As a result of cross-checking Harry Gant’s statements in his memoir, I discovered the Chuck Wagon Trailers (CWT), and attended their meeting in 2009. While there, I met their past president, J. Verl (J. D.) Silvester. The following year, I attended again, and he told me that he had a manuscript he was interested in publishing, primarily to sell at speaking engagements. The title was Code of the West.
In appreciation for his part in keeping the CWT alive, I edited the manuscript and prepared it for publication without charge (except for the cost of printing and shipping the proof copies). I also developed the cover, based on an image he provided.
Castle Knob published the book, with royalties paid directly to Silvester. As of 2014, it is our best-seller.