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Southeast Kansas men took part in filming of "Lincoln"

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A group of men in Labette County, Kansas got together to help with the making of a movie nominated for 12 Oscar.

"I specialize in reproduction calvary equipment and old west gear, and the film companies contact me to rent equipment from me and buy holsters and saddles and such from me, and through that I have a group of reenactors and we kind of specialize in that so they hire us," says David Carrico, owner of Carrico's Leather Works.

However, in November and December of 2011 while the movie "Lincoln" was being filmed Carrico came down with leukemia.

So his buddies and gear went along for the ride.

A group of about 20 professional horsemen and reenactors from the Edna and Altamont area took 20 horses and spent four weeks filming the movie in Virginia.

One member of the group is Bartlett Grade School and Edna Elementary Principal Tim Traxson.

"When we work these we just see bits and pieces of it because we don't see the whole thing, so we kind of wonder just how it was going to be put together and it was a good movie because I really enjoyed it because I am a history buff and I enjoy that," says Traxson.

Traxson says the days are long and filled with a lot of "hurry up and wait" but the time spent, to him, is worth it.

"It's exciting because there is a lot of work, a lot of preparation getting things ready," says Traxson.  "We travel 24 hours to get back with horses and it's quite an undertaking.  It's a big job."

Last summer the crew went to Utah and New Mexico to help with "The Lone Ranger" starring Johnny Depp.  "The Lone Ranger" is expected to be released later this year.

The Oscars are scheduled for Sunday February 24.

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