One of the last horse teams in Mapleton was that of Wendell’s uncle, Elmer. His horses, Jake and Shorty were the last of a long line of horse teams who plowed, dug out foundations, and harvested crops in the rural town. Perhaps Wendell had early memories of Elmer and his horses digging the foundation for his childhood home. At some point, he fell in love with the subject and proceeded to paint several horse team paintings, carefully depicting all the reins and equipment with his impeccable attention to detail. Painting Elmer’s last team was a loving tribute to a well-loved man, whose wonderful sense of humor yielded many quotable quotes.