These pictures will make you do a double-take!

These photographs would make you do a double take, especially the second one.ralphmadsen

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Ralph Madsen, the tallest Texan cowboy, in the photograph above was 7 feet 6 inches tall and weighted 228 pounds. He was born Ralph Earl Madsen on April 19, 1897 in Norfolk, Nebraska and was not from Texas as his nickname suggested.ralphmadsen (25)

Ralph’s parents were of medium height with his father about six feet, two inches and his mother five foot eight. He had two sisters and a brother about five foot eight. Even though he was tall, Ralph Madsen wore a size nine shoe and his hands were average size.

Ralph tried to enlist in the Army, in both America and Canada. However, he was turned down due to his extreme height. He was a rancher in Ranger, Texas and played bastketball with the Kentucky Colonels, a traveling team with former college starts and independent court stars. Later in life he began touring with his manager, Sam Houston.ralphmadsen (44)

His first Broadway appearance was made shortly afternoon in Times Square, and so great was the crowd which gathered to see him that the traffic policeman asked him either to sit down or move on. Madsen moved and the crowd followed.ralph e. madsen3ralphmadsen (52)

Ralph became a motion picture actor, and visited the Eastern cities in connection with the showing of his films.ralph e. madsen2


He even called on President Wilson in Washington, D. C.

Ralph E. Madsen married Mrs. Verne Marie Rice who was five feet five inches tall. He died in Norfolk, Nebraska on November  26, 1948. tn_ralphmadsen (98)ralphmadsen (16)

Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 2) Inspired by real people and actual events, the family saga of colonial America continues with Ambrose Dixon’s family. Faith and Courage presents the religious persecution of Quakers in Pre-Revolutionary War days of America intertwined with a love story.

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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