The Original Texas Giant Cowboy
MR. RALPH MADSEN, "Big Boy," was born
and raised in the State of Texas. Age,
twenty-four years the 19th of last April.
His height is seven and a half feet;
weight, 228 pounds. His mother and father
are of medium height; father about six foot
two, mother five foot eight, two sisters and
a brother about five foot eight. Mr. Madsen
wears a size nine shoe, his hands are of an
average size. He is healthy in every way,
hearty and strong. Exceptionally strong in
his arms and limbs. So you can readily see
he is not on stilts as some people think.
Mr. Madsen spent most of his life on a ranch
and a greater part of it in the saddle,
until he started to travel some six years
ago. he has visited every State in the
Union and parts of Mexico and Canada.
Wishing to enlist in the Army, he tried both
his home country and Canada, but was turned
down on account of his extreme height.
Mr. Madsen has acquired a good practical
education and is an authority on live stock,
horses, cows, pigs and sheep. Knowledge in
veterinary and caring for stock has been
acquired by actual experiences, being one of
the best posted men in the country on
domestic animals. He loves a horse about
all animals. The little horse he carries
with him is his pride. He would keep her at
his hotel if permitted. Ask Mr. Madsen
anything about a horse, or a domestic
animal, he is always ready to talk
intelligently on animals or farms. So many
people ask him foolish questions in order to
appear ridiculous, he is quite witty and
goes them one better.
Mr. Madsen is normal in every way, and does
not appear as a freak or monstrosity. He
takes pleasure in his present work, likes to
travel, and has plenty of this world's
goods. His height does not bother him when
it comes to being sensitive; he says, "we
were all meant to be just as we are." When
asked hos he sleeps, he remarks sometimes,
"Up stairs over a vacant lot." or "In the
hall at the hotel." One old negro woman
down in Georgia, when she looked up at big
boy said, "He haint is he? He sure kaint be
folks - he wuz meant fo' twins an dey forgot
to separate him."
Big boy is good natured and laughs with the
world. He says, "We don't have to die to go
to heaven, we can enjoy this world, we are
not so sure of the next." Of course he is
tall enough to reach up for a blessing -
don't have to ask it.