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Edna Walker Chandler

Edna Walker Chandler (1908 - 1982) was born in Kansas on a wheat farm. She had a rather fragmented education. She was educated at Friends University, Wichita, but eventually graduated from Sacramento State College in California when she was 50. This didn’t stop her writing career. Once Walker’s children had grown up, she started writing, and produced the long and popular Cowboy Sam series, aimed at the child who finds reading difficult.


I’ve given an order for the Cowboy Sam series, but I’m making no claims for its accuracy. The UK editions, of which I’ve been able to find nine, had a completely different series order to the original American printing.


Finding the books: some appear to be available as print on demand. Pricing of original copies is variable. The UK editions are a little easier to find in good condition. Finding copies which are not ex-library or ex-school is difficult. At least two titles have been published in Australia.


Links and sources

Biographical information, Map of Kansas Literature

Terri Wear: Horse Stories - An Annotated Bibliography



Cowboy Sam

Cowboy Sam

Cowboy Sam and Freddy

Cowboy Sam and the Rodeo

Cowboy Sam and Porky
Cowboy Sam and the Rustlers

Cowboy Sam and the Fair

Cowboy Sam and Shorty

Cowboy Sam and the Indians

Cowboy Sam and Miss Lily

Cowboy Sam and Dandy

Cowboy Sam and Flop

Cowboy Sam and the Airplane

Cowboy Sam and Sally

Cowboy Sam and Big Bill

Cowboy Sam and Freckles

Bibliography - horse books only

Cowboy Sam and Freddy

Beckley-Cardy Company, 1951, 67 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather


Cowboy Sam’s nephew, Freddy, comes from town to spend the summer on
the ranch. Cowboy Sam gets a black-and-white pinto pony for Freddy, and a
saddle and an outfit. Now Freddy is all set, and he learns how to ride and
helps brand the calves.


Cowboy Sam and Porky

Beckley-Cardy Company, 1952, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1955(?), 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather


The ranch’s cook, Bill, has a lazy horse named “Porky”, who never has to work. But one day
Cowboy Sam’s horse comes in without him, and it is up to Bill and Porky to find him. Bill needs
to find a way to make Porky run.




Cowboy Sam and the Rodeo

Beckley-Cardy Company, 1951, 95 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Educational Supplies Pty Limited, Brookvale, NSW, 1972


Freddy is sad that summer is almost over, and he will have to leave the
ranch, and go back to town. Cowboy Sam cheers him up by entering him
in a rodeo, and then helps him get ready for the calf roping, the stake race,
and for the square dancing afterwards.


Cowboy Sam and the Rustlers

Beckley-Cardy Company, 1952, 124 pp, illus Jack Merryweather


Cowboy Sam’s nephew, Freddy, comes to the ranch for the summer, and is reunited with
his horse, Spot. During the summer he helps keep an eye on the cattle, tangles with a bear,
and helps to catch some cattle rustlers.


Cowboy Sam and the Fair

Beckley-Cardy Company, 1953, 94 pp, illus Jack Merryweather



It is time for the big fair, and it will be Sally’s first time entering any animals.
She picks out her best turkey and her best calf. Cowboy Sam enters his
best bull, and the fair turns out to be exciting and not without a little danger.




Cowboy Sam and the Indians

Beckley-Cardy Company, Chicago, 1954, 127 pp, illus Jack Merryweather


Some Indians come to live near Cowboy Sam’s ranch. One of them, Leo, comes to work for
Sam, and Sam’s young partner, Fred, gets to learn about the Indians’ way of life from him.
Cowboy Sam is able to help the Indians out  when their crops are infested, and in return, the
Indians are able to help Cowboy Sam solve his loco weed problem in his new pastures.

Cowboy Sam and the Airplane

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1959, 127 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Educational Supplies Pty Limited, Brookvale, NSW, 1972


Cowboy Sam learns to fly and buys an airplane. It saves a lot of time with
ranch work, and saves a sick boy’s life. Sam sees another plane parked on
his landing field. Then the white plane stampedes Sam’s cattle, and Sam
knows they are up to no good, and tries to find them before more harm is done.


Cowboy Sam

Beckley-Cardy Co, Chicago, 1951, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather


The first in the Cowboy Sam series.

Cowboy Sam and Miss Lily

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1958, 61 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 63 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Cowboy Sam and Shorty

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1953, 67 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1966, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Cowboy Sam and Flop

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1958, 64 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 63 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Cowboy Andy

Random House, New York, 1959, 65 pp, illus E Raymond Kinstler

Popcorn Patch

Whitman, 1969, illus Darrael Wiskur


Johnny plants some popcorn and watermelons in an unused bit of field. He’s hoping he’ll be able to
sell them and earn enough to buy a new saddle for his horse.

Cowboy Sam and Big Bill

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1960, 47 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 47 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Cowboy Sam and Freckles

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1960, 47 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1966, 47 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

Pony Rider

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1966, 48 pp, illus Jack Merryweather



A Ben Logan story about horses and the West.

Cowboy Sam and Dandy

Benefic Press, 1958, 48 pp, illus Jack Merryweather

E J Arnold & Sons, Leeds, 1963, 47 pp, illus Jack Merryweather



While out tending to the cattle, the horse Cowboy Sam is riding leads him to
an orphaned palomino colt. Cowboy Sam takes the colt home, names him
Dandy and teaches him to be a good ranch horse.



Cowboy Sam and Sally

Benefic Press, Chicago, 1959, 127 pp, illus Jack Merryweather