dan Tucker, Hi Henry, Carrie Nation and others.
I thought this bit of history, coming to me as you might say by coincidence, would be interesting to the readers of The Journal.
I'm a drugstore cowboy and admit it. I like to sing western songs, play a tenor banjo, and ride - or smell a good Quarter Horse. I belong to Weber County's Sheriff Posse. Our big event each year is a horseback ride from Ogden to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 240 miles in seven days, drinking sage tea and square dancing in all the little towns we pass on the way.
There is a hitching post at the rear of my store; drop in and have a coke with me.
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