The "Good Old Days"


Redman (AQHA Catch A Rocket)

God's gift to a horseman.




Dr. Jim's parade, trail, rough country, elk hunting, bear and hog hunting mule

that is also good on working cattle..... "Raspberry Moon Shine"

Dr. Jim began riding horses by himself at the age of 4 on a park path in Kansas City, Missouri when his Dad was in the Navy. His Dad, Art, rode western style and his mother, Mary Elizabeth, rode English. Thanks folks for passing on the love & heritage of equines. The name of the horse was "B's Midnight" and he was the fastest pony in the string. Granddad Bickley would send pony ride money weekly.

Dr. Jim gained his own appreciation of the strengthand stamina of a good mule at 7 years of age. It was great to ride this wonderful jug headed veteran mule in the New Mexico mountains each summer.

My late brother Rob, aka P. J. Belly, on his Tennessee Walking Horse.
My maternal grandmother, Ola E. Bickley, feeding the chickens over 100 years ago on their family farm near Clovis, New Mexico. My Granddad, James McDonald Bickley came from Tenn. to be superintendent of the Clovis Schools for many years.  
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Jim's paternal grandfather, A. N. "Ott" Gamble.

Driving Joe pulling his courting buggy.


Maria Gamble and Dr. Jim were able to purchase and start their dream of Rancho Santiago because of Jim's Dad, Arthur Gamble's generosity. 

Dr. Jim's brother, Rob Gamble (aka P. J. Belly) purchased this full page rememberance in the Mules & More magazine with the Spanish blessing of "Go with God" for the loss of his nephew, Jamie, and our Dad, Art Gamble.

Dr. Jim pictured in the center is alive and well.  The boy, father, brother and these first of our mules are deceased.  We sure did have some good times.


Thank God we get a little smarter as we grow older.

I am glad I have turned in my bull riding spurs to raise, drive and ride mules.




James McDonold Bickley is Dr. Jim's maternal grandfather. He was superintendent of the Clovis, New Mexico, schools for many years. Mr. Bickley attended Harvard and is listed the New Mexico Educator's Hall of Fame.  He was superintendent of the Clovis, New Mexico schools for years.

Dr. Jim's fraternal grandfather is A. N. "Ott" Gamble. Ott is driving the wagon full of happy party revelers in this photo. Dressing up and going to a party was the big entertainment in those days without movies, TV, and even the radio was scarce.

Our son, Jamie, loved riding horses, the ranch, and mules. James Angus Gamble was killed on Friday the 13th, February 1998 in an "in on purpose" wreck by Lienio F. Desouza a truck driver in the U.S.A. from Brazil.

Jamie was 20 years of age.


This tragedy was reported as an "on purpose" act by the truck driver, Lienio F. Desouza, in a truck owned by Arman Takayan of Van Nuys, California. Desouza pulled over on Jamie's vehicle as he was passing that 18 wheel truck on a four lane diivided highway. The drive wheels jerked Jamie's vehicle under the trailer and crushed the vehicle,  Then Desouza drug Jamie's crushed car and body "400 yards down the highway off the side down a steep embankment "to obliterate evidence of the wreck" reported the highway patrol.

Lienio F. Desouza, of Brazil, did not have his driving log up to date, his drug testing information was not valid, and his driver's license was expired.  The New Mexico gave him a ticket and let this killer go. What?

We ask special blessings on the male nurse that stopped and tried to render aide to our son.  This good Samaritan told me that Jamie's head was crushed, he was alive, but not conscious. This nurse stayed with our son, talking to him with his hand on his shoulder "so he would know he was not alone" until Jamie died of suffocation from his lungs filling with blood.

Later the jaws of life removed our dead son. Jamie's girlfriend was decapitated.

God bless Jamie.  We hope we can ride together again as a family.

I pray that the good Lord God Almighty gives Lienio R. Desouza all he so justly deserves.



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