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2003 NDCHF Hall of Honorees Induction
2003 NDCHF Hall of Honorees Induction Program • SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2003 • Tjaden Terrace, Medora, North Dakota
12 Noon - Musical Entertainment DW Groethe, Bainville, Mont. Bob Petermann, Wibaux, Mont.
1 p.m. - Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Phil Baird, Mandan
Keynote Address by The Honorable Governor John Hoeven
Rodeo Honorees Introduced by Dean Meyer, Selfridge
George Gardner Alex LaSotta Lyndon “Frank” Marshall Franklin “Tex” Appledoorn
Ranching Honorees Introduced by Robyn Nelson, Pembina
Theodore “Ted” Albers Margaret Barr Roberts Brooks Keogh
Ranch Honoree Introduced by Russ Danielson, Harwood
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N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame Honors Nine Inductees A pioneer woman whose husband disappeared while on a cattle buying trip and a ranch whose founders built a sandstone lighthouse on their property are among the seven people and two entities composing the sixth round of North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees. Rodeo honorees are George Gardner, Alex LaSotta, Lyndon “Frank” Marshall and Franklin “Tex” Appledoorn. Ranching honorees are Theodore “Ted” Albers, Margaret Barr Roberts, Brooks Keogh and the Nelson Sunrise Ranch. Special Achievement honoree is the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo. (Inductee biographies begin on page 3.) The formal induction is Saturday, Aug. 2, at Tjaden Terrace, Medora. Free musical entertainment begins at 12 noon with the ceremony at 1 p.m. Keynote speaker is North Dakota Governor John Hoeven. Saturday’s pre-induction activities include a NDCHF Trustee’s meeting at 10 a.m. Mountain Time at Tjaden Terrace. Individuals must reserve their own tickets for the evening pitchfork fondue and Medora Musical by calling 800-633-6721. Call that number or the Medora Chamber at 701-623-4910 for motel information. Activities continue Sunday, Aug. 3, 1 p.m., at the 47th Annual Home On The Range Champions Ride, Sentinel Butte. For HOTR Champions Ride tickets call 701-872-3745.
NDCHF Board Seeks Construction Bids The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Directors voted at their June meeting to ask for bids on the planned center of western heritage and history in Medora. “We expect the bids to be reviewed in late July. If bids
are within reason and if funding is in place, work on the $3 million-plus project could begin the end of September,” says NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan, Bismarck. (Continued on page 20.)
Nelson Sunrise Ranch
Special Achievement Introduced by Miss Rodeo N.D. Melanie Marquart, Wing
Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo
Induction activities continue Sunday, August 3, 1 p.m., at the Home On The Range Champions Ride at Sentinel Butte. The 2003 NDCHF rodeo honorees will be introduced and the drawing will be held for the Quarter Horse and saddle provided by the Iver Tveit family, Forbes.
The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board of Directors is currently seeking construction bids for the NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo to be built in downtown Medora.
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B it from the B oard Dear Members and Friends: In this day and age, one has to work very hard to make good things happen. This is even more challenging against the not-so-good news of world events. Since the last Cowboy Chronicle, this country engaged in another war. We witnessed a space shuttle tragedy. The U.S. unemployment rate increased to six-percent plus. And our nation’s budget deficit keeps climbing. These are the stories we hear about daily. What we don’t hear enough about are the good things that happen. Case in point: the comeback of rodeo in Wing, N.D. Last year the event was cancelled, and it looked like it would follow the demise of rodeo in places like Arvilla, Beulah, Hazelton, and Steele. But not in Wing. The local folks rallied, reorganized their resources, and came roaring back in June with a great rodeo: lots of contestants, outstanding stock and generous sponsors. And spectator attendance was great, including many families and their little cowpokes. Congratulations, Wing Rodeo Club! With our goal to start construction soon for the Cowboy Hall of Fame, it is gratifying to see others giving their all to preserve rodeo in our communities. We know it takes incredible commitment and effort, which doesn’t always make the front-page headlines. Interested in hearing more about good things happening? Come to the 2003 NDCHF meeting and induction ceremony in Medora the first weekend in August. Plan also to attend the Home on the Range Champions Ride. Your continued support is very much appreciated. See ya’ there!
Phil Baird, Mandan NDCHF President
Governor Hoeven to Keynote Induction North Dakota Governor John Hoeven will keynote the 2003 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction. As the state’s 31st governor, Hoeven focuses on six pillars: excellence in education, economic development, agriculture, energy, technology and quality of life. Hoeven was born in Bismarck. He has a keen interest in history. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981. He served as executive vice presi-
Groethe and Petermann to Entertain in Medora DW Groethe, Bainville, Mont., and Bob Petermann, Wibaux, Mont., will add cowboy flavor to the 2003 NDCHF induction ceremony with a musical prelude beginning at 12 noon MDT at Tjaden Terrace, Medora. DW, featured performer at the 2003 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev., lives in a house that was built as an officer’s bungalow at Fort Buford, Dakota Territory. He shares the wood-frame building with his only child, a border collie-cross named Buster Tomson. When Groethe isn’t cowboying or writing, he and his wife – who travels in a guitar case – hit the road. They once played Amtrak’s Empire Builder lounge car from Williston to Shelby, Mont., and back again, as part of the Trails and Rails Program. Though quiet and unassuming, Bob Petermann is a well-known Eastern Montana rancher and entertainer. As a poet, singer/song writer, he has been a featured performer at Medora’s Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Badger Clark Days held in Hot Springs, S.D. Petermann offers two recordings: “Cowboy to the End,” and “A Couple Good Horses to Ride” and a book titled, “Cowboy Poetry Fever.” His one-of-a-kind Badlands Cedar apples can be found in area gift shops.
dent of First We s t e r n Bank in Minot from 1986-93 and established a strong position of service in many civic, community and economic development Gov. John Hoeven activities. From 1993-2000 he served as president and CEO of Bank of North Dakota. John and his wife, Mical, “Mikey” Hoeven, have two children, Marcella and Jack. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Executive Director..............Darrell Dorgan Board of Directors President.......................Phil Baird, Mandan Vice President............Robert Tibor, Hebron Secretary............Russ Danielson, Harwood Board Members Virginia Eck...........................Bismarck Laura Griffin.............................Medora Shirley Meyer.........................Selfridge Ray Morrell..........................Valley City Robyn Nelson.........................Pembina Evelyn Neuens......................Bismarck Walter Piehl, Jr.............................Minot Winston Satran......................Bismarck Willard Schnell.......................Dickinson Arlen Sommers....................Valley City Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Representative:
Randy Hatzenbuhler.................Medora State Historical Society Representative:
John Von Rueden...................Bismarck
The Cowboy Chronicle Official publication of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Editor.....Colette Knutson Gjermundson Advisory Committee: Jeri L. Dobrowski Ray Morrell Willard Schnell Robert Tibor Send Letters, Address Changes, Memberships and Contributions to: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame 1110 College Drive, Suite 212 Bismarck, North Dakota 58501 Phone: 701-250-1833
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2003 Inductees Rodeo GEORGE GARDNER George F. Gardner was born at Hopkins, Mo., on March 28, 1878. He moved with his parents to a ranch near Dillon, Mont. There he met and married Ina Baker. Gardner’s cowboy interests and spirit of adventure led the couple to cast their lot with Colonel William Cody “Buffalo Bill,” under whose tutelage he became an expert horseman. George and Ina traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, from the spring of 1899-1906. George performed in the Wild West Show as a rodeo contestant, American cowboy and peace officer, earning about $55 a month plus room and board. Ina posed as a cowgirl in the shows. In 1906, George and Ina retired from the show and filed on a homestead near Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch. George proved up the homestead in 1913, sold half interest in it, and invested in several acreages in the Medora/Fryburg areas. The couple divorced, probably in 1919. George engaged in the cattle business for a few years – buying land that was Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch – and continued to be involved with horses, rodeos and roping. He competed in rodeo events throughout the area, supplied the rodeo stock and won numerous saddle bronc riding and steer roping events. He won “World’s Champion Best All-Around
Cowboy” honors at the Glendive Roundup in Glendive, Mont., in 1919. His championship belt, along with a pistol and money belt he wore during his reign with Buffalo Bill’s show, are on display at Gene Autry’s Western Heritage Museum, Los Angeles. In his book, “Sixty Years of Horsing Around,” Pete Nasset wrote that he and his brother saw their first big-time rodeo at Dickinson at about age 12 (perhaps in 1916). “This was sponsored by the Elks Lodge of that city and they spared no efforts to make it a good one,” Nasset wrote. “The stock contractors for the rodeo were George Gardner, who had been a bronc rider with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and ‘Badlands Bill’ McCarty ...” Gardner married Freda (Fingal) Hubbell on May 9, 1923, in Glendive. She had one son from a previous marriage, Russell Hubbell, of whom George obtained guardianship. He eventually abandoned ranching, gathered a band of wild horses and established the Elkhorn Ranch Wild West Show with friends such as Badlands Bill McCarty, Bob McLeod, Ed Harding and Arnold Stiles. They staged shows in Slope and Billings Counties and toured other states such as Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Gardner was the manager and performed as a trick and fancy roper. Freda acted as a cowgirl and her son, known as “Elkhorn” Russell Gardner, traveled with the show as a
cowboy, the youngest in the show circuit. They returned to the Elkhorn Ranch during the winter months. Gardner’s rodeo abilities and genial manners earned him fame, respect and friendships throughout his travels. No man in western North Dakota was more widely known. George died of pyorrhea poisoning (abscessed tooth) on May 11, 1927, while being hauled to the hospital in his buckboard. He is buried in Dickinson. Following his death The Dickinson Record-Post reported, “In every way he was one of the most picturesque of the rapidly vanishing characters of the old cow-country and his passing will be learned with regret.”
ALEX LASOTTA Alex LaSotta was born Feb. 9, 1895, at Royalton, Minn. At seven years of age he came with his mother and stepfather to Burkey, near Golva, in Golden Valley County. Shortly thereafter Alex and his brother, John, ran away from home because of the meanness of their stepfather. They walked several miles, sleeping out two nights in straw stacks and going without food. Eventually they reached the Calamity Joe Meyers ranch on the Little Missouri River and Alex stayed (Continued on page 4.)
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(LaSotta, continued from page 3.) there for three years, working for his board and room. As a 10-year-old he went to work for Julius Van Daele, continuing for five years. He attended classes in Louis Tetley’s living room and that was the only schooling Alex ever had. At 15 he went to the Lang or Yule Ranch, also called the JXL, where he became a noted cowboy. He and Elmer Clark were known as the two top bronc riders of their time and there never was a horse that either man was afraid to mount. Clark’s son, Merle, Marmarth, who knew of Alex through his father’s stories and photos, says, “He was a rough and tough ‘ol guy. It didn’t matter if it was bull dogging or bronc riding or how many in a day, he was up to the task. He was just there to have fun.” Alex married Hilda Timm of Alpha on Sept. 8, 1915. They had two daughters: Doris (Mrs. Vince) Strom and LeNore (Mrs. Melvin) Wagner, both of Rhame. That same year he began working for C.E. Caudle, foreman of the Phelan Ranch, or 75 Outfit, near Marmarth. Alex participated in and produced rodeos, including those at Golva, Beach and the HT Ranch, where many cowboys tried to make qualified rides on "Shimmy Shaker," a bucking horse owned by Alex. When mounted on his favorite horse, Weasel, Alex and his best friend, Louie Pelisser, were two of the best pickup men and calf ropers in the business. The two friends agreed that whichever one of them outlived the other would come to the other’s ranch and ride away on the deceased’s
favorite saddle horse. Alex died first, so Louie rode away on Weasel. Alex was a top cowhand and an excellent rider and roper. One summer Alex and Hilda traveled with Bill McCarty’s rodeo troupe which toured North Dakota and several eastern states. In 1927 – when President Calvin Coolidge was spending the summer in the Black Hills – Alex made an outstanding ride at Belle Fourche aboard a horse named Coolidge. Alex was also known to ride a saddle horse named Goldie; he kept the mount’s tail trimmed extremely short because if Goldie saw his tail he’d get scared and buck. Alex was the proud owner of a Stetson hat presented to him by movie cowboy Tom Mix. One story notes that when the hat was taken from a convention Alex was attending, he refused to leave town until it was returned. He placed a notice in the morning paper and was wearing the hat when he left for home. The hat is currently displayed at the Bowman Pioneer Trails 301 East Front Avenue Museum, Bowman. Bismarck, ND 58504 Alex homesteaded 701-222-0827 or 800-626-9562 near the Lang Ranch Supplier of awards and and eventually built up his “L Open A” recognition for the North Ranch on the Little Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Missouri River south of Alpha. He
was a North Dakota Stockmen’s Association charter member and was among the first to receive a card file membership in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum), Oklahoma City, Okla. Alex died in 1937 and is buried in Beach. His ranch sold to Nels Langdon and Andrew Johnston, who established the VVV Ranch. It subsequently sold to families named Dilse and Rouzie and then Kiker. Today it is owned by the Weinreis Family. Hilda eventually remarried, becoming Mrs. Ray Putney, Rhame, now deceased. She had three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and seven greatgreat grandchildren.
LYNDON “FRANK” MARSHALL Lyndon Earl “Frank” Marshall, the eighth of nine children, was born to Albert S. and Maude (McLain) Marshall, Dec. 13, 1914, on the family farm/Hereford ranch near Forbes. His parents taught him a love of learning, strong work ethics, thrift, respect and pride. Still, a colorful and intriguing neighbor, Frank Stevens, became the small boy’s role model. He learned to emulate the man’s mannerisms and speech patterns, including profanity. His older brothers quickly attached the name “Frank” to little Lyndon and he was ever after known as Frank Marshall. At some point was also tagged with the nickname “Sparkie,” and he still answers to either. When Frank was about five years old, sheep shearer Martin Bodie gave him a pony named Spotted Boy, whom Frank taught to climb steps, open latches and let himself into the kitchen – tricks more amusing to Frank than to his mother. Soon, Frank was standing on the saddle as Spotted Boy performed. Frank became a wellknown horse breaker and trader at a tender age. His rodeo interests were inspired by local rodeos at Shimmin’s Lake and Resort In The Coteau. (Continued on page 5.)
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was leaving the arena following his first professional rodeo appearance he heard, “Hey, kid, you’ve got a check in the office – and don’t forget to pay your dues!” Frank pooled resources with other cowboys, competing at Calgary, Denver, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Fort Worth and Houston, as well as Aberdeen, Belle Fourche, Deadwood, Pierre and Rapid City, S.D., and Mandan. A New York news reporter wrote in an undated article that Frank “went to the mat with his mount,” in the bareback riding, adding, “The cowhand didn’t even try to wriggle loose, calmly held his rein, kept his hand in the air. The horse regained its feet, Marshall resumed his spurring and stayed with him until the whistle blew.” In May 1942 Frank made a spectacular ride aboard the bull Deer Face at Fort Smith, Ark. Stryker Photo, Fort Worth, Texas, captured the Lyndon “Frank” Marshall moment. Frank ended the year as the fourth best bull rider in the world and (Marshall, continued from page 4.) He graduated from Forbes High 25th best all-around cowboy. Frank served in the U.S. Army from School in 1932, farming at home for a short time before working construc- 1942-45, fighting in Tunisia, Sicily tion in Montana and Washington. His and Italy. He entered the military as a next stop was the Swartz Sheep Co., private and rose to the rank of staff Ennis, Mont. On July 4, 1939, Frank sergeant. Following an honorable disattended a Bozeman, Mont., celebra- charge he took a soil conservation job tion where he was dared to ride a bull. and resumed rodeoing. However, He rode the bull, won a cash prize and three years older and having been batreturned the next day for another go- tered and bruised in combat, Frank round, entering the bareback bronc was dissatisfied with his rodeo perforriding too. He won both and later said, mances. He entered North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, earning a “That ruined a good ranch hand.” Frank hit the rodeo circuit riding civil engineering degree in 1951. He bulls and bareback; sometimes enter- married Bonnabelle Winters and for ing saddle bronc riding and bull dog- the next ten years helped construct an ging. He was soon introduced to the air base at Thule, Greenland. He Cowboy’s Turtle Association. As he worked a short time at Minot and then moved to Trenton, N.J., with other assignments in Alaska, Bermuda and the Bahamas. He is a licensed civil engineer in five states. Through the years, Frank has retained Mandan • Dickinson • New Leipzig his Turtles/PRCA Hebron • Taylor • Bismarck membership and supported Miss
Rodeo America functions. He is described as courageous, honest, adaptable and committed to family values. Bonnie died in 1995. In January 2000 he married Patricia “Pam” Boone in Mesa, Ariz. He has two sons: Bill, Las Vegas, Nev., and Pat Frank (Toni), Hopewell, N.J.; six grandchildren and several great grandchildren. A daughter, Delia, preceded him in death. Frank lives in Mesa, Ariz. He suffers from Alzheimer’s disease but attends an adult day care center where he talks rodeo and watches rodeo on TV.
FRANKLIN “TEX” APPLEDOORN Franklin “Tex” Appledoorn was born Jan. 28, 1933, to William and Sarah (Hell) Appledoorn at Zenith, in the Belfield/South Heart area. When he was five years old the family moved into Dickinson. During Tex’s youth his cowboy cravings caused neighborhood challenges beyond stray baseballs and broken windows. “I was always carrying a rope around and I’d rope neighborhood kids around the neck,” he says with a laugh. “The kids would get rope burns, so my mother would get phone calls from all around.” The family lived one block south of the present Whitney Stadium. “When I was growing up ... five blocks north of West Villard was the edge of town,” Tex says. “In the spring and fall I’d tie my horse up to the athletic field fence so he could graze.” Because of his cowboying interests, high school friends dubbed him “Tex.” He also played football and basketball in high school and college. Tex graduated from high school in 1951 and worked on the Connolly Ranch north of Dunn Center that summer and fall. He started rodeoing in 1952, attended Dickinson State Teacher’s College in 1952-53 and served in the U.S. Army from ‘54-55. He returned to college in 1956 and competed on Dickinson State’s first rodeo team in 1957-58, participating (Continued on page 6.)
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(Appledoorn, continued from page 5.) in calf roping, steer wrestling and ribbon roping. The team won the Rocky Mountain Region the first year. Tex married Pauline Kuntz on June 10, 1958. They spent their honeymoon at the College National Finals Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo., where Tex competed in calf roping and steer wrestling. His horse Deacon rode along in a two-horse trailer. In 1959 the couple moved to the Rock Springs Ranch and began ranching with Pauline’s parents. Located along the Knife River 27 miles north of Gladstone, they continue to live and ranch there. They have two grown children: Bernel (Elayne), Gladstone; and Janel (Shawn) Lee, Grassy Butte; and two grandchildren. Tex rodeoed in the North Dakota Rodeo Association (non-RCA) from 1956-58, joining the Rodeo Cowboys
Association in 1959 and rodeoing mostly in the Dakotas, Montana and Canada. He won the Dickinson Match of Champions calf roping title in 1956, the same year Casey Tibbs and Joe Chase tied in saddle bronc riding. In calf roping he won state non-RCA titles in 1956-58 and state RCA titles in 1960-68. He won a state non-RCA steer wrestling title in 1959, and RCA titles in ‘60, ‘64 and ‘67. He captured state RCA all-around championships in ‘65, ‘67 and ‘68. Tex’s calf roping ability stemmed from hanging around Schnell Arena in south Dickinson. “I was trying to rope calves on a ranch horse. Howard Schnell said if you want to get something done roping calves you gotta get a horse that knows more than you do.” Howard lined Tex up with an Appaloosa mare named Red Wing, who taught him a lot about roping. A favorite mount was a big gelding named Wyoming Baldy that Tex trained and used for calf roping, hazing and team roping. “He had a lot of speed and was an all-around horse,” Tex says. He also recalls, Snake, a sorrel gelding that he trained for calf roping. He took Snake to the Valley City Winter Show where he won the calf roping and steer wrestling, pocketing $950. He exclaims, “Holy cats, that was a big paycheck.” Tex once competed at a Ken Charging benefit rodeo at Elbowoods, traveling with Willard Schnell and Alvin Gabbert. The trio won first, second or third in the steer wrestling both days. “We went to get paid but they said they’d send us our winnings when they figured out how much they made at the gate,” Tex says. “About two weeks later I was working at the stockyards and Willard came walking toward me with a burlap sack wrapped in twine. He said, ‘You’ll never guess what’s in here.’ There was about 500 bucks in rolled up cash – our winnings were sepa-
rated cowboy-by-cowboy and eventby-event. It had been sent through the mail, and back then that was quite a bit of money.” Tex retired from rodeo competition in the mid-’70s. Along with raising commercial cattle since ‘59, the Appledoorns raised Quarter Horses for 15 years. To get started in the ranching business, Tex bought and sold and broke a lot of horses. He served as Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo chairman for 31 years, is a Killdeer Saddle Club life member and served on the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association board of directors. He has long been involved in livestock marketing, is in his ninth year as a Dunn County commissioner and continues to ranch with his family north of Gladstone.
Ranching THEODORE “TED” ALBERS Theodore “Ted” Henry Albers was born Dec. 31, 1881, in Illinois, the sixth of seven children born to Johann and Margaretha (Wagoner) Albers. His parents immigrated from Germany. They homesteaded in Oliver County, North Dakota, in 1884. There, Ted grew into manhood and when he was of age he homesteaded near his father’s land. Ted raised, sold and traded horses, served as Pinto Postmaster (a town/post office named after his Pinto horse) and was the proprietor of three stage lines carrying mail, passengers and freight. He even became somewhat of a stock contractor for early rodeos. Because he was considered a good cowboy, he was asked to judge these events. During this time he also started taking over more of his father’s cattle operation. Ted married Helena Schmeling in 1909 at Churchtown; they had three children. They farmed and raised (Continued on page 7.)
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(Albers, continued from page 6.) some of the finest registered Hereford cattle in the area. Albers served three four-year terms as Oliver County Sheriff: 1916-1920, 1924-28 and 1932-1936. (In those days a sheriff could not serve consecutive terms.) In the late ‘20s, the North Dakota Attorney General asked him to investigate one of the largest livestock rustling cases in the area. Ted learned that the culprit was a gang that raided trains, burglarized elevators, stole and sold or slaughtered cattle and shipped stolen horses to Minnesota and Wisconsin. He solved the case by obtaining a Wisconsin license plate and posing as a livestock buyer from that state. He arranged for the alleged raiders to deliver horses to him in McIntosh, S.D. The Bismarck Tribune headline on March 29, 1927 read, “DESPERADOS ARRESTED,” with the subtitle, “Arrests Climax Year’s Investigation Conducted by Attorney General.” After the so-called desperados were transferred to the state penitentiary, Ted received a letter from one of them. He thanked Ted for the humanity shown during the arrest and also informed him that had he tried to handle it any other way they would not have hesitated to kill him. During this time Ted was involved in Albers Hereford Ranch, Hannover, but was turning some duties over to his son, Martin, a third-generation operator. In 1929, Californian Bert Gaines, owner of the Gaines Land Company, sought assistance in starting a registered Hereford ranch along the Missouri River. Gaines needed an
attested (to) the esteem in which the deceased was held.” He was buried in the Hannover Cemetery.
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excellent ranch manager as he had money, but no experience. While checking around the area, Ted was repeatedly recommended so Gaines hired him as foreman. Ted and his family did this for five years, building an operation that ran up to 500 cows. The Gaines Ranch exhibited cattle that won awards in-state and elsewhere. Ted left the Gaines Ranch and returned to his own operation with 40 purebred heifers from Bert Gaines. Through the years, the Albers Ranch has earned national awards for its Hereford cattle. Today, it runs about 300 cows. Martin’s son, Lyle, is a fourth-generation operator. Ted was a people person whose home was open to those in need, often often hiring people to work on the ranch. Ted became ill in August 1946 and died Sept. 16, 1946. Excerpts from the local newspaper read: “One of the largest crowds of friends and acquaintances ever to attend a funeral in Hannover was present to pay their respects to one who had been a friend and a servant to all. The large number of Featuring Cowboy Hall of Fame drink specials! floral offerings also
Margaret Barr Roberts was born Sept. 15, 1853, in Ireland, a daughter of James and Margaret (McCormick) Barr. She immigrated to the U.S. with her parents and eight siblings in about 1864. They moved to Manchester, Iowa, where two more children were born. In April 1871 Margaret married John Lloyd Roberts from Wales. Through this marriage she became a wife of pioneer cattle dealer and butcher in Iowa and Minnesota; a mother and homemaker. In March 1877 they arrived in Bismarck. Between 1878-79 they traveled with four small children delivering meat from Bismarck to Fort Meade, Dakota Territory, as Lloyd had a contract with the U.S. Army. They went down on a wagon train with outriders and traveled back by stage. In 1882-83 Lloyd was foreman of Eaton’s Custer Trail Ranch near Little Missouri (near Medora). Margaret cooked for a large ranch crew, earning only room and board for the family, which had grown to include five young daughters. Living in log cabins through the years, she sometimes had to put umbrellas over her babies to protect them from the rain. In 1883 the Roberts family built and operated their own “Sloping Bottom Ranch” about 10 miles south of Medora, raising a small band of sheep, cattle and horses. Their brand was a double L on the left hip. In the fall of 1886, Lloyd disappeared while on a cattle buying trip. Evidence indicated that he’d been murdered for the gold in his pockets. A body fitting his description was found at the stockyards in Cheyenne, Wyo., from whence his last letter was postmarked. Despite Indian scares, the notorious winter of ‘86 and (Continued on page 8.)
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(Roberts, continued from page 7.) wolves killing 20 sheep in one night, Margaret bravely carried on. She utilized and sold meat, butter, eggs, wild fruit and garden produce. She did laundry and sewing and sold knitted socks and mittens to area cowboys. During boom times in Medora she sold flowers from her garden for dining tables at the hotel. She raised her daughters to be thrifty, hard working and never to be afraid. By 1899 her daughters were married and away from home, so Margaret filed on a homestead south of Medora. She still had two young granddaughters in her care, as their father had died suddenly. Margaret gathered community children in a corner of the Rough Riders Hotel dining room on Saturday afternoons and read Bible stories. In his book “Roosevelt in the Bad Lands,” Hermann Hagedorn describes Mrs. Roberts as a jovial woman with hair that curled attractively and had a shimmer of gold in it ... She had been brought up in Iowa, but 10 horses could not have dragged her back. Her log house had only a dirt roof until she planted sunflowers on it. On Sundays, she often joined Maltese Cross boys for horseback rides and on the way home they’d stop at her home for a “bread and milk” supper (Badlands Cowboy, July 24, 1884). Badlands Cowboy Editor A.T. Packard called Margaret the “First Lady of the Badlands.” Their later correspondence is archived in the North Dakota State Historical Society. An interview with Mrs. Roberts was printed in McCall’s, October 1919. She told of striving to make her little
Margaret Barr Roberts
ranch support herself and her five little girls, of feeding every stranger who stopped and of being a close neighbor to Theodore Roosevelt when he lived at the Maltese Cross Ranch. When Roosevelt returned years later as U.S. President she was at the station to meet his train. It was here that he called her the “most wonderful little woman in the Bad Lands.” Margaret’s five daughters, all deceased, were: Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank) Roberts, Amidon; Mary (Mrs. Robert) Pierce, Denver; Kate (Mrs. George) Pelissier, Belfield; Anne (Mrs. Dr. George) Sarchet, who preceded her mother in death; and Nell (Mrs. Mac) Steele, Glendive, Mont.. In 1906 Margaret used money saved and a small inheritance to build a nice house in Dickinson where she retired in comfort. She took in roomers and was known to lend money with interest to cowboys. Margaret died in her Dickinson home April 9, 1938, at the age of 84. She would not have a doctor. She said she did not hurt, she was just tired.
When Brooks Keogh was a boy, Indians still gathered on Table Butte, north of the Keogh Ranch, to powwow. He would later recall for his children, memories of his father taking him to the top of the butte to experience the hospitality of their Indian hosts. Brooks James Keogh was born Aug. 4, 1914, at Williston, a son of Frank and Elizabeth Carney Keogh. He had one sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. Ed) Grantier, Sidney, Mont. Their parents stressed the importance of a good education and the necessity of accepting responsibility. He grew up on the Keogh Ranch at Keene, which was founded by his father and uncle in 1899. He recalled that as a young boy, he’d see the chuckwagon – laden with supplies – heading out after the cowboys and horses toward the Keogh Ranch’s east or south camps. He took part in cattle drives to the rail head at Sanish, which were probably among the last in the country. Brooks lived his entire life in the home his father and uncle built. Keogh attended rural McKenzie County schools, Williston High School and the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., graduating in 1938. Brooks worked for an eastern Montana oil company for six years before entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944. After the war years, Brooks entered into a ranching partnership with his father. The Keoghs ran commercial and purebred Hereford cattle. While his father bred Thoroughbreds, Brooks began a Quarter Horse breeding program. His most noted stallion was a grandson of King P234, a big buckskin named Gang Boss. He used the Keogh brand, T up and T down, as well as the Y Cross, which originated with the Marquis de Mores. Brooks married Kathleen “Kay” Hyland in 1944. They had three children: Kathleen (Ron) Spicer, Napa, Calif.; Mary (Barry) Groves, Elk Grove, Calif.; and Frank (Katie) (Continued on page 9.)
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(Keogh, continued from page 8.) Williston; and three grandchildren. Kay died in 1970. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Coughlin in 1972. The couple lived at the Keogh Ranch until Brooks’ death in 1984. Betty now lives in Williston. She has nine children and 30 grandchildren. He was active in many industryrelated organizations including being a founder and the only president to ever serve the Sanish Rodeo Association. It formed in 1947 and produced the noted Fourth of July rodeo through 1953, attracting top cowboys, specialty acts and huge crowds. Garrison Dam’s advancing waters flooded the site, thus ending the historic event. Brooks served as North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) president in 1954-56 and was an American National Cattlemen’s
Association director and vice president, serving as president in 1964-66. President Lyndon Johnson signed the historic Beef Import Act into law during Brooks’ ANCA presidency – a law that was later viewed wistfully by producers of other farm products and automobiles. Brooks was a National Livestock Producer’s board member for 20 years, was active in the McKenzie County Grazing Association and served on the Bureau of Land Management Advisory Council. He was an original trustee with the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Okla.), and was also active in Farm Bureau and the Republican Party. When Brooks was away from home the ranch was well cared for by rancher Dick Jore and his nephew Cliff Jore, and neighbors Wendell Van Dyke and Ernest Jore. Brooks was honored as the NDSU Saddle & Sirloin Club’s Agriculturalist of the Year in 1966, was an original North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee in Valley City, and received the NDSA’s Top Hand Award in 1982. He most appreciated the last award he received – the Greater North Dakotan Award in 1983 – as it recognized his lifelong service to industry, friends, state and country. He was proud of his Irish heritage, was a lifelong Catholic and was patriotic. He was unselfish and had a positive impact on anything he tackled, including representing North Dakota and the cattle industry. Brooks owned and operated the historic Keogh Ranch until his death July 31, 1984. The ranch is still owned by the Keogh family.
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NELSON SUNRISE RANCH Nestled at the edge of the Heart River bottoms, the Sunrise Ranch began as a 160-acre homestead filed by Swedish immigrant Magnus Nelson in 1883. The original 160 acres is the center of the present Nelson ranching operation located 17 miles southwest of Mandan. Present owner, Clifford Nelson says, “When Grandpa came here there was literally nothing here. They talked about the Indians traveling through and coming right into the house. The main thing they wanted was fresh bread. They’d get two or three loaves and then they’d be on their way. They never bothered anybody.” He adds, “I suppose they had corn bread but this was (yeast) bread made from wheat flour.” In 1901, homesteading efforts turned toward helping passing neighbors and strangers when a sandstone lighthouse was built on a bluff overlooking the homestead. Since travelers of the prairie didn’t have roads or fences to guide them, when a winter storm was brewing the Nelsons would climb the hill and place a lighted lantern in the window. Several times, the lighthouse guided wagons or riders to the Nelson home where they found food and warmth. The lighthouse also served as an entertainment center hosting many card games when company came to visit. Because the lighthouse had been hit by lightning numerous times, Cliff’s nephew and a son rebuilt the structure with the original sandstones and added a new roof during the homestead’s centennial in 1983. Magnus expanded his original claim into a ranching operation of 1,600 acres by the time of his death in 1913. His son, Adolph, obtained full ownership in 1918. In 1942, Adolph’s ranch expansion included a piece of property known as “Chata Wakpa” or “Big Heart” in Indian terminology. This portion of the ranch was originally started by John Hager, a Confederate Army officer who at one time pastured as many as 700 horses. Each (Continued on page 10.)
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“Chata Wa k p a ” were leveled and irrigated for the first time. Clifford, and his w i f e , Norma, have three s o n s : Nelson Sunrise Ranch Te r r y, Kevin and (Nelson, continued from page 9.) Dennis (Carla), all involved with the fall the horses were turned loose on ranch; one daughter, Susan Epps, the unfenced prairies with some of Bismarck; and five grandchildren. Today, the Sunrise Ranch consists of them traveling as far as the South Dakota line. In the spring, a roundup more than 8,000 acres. It is primarily wagon and extra hands were neces- a commercial cattle operation which sary to gather the animals marked also produces corn, alfalfa and feed with the Circle C brand, which is still grain. Feed production has increased registered to the Nelson family. At by developing about 400 irrigated one time this portion of the ranch pro- acres, utilizing water from the Heart vided camping opportunities for River. Still, of the total acreage, less Bismarck/Mandan residents and it than 10 percent is broken for farming was also the site of rodeos. One of and the remaining pasture land is Adolph’s three sons, Clifford, took rough enough to be called, “Little over in 1961. In 1962, 50 acres of the Badlands.” The ranch’s longevity is important to the Nelson family as they believe it demonstrates stability within the family and within the community. Long-time friends Dick and Theresa Tokach, Mandan, state, “We have known the Nelson family for over 45 years. Dick and Cliff are cousins and we’ve been friends forever.” Dick says, “Cliff and Norma’s ancestors were pioneers in farming and ranching. Today, the Sunrise Ranch is Nelson Sunrise Ranch Lighthouse a polished, well-managed, progressive business that exemplifies that same pioneer spirit through the family’s willingness to work in their • Cowboy Opry • Tues., August 12 • church, neighborhood Entertainers: Yvonne Hollenbeck and Arlie Hulm and community.” • Cowboy Opry • Tues., September 9 • Entertainers: T.J. Casey and The Wagoneers Theresa adds, “They’re real ranch 7 p.m. • Boss Cowman Conference Center, Lemmon, S.D. people. They are loyal and will do any• Summer “Old West” Auction • September 5-6 • thing to improve their • 27th Annual Old West Auction • February 20-21 • community and 9 a.m. • Bowman Fairgrounds, Bowman, N.D. industry.”
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MINOT Y’S MEN’S RODEO The Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo began in 1955 in the new Minot City Auditorium. It was the first North Dakota Rodeo Association Championship Indoor Rodeo and was approved by the Rodeo Cowboys Association (now the PRCA). The 50th annual rodeo will be held in October 2004. Since the beginning, Y’s Men have volunteered time, talent and financial resources to provide audiences with a quality show and competitors with an opportunity to further their rodeo careers. The Y’s Men have accomplished this through nationally recognized stock contractors, competitors, judges, queens, pickup men, announcers, clowns and barrelmen. The Y’s Men’s Rodeo is unique in that for nearly 50 years all rodeo proceeds have gone to finance youth activities at the Minot Family YMCA and the Triangle Y Camp located near Garrison. Total contributions now exceed $1 million, including a $100,000 contribution to the new YMCA in Minot and a $150,000 commitment this year toward a renovation and expansion at Y Camp. These investments are directly due to the success of the Y’s Men’s Rodeo. During the more than 40 years that Y Camp has existed, thousands of children have experienced the horsemasters program. In many instances, this has been the only interaction a child has had to enjoy western culture and horsemanship. The impact of this experience has instilled an understanding of our culture that would not have been possible without the Y’s Men’s Rodeo. In 1955 when Jerry Boren, Mandan, Phil Fettig, Killdeer, and Willard Schnell, Dickinson, suggested a Minot indoor rodeo, the Y’s Men immediately went to work. Nationally known Cy Taillon was the announcer. (Continued on page 11.)
(Continued from page 10.) After the $600 purse and expenses, a net profit of $900 was available for Minot youth. In a 40th anniversary history of the Y’s Men’s Rodeo, Dr. George M. Christensen wrote, “We can’t say that the first rodeo went off without a hitch.” The contractor had a problem getting the stock into the chutes the way they should be which caused a delay. “A man in the audience by the name of Bob Rindt, Minot, filled the void,” Christensen continued. “He just happened to be a cowboy, rodeo promoter and a trick roper. He ran out to his car, brought in his ropes and entertained the audience until the livestock could be put into the chutes the way they belonged.” The Fettig Brothers, Korkows and Harry Vold have been the only three stock contractors to produce the Minot rodeo. Top-ranked competitors from the Teschers to Hawkeye Henson, Ty Murray to Jesse Bail have competed in the Y’s Men’s Rodeo. During the past dec ade national
sponsors such as Coors®, Coke®, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., Wrangler® and Dodge have supplied good exposure and financial resources. A Wild West Rodeo for
Special Children has been added to the event, giving physically or mentally challenged children an opportunity to compete in simulated rodeo events. The Y’s Men have promoted North Dakota’s rodeo heritage nationally through a bull named Why Not Minot, which the Y’s Men purchased and Harry Vold bucked across the country and at the National Finals Rodeo. Through a collaborative effort with the Norsk Hostfest, the Y’s Men’s Rodeo has also introduced people from throughout Scandinavia and the U.S. to the sport of rodeo. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colo., honored the Y’s Men’s Rodeo with a plaque commemorating its 40-plus years as an RCA/PRCA sanctioned event. The Y’s Men’s Rodeo is a win-winwin event. The rodeo draws thousands
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Why Not Minot
of people to Minot while promoting western culture and positively impacting Minot’s economy. It gives PRCA competitors a chance to add to their winnings in search of a trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Most importantly, it benefits children who enjoy growth in mind, body and spirit under the guidance of YMCA Christian principles.
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The winning ticket for Big Daddy Evans – a 2000 sorrel gelding – and a handcrafted saddle will be drawn during the 47th Annual Home On The Range Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match and Barrel Racing on Sunday, Aug. 3, at Sentinel Butte. The Quarter Horse is donated by the Iver L. and Lola M. Tveit family of Forbes (pictured left). Unfortunately, Iver died unexpectedly, Jan. 22, 2003. Big Daddy Evans is direct kin to the first American Quarter Horse Association stallion to come to North Dakota – King Trumpet – and mares Maud Evans and Wren. Carl Kronberg, Forbes, started Big Daddy Evans. One-month of further training was donated by Dallas Schmidt, Schmidt Performance Horses, Cooperstown. Iver and Lola Tveit's granddaughter and her husband, Deanna and Cody Sand, Sand's Custom Saddlery, Forbes, handcrafted the saddle. Tickets sell for $5 each and are available from North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Trustees. Proceeds go to the NDCHF. For more information contact the NDCHF office at 701-2501833.
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Dean Helling, Golden Valley NDCHF District: 6 Family: wife, Arlene; sons, James and Jeffrey; five grandchildren. Occupation: Rancher How did you choose your line of work? “It was probably from growing up on a ranch and learning the business from my father, grandfather and other ranchers. I learned many things by being around people in the ranching business – things I never could have learned in any school.” First horse: “A Welsh pony that I got for my fourth birthday. He was four years old. He had the heart and try of a Clydesdale. We went to many roundups and brandings together and helped trail cattle to the Reservation and back for area ranchers. He was 36 years old when he died and it was one of the saddest days in my life.” First Rodeo Experience: “Too embarrassing to tell about.” Favorite Ranching Memory: “When I married my wife, a town girl. She quickly adapted to country life and plays a big part in running our ranching operation. Too many times, not enough is said about the ranch wife and all that she does.” Free-time activity: “Spending time with my family. We are very fortunate to have all of our grandchildren close to us. During the school year we follow their sports and activities. I feel that taking time to be with family is important.” Favorite rodeo event: “Bull riding. It amazes me to watch the athletic ability of well-bred bucking bulls and the cowboys who can ride them are sure top-notch athletes; it’s definitely a tough man’s game.” Latest book read: “‘North Dakota: Land of Changing Seasons,’ by Francie M. Berg.” Who do you consider a hero? “Again, it would have to be my faithful partner and wife. She can help sort cows until 11:55 a.m. and have dinner ready for everyone at 12:15. A ranch wife does a lot to keep things going.” Advice for a young person: “Now-a-days it’s difficult for young people to get started in ranching, but whatever your goal in life, don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done. A good education, honesty, hard work and the will to do it will get you about anything you want.” Why do you support the NDCHF? “It’s a good way to teach people and help them remember the ranching and rodeo way of life. It honors deserving people, animals and places. This cowboy way of life has made the West what it is today – hopefully it can be kept alive for a long time to come.”
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North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) awarded its 2003 Communicator of Achievement award to Cathy A. Langemo, Bismarck. The award honors recipients for accomplishments in the communications field, service to the community and contributions to NDPC and its affiliate, National Federation of Presswomen (NFPW). Langemo is a part-time employee with the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. A member of NFPW/NDPC since 1996, she has won numerous writing and editing awards and is active in many historical and genealogical organizations. Cathy and her husband, Rick Knudson, live in Bismarck, where she operates a home-based writing, editing and research business, WritePlus Inc.
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Doug Pope, Bowman
NDCHF District: 4 Family: Single Occupation: Rancher What was your first job? “(Earning) 25¢ a week as a ranch laborer when I was less than 10 years old.” How did you choose your line of work? “I love cows and am a fourth generation rancher. First horse: “It was a big, buckskin gelding named ‘Buck.’” First rodeo experience: “At the 1961 Bowman PRCA Rodeo, Jim Tescher gave me his back number.” When you were 13, what did you want to be when you grew up? “A rancher.” Favorite Rodeo Event: “Saddle bronc. I just love good bucking horses.” If you had $1 million how would you spend it? “It’s already spent.” Who do you consider a hero? “John Wayne.” Enjoyable free-time activity: “Traveling, going to bull sales.” Latest book read: “‘Belly Full of Bedsprings: The History of Bronc Riding’ by Gail Hughbanks Woerner.” Greatest learning experience: “Working with my father, Stanley, while I was growing up.” Why do you support the NDCHF? “I would like to see the history of North Dakota preserved.”
Trustee J.D. Van Horn Opens Marmarth Museum see Marmarth’s newest towns and a western attraction. One June day bronze collection. “I’ve brought 60 visitors; other gotten nothing but comdays bring 30 or 300. pliments – so that makes “It’s unpredictable, but you feel good,” Van Horn it’s doing better than I says. ever thought it would,” The museum was built J.D. says. Besides what is in honor of his long-time housed within the musecompanion, Dory Pelton, um, Van Horn has who’d rather have been numerous cars, photos, outdoors than inside saddles and horse-drawn cleaning house. She’d NDCHF Trustee J.D. Van willingly hold a bolt Horn opened Dory’s vehicles that he’s yet to while Van Horn worked a Antique Car Museum in display. “Eventually I nut from an odd angle in Marmarth in April. The hope to build on or build one of his everlasting car museum also features old another building,” he rodeo says. p r o - photographs, posters, early newspaper Long-time Marmarth j e c t s stories and a western mayor Patti Perry says and she bronze collection. WNFR & PBR Packages! she can’t see anything loved her dogs and don- but good coming from Van Horn’s keys like kids. He venture. “Car people, like any group, recalls, “It looked will travel a long ways to see somelike Noah’s Ark thing they’re interested in.” The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. unloaded at our 1-800-732-0553 place when Dory daily through Dec. 1. Large-group firstname.lastname@example.org rates and lifetime memberships are was around.” Bismarck Minot Visitors come available. For more information call Southridge Centre Town & Country Center from near and far to 1-888-320-5904.
NDCHF Trustee J.D. Van Horn opened Dory’s Antique Car Museum on the west side of Marmarth in April. According to a Jan. 2, 2003, Bismarck Tribune article, the museum features 35 antique cars, all in running condition. Automobiles include a 1907 International High Wheeler, also called an “auto buggy” or “side winder,” 1932, ‘33, ‘34 Fords, a 1941 Ford Jeep which was one of 500 made, and a 1949 Crosley Hot Shot. It also showcases nearly 800 old-time, black-and-white photographs, old rodeo posters, early newspaper stories about Marmarth and surrounding
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Addicott Sculpture chosen for Bush library Minot State University and the North Dakota State Capitol, and a historic, western family sculpture in Wilson Park, Stanley. He is also working on two one-half life size sculptures for the NDCHF’s Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: N a t i v e American, Ranching and Rodeo to be built in Medora. One-fifth size models of the sculptures are currently on disat A bronze sculpture of Lewis and Clark and Sakakawea created by play NDCHF Trustee Arnie Addicott, Stanley, is now displayed in the Bremer Bank, George Bush Presidential Library, College Station, Texas. Addicott is Minot. One pictured here with a one-fifth size model of a cowboy herding four creation Texas Longhorns. This model represents one of two one-half life size a sculptures he is creating for the NDCHF’s Center of Western Heritage depicts cowboy herdand Cultures to be built in Medora. ing four According to an April 2, 2003, Minot Texas Longhorns; the other shows an Daily News article, Addicott was in American Indian pursuing a bison. Addicott is a self-taught artist who Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this past February when the former president received the has focused on bronze sculptures for sculpture from Bush’s longtime and the past 13 years. He owns and operclose friend, Roy Ryu, chairman and ates High Prairie Bronze Studio, CEO of PMX Industries Inc. Ryu’s Stanley. He grew up on a ranch in the executive assistant said the bronze White Earth Valley in northwest North sculpture, “Arena of Discovery,” will Dakota and says that area remains “the be placed in an area of the library ded- heart of his inspiration for most of his work.” icated to cowboys. The bronze is one of several signifi- (Editor’s Note: The Cowboy Hall of Fame cant works Addicott has recently com- thanks NDCHF Trustee Eloise Ogden, Minot, and Dickinson Press Regional pleted. Others include busts placed at Editor Richard Volesky for their assistance Ruth Plunkett photo
A bronze sculpture of Lewis and Clark and Birdwoman (Sakakawea) created by NDCHF Trustee and sculptor Arnie Addicott, Stanley, will grace the George Bush Presidential Library at College Station, Texas.
with this article.)
NDCHF Past Inductees: Rodeo ‘98 ‘98 ‘98 ‘98 ‘99 ‘99 ‘99 ‘99 ‘00 ‘00 ‘00 ‘00 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘02 ‘02 ‘02 ‘02
Ranching ‘98 ‘98 ‘98 ‘98 ‘99 ‘99 ‘99 ‘99 ‘00 ‘00 ‘00 ‘00 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘01 ‘02 ‘02 ‘02 ‘02
Vic Christensen A.C. Huidekoper Angus Kennedy Sr. John Leakey Paige Baker Sr. John W. Goodall Frank P. Keogh Cannonball Ranch Ben Bird Bill Follis Ole Solberg Eaton’s Custer Trail Ranch Jay N. Grantier Andrew Voigt Frank Kubik Jr. Eaton Ranch - Towner Freida Bohnsack William “Bill” Taylor Harris Goldsberry Birdhead Ranch
Leaders of Rodeo/Ranching ‘01 ‘01 ‘02
George M. Christensen, DVM Earl Northrop Pearl Cullen
Special Achievement ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01
Killdeer Roundup Rodeo Dickinson Match of Champions HOTR Champions’ Ride Sanish Rodeo
Arts & Entertainment ‘98 ‘99 ‘00 ‘01
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Duane Howard Alvin Nelson Jim Tescher Tom Tescher Dean Armstrong Emanuel Chase Joe Chase Pete Fredericks Gene McCormick Louie Pelissier Fettig Brothers Rodeo Old Shep Elmer J. Clark George Defender Wilfred “Sonny” Ehr Jr. Delvin Reich John Stevenson Old Fitzgerald George Bruington Scott Gore Dale Jorgenson Figure Four
Louis L’Amour Ted Cornell Cy Taillon Frank Bennett Fiske
Great Westerner ‘99 ‘00 ‘01
Theodore Roosevelt Ray Schnell Sr. Sakakawea
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NDCHF Commemorative Pistols For Sale from S & S Rich beauty and intricate detail combine with strong western heritage to create the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame limited-edition pistol. The Colt Model 1860, cap-and-ball, blackpowder, commemorative pistol in a 44-caliber complements the 50 limited-edition NDCHF Winchester Model 94 30-30 rifles sold in 1998-99. It is now available from Commemorative Firearms, a division of S & S Promotional Group, Fargo. The pistol is done in high-polished nickel and features numerous 24karat, gold-engraved inlays. The cylinder is engraved with a bronc rider on one side and a branding scene on the other. “The cylinder, packing lever, trigger and hammer are all 24-karat gold,” says Tim Nathe of Commemorative Firearms. Walnut grips feature the NDCHF logo laser-cut into either side. The back strap features the “Preserving Yesterday & Today ... for Tomorrow”
motto in gold inlay over polished the #17 pistol,” he explains. “I’ll be nickel. The barrel is engraved with going around personally marketing “North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame” pistols, just as we did the rifles when on each side. The bolter features the we first launched this. Maybe I’ll start buffalo head, also engraved on the at livestock sales barns and rodeos. I’ll just tie myself into the Cowboy Hall rifle. “This pistol complements the rifle of Fame as much as I can.” For more information visit perfectly, making a wonderful set for those who already own the NDCHF www.sspromotionalgroup.com or call Nathe at 800-619-5729. rifle,” Nathe says. Pistols sell for $2,495 e a c h . S o m e rifle owners have already expressed interest in the pistol. “If they took the This Cold Model 1860 commemorative pistol is now available in a #17 rifle, NDCHF limited-edition from Commemorative Firearms, a division of S & S Promotional Group, Fargo. they want
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Cowboy Hall of Fame Sustaining Members Contribute The following are new North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame sustaining members. To contribute to the sustaining drive or building fund, please complete and mail the form on page 17. Building Fund American State Bank & Trust, Williston Bremer Bank Bowman County North Dakota Community Development Block Grant Russ & Helen Danielson Grace Fisher Frank & Doris Kubik Slope County Jim & Loretta Tescher* Western Agency Group Diamond Saddle ($1,000 annually) The Gregory & Deborah Childs Reserve for Western Heritage & Good Works* Madeline Free Gerald and Constance Triplett Groenewold* Jim & Loretta Tescher* Gold Buckle ($500 annually) Don E. Beckert* Ray Gress* Sherry Plummer Allan W. Thompson Silver Buckle ($250 annually) AMVETS Phil Baird Family Merle & Linda Clark* Jim Danks David Dunlop* George & Myrtle Dynes Gary & Charlotte Griffeth*
Lowell Malard* William Marcil Willard & Linda Schnell North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Allen & Tammy Ryberg Vonny Young* Trophy Spurs ($200 annually) J.W. Boulware* Karen Brookhart Arnold & Cleo Charging* Dale L. Chilson* Faye & Lynn Connell* Wallace & Barbara Eide Kurt & Roxanne Solberg Gillespie* Allan & Patricia Goerger Victor & Gail Goetz* Steve & Patti Goodall* Bud & Laura Griffin DeVerne Hoggarth Kent & Marilyn Hudson Grant J. Johnson Tim & Sue Jorgenson Thomas & Jean Kaspari Frank Keogh* Robert L. & Connie J. Knudson* Barbara S. Lang* Byron & Deloris Langley* Bob & Winona Penfield* Walter J. Piehl Jr. Marvin & Barbara Semrau* Donald & Sandra Sivertson* Kay Stevenson* Jim & Loretta Tescher* John & Elsie Trotter* Ranch Boss ($100 annually) Dean & Fran Armstrong* Harold Artz DuWayne Bott Arnold & Sharon Burian* Ron Carlisle* Romaine Clouse P.J. & Ann Curtis Byron & Kim Dorgan Darrell & Kathy Dorgan
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Gloria J. Johnson Nevada & Wendy Jorgenson* Gaylord Kavlie, M.D. Bethol Knutson Rueben & Phyllis Knutson Jake & Virginia Larson Melodie Leidholm Stewart Lorenz Keith McLean Jon & Jeannen McMillan A. Ambrose & Gail Netzer Harold L. Olson Thomas & Ruth Orchard Martin J. Orgaard Cal Petersen Sig Peterson Oscar Peterson Gary & Donna Reile Wesley & Sharon Sauer Robert N. Spolum Pauline Steen Reimer Ron & Lois Wanner Virginia Winger William M. Wolff Burton & Esther Yeager Kid Corral ($10 annually) Alexandra Allen Conner Allen Alex Dorgan Brendan Dorgan Haley Dorgan Paige Dorgan Colton Gillespie Dakota Gillespie Caitlinn Harding Garrett Harding Logan Harding Niccolas Harding Colton Johnson Grayson Johnson Jacob Johnson Ryan Johnson Andrew Stevens Other Contributors Beulah Drug Vern & Dyanne Erickson Betty Morgan Napa Auto of Hazen Alan & Florence Nelson Evelyn Neuens J.L. & Sonja Ozbun
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(Editor’s Note: The NDCHF thanks Solen artist Scott Nelson for providing the Activity Corral sketch. Be sure to find the 15 hidden words – frontwards, backwards or diagonally – then try your hand at sketching the homestead scene.)
Scott Nelson ©2003
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Contributions/Memorials Membership Contribution of $_________________Category______________________________ Memorial gift of $_________________ in honor of ______________________________________ Name_________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________ City___________________State___________Zip Code____________Phone________________ Visa or Mastercard_____________________________________Exp. Date__________________ Mail this form (or a copy of it) along with your check to: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1110 College Drive, Suite 216, Bismarck, N. D., 58501
Join the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame! The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. All contributions are tax deductible. •Kid Corral..............................$10 annually •Wrangler Club........................$50 annually •Ranch Boss Club...................$100 annually •Silver Buckle Club..................$250 annually •Gold Buckle Club...................$500 annually •Diamond Saddle Club............$1,000 annually •Trail Drivers Club...................$5,000 annually •Bronc Rider Club...................$10,000 annually
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NDCHF Gifts Honoring Loved Ones The NDCHF has received honorariums/memorials for the following individuals. To honor a loved one, please complete the form on page 17. In memory of Tom Agnew M.E. Fortier In memory of Martin Albers Pearl Cullen In memory of Lucien Barnes Lois G. Northrop In memory of Ted Brunner Steve & Bev Christensen In memory of Franklin J. Buchman Allan W. Thompson In memory of Dwayne Carlson Morris & Mavis Brandvick In memory of Emerson Chase William & Carmen Carroll Joanne Chase Hutchinson In memory of Dr. George Christensen, DVM Grace Fisher In memory of Matt Crowley Louise Bowen In memory of Neil Dewhirst Sheila Marie Sheila Schafer Andrew & Mary Voigt In memory of Matt Foolish Bear Phil Baird In memory of John W. Gerbig Effie Gerbig In memory of Cornwall Holm Bob & Cynthia Stauffer In memory of Chris Jacober Dean and Fran Armstrong Floyd Jacober In memory of Doug Jahnke Sheila Marie Sheila Schafer In memory of Mark Johnson Alan & Nikki Boote
In memory of Debra Kirschmann Sheila Marie In memory of Ellen Kist Steve “Butch” & Patti Goodall In memory of Roy E. Kittelson Burns & Lois Abernethy Roger Barkland Rex & Ann Cook Corey & Jenn Erickson Jay & JoAnn Gorrell Irene Hamilton Glenn Hutchinson Joan Tescher Kittelson Jack & Jan Kukowski Bill & Joann Lowman Bob & Cindy Makelky Alvin & Kaye Nelson Steve Raisler Ken & Ceil Stedman Carl & Pat Svensen Les & Ruby Tisor Lorry & Harriet Vining Jerry & Mary Weinreis Jim & Marge Wyckoff In memory of Maynard Korgel Connie & Ed Sundby In memory of Terry Kurle Steve & Bev Christensen Willa Murray Shane G. Yetter In memory of Virgil McCormick Roman Kauffmann In memory of Blackie McCutchan Bud & Laura Griffin Sheila Marie Evelyn Neuens Sheila Schafer Jim & Loretta Tescher Tom & Lorraine Tescher Linda Weiss In memory of John McNamara Don & Sandra Sivertson In memory of Marion McPeak Monte & Karen Dralle Phone
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In memory of Ted Neidhardt Bud & Laura Griffin In memory of Harry Nelsen Mary Nelson In memory of Ethel Nelson Vern Anderson Kathy “Jess” James Leah Ray In memory of Layton Newton James & Claudia Bosch William & Irene Bosch Morris & Mavis Brandvik Darrell Dorgan Myran Herefords Sidney Larsen Howard & Jarri Newton Thomas & Eva Rettig Beatrice & Eugene Spear Victor & Lucille Tormaschy Charles & Connie Umgelder Lois Wetsch In memory of Thelmer Olson M.E. Fortier In memory of Norman “Peg” O’Neil Ruth Taylor Scobie In memory of Ray C. Paasch Allan W. Thompson In memory of Johnny Phill Linda Weiss In memory of Freida Riedel Thomas & Jerry Miller In memory of Herman Ruhnke Mrs. Herman Ruhnke In memory of Harold Spickler Glenn & Robin Anderson Alan & Nikki Boote Vernon & Lois Knudson JoAnn Spickler In memory of Jess Taylor Ruth Taylor Scobie In memory of Pam Thompson Sheila Marie In memory of Andrew Voigt Roberta A. Bosch In memory of Jim & Janet Weekes Phil Baird Evelyn Neuens In memory of Kenneth Yetter Terry and Ardythe Kurle & Shawn
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Individuals Honored with Memorial Plaques and File Cards North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame supporters may honor loved ones with $1,000 Memorial Wall plaques or $250 card file entries. Harold R. Spickler and Iver Tveit are being honored with plaques while Layton Newton and Elmer “Mike” Knight are being honored with file cards. •Harold R. Spickler was born in New Rockford in 1942. He graduated from Grace City High School in 1960 and from North Dakota State University in 1964. Harold married JoAnn Lee in 1969. They had four children. The couple ranched, raising registered Angus cattle. Along with memberships in Hereford and Angus associations and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, Harold served on the Foster County Fair Board, was a 4-H leader and was a North Dakota Junior Hereford Association advisor. He died in February 2003. •Iver L. Tveit was born west of Forbes in 1919. The third of seven children, he spent the 1930s as a farm hand and riding the rails searching for work. He married Lola Nicholson in
1940. They eventually created the Spring Water Ranch where they raised three children, dairy cows, sheep and horses. The American Quarter Horse Association honored the Tveits for “50 Cumulative Years of Breeding American Quarter Horses, 19502000.” They promoted horse shows, rodeos, trail rides and 4-H. Iver assisted in preserving the Whitestone Battlefield Historic Site, Coteau Hills Historical Center, Shimmin-Tveit Museum, Maud Evans Saddle Club and Johnson's Gulch. He was a North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Trustee. •Layton Newton was born in rural Stark County in 1920. He was raised in the Hirschville area, attending rural school and Model High School in Dickinson. He married Evelyn Sweetman in 1944 and had one daughter. The couple farmed with Layton's father until moving to their own farm in 1945. They raised quality Holsteins,
Herefords, wheat, oats, corn and hay. He raised one bull that was exhibited in the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Layton helped bring telephone and electricity to the area and served on various boards and councils. He enjoyed and appreciated his family and friends. His life ambition was his farmstead and successful farming. •Elmer “Mike” Knight was born in 1909, in a log house on the family's homestead west of Charlson. He attended country schools through the eighth grade. As a young man he farmed in the Charlson area and worked in Tacoma, Wash., shipyards. Elmer served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and again worked in Tacoma after military service. He returned to the Charlson area and married Anna Jellesed in 1949. They had two daughters. Elmer served as a mail carrier, sold fertilizer and set grain bins until he retired. For more information on obtaining a Memorial Wall plaque or file card for your loved one, call the NDCHF office at 701-250-1833.
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Cookbooks Still Selling Successfully Dorgan. “We have about 800 in stock Cookbooks, 1110 College Drive, Ste. and expect to sell them by the end of 216, Bismarck, ND 58501. the summer.” One hundred percent of the net profit goes to the NDCHF. The 247-page cookbook in a leather-look binder was released in November 2002. Books sell for $15 each plus $4.50/book Formerly Book Corral • New Location • Expanded Inventory postage if NDCHF Cookbook Committee members received 425 4th Street • Medora, N.D. 58645 mailed out. recognition awards at the annual meeting in P.O. Box 466 • 701-623-4345 • email@example.com Pictured left to right are: NDCHF Vice To order February. President Bob Tibor, Hebron; Lois Northrop, Fargo; Open Year-Round • Mail-Order Service write to: Roberta Johnson, West Fargo; Janice Rustad, • 10% off for all NDCHF Members • N D C H F Kindred; Karen Chilson, West Fargo; and NDCHF
During the past 10 months, NDCHF Cookbooks have been selling like fresh-squeezed lemonade on a sweltering summer day. “The Cowboy Hall of Fame has sold more than 2,000 cookbooks,” says NDCHF Executive Director Darrell
WESTERN EDGE Books, Artwork, Music
President Phil Baird, Mandan.
The NDCHF salutes the following folks for their assistance in demonstrating beef franks and smoked sausages*: Elmer Agnew Norm Albers Carlon Anderson Tex & Pauline Appledoorn Lillian Arnstad Lynn & Janet Asheim John Bearman Don Beckert Chad & Sarah Berger Rodger & Mavis Buchholz Dale Carlson Pat Caudel Paul Christensen Faye Connell Rex Cook Dakota Community Bank Employees: Karen Geiger, Cindy Schaaf, Mardee & Sam Senne Dave Dunhoff Mary Ann Durick Ginny Eck Sonny Ehr Ray Erhardt Kay Fortier Marlene Fortier Mary Froelich Jay Grantier Rosemary Hanson Marge & Lyle Hartman Roswell Henke Dolly Horob Marilyn Hudson
Jim Hystad Bob & Donna Irwin Carol Jensen Bob & Connie Knudson Frank Kubik Jeff Kubik Joan & Armin Lennick Jim Lowman Melanie Marquart Glenn McCrory Lyle McDermott Keith McLean Bob Miller Evelyn Neuens Eloise Ogden Darrell Ostdahl Ken Overson Clara Papineau Vicki Pennington Jean & Bob Peterson Oscar Peterson Ken Radenz Billy Rase Leah Ray Glenda Redmond Sheila Robinson Amanda Schaff Linda Schnell Jane & Teddi Schwagler Pete Sigurdson Jim & Loretta Tescher Darlene Turitto Dick Weber Vonny Young
*If you know of someone who has helped promote beef franks and/or smoked sausages but is not listed above, please call the NDCHF at 701-250-1833. Another list will be featured in a future newsletter.
(Building, continued from page 1.) Dorgan says the NDCHF has about $2 million in financial commitments and a $1 million building site in Medora. “We’re still short of what we need to complete the project so this will be a work-in-progress,” he says. The project will be bid with the planned 5,000-square foot patio and the upstairs left unfinished. “Those areas and some minor aspects of the Hall of Fame will be completed as money becomes available,” he explains. “While construction is under way during the next year, if the needed money is raised, the patio and second floor will be finished in time for the opening in late 2004.” Board members moved to take bids on the project because construction must begin before April 1, 2004, to take advantage of a $750,000 Federal Economic Development Administration grant. NDCHF President Phil Baird, Mandan, says, “We can’t afford to lose the $750,000 and we’re confident we can raise the additional money to complete the entire project.” Bismarck architect Arnold Lewis Hanson says planning is done for the 15,000-square foot building and it is ready to bid. He adds, “With a good construction season and a bit of luck the facility could be open in time for the August 2004 induction ceremony.” The Board also hired Deane Fay and Sally Jeppson to finalize exhibit designs that will tell the story of the plains horse culture. Fay and Jeppson worked with the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, for several years before buying a farmstead near Gackle where they raise horses. “Deane and Sally have been doing the research necessary to tell the story of Native Americans, ranching and rodeo,” Dorgan says. “With their extensive experience in exhibit design and gallery work, they have the expertise and knowledge to do a
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Deane Fay and Sally Jeppson were recently hired to finalize exhibit designs for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. The couple previously worked with the Plains Art Museum, Fargo, and now raises horses near Gackle.
great job producing a design that will tell the world about the horse and the role it has played in the lives of plains dwellers.” Baird says if the bids are favorable and funding is available the Board could move quickly and work would continue through the winter. Exhibit building will begin at a separate site; once construction is finished the exhibits could be installed immediately, saving several months of construction time. Once finished, Hall of Fame exhibits will portray Native Americans and their use of horses, the arrival of Texas trail drivers, homesteaders and ranchers and their dependence on the horse, and finally, how the sport of rodeo developed on the plains. The centerpiece of the ground floor will be the Hall of Honorees where the stories of inductees – the men, women, ranches, events – will be told. Other features include a theater, art gallery, conference rooms and research archives. Plans also call for a ground floor exhibit gallery that can be changed annually with exhibits from other repositories such as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Okla., the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyo., and the North Dakota State Historical Society. Once completed, the exterior patio area will be used for entertainment, special events, art and interpretive demonstrations.
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Obituaries Martin Albers
Franklin J. Buckman
Martin Albers, 91, died June 16, 2003. Martin was born Dec. 29, 1911, in Oliver County, the son of Theodore and Helena (Schmeling) Albers. He farmed and ranched in the Hannover area, having taken over Albers Hereford Ranch from his father. He married Florence Bagnell in 1944. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hannover, serving as an elder. Albers Hereford Ranch was featured on the North Dakota Hereford Tour in 1992, the same year Martin was named North Dakota Hereford Man of the Year. He lived a full and productive life and in his later years enjoyed yard work and watching baseball and rodeo on TV. He is survived by two sons, Theodore (Cathy), Appleton, Minn., and Lyle (Claudia), Hannover; four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Franklin J. Buckman, 91, died March 7, 2003. Franklin was born June 17, 1911, on the family farm north of Belfield, the son of William J. and Lillian (Frank) Buckman. He graduated in 1930 and then worked in the grocery business, becoming proprietor of Franklin’s Fairway Foods in 1951. He married Eleanor Ding in 1937 and was active in his church and community until moving into Dickinson in 1998. He is survived by three children, Rev. Dr. Allan (Carol), St. Louis, Mo., Yvonne (Rev. Dr. Dale) Gatz, Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Douglas (Carol), Bismarck; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lucien C. Barnes Lucien C. Barnes, 92, died May 17, 2003. Lucien was born Jan. 11, 1911, on the family farm in Barnes Township. A son of Alonson Herbert and Caroline (Crane) Barnes, he attended school in Fargo. He and his brother continued the family dairy/grain farm. As a hobby, they bred and showed registered Shetland ponies. Lucien married Eddie Urenn in 1962. They raised and trained top quality Quarter Horses and helped organize the North Dakota Quarter Horse Association. He was a 4-H leader, a Red River Horsebreeder’s Association charter member and was instrumental in numerous horse events in the Fargo-Moorhead region. Lucien and Eddie gave generously to support local charities, including the Cass County Historical Society and Bonanzaville. He is survived by a step-daughter, Joni (John) Urenn Azel, Muscatine, Iowa; Eddie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews and their families. (Continued, next column)
Virgil Carmichael Dr. Virgil Wesly Carmichael, 83, died April 5, 2003. Virg was born April 26, 1919, in Missouri. He became a geological engineer and North American Coal Corporation corporate vice-president. He developed several earth mines and coal reserves including Falkirk and Coteau Mines in North Dakota. He was active locally and nationally in the Kiwanis and Masons and was proud of his Scottish heritage and loved the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; three daughters and their spouses, Bonnie, Peggy and Jacki; 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Greg Dahners Greg H. Dahners, 79, died Feb. 11, 2003. Greg was born May 19, 1923, in Mandan, the son of Henry L. and Alice (Kennedy) Dahners. He graduated from Mandan High School and spent his early years working as a cowhand on the Bill Connolly Ranch north of Dunn Center. He attended Colorado State and served in World War II from 1943-46. He married Elizabeth Ann Marlowe in England in 1946. They returned to North Dakota, ranching along the Heart River west of Mandan where Greg displayed his wit
and country sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, Wayne, Bloomington, Minn., Jeff (Audrey), Almont, and Chris (Bernadette), Mandan; six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Ellen Kist Ellen Pearl Kist, 61, died June 8, 2003. Ellen Trotter was born July 23, 1941, in Killdeer, a daughter of Edgar and Eleanor (Zubke) Trotter. She grew up on the family ranch west of Grassy Butte where she loved horses and nature. She graduated from high school in Medora. She attended Dickinson State Teacher’s College, participating in rodeo during high school and college. She was 1960 Miss Rodeo North Dakota and 1960 state barrel racing champion. She married Fred Kist Jr., in 1960, and worked with him in the family business, Kist Livestock, for many years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, her grandsons and her little dog, Molly. She is survived by her husband, Fred; two sons, Jerry (Korinne), Mandan, and Terry, Bismarck; a daughter, Cindy (Darin) Schafer, Mandan, two grandsons, her mother, six siblings and their families.
Roy Earl Kittelson Roy Earl Kittelson, 80, died Jan. 14, 2003. Roy was born Sept. 25, 1922, in rural Beach, a son of Martin and Alta (Holmberg) Kittelson. He attended Little Beaver and Lapla Schools and Beach High School. He served the CCCs and entered the Marines in 1944. He married Joan Tescher in 1946. Following his father’s death, Roy returned to work the family farm/ranch near Beach. He was also the first farm foreman at Home On The Range, Sentinel Butte. He worked 12 years for the State Truck Regulatory while continuing farming and ranching. He was a great story teller who loved dancing, music, (Continued on page 22.)
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Obituaries (Kittilson, continued from page 21.) playing cards, hunting, rodeo, horses and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Joan, Beach; two daughters, Patti (Jim) Voll, Hulett, Wyo., and Pam (Tom) Reichert, Dickinson; and six grandchildren.
Terry Kurle Terry T. Kurle, 52, died Feb. 26, 2003. Terry was born April 17, 1950, in Bismarck, a son of Ted and Ruth (Neumiller) Kurle. He graduated from Mercer High School in 1969. He attended North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton. He married Ardythe Boger in 1975 and eventually became a mechanic for the Coal Creek Station power plant. He worked for Great River Energy Coal Creek Station until the time of his death. He loved team roping, horses, the cowboy way of life, hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, Ardythe, Washburn; his son, Shawn, Bismarck; his parents; two brothers and their families and his in-laws.
Blackie McCutchan Charles Orell “Blackie” McCutchan, 88, died April 3, 2003. Charles was born June 26, 1914, near Amidon, the son of David and Mae (Gore) McCutchan. He attended area schools and served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945. He married Martha M. Hoffer in 1942 in California. Upon his discharge they returned to North Dakota, settling in the Medora area. In April 1947 they purchased the Billie Bahm Ranch south of Medora. Blackie enjoyed working brandings, where he became a very accomplished roper. He was a past president of the Medora Grazing Association. He is survived by his wife, Martha; their four children, Carol (Jack) Thompson, Medora, Mae (Louis) Giacometto, Belle Creek, Mont., Beverly Figeira, California, and David McCutchan, Belle Fourche, S.D.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. (Continued, next column)
Harry C. Nelsen Harry C. Nelsen, 84, died Feb. 1, 2003. Harry was born March 22, 1918, in Wilbur Township, McKenzie County, a son of Otto and Lilly (Sorenson) Nelsen. In 1931, his father and brother died within two weeks of each other. He was forced to leave school to help his mother and also helped area farmers with field work and chores. He married Mary Ann Wahlstrom in 1945. They lived on their farm until 1985. Harry worked at Farmers Union Oil Co. from 1952-83. He enjoyed riding horses in his younger years and later enjoyed playing cards, telling jokes and deer hunting. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Cynthia (Vernon) Lee, Lonsdale, Minn., and Beverly (Dennis) Forthun, Williston; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ethel Nelson Ethel Nelson, 82, died Jan. 25, 2003. Ethel Krogh was born Dec. 2, 1920, at Snow, a daughter of Julius and Elnora (Martinussen) Krogh. She attended Snow Country School and then worked for area families. She married Clifford “Tip” Van Horn in 1940. They bought a ranch west of Grassy Butte near Little Beicegel Creek. Tip died in 1973. She married life-long friend Palmer Nelson in 1975. Ethel enjoyed gardening, hospitality and helping her husband on the ranch. She is survived by her husband, Palmer, Grassy Butte; two siblings; one step-son, J.D. Van Horn, Marmarth; and three sisters-in-law.
Layton Newton Layton Newton, 83, died March 31, 2003. Layton was born March 22, 1920, in Stark County, a son of Frank and Nora Ann (Hewson) Newton. He was raised in the Hirschville area and attended Model High in Dickinson. He married Evelyn Sweetman in 1944. They farmed with his father and then on their own. He began raising Hereford
cattle, one of which was shown in the National Western Stock Show in Denver. He was active in community affairs and helped bring telephone and electricity to the area. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, Dickinson; a daughter Nancy (Paul) Elsey, Longmont, Colo.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ray C. Paasch Ray C. Paasch, 87, died June 4, 2003. Ray was born July 31, 1915, in rural Billings County, a son of Henry and Amanda Paasch. He attended Billings County schools and graduated from Belfield High School in 1930. Prior to World War II he worked on the home place and in several other jobs. He married Tena Rusth in 1941, entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, and was discharged in 1946. He and Tena bought the Chi Otto Ranch south of Medora in 1947 and he lived there for 50 years. She died in an auto accident in 1953. He married Martha Porter in 1982 and they continued to ranch until moving into Belfield in 1997. He was a Medora Grazing Association member and past president, a North Dakota Stockmen’s Association member and was active in community and school affairs. Ray received the Medora Cowboy Christmas Veteran’s Award in December 2002. He is survived by his wife, Martha, Belfield; one son, Dave (Renee), Dickinson; one daughter, Karen (Gary) Obrigewitch, Wibaux, Mont., and Medora; two stepchildren, eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Leland Roen Leland Henry Roen, 87, died May 22, 2003. Leland was born Dec. 18, 1918, at Bowman, the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Kradovill) Roen. He attended rural Grainbelt #1 and graduated from Bowman High School in 1936. He attended Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., where he participated in music. Leland was invited to (Continued on page 23.)
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Scenes from the 2003 NDCHF Annual Meeting and Banquet Jeri L. Dobrowski photos
Among the many supporters who assisted with the NDCHF auction in Mandan in February were (left to right): NDCHF President Phil Baird, Mandan; NDCHF Trustee Bob Penfield, Bowman; NDCHF Trustee Merle Clark, Marmarth; and Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2003 Melanie Jean Marquart, Wing.
NDCHF Trustee John Bearman, Minot, helps take bids during the NDCHF auction held in Mandan in February.
“Incredible Six” Videos are available for $25 each. • •
Dean Armstrong • Joe Chase • Duane Howard • Alvin Nelson • Jim Tescher • Tom Tescher •
To order, call the NDCHF office at 701-250-1833.
Obituaries (Roen, continued from page 22.) sing on the Lawrence Welk show in 1965. He married Pearl Gilseth in 1940 and they had two children, Dr. William G. Roen and Dr. Gail Roen, both deceased. Following their marriage Leland joined his father and brothers in operating Roen Brothers Hereford Ranch. Producing quality horned Hereford cattle was his life’s focus and pleasure. Leland was also a staunch republican who served 26 years in the North Dakota House and Senate. He was active in 4-H livestock judging and showing as a youth and in the Bowman Lutheran Church choir as an adult. He was a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and the American Hereford Association. He is survived by two grandsons, one daughter-in-law, three siblings and three in-laws.
Janet I. Weekes Janet I. Weekes, 83, died March 27, 2003. Janet Irene Ferguson was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Bismarck, a daughter of George J. and Mary (McGarry) Ferguson. She grew up on the O-O
Ranch in southern Grant County. She thrived at St. Mary’s Parochial School, Bismarck, forming a dance band her senior year and graduating in 1937. She worked in Bismarck and then California, returning to North Dakota in 1941. She married James F. Weekes in 1945 and lived on the Lazy JW Ranch for 25 years. They raised cattle and Quarter Horses and produced rodeos. They sold their ranch near McIntosh, S.D., in 1971, and ranched southeast of Belle Fourche, S.D., for the next 20 years. They retired to Aladdin, Wyo., in 1991 and to Spearfish, S.D., in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Nola (Malcom) Price, Wasta, S.D.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Edward Werre Edward E. Werre, 85, died March 25, 2003. Edwin Edward was born Jan. 13, 1918, in Hettinger County, a son of Albert and Christina (Hoffman) Werre. He graduated from New Leipzig High School in 1935 and from Dickinson State College in 1942. He married Frances Morrell in 1944. He began
teaching and coaching at Wahpeton High School and then coached at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, eventually becoming athletic director. He retired in 1981 after 31 years at NDSCS. He was active in his community and church and received numerous achievement awards. He loved to spend time in Sioux and Dunn counties, farming and ranching. He is survived by his wife, Frances, Wahpeton; two sons, Jim (Marilyn), Fargo, and Joel, Dunn Center, a daughter-in-law, Andreen Werre, Bozeman, Mont.; and seven grandchidren. Obituary Policy: If you are aware of the recent death of a NDCHF member, North Dakota cowboy/rancher, or friend of western heritage, please inform us and if possible, provide an obituary. Send notice/obituary to: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1110 College Drive, Suite 212, Bismarck, ND 58501. While all submissions will be noted, space availability and NDCHF relevancy may dictate length.
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Hillside seating • Silent Auction • Concessions • Advanced and Family Tickets Available 16 miles west of Medora • 6 miles east of Beach • For more information call: 701-872-3745
Sunday, August 3, 2003 1 p.m. MDT • Pre-rodeo entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m.
47th Annual Champions Ride Saddle Bronc Match and Barrel Racing
Keith McLean, Bismarck (left photo), and 2003 Miss Rodeo North Dakota Melanie Jean Marquart, Wing, distribute samples of Cloverdale Beef Franks and Smoked Sausages at Bismarck/Mandan area Dan’s Supermarkets in May. Also demonstrating Cloverdale/ NDCHF products are (right photo) Miss Rodeo This Old Hat Amanda Schaff, Mandan, and Oscar Peterson, Bismarck.
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Little Cowgirl: McKayla Anderson, Max, enjoys a Cloverdale Smoked Beef Sausage sample at the West Dakota Roundup in Minot in March.
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Minot in March: NDCHF Trustee Marilyn Hudson, Parshall, prepares Cloverdale Beef Franks and Smoked Sausage samples at the West Dakota Roundup in Minot in March. Product royalties go to the Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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