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Charles Weldon Cannon

Born: Jan 14, 1915

Death: Mar 14, 1997

Birthplace: Afton

Nationality: United States

Charles Weldon Cannon

Date of Birth : Jan 14, 1915
Date of Death : Mar 14, 1997
Birth Place : Afton

Charles Weldon Cannon, known as Tooter Cannon, was a widely recognized manufacturer of boots and saddles in rural Dickens, Texas. Cannon was the last of nine children born to Charles Ira Cannon and the former Mattie Cordial Snodgrass on a working ranch in Afton in Dickens County in West Texas. He was given his unusual nickname as a child by his father. As a teenager, he learned boot and saddlemaking techniques to help the cowboys obtain a proper fit on their horses. He also worked on other ranches in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, as well as Texas. He broke horses for the U.S. government during World War II at El Reno in Canadian County, Oklahoma. After the war, he operated two leather goods businesses in Tulsa, where his clients included the city police. In 1949, he returned to Dickens County and settled in the Spur community. He relocated his shop to Dickens in 1968. After 1970, he concentrated exclusively until his death on saddlemaking. His Tooter Cannon Saddles were prized by ranchers and rodeo riders because they were designed to fit the contour of the horse. A Tooter Cannon saddle or a pair of his boots is usually passed down within families.

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