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Vol. 14, No. 3 • November 2009

The Official Publication Of The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Joe Chase and his iconic ride on whiz bang in 1956 What’s inside: Rodeo Gallery - Joe Chase and Tom Tescher inducted into National Rodeo Historical Society pages 8-9

Gifting made simple page 4

2010 horse raffle page 5

Ranching and Native American galleries pages 10-13

Plaques & obits pages 15-17

Gifts, dues & memorials pages 18-21

Barrel racing & cutting event recap pages 24-26

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Annual Meeting plans underway


2611 Old Red Trail Mandan, ND 58554 1-800-597-7327

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Helping Preserve Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow

NDCHF Annual Meeting Activities Best Western Seven Seas Hotel, Mandan Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 7:00-9:00 p.m. CT

Free Ice Cream Social and Entertainment

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 1:00 p.m.

Annual Membership Meeting

2:30 p.m.

Trustees Meeting

5:30 p.m.

Social and Auctions

7:00 pm.

Banquet and Entertainment Introduction of NDRA 2009 Event Champions Live Auction

lans are underway for the 2010 Annual Meeting at Mandan’s Best Western Seven Seas Hotel. The two-day gathering begins on Friday evening, Feb. 26, at 7:00 p.m. (CT) with a social and entertainment. A cash bar and treats will be available. On Saturday, Feb. 27, the NDCHF Annual Membership Meeting opens at 1:00 p.m., with the Trustee meeting following at 2:00 p.m. The agenda for the Trustees Meeting will include announcement of the 2010 ballot names and the opportunity for people to speak on behalf of those candidates. Saturday evening begins with a social and auctions at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 and the rest of the live auction after that. The entertainment, speaker and other Annual Meeting details will be announced in the February 2010 Cowboy Chronicle. The North Dakota Rodeo Association Board of Directors will hold its Board meeting in conjunction with the 2010 NDCHF Annual meeting, Mandan. The NDRA Board Meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27, at the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel while the NDCHF Annual Membership and Trustee meetings are taking place. The NDRA Board and general members have again been invited to the NDCHF Annual meeting and banquet. The RRA Board and members have also been invited. The NDRA and RRA 2009 event champions will be introduced at the Saturday evening banquet.

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it from the board

NDCHF hosts book signing

Executive Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Dorgan Medora Site Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Miller

Board of Directors

Dear Members and Friends: As board members, we try to find our own personal ways to support the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame with no expectations of reward. I did something this Fall and was profoundly blessed by the experience. The Hall has been fortunate these past four summers to take care of a very unique and historical article— one of Sitting Bull’s headdresses. It was loaned to us by Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Reservation, the center of the great warrior’s homeland. As might be expected, the headdress with the double-trails of eagle feathers became a favorite interpretive exhibit. When Darrell and I first transported our special cargo from Fort Yates to Medora, we were caught up with details such as insurance, security and identifying the Sitting Bull stories to be shared. The reflective moments for me came with the county sheriff escorts we had scheduled across western N.Dak. It was only after we had set up the headdress in its showcase that I realized the historical experience I had crossed paths with. As Hall of Fame president with Native American ancestry (Sicangu Lakota), I was entrusted with a priceless possession of a prominent Lakota leader and a NDCHF Inductee, who died in 1890 by the hands of law enforcement. And here we were, over a hundred years later, having a different type of law enforcement protecting this personal possession. I was imprinted

forever with the history, spiritualism and irony of the event. We didn’t count on the generosity of the SBC board to allow us to keep the headdress the past four years. But we knew this piece of history had to eventually be returned to the Standing Rock. In September, Darrell and I once again made preparations to transport the headdress. Because I felt responsible for bringing the sacred eagle feathers of the war bonnet to Medora, I made sure that traditional smudging and prayers were offered before our departure. Rain fell as we made the journey to the Standing Rock Reservation. This was a good thing, symbolizing the good faith and safekeeping of the headdress back to its home on the SBC campus. I am so grateful and blessed to be part of this unique chapter of the NDCHF. I also remain humbled to be a small part of the history of Sitting Bull’s headdress. These are things I did not expect in trying to help the Hall in my own way. Folks, I thank all of you who do something, big or small, to support our Hall of Fame. And since we’re coming upon the Holiday season, let me take this opportunity to wish the most precious blessings and gifts that our Creator can bestow upon you and your loved ones. Together, we will continue to ensure the future of our children and grandchildren in helping them understand their heritages and cultures showcased at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Phil Baird, President Mandan, N.Dak.

President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Baird, Mandan Vice-president . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Tibor, Hebron Secretary/Treasurer. . Russell Danielson, Harwood

Board Members Virginia Eck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck Laura Griffin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medora Shirley Meyer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickinson Ray Morrell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandan Walter Piehl, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minot Ross Rolshoven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Forks Willard Schnell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickinson Arlen Sommers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valley City Roxanne Solberg-Gillespie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . York Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cathy A. Langemo

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Editorial Advisory Committee Phil Baird Pat Grantier Ray Morrell Willard Schnell Robert Tibor Send Letters, Address Changes, Memberships and Contributions to: Bismarck Office: 120 N. 3rd St., Ste. 85 Bismarck, ND 58501-3860 Phone: 701-250-1833 Fax: 701-250-1835 Medora Office: PO Box 137 Medora, ND 58645-0137 Phone: 701-623-2000 Fax: 701-623-2001 Website: E-mail:

Vision People of all Nations and cultures will come to understand and appreciate North Dakota’s ranching, rodeo and Native American cultures through the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Mission Statement The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will strive to preserve and educate about the western history and cultural heritages of North Dakota’s Native American, ranching and rodeo communities.

Operating Hours May-Sept. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. MDT. Oct.-Apr. Open upon request.

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N otes from darrell

NDCHF hosts book signing

Summer is over, and we’re already planning an exciting 2010 Cowboy Hall of Fame season. Medora Site Manager Kathy Miller did a great job of booking events the past summer, and she’s now taking reservations for weddings, meetings and reunions at the Hall for 2010. Choice dates go fast so if you have a special event you would like to hold at the Hall of Fame, call 701-623-2000 and make your reservation today. We made a major change in our induction program the past summer, moving it from the first Saturday in Aug. to the last weekend in June. It worked great. The weather was wonderful, and it gave our season a great jump start.

The 2010 annual round of induction activities is now set for June 25-26 in Medora. This year, you will select 10 inductees, bringing to more than 120 in the Hall of Honorees by the end of 2010. We will accept nominations for Rodeo (Pre-1940 and Modern-Era), Ranching (Pre-1940 and Modern-Era), Ranches, Rodeo Arena, Rodeo Livestock, Arts and Entertainment and Leaders of Ranching and Rodeo. There will be two inductees in the Modern-Era Rodeo category and onee in each of the other categories. he We sent out nomination forms to the NDCHF Trustees in early Nov., and the submission deadline is Sat., Jan. 16, 2010. The Board will review all of the nominations and announce the ballott names at the Trustee Annual meetingg in Mandan on Sat., Feb. 26-27. Ballots will be mailed to Trustees in good standing (paid-up members) in

April, and the formal announcement of the 2010 selections will be made over the Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for all your help in 2009. Let’s look forward to a great 2010 as we continue to tell the world about the Plains horse culture, our heritage and the world we live in. Darrell Dorgan Executive Director

Gifting made simple…. I recently spent time with a friend who was looking for a safe place to earn more than two percent on his savings. There is a safe way to earn from five to more than eight percent, receive a fixed payment for life, receive a charitable deduction for income taxes and put your name on part of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Using a simple $10,000 gift as an example, we can pay someone, age 60, 5 percent a year. Someone who’s 80 years old would receive more than 7 percent, and the interest escalates with the age a person is when the donation is made. Gift annuities are a great way to insure a steady income for life while providing financial stability to the Hall of Fame. We can do a gift annuity for up to $1 million. Think about it. The product is called Charitable Gift Annuity and, if you’re interested, call me at the Cowboy Hall of Fame office in Bismarck (701-2501833).

Joe and Florence Hauer of Bismarck were at the Hall of Fame this past summer for the unveiling of the Hauer Gallery plaque. The Hauers, long-time supporters of the Hall of Fame, pledged $135,000, and the gallery that has been used to house the "Guns of Dakota" exhibit the past two years was named for them.

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F undraising Goldsberrys donate filly for 2010 raffle

Harris, Ron & Karen Goldsberry.


orth Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee Harris Goldsberry and his son and daughter-inlaw, Ron and Karen, have donated a gray filly, GR Hall of Famer, for the 2010 horse raffle. The horse, born in June 2009, is from sire Eddies Badger Skip and dam Zanna Roman. The Goldsberrys have been raising some of the country’s finest Quarter horses for more than 50 years on their beautiful 100-year-old ranch along the Little Missouri River north of Medora and where Harris was raised. Harris always wanted to be a horseman and rancher and, by age 15, he was working on a neighboring ranch. During the Great Depression, he worked hard gathering wild horses and selling them to buy back his parents’ ranch. Harris knew good horses at a glance and maintained a quality herd of Hereford cattle. He started raising registered Quarter horses in 1955, a breed new to N.Dak. at that time. They hold annual fall production sales and are nationally recognized for raising horses used for ranch work, pleasure riding, rodeo and showing. Several years ago, the Goldsberry

GR Hall of Famer.

Raffle tickets have been sent out to the NDCHF Trustees. Anyone else who would like to sell tickets or Trustees who want more tickets can call Judith Hammer at the Bismarck NDCHF office (701-250-1833). The raffle drawing will be June 26, 2010, during the NDCHF Induction ceremony in Medora.

Ranch was recognized by the American Quarter Horse Assn. for 45 consecutive years of registered breeding. The Dickinson Roughrider Commission honored Harris as 1989 Rancher of the Year. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to continue making improvements at the Hall of Fame in Medora.



North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee Harris Goldsberry and his son and daughter-in-law Ron and Karen have been raising some of the country’s finest Quarter horses for more than 50 years.




a gray filly sired by the legendary Eddies Badger Skip.

Name: ___________________________________

From their beautiful 100-year-old ranch along the Little Missouri River north of Medora, they are donating this outstanding gray filly, born June 2009, for the annual NDCHF Horse Raffle. The colt is from sire Eddies Badger Skip and dam Zanna Roman. The Goldsberrys hold annual production sales and are nationally recognized for raising horses used for ranch work, pleasure riding, rodeo and showing.

Address: _________________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________________

Money raised through this raffle will be used by the NDCHF to continue making improvements at the Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo in Medora, ND.

Phone No.: _______________________________ Email: ___________________________________




The drawing will be held in Medora on June 26, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. MT at the annual NDCHF inductions. You need not be present to win. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age to enter. The value of the horse is estimated at $3,000. If the winner decides to not accept the horse, the NDCHF will give the winner $1,000 in cash.

This is not a charitable donation. BILLINGS COUNTY LOTTERY PERMIT #2009-03.


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F undraising Consider NDCHF license plate for Holiday gifts


DCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan is excited these days about the new NDCHF

license plate. He says, “The plates are being proudly displayed on vehicles around the state and beyond. They are a fun Holiday gift idea and an excellent marketing tool for the Cowboy Hall of Fame.”

NDCHF offers original display boards for Holiday giving


he remaining original inductee display boards continue to be available for sale. The display boards, with bios, photos and brands, are in excellent condition, have been shrink wrapped and are ready to be mailed to anyone interested in purchasing them for $200 each. Some of the inductees and families or friends have already purchased many of

Ranches Eaton Bros. Custer Trail Ranch Long X Ranch VVV Ranch Modern-era Ranching Freida Bohnsack Harris Goldsberry Brooks Keogh Pre-1940 Ranching William J. “Bill” Follis Andrew Johnston Frank P. Keogh Donald Stevenson William “Bill” Taylor

Project Manager Judith Hammer says, “It’s still possible to order yours, either through the NDCHF’s Bismarck office or directly through the N.Dak. Department of Transportation.” If you need a form, call the Bismarck office (701-250-1833) or go to Click on Application for Organization Plate (SFN 54397), complete the form and mail it to the ND DOT. Remember—NDCHF gets $15 of each special license plate ordered, plus the organization receives a lot of free advertising from the plates on vehicles.

Rodeo Livestock Old Fitzgerald Old Shep

the display boards. The boards make great gifts for special occasions and holidays. However, we still have 40 display boards available for sale. If you are interested in purchasing any of the remaining original boards, simply send payment to the Bismarck office or the Medora site, and we will box them and send them to you. Available display boards include:

Modern-era Rodeo Franklin “Tex” Appledoorn Henry “Almit” Breuer Jack Chase Duane Howard Harold “Harry” Olson Delvin Reich Pre-1940 Rodeo George Bruington George Defender Scott Gore Frank Marshall Robert McLeod Joe Wicks

Killdeer Mountain Round-up Rodeo Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo Arts & Entertainment Frank Fiske Louis L’Amour Einar Olstad Cy Taillon Great Westerners of ND Theodore Roosevelt Sakakawea Ray Schnell Sr. Sitting Bull

Rodeo Producers George Gardner

Cowboy Long Rider Don Hart

Special Achievement Dickinson Match of Champions HOTR Champions Ride

Leaders of Ranching & Rodeo Earl Northrop

The children and grandchildren of Hall of Fame Trustee Bob Sand and his wife Edna gathered at the Hall of Fame in June to view the memorial plaque that family members bought for the two.

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F undraising NDCHF continues sale of theater chairs

Theater chair.


ould you like to put your name or the name of a friend or loved one on a piece of the Cowboy Hall of Fame? Looking for a Christmas gift idea? The opportunity continues for you to honor that special someone with a chair in the NDCHF Tom Leach Theater for just $500. NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan says, “This is your chance to recognize a family member, friend or yourself to the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

For $500, you can have a brass plaque put on one of the theater chairs.” He says, “It will be ‘first come, first served,’ just like the patio tables, and there are only 25 unsold chairs left.” Chairs have been purchased honoring the following:

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L. Ray Baird Paige Baker Sr. & Cora Baker Robert & Ruth Bayer Georgia Bosch Joe R. Bosch Almit & Marlyne Breuer (gift of 3 chairs) Henry & Margaret Breuer Vic Christensen Emmet & Dorothy Dorgan Donald & Delanis Eckroth George & Thelma Fenton Joe & Sandi Frenzel, Little Missouri Cattle, LLP

Lemore & Rosella Greenshields Florence Hauer Joe Hauer Kenneth & Irene Henry Marvin L. Kaiser Rep. Theodore A. & Helen W. Lang Bonita, Lynn & Lydia Laske (Laske Quarter Horses) Preston & Sharon Leingang A. Lynn McMillan Richard Miller Jim & Jean Nesheim Evelyn Neuens Randy & Russell Ressler Nickadomus Senn & Lorance Wolf Kurt & Madonna (Tescher) Tibor & family

Call the Bismarck (701-250-1833) or Medora (701-623-2000) for more information or to purchase a chair.

Dickinson couple wins 2009 saddle raffle $20,000 this past year selling tickets for the annual raffle. Vern and Arlene Retzlaff of Dickinson won the hand-tooled, one-of-a-kind saddle created and donated by nationally-known L-R: Kathy Miller, "Pony Bill" Engen & Vern & Arlene Retzlaff. saddlemaker “Pony Bill” Engen of he Cowboy Hall of Fame Belfield. The trustees and members of winner was announced on June the Medora Cowboy Poetry 28 at the Medora Cowboy Poetry Gathering netted more than Gathering.


Between the two organizations, more than 500 people sold raffle tickets, with NDCHF trustee Vic Wilhelm winning the rifle for selling the most tickets (an amazing 1,200 tickets). Runner-up sellers were DeVerne Hoggarth, Sue Mosser, Hadley Seeklander and Jim and Dona Lowman. Thanks to all who participated in the raffle, both selling and buying tickets. The raffle net proceeds will help with NDCHF’s development projects and continuation of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Engen's TR saddle.

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R ODEO Gallery Chase and Tescher honored


om Tescher and Joe Chase have crossed to the Great Divide, but their exploits and skills as bronc riders in the 1950s and ‘60s are still being recognized. Hundreds of family members, friends and admirers gathered for the induction of Chase and Tescher into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Historical Society in Oklahoma City on Oct. 25th. They are now two of the 320 honorees in the Society. The two, both national rodeo legends, have joined 1957 National Saddle Bronc Champion Alvin Nelson and nationally-known saddle bronc and bull riding champion Duane Howard as North Dakota inductees. The four made up part of the famous North Dakota “six pack” that dominated rodeo across the country in the ‘50s and ‘60s. All of the “six pack” members were inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1998 and ’99, and rodeo legend Dean Armstrong will likely be inducted into the Rodeo Historical Society within the next few years.

Tom Tescher.

competed in most events, but saddle bronc and steer wrestling were where he made money. He had a fierce riding style and often rode with his tongue sticking out. Over the years, Tescher placed or won at most of the country’s big rodeos--Denver, Cheyenne, Pendleton and Madison Square Garden. He was ranked in the top ten of saddle bronc riders from 1955-1958 and qualified for the first National Finals Rodeo in Dallas in 1959.

Tom Tescher Tom Tescher was a tough ranchraised kid who grew up dreaming of being a bronc rider like his older brothers Alvin and Jim. He was the 6th of 15 children in the Matt and Antoinette Tescher family of Sentinel Butte. At age 17, Tescher joined his brothers in the rodeo arena in 1943 in Medora. He won the first North Dakota Saddle Bronc Riding Championship in 1948 at Sanish and again in 1950. The quiet and soft-spoken cowboy

Members of the Chase and Tescher families attended the National Rodeo Historical Society inductions in Oct. Sitting (L-R): Jill Chase, Perry Tescher, Becky (Tescher) Robison. Standing (L-R): Mitch Hutchinson, JoAnn Chase, Theresa (Tescher) Voll, Beth (Tescher) Clyde.

Tom Tescher at the Dickinson Match of Champions.

He qualified again in 1960, but passed up the chance for fame and glory because it would have meant being away from his wife and 10 children on Christmas Day. Tescher and his wife Lorraine ranched near Medora and keeping food on the table for 10 kids came first, rodeo second. Former World Champion Casey Tibbs once said, “There’s no telling how far he would have gone if he wasn’t plagued by common sense.” He, along with his brother Jim, established the Home on the Range Champions Ride at Sentinel Butte in 1957. Four of Tom and Lorraine’s children also became bronc riders, and three rode professionally. Tescher believed his best ride was on Trails End. He managed to ride the famous bronc twice, once in front of hometown fans at the Home on the Range Champions Ride. In addition to rodeo, Tom had a lifelong passion was observing and keeping records of the wild horses in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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Joe Chase.

Joe Chase Also joining the other five members of the “six pack” in hundreds of perilous night-time car runs across the country in order to climb into another chute was Joe Chase, a young Fort Berthold Mandan/Hidatsa Indian. His Indian name was Bear Necklace and watching Chase on top of a bronc was to watch poetry in motion. With his arm straight out, hat always on and spurs moving quickly, he was also at the pay window at some of the nation’s biggest rodeos. Chase was born in 1933 to Joseph

L-R: Pete Fredericks & Dale Little Soldier in Oklahoma City.

Sr. and Anna Fredericks Chase of Elbowoods. With help and encouragement from his older brother Emanuel became one of the world’s greatest bronc riders. While still in high school, at the age of 16, he won his first title, the 1949 North Dakota Saddle Bronc Riding Championship at Sanish. World Champion Casey Tibbs was so impressed with Chase’s ability, he offered to take the North Dakota kid with him on the road. It would have been a great opportunity, but Chase’s mom insisted he head for college. Accepting a scholarship, Chase was not welcomed with open arms; but, when the gate opened and wearing moccasins he rode broncs no one else could, he quickly became a star. He led the Hardin Simmons University of Abilene, Texas, to two national championships. Chase became the first North Dakotan to win national college titles, including the national saddle bronc title in 1952 and ‘53. He participated in bull riding and bull dogging and won runner-up, all-around cowboy honors. Chase graduated with a degree in beef production and animal husbandry and quickly began traveling the professional rodeo circuit with the “six pack.” He qualified and won on some of the toughest bucking stock at the biggest rodeos in the U.S. and Canada and became a favorite of North Dakota rodeo fans with his rides at the Dickinson Match of Champions Ride in the ‘50s. Chase and world champion Casey Tibbs went head-to-head and tied for first place honors in 1955 and ‘56 at the Match of Champions. His incredible 1955 ride on the never before ridden Whiz Bang is still talked about by rodeo fans. Chase won the Match of Champions saddle bronc title in 1957. Other famous broncs he qualified on included Figure Four, War Paint and Snake. To enter rodeos ranching near Elbowoods, Chase used the community telephone that was located at the school house. It was there he met and married school teacher Jill

L-R: Janice & Don Rustad, Lydia & Bonita Laske in Oklahoma City.

Albert, a Connecticut girl. Joe qualified in saddle bronc for the National Finals Rodeo in 1960 and ‘61. Injury forced his retirement from rodeo in 1962. He moved to Loveland, Colo., where he worked with Indian economic development programs and was involved in real estate and buying and trading cattle. He maintained ranching interests in North Dakota until his death in 2004. Chase and his wife Jill had two children, JoAnn Kaye and Joey.

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R ANCHING Gallery Cowgirl believes in equine massage

Jamie Hande relaxes a horse through an ear massage.


quine massage therapist Jamie (Backsen) Hande grew up on a farm/ranch south of New Salem with her parents, Toby and Patty Backsen, and her sister Billie. She says, “Farming, ranching, horses and rodeo run deep in my blood. Both of my grandparents farmed, ranched and raised horses.” Hande’s dad was a rodeo pick-up man (including at the World Finals in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1979). Patty has always raised and trained her own horses. She was also a successful barrel racer for many years,

as well as serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota in 1972. Hande says, “I grew up at rodeos and on horseback. I participated in youth rodeos and showdeos, which led me into high school rodeo.” In high school, Hande competed in barrel racing, pole bending and breakaway roping, winning the state pole bending championship in 1998.

Hande’s interest in horses continues into a career Growing up with horses, Hande often thought about becoming a

veterinarian. However, she didn’t think she wanted to go to school that long. She says, “After seeing the positive difference that equine massage therapy made in my own horses, I became interested in becoming an equine massage therapist myself. So it’s a natural for Hande to have pursued an education and developed a business in equine massage therapy. After attending Dickinson State University and earning a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Hande started researching equine massage schools.

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Jamie continues to enjoy barrel racing.

She has attended four schools (Mont., Wisc. and S.Dak.) and does not plan to stop there. She says, “I want to continue in equine massage for as long as my hands will let me do the job!” She says her business, Hande Equine Therapy, continues to grow as horse owners see the improvement it brings to their horses’ abilities.

Horses are like people As Hande explains, “Horses are athletes and can get aches and pains just like people. Performance horses in today’s rodeos have to be in top physical condition and, in order for that to happen, they have to feel good.” The therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue so that the body can achieve muscle relaxation. The massage increases circulation and

relaxes nervous horses. It can also speed up recovery from an injury, just like physical therapy does in people. Hande says, “Horses are my passion and my motivation for starting my business. I want to see the horses I work with perform at their peak level, as well as go through their lives pain free.” She says, “Often ranchers have never considered massage therapy. Back in the day, if a horse didn’t work out, it was simply sold.” Hande stresses the importance of using the hands, rather than tools. She says, “With tools, you don’t get the actual sense of what is going on, you cannot feel heat or energy through a massaging tool like you can with your hands. The horse communicates to you through your hands; you cannot feel that through a machine.” Hande says that massage therapy will help balance a horse, not only mentally, but also emotionally and physically, as well. She does stress, however, that equine massage is not an alternative to veterinary care. It’s just one part of the care package.

Handes enjoy their life In 2005, Jamie married Travis Hande, son of NDCHF Trustee Cary and Margie Hande of Amidon. In addition to the equine therapy business, Jamie and Travis run a horse boarding business east of Dickinson. They have one of the few places in the Dickinson area that has an arena and cattle for rodeo participants to

Travis works with the horses.

practice. Jamie and Travis also each have a full-time job off the ranch--Jamie at DSU and Travis at Wells Fargo Bank. The couple enjoys rodeos and horses. Travis used to ride broncs and now participates in steer wrestling and team roping. Jamie mostly attends jackpot barrel racings because she likes to work with younger horses that need seasoning.

Future holds promise As far as the future goes, Hande wants to continue what she and Travis are doing now and attend more equine massage schools.

CORRECTION Taylor Ranch article in June 2009 Cowboy Chronicle. It was Harvey Allen Taylor, not Harvey Taylor, who helped found the N.Dak. Quarter Horse Association in 1960.

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N ATIVE AMERICAN Gallery Murphy leads Standing Rock Tribe once again Murphy was first elected as a Porcupine Tribal Councilman in 1981 and, after two years, was chosen as the Standing Rock Tribal Chairman in a landslide election, serving through 1991. After Kay developed cancer in the early 1990s, he sold all of his cattle and horses to help pay for her experimental cancer treatment. After Kay died in 1993, Murphy returned to tribal government, being re-elected as chairman in 1994 and serving through 2005. He married Ernesdean Shade in

Charles Murphy.


harles W. Murphy, though recently elected as Tribal Chairman for the Standing Rock Tribe, is not new to the job. He has served the Tribe as Chairman and as Tribal Councilman many times over the past 32 years. Murphy was born Dec. 27, 1948, to Rita Murphy Harrison and Frank Brave Bull in Fort Yates and the descendant of Mahpiyamani-Walking Cloud and Tatanka Ohitika-Brave Buffalo. Charles attributes his success to his mother. He says, “She taught me to understand that I must be helpful to those in need.” Raised in Porcupine, N.Dak., Murphy attended one year at Saint

Benedict College in Kansas after high school and then served in the military during the Vietnam Era. He says, "I received the Bronze Star for bravery and, after the military, I worked as a fire fighter and as a Standing Rock police officer." He married Caroline “Kay” Ogg in 1973, and they ranched near Fort Yates. The Murphys had three sons who all live in N.Dak.

Charles Murphy.

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Charles with his family. L-R: Hank, Charles, wife Ardean Shade, Charles Jr. & Dusty.

1997, and they live near Porcupine. For a few years, Murphy left tribal government to pursue other interests. He says, "My efforts moved to serving on the United Tribes Technical College Board of Directors and for one year on the State Board of Higher Education in 2006. I believe I was the first Native American appointed to that board." He ran for the N.Dak. House of Representatives in 2005 and was honored with the Forest Service Stewardship Award at the NDSU “Tree Bowl” in 2006. In 2009, Murphy ran against eight other candidates in the primary election for the Tribal Chairman position. Once the field was narrowed down, he stood against Ron His Horse Is Thunder, who was elected in 2005. On Sept. 30, Murphy came out the winner after a heated campaign, with more than 1,900 votes cast. He was inaugurated on Oct. 13 at the Prairie Knights Casino pavilion near Fort Yates.

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Reviewed by Darrell Dorgan, Bismarck

A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – The Last Great Battle Of The American West by James Donavon, Back Bay Books, 2009, 409 pages, soft cover.


he Battle of the Little Bighorn is one of the most written about, controversial and discussed incidents in American history. The story of the killing of more than 260 soldiers under the command of Lt. Col. George Custer (who was healthy when he left Mandan!) is well known, and it would seem there is little left to discover about the incident that shocked the world. But James Donovan, in his exciting narrative, brings the epic 1876 struggle back to life by closely examining the lives of those involved, the politics of the era and the corruption that was pervasive on frontier Army posts and Indian reservations. The U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry was considered one of the country’s crack military units. However, it was not. When sent into battle the Spring of 1876, about a quarter of the soldiers were raw recruits with little or no

formal military and firearms training, and many were inexperienced as horsemen. Many, in fact, were immigrants and spoke limited English. The Plains Indians they were sent to bring back to the reservations were skilled horsemen, on a land they believed belonged to them and were well armed. It’s estimated there were four warriors for every soldier when the ill-fated attack took place. Not only was Custer outnumbered; he was also outgunned. The soldiers were equipped with single-shot carbines that were prone to jamming. The Indians were armed with bows and arrows, muskets, trade guns and many repeating rifles that held up to 15 cartridges. Donavon also details the politics of the era that called for a solution to the so-called “Indian problem”. Broken treaties, corrupt Indian agents, rotten food and questionable allotments led many Indians to flee back onto the plains, seeking freedom and a way of life they understood. Ordered to find and return the so-called “hostiles” to their agencies, Custer and two other commands set out to enforce the government’s Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Cheyenne had joined with the Lakota, led by Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Gall. They were determined to fight for their way of life. The orders, issued by Custer for the attack on the large Indian village, were confusing and unclear at best.

Some of those who were expected to support the engagement, including Major Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen, were openly hostile to Custer. Benteen was likely drunk during his initial attack and subsequent retreat, nearly losing the men under his command. A board of inquiry, two years after the event, cleared Reno, Benteen and others for failing to support Custer during the battle. But Donovan provides evidence that many officers and other participants changed their stories to shift the blame for the debacle to Custer. Why the fascination with Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn? Custer was a nationally famous Civil War hero. The loss of the “Boy General” was an unbelievable event that the public was unable to understand, and the search for answers has continued for more than 130 years. James Donovan has provided many of those answers and shows that the battle was fought in Washington and on reservations, as well as the hot Montana Battlefield in 1876. Within a year of the battle, most of the Indian participants were back on reservations, oftentimes starving. Their horses were taken from them, and the 1876 Lakota Winter Count does not proclaim it as the “year we defeated Custer;” to them, it was the “year we lost the horse”. This is a wonderful read and explains the battle, the events leading to it and the people involved in the struggle to the death. It’s our history.

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P laques Families honor loved ones with plaques


elmar Lee Erickson was born in Beulah on June 18, 1943, to Archie and Emma (Fisher) Erickson. He graduated from Beulah High School and studied computer training at NDSU and auctioneering in Billings, Mont. He married Audrey Irene Albers in 1962, and they had five children.

Erickson was a rancher, an auctioneer and a partner in Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange, Dickinson. He was a member of the ND Stockmen’s Assn., the State and National Auctioneer assns. and the ND and National Real Estate Assn. In 2006, Erickson sold his Stockmen’s Livestock shares to his son James, and his son Jason is taking

over the ranch. Erickson died June 22, 2008, and is survived by his wife, four children and many other family members.


a cattle business. They farmed and raised cattle, and the farm/ranch operation grew and prospered. They also enjoyed hunting with the hounds. Klein entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and, while serving in the South Pacific, he belonged to the “Roping Club” and participated in Sunday rodeos in Burma, India, along with other soldiers. His brothers kept his share of the ranch running during the four years he was in the military. After returning to N.Dak., Klein joined the Bismarck Horse Club. He was also a member of the NDRA and the RCA and rodeoed around N.Dak., Mont. and S.Dak. He won the State Calf Roping State Championship in 1950. Klein also had a palomino horse that helped him win many roping championships and horse shows. He participated in calf roping and team roping from 1944 to 1955 and won the Dickinson Match of Champions calf roping in 1955. He married Mary Lou

Armstrong in Feb. 1949, and they had one son, Danny. Along with ranching near McKenzie, Klein worked at Schnell Livestock, Dickinson, until he died in a Dec. 1, 1955, plane crash while returning from a cattle auction.

alph Klein was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Washburn to Daniel and Katherine (Bollinger) Klein. He had seven brothers and sisters. Klein’s father died when Klein was only two years old. His mother married John Schlepp, and they moved to Moffit. When Klein was very young, he and his brothers had a trapline, with the hides bringing enough money to start

Ralph Klein & son Danny.

Delmar Erickson.

Memorial Wall Program honors family and friends The NDCHF’s Memorial Wall and Registry Program is the perfect Holiday gift for members, special friends and others. That special person’s life and accomplishments will be documented for future generations. The card file registry lets you honor someone with a card file for $250. The card file includes biographical information, a photograph and a brand. For $1,000, a person, business or organization can be honored with a 14” x 9” plaque. A $5,000 plaque, 18” x 10½”, includes biographical information. Both plaque sizes include a card file. For more information, call Cathy Langemo at the Bismarck office (701-250-1833 or 701-527-7948).

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E nd of the trail Meredith Fuller Casey, 92, originally of Bismarck, died Jan. 4 in Calif., where she lived in her later years. Casey was employed by Sarah Lanterman of The Rose Shop after she moved to Bismarck from Beach. She was a charter member of the Bismarck Horse Club and one of the main forces in establishing the Bismarck Humane Club. Casey was a friend to many in the Bismarck/ Mandan area. Phyllis Fuglie, 84, Hettinger, died Sept. 26. She was born Oct. 10, 1924, near Edmore to Peter and Sophia (Aaberg) Boehmer. She graduated from Edmore High School and earned an RN degree from Mercy Hospital College of Nursing, Devils Lake. She married O.J. “Whitey” Fuglie in 1946. They moved to Hettinger in 1950, where O.J. opened an optometric practice and Phyllis worked as a nurse. Fuglie remained in Hettinger until moving to Bismarck in 1992. In 2005, she returned to Hettinger. She is survived by her son and NDCHF member Jim Fuglie and and many other family members. Eva Gjermundson, 96, Taylor, died Sept. 18 in Dickinson. She was born near Halliday on Aug. 25, 1913, to John and Caroline (Michaelson) Carlson. She was educated in Halliday and married Sven Gjermundson in 1930. They lived in Halliday and the Marshall area before moving to Taylor in 1958. Gjermundson worked as a cook and custodian. She enjoyed quilting, Bible studies, Ladies’ Aide and bird and train watching. She is survived by eight children, including NDCHF members Stanley and Sharon Gjermundson, Marshall. Alice Goodall, 91, New Town, died Sept. 13 in Watford City. She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Max to James and

Louise (Watterberg) Sullivan. She graduated from Sanish High School and married Francis Goodall in 1936. They ranched near Sanish, moved to Beulah in 1954 and returned to McKenzie County in 1956. The Goodalls retired in 1979 and moved to New Town. Their daughter and son-in-law, Joann and Darrel Quale, took over the ranch. Francis died in 2000. Goodall enjoyed family, gardening, cooking and entertaining. She was a member of the Altar Society, N.Dak. Cattle Women’s Assn. and the New Town Library Guild. She is survived by her sons and daughters, including NDCHF members Steve and Patti Goodall, Dickinson, and Joanne and Darrel Quale, New Town, and many other family members. Arthur Glenward Hermanson, Kathryn, died Aug. 22 in Jamestown. He was born Aug. 22, 1915, near Litchville to Gust and Anna (Johnson) Hermanson. He was educated in Litchville and married Christine Gorden in 1945. They farmed near Litchville until 1972 and then moved to a farm near Clausen Springs. The Hermansons retired in 1985 and moved to Kathryn. Hermanson was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and served on school and township boards. He raised and broke horses and helped start the Litchville Riding Club. He enjoyed horse shows, rodeos and leatherwork. Hermanson is survived by his wife; five sons, including NDCHF members Darrell and Nancy Hermanson and three daughters. August Little Soldier, 94, Zap, died June 19. He was born Aug. 15, 1914, the son of Clarence and Wilemina (Perkins) Little Soldier. He graduated from Santee (Neb.) High School. Little Soldier worked on the family ranch with his mother. He married Tillie

Becker in 1938, and they farmed/ranched north of Beulah. In the early 1980s, they retired and moved to Zap. In 1956, Little Soldier won the calf roping event at the Champions Ride match rodeo in Dickinson. He served as chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, Fort Berthold, and helped start the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck. He was known for influencing young people in education, helping others and a strong belief in prayer. Little Soldier is survived by one daughter, two sons and other family member Fred Loeffelbein, 97, Halliday, died Sept. 26. He was born April 15, 1912, near Golden Valley to Jacob and Sophia (Keihn) Loeffelbein. At age 13, Loeffelbein worked for area farmers and in the sugar beet fields. He married Helen Fisher in 1939, and they farmed near Halliday until moving Beulah in 2007. Loeffelbein enjoyed time with family and friends, farming/ranching and helping with rodeos. He and Helen were lifetime members of the Dodge and Halliday saddle clubs and active in his church. He is survived by his wife, his daughter Marion and other family members. Margaret “Peggy” (Hogoboom) Myers, 70, Medora, died Oct. 4. She was born Mar. 19, 1939, in Beach to Byron and Dorothea Hogoboom. She was educated in Sentinel Butte and at Concordia College, Moorhead. She married Roger Myers in 1959 and worked as a secretary at MontanaDakota Utilities in Beach and Dickinson. In 1960, the Myers settled on a ranch northwest of Medora. They had four children.

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Myers enjoyed many hobbies and activities, including quilting, playing bridge golfing, skiing and cheering for local basketball teams. She was a member of P.E.O., led Bible studies, volunteered in the community and helped at Badlands Ministries and on area boards. She is survived by her husband; her four children; and many other family members. Calvin R. Nelson, 72, Kenmare, died July 23. He was born Mar. 10, 1937, near Kenmare to Alvin and Ella (Hanson) Nelson. He was educated at the township school and married LonaMae Zimmer in 1960. They ranched and farmed near Kenmare. Nelson bought and sold cattle for 40 years. They also operated a PMU business for over 35 years. Nelson also bred and raised bucking horses and was a founding member of the Roughrider Rodeo Assn. He enjoyed cooking and visiting with family and friends. Nelson is survived by his wife, four children and many other family members. Doris Potter, 90, of Bismarck, died Oct. 5. She was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Valley City to Clifford and Inga Lampman. The family moved from Oriska to Bismarck, where she was educated. She married Alwyn Potter in 1940, and they had three children. Potter worked for AGSCO in Grand Forks and, at age 57, retired to attend UND. After graduation, she attended United Theological Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister on her 65th

birthday. She ministered in S.Dak., retiring at 79. Potter enjoyed playing bridge, reading and watching Twins baseball. She supported public radio, the Ft. Abraham Lincoln Foundation, UNICEF and First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her three children, including her son and NDCHF supporter Tracy Potter, Bismarck. Gail Ronning, 71, West Fargo, died Aug. 19. She was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Wolverton, Minn., to Leroy and Mildred Shirley. She attended school there and married Curtis Ronning in 1957. The Ronnings farmed near Christine for 37 years, moved to Fargo in 1993 and to West Fargo in 2004.Ronning worked for Bell Telephone and as a full-time mother and homemaker. She was also a nanny in Fargo. She enjoyed people and was a member of the Lutheran church, Eagle Homemakers Club and Red Hats Society. Ronning is survived by her husband, children and many other family members. Clarice L. Somerville, 92, McHenry, died Sept. 19 in Cooperstown. She was born Sept. 11, 1917, in McVille, the daughter of Dean and Anna (Stromme) White. She was educated in McHenry and married Robert Somerville in 1939. They lived on the family farm near Hamar and moved to a farm near McHenry in 1986. Robert died in 1989. Somerville was active in the Lutheran church, garden club, and local election boards. She was a member of the legion auxiliary, wrote a column for area newspapers and enjoyed photography, gardening, quilting and baking.

She is survived by her two daughters, including NDCHF member Roberta and LeRoy Johnson, West Fargo, two sons and many other family members. Ward Thomas Stine, 67, West Fargo, died Sept. 20. He was born on Aug. 27, 1942, to Walt and Joy (Benshoof) Stine in Valley City. He graduated from Valley City State University and from UND with a Master’s in Music Education. Stine taught band and choir in in N.Dak. and Calif. In 1979, Stine moved back to Valley City to run the family business. He married Becky Sharp in 1973, and they had two children. In 1993, he married Marilyn Flynn. Stine enjoyed family, music, friends, cooking, parties, traveling and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife; his son and daughter; five stepchildren; and many other family members. Sharon Wright, 73, Valley City, died Aug. 9. She was born Aug. 7, 1936, in Jamestown, the daughter of Albert and Nellie (Fehr) Lewellyn. She was raised on a farm near Wimbledon. She married Donald Wright in 1954 and they lived in Valley City and Alaska. In 1966, they moved back to Valley City. Wright was a member of the Methodist church, the Order of the Eastern Star and other organizations. She is survived by two daughters and three sons.

O B I T U A RY POLICY If you are aware of the recent death of a NDCHF member; a N. Dak. cowboy, cowgirl or rancher; or a friend of western heritage, please inform us and, if possible, provide an obituary. Obituaries can be sent to: NDCHF, 120 N. 3rd St., Ste. 85, Bismarck, ND 58501. Space availability may determine inclusion and length.

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F undraising Members Contribute to NDCHF The following are new or renewing NDCHF members from May 12-Oct. 15, 2009, deposits only. To contribute through member dues or to other funds, please complete and mail the form on page 21.

Donations Wendell Bell Alwyn C. Carus (Family Trust) Greg* & Debbie Childs Dennise N. Ereth Barbra Kennedy Johnson* Kellen Leier Arthur* & Grace Link Allison Melby Roger Meyers & family (in memory of Peggy Meyers) Palmer Nelson (Trust) Gwen Zingg Wild West Sponsorships Cloverdale Foods Co. Four Bears Casino & Lodge Imperial Palace Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange Pledges/Capital Fund Bud & Pam Anderson Fran Armstrong*, Diamond Bar B&B Mary Ann Durick* Joyce Fossum* Byron* & Deloris Langley L. Curtis* & Jill Luchsinger Phyllis O’Neil* Theater Chairs ($500) (donor listed in parentheses) Bonita*, Lynn & Lydia Laske (Laske Quarter Horses) Randy & Russell Ressler (gift from Lenard Ressler) Richard Miller Almit* & Marlyne Breuer (gift of 2 chairs) Memberships Diamond Saddle Club ($1,000-$4,999) Jay Clemens** Gold Buckle ($500-$999) Russ** & Helen Danielson

James Danks* Richard Dietrich* LeRoy & Carla Fettig, Williston Basin Oil & Title LLC Mary Hubbard Herb & Shirley Meschke Oscar & Lorene Stohler Silver Buckle ($250-$499 annually) Frederick Baker Bob & Cathy Gruman John & Mikey Hoeven Jon & Jeannen McMillan Duaine Voigt* Vonny Young* Trophy Spurs ($200-$249 annually) Terrald* & Carol Bang, Bang Ranch Morris & V.C. Baye Steve Brooks*, Brooks Chalky Butte Ranch Rex & Anne Cook Angus Fox* LeRoy* & Roberta Johnson Phyllis Leutz* L. Curtis* & Jill Luchsinger Sue Mosser* Gary Peterson* Malcom & Nola* Price Kenneth* & Marlys Radenz Bonnie Tescher Farstveet* & Shane Farstveet Arlon Voge, Farmers Livestock Exchange Jimi Lou* & Gary Woodard Ranch Boss ($100-$199 annually) Bev Adams & Tim Flakoll Bud & Pam Anderson Jim & Diane Baye Dale & Joanne Beckman John Bendish (gift of Sharon Bendish) Keath* & Cynthia Borchert Vicki* & Richard Clarys Robert & Deborah Dwyer Jerry & Beaty Engels

Dave & Chantel Erickson Karen & Kelly Fleck, Fleck Management Inc. James & Jane Forthun Pete Fredericks* Stan & Sharon Gjermundson Robin Griffin, Medora Convenience Store Ed & Jean Hall Arnold Hanson Harold & Patricia Jacobson Gary & Gayle Jeffrey John & Dorothy Kolden Aaron Krauter Clyde Krebs, Circle K Feed & Grain, Inc. Eugene LaMote Sr. Barb Lang* Norvel & Barbara Larson Preston & Sharon Leingang John & Linda Leininger Melvin, Luella & Todd Leland Roger Leutz Andrew & Stacy Majeres Mandan Progress Organization (Mandan Rodeo Committee – Del Wetsch) Gordon & Lyla McLean Karen & Bill Novak Charles & Carol Olson Harold* & Maureen Olson Steve Piehl Gary Roehrich* Richard & Jo Ann Ruud Kirt & Rorrie Sabrosky Alois & Nancy Schall Michael Schlegel Thomas & Pamela Schmid Raymond Schnell Bernhard Schwenk Roger Stuber, Stuber Ranch Art Todd* Connie & Mike Todd Ron & Carol Torgerson Soren (S.S.) & Patricia Urberg Norman Vangness Ernie Ward Lloyd Weckerly, Weckerly Ranch

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Jerry & Robbyn Weinberger Wrangler ($50-$99 annually) Randy Adams Raymond & Lois Blegen James M. & Janet Connolly Adrian Crowfeather Cordell Dick & Mary Anderson-Dick George & Susan Dickey Jerry & Carolyn Erickson John Froelich Collette & Casey Gjermundson John & Brigitte Hancock Curtis & Susan Hanson Steve & Linda Hanson Elizabeth Hill Deloris Hochhalter James* & Elva Lou Johnston Tom & Barb Kraft J. & Lina Lamsters Gary & Linda Majeres Clair Michels Douglas Munski Norma Nelson, Nelson Sunrise Ranch Evelyn Newton L.E. “Buzz” & Shirley Osborn Kevin & Cheryl Pavlish Gary Peterson* Richard & Fern Pokorny Ronald Ryberg Gary Schaner* Allen & Lorraine Schmidt Arlyce Schulte Marlo & Jane Svee N.E. & B.J. Tombarge Lois & George Welsch Dennis & Kay Werre, D.D. Werre Trucking, Inc. C.H. Winkler Lee & Carla Wolf, Guys & Dolls Boutique Kid’s Corral ($10 annually) Alex Giffen (gift of Kenneth & Marlys Radenz) Benjamin Giffen (gift of Kenneth & Marlys Radenz) Lucas & Lyatt Walford (gift from Suzanne Walford) Riley J. Wolf (gift from Leland & Carla Wolf)

Tentative 2010 Wild West Series/Season Schedule May 15

Ribs & Blues

July 24

National Day of the Cowboy

May 29-30

Medora Cowboy Poetry Gathering

August 21

Day of the People

Sept. 18-19

ND Cutting Horse Assn. Cutting Event (tentative)

June 12-13

Flag Day & All-horse Parade

June 12-14

Winchester Weekend— Antique Gun Road Show

Sept. 20

NDCHF closes for season

June 25-26

Induction Activities

Nov. 5

June 26-27

Barrel Racing Event

Medora Chamber of Commerce Wildlife Feed

July 4

Independence Day Celebration, Parade & Fireworks

Dec. 3-4

Medora Chamber of Commerce Oldfashioned Cowboy Christmas

The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. All contributions are tax deductible.

KID CORRAL ............................. $10-$49 ANNUALLY WRANGLER CLUB ................... $50-$99 ANUALLY RANCH BOSS CLUB ................ $100-$199 ANNUALLY TROPHY SPURS CLUB ............ $200-$249 ANNUALLY SILVER BUCKLE CLUB............ $250-$499 ANNUALLY GOLD BUCKLE ......................... $500-$999 ANNUALLY DIAMOND SADDLE CLUB ....... $1,000-$4,999 ANNUALLY

* Denotes NDCHF Trustees **Denotes NDCHF Board Members

TRAIL DRIVERS CLUB ............. $5,000-$9,999 ANNUALLY

(Please notify the NDCHF of any errors or omissions by calling 701-250-1833.)

BRONC RIDER CLUB ............... $10,000+ANNUALLY

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F undraising NDCHF gifts honor loved ones The NDCHF has received honorariums/memorials for the following individuals. (This information includes deposits for May 12-Oct. 15, 2009, deposits only.) To honor a loved one, see the memorial/ contribution form on page 21.

In memory of Hulda Albers Leland & Carla Wolf In memory of Lillian Arnstad Alvin & Kaye Nelson Dorvan & Eileen Solberg In memory of Lyle Bagnell Bob & Virginia Bubel Fredrick & Ruth (Uden) Green Joyce Kitt & Gordon Albers In memory of Herman Bahr Carol Weigelt In memory of Henry “Hank” Baker Terry & Joyce Baker In memory of Maynard Brown Thomas & Barb Kraft In memory of Virginia George Douglas Munski In memory of Alice Goodall Elizabeth Grantier Gary & Jayne Miller Robert & Edna Sand Elmo & Elinor Sorenson In memory of Lemore Greenshields Myran & Kaye Burian In memory of Art Hermanson Art Hermanson family In memory of Burton Hoovestal Robert & Valerie Bahm In memory of Martin Hovde (plaque) David & Jean Nelson In memory of Ester Irwin Tom & Barb Kraft

In memory of Melvin Jarrette Johnson Jr. Steve & Patti Goodall

In memory of Cliff Nelson Norma Nelson & family, Nelson Sunrise Ranch

In memory of Nordis Johnson H. Weyburn & Mae Niewoehner

In memory of Edwin Neu Joan M. Hoffman

In memory of Ralph Klein Alan & Ginger Klein Darrel & Becky Klein Jerryl Klein Monte & Julie Klein Terry & Bev Klein Theodore & Olga Klein Tom & Sharon Klein Spencer & Louise Mahnkey Hilda Marz & girls Kathy & Bruce Peterson Brenda Weigel Bill & Helen White In memory of Ed Koch Mike & Geri Senger In honor of Jake Larson Jim & Jody Hauge Willard & Linda Schnell In honor of Grace and Art Link (70th anniversary) Gerald & Anita Galloway Arlene Isaak Earl & Karen Petersen In memory of Fred McIntyre Mildred Shields In memory of Calvin Nelson Dakota Roughriders Saddle Club William, Kay & Jay Fortier, Willow Lake Ranch James & Rose Hystad, J-H Ranch Walter Piehl, Ft. Union Artist Associates Karen Pullen Connie & Ed Sundby

In memory of Layton Newton Evelyn Newton In memory of Blanche Pelissier Fran Armstrong Phil Baird Blanche Bang & Carol Beth McCoy James & Diane Brines Alice Clark & Susan Westfall Fay & Lynn Connell Joe & Sue Finneman Sandi Frenzel James & Donna Fritz Linda Fritz, Third Creek Ranch Wendy Fuentes Brian & Carma Gerbig Ella Gerbig Collette & Casey Gjermundson Steve & Patti Goodall Marjorie & Robert Gratton Arlene Harmon Philip & Patricia Havnvik Sydney Hegge Marlene Johnsrud Barbra Kennedy Johnson W.K. Johnson, X Bar X Ranch Joanne & Denis Joyce Mark & Jessanne Knutson Vivian Knutson Bill & Mary Kratzer, Kratzer Auction Wayne & Rose Krebs Deb Lewis, Lookin Good Hair Design Rodney & Janet Lindbo Betty & Peter Malkowski E. Arlene McCutchan Geraldine & Norman McKeen Nyla Miller Alvin & Kaye Nelson Palmer Nelson (Trust)

Gene & Donna Nunn David & Renee Paasch Blanche Pelissier Estate Sherry Plummer Renae Praus Connie & Glenda Redmond Dennis & Beth Richard Jennifer & Al Schaeffer Willard & Linda Schnell Donald & Debbie Schmeling Gerald & Patricia Scholten Norman & Gail Stevens Carl Svendsen Elsie & John Trotter Roger & Eleanor Vanvig Theodore & Geraldine Wanner Gail Weishaar Jimi Lou & Gary Woodard In memory of Clem Perschke Dinah & David Hilliard In memory of LeeAnn Rafferty’s grandfather W.K. Johnson, X Bar X Ranch In memory of Ernest Ramberg Clinton & Vera Bergstrom White Earth Valley Saddle Club In memory of Vince Rettig Gary & Lynn Russell In memory of Doris Roberts Sheila Marie, Painted Badlands Ranch In memory of Gail Ronning Don & Janice Rustad In memory of Bill Rosencrans Bill & Pat Meyer In honor of Bob Sand’s 90th birthday Earl & Darlene Pelton

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In honor of Willard Schnell (for induction) Frank & Marvel Fischer Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange (in honor of Willard Schnell’s induction) In memory of Elmer Skogen Gary & Lynn R. Russell

North dakota cowboy hall of fame membership/memorials

In memory of Ole Solberg Thomas & Judy Freund In memory of Clarice Somerville Don & Janice Rustad In memory of Ron Spicer Elizabeth Grantier In memory of Tom Stine James & Virginia Stevens In memory of Bobby (Fortier) Talmadge Alvin & Kaye Nelson Dorvan & Eileen Solberg In memory of Tom Tescher Suzanne Walford In memory of Wes Tibbetts Frank & Marvel Fischer In memory of Katharyn Trotter Alvin & Kaye Nelson

Membership Contribution of $ ____________________________________ Category _______________________________________________________ Memorial Gift of $ _______________________________________________ In honor of _____________________________________________________ Theater Chair Fund $ _____________ Building Fund $ ______________ Foundation $ ___________________________________________________ Name ___________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________ City ____________________ State ________ Zip Code ______________ Phone _________________________________________________________ Credit Card ____________________________________________________ Expiration Date _________________________________________________

In memory of Lester Tweeten Richard & Kitty Tweeten In memory of Pete Veeder Gene Veeder In memory of Sharon Wright James & Virginia Stevens

Mail, fax or email this form (or a copy of it), along with your check or credit card number, to: North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame 120 N. 3rd St., Ste. 85 Bismarck, ND 58501

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M EMBER News Piehl judges art show

SHSND honors Hudson

NDCHF Board member Walter Piehl judged the Pekin Days Art Show in June. He was invited to judge because of his talent and experience.

NDCHF Trustee Marilyn Hudson, Parshall, received the SHSND’s Heritage Profile Honor Award, along with Neil Howe, Fargo. The award is given to those who have made a significant contribution in preserving, interpreting, promoting, researching or otherwise extending knowledge and understanding of N.Dak. history.

Gagnon turns 95 Woody Gagnon celebrated his 95th birthday in June.

Members celebrate milestone anniversaries Rodger and Mavis Buchholz celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June. Vern and Jean Erickson celebrated their 50-year anniversary in Sept.

NDCHF ranchers host tour group Roger Stuber and Steve Brooks hosted a group of visitors from Kazakhstan and South Africa in Sept. The group toured ranching operations throughout N.Dak.

Trustee named district judge Governor John Hoeven recently appointed NDCHF Trustee and Medora lawyer H. Patrick Weir to a Southwest District judgeship. District judges handle civil and criminal trials.

Alvin Nelson joins national Board Alvin Nelson, NDCHF and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Inductee, was elected to the Rodeo Historical Society’s Board of Directors in Oct.

Frenzels and Nelson receive DSU awards Joe and Sandi Frenzel were honored with the 2009 DSU Golden Hawk Award. Joe Frenzel also was named Developer of the Year at the annual Governor’s Choice Awards for Economic Development in Bismarck. NDCHF supporter Palmer Nelson received the DSU Blue Feather Award.

President Obama selects Gillette for Federal position President Barack Obama named North Dakotan Jodi Gillette associate director of Intergovernmental Affairs, in which she will serve as liaison to tribal governments.

TR Association honors Schafer The Theodore Roosevelt Association presented Sheila Schafer with the Rose Award in Oct. The award is given to officers and members of the association who have offered outstanding service to the organization.

Cowboy Hall of Fame member Duane Slovarp of Bismarck is inspecting one of the antique trunks he donated to the Hall of Fame. The trunks are used for exhibit cases, and one in the Hall of Honorees is used for the National Finals buckle collection that Duane donated.

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Miss Rodeo ND crowned


he 2010 Miss Rodeo North Dakota was crowned Sunday at the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo in Oct. Miss Rodeo Prairie Rose Tiffany Kuntz, of Bismarck, took the title. She won the competition by demonstrating excellent speech, personality and horsemanship skills. Kuntz started riding horse at a very young age and has been active in 4-H and other western activities over the years. She started competing in riding and rodeo activities at age 16. She attends Bismarck State College, where she is pursuing an associate

degree. First runner up was Samantha Stanke, West Fargo, Miss Rodeo North Dakota Winter Show. Miss North Dakota State Fair Ashley Geisenger, Bottineau, was crowned Miss Congeniality, and Sadie Wardner, of Coleharbor and Miss Rodeo Mandan, won the written test. The 2009 Miss Rodeo North Dakota Jessinta Hammer, of Kathryn, will reign for the rest of the year and will represent N.Dak. at the Miss Rodeo America competition at the National Finals Rodeo in early Dec.

Many thanks to our volunteers!! ND Winter Show booth:

Barrel racing events:

Nolan Harter Gary Roehrich Arlen Sommers Sandra Sommers

Darrell Dorgan Jeff Azure John Hovde George Welsch Phil Baird Marcella Johnson Kenda Berger

Largest Selection of Quality Men’s Clothing in North Dakota! featuring:

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Barrel racings prove successful June Barrel Racing, Medora Ginny Eck once again produced a fantastic barrel racing event in Medora. On June 27-28, she gathered competitors at Medora’s Ranch-ORama arena to show off theirs and their horses’ barrel racing skills. Over 100 barrel racers from the Dakotas, Mont., Wyo. and Canada entered the event, sanctioned by the Northwest Barrel Racing and the National Barrel Horse associations and the Johnson-Berger Barrel Association, with a purse of more than $4,500.

Next year’s event will be June 26-27, the weekend of the NDCHF Induction ceremony. Mark yours calendars for the action-packed weekend.

Sat. PeeWee Winners in Medora Standing (L-R): Darrell Dorgan, NDCHF CEO, Jake Lockwood, Thane Lockhart & Zac Dunlop. Sitting: unknown.

PeeWee winners: 1st place – Jake Lockwood, MT. 2nd place – Thane Lockhart, SD. 3rd place – Zac Dunlop, ND. Senior winner: 1st place – Peggy Holzer, ND.

1-D Sat. Winners-Medora (L-R): Darrell Dorgan, Marcella Johnson, Cassy Kruse, WY., Carrie Murnion, Lisa O'Keeffe, Karen Hagen, NBHA, Teri Azure, NDHA, Phil Baird, CHF President/Announcer.

Sunday winners: 1-D – 1st place – Carrie Murnion, MT. 1-D – 2nd place – Josie Davison, MT. 1-D – 3rd place – Cassy Kruse, WY. 1-D – 4th place – Darcie Ridl, ND. 2-D – Katelyn Schaffner, ND. 3-D – Lynn Hastings, ND. 4-D – Josie Davison, ND. Youth: Katelyn Schaffner.

1-D Sun. Winners-Medora Front Row (L-R): Darrell Dorgan, Carrie Murnion, unknown, Cassie Kruse, unknown Back Row (L-R): Marcella Johnson, Karen Hagen, NBHA, Teri Azure, NBHA.

The 1-D winner for both days was Carrie Murnion of Jordan, MT. She received two jackets sponsored by the NDCHF. Other winners were: Saturday winners: 1-D – Carrie Murnion, MT. 2-D – Alyssa Bruner, ND. 3-D – Jonae Bauske, ND. 4-D – Cassandra Bauske, ND. Youth: Katelyn Schaffner, ND.

PeeWee: 1st place – Jake Lockwood. 2nd place – Baylee Moore. 3rd place – Thane Lockhart. Senior: Tressa Moore. Producer Ginny Eck says, “This year’s event would not have been such a success without the help of our volunteers, sponsors and the committed contestants who have come back year after year.” Many thanks go out to volunteers Darrell Dorgan, Jeff Azure, John Hovde, George Welsch, Phil Baird, Marcella Johnson, Kenda Berger, Triva Beard and Laura Griffin for their help.

ND Barrel Racing Futurity/Derby in Bismarck The NDCHF, Dakota Community Bank, Woody’s Feed, Roper Apparel and Footwear and Circle Diamond Ranch Supply sponsored the 4th annual ND Barrel Racing Futurity/Derby, held at the Walt Neuens Memorial Horse Park over Labor Day weekend. The event drew over 150 contestants from 9 states, including 5-time World Champion barrel racer Kristie Peterson of Texas. Ginny Eck, event producer and NDCHF Board member, says, “We were blessed to have such a nice weekend. The weather was fantastic, and we couldn’t have asked for better grounds. The Walt Neuens Memorial Horse Park is always a beautiful setting for an equine event.” Derby winner: Average Grand Champion - Cheryl Stern, ND - on Frosty Bar Drift $650. Futurity winners: 1st in average for Futurity Samantha Flannery, SD – riding her horse, The Shagmeister - $2,300.

(L-R) Darrell Dorgan & Deb Myers, Sr. Open Winner.

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1-D – Shelly Effertz, ND. 2-D – Vicki Brimer, ND. 3-D – Amanda Sportsman, ND. 4-D – Robin Tokach, ND. Sunday’s open jackpot winners were:

Top 10 Futurity (L-R):Darrell Dorgan, Lynn Kohr, Andrea Huft, Amy Lantis, Mary Bleeker, Rose Hildebrandt, Shannon Eck, Cassy Lantis, Kristie Thorstenson, Samantha Flannery & sons & Amanda Eckroth, Dakota Community Bank rep.

Reserve Champion winner – Samantha Flannery – on Miss Gemini Frost – owned by Patty Finney, NE - $2,200. Amateur – Shannon Eck, ND – on Hollywood Rooster VE – horse sheet prize sponsored by Stockman’s Supply West.

7th – Mary Bleeker, SD – on Pocodo Winn. 8th – Andrea Huft, MT – on Anita Mecom Blue. 9th – Amy Lantis, SD – on Molly’s First Dance – owned by Travis and Amy Lantis. 10th – Lynn Kohr, WY – on Lil Dashin Blitz. The total payout for the Futurity was nearly $10,000.

(L-R) Darrell Dorgan, Amanda Eckroth (DCB rep.), Samantha Flannery (by the horse) with husband & sons. Futurity & Reserve Champion was Samantha Flannery.

Placing 2nd through 10th were: 2nd - Samantha Flannery, NE – on Miss Gemini Frost – owned by Patty Finney.

The ND Bred Futurity horse was Hollywood Rooster VE, ridden by Shannon Eck and owned by Tate and Shannon Eck, ND. Of the 99 entries in the Saturday night kick-off open barrel racing, the winners were:

1-D – Shelly Christianson, SD. 2-D – Lynn Kohr, WY. 3-D – Ryan Schock, ND. 4-D – Christine Becker, ND. The Open Senior Division winner was Deb Myers of SD, riding Frenchmans War Bonnet. The Sunday Youth competition was 1st place – Katelynn Schaffner and 2nd place – Miranda Billman. Shelly Christianson of SD took the average for the two days with Miss Heidibear. She received a horse sheet sponsored by the NDCHF. The total payout for the open event was nearly $5,500. Eck is amazed at how fast the futurity/derby has grown. “It’s grown faster than we ever imagined, and we’re thankful for the many competitors and volunteers.” NDCHF volunteers were Executive Director Darrell Dorgan, Board President Phil Baird and Trustee Jimi Lou Woodard, along with Nodak Mutual Insurance agent Amanda Schaff; Dr. Margo Kunz, DVM; Bismarck State College representative Bobbi Bingemann; rancher Jim Irvine; and family members Donavan and Pat Eck.

3rd – Kristie Thorstenson, SD – on Tenroundsjosecuervo. 4th – Cassy Lantis, WY – on Frenchmans Speed – owned by Sitnal Livestock LLC. 5th – Shannon Eck, ND – on Hollywood Rooster VE – owned by Tate and Shannon Eck. 6th – Rose Hildebrandt - on BB Firewater Sugar – owned by Butch Tinant and Rose Hildebrandt.

(L-R) Darrell Dorgan, Amanda Eckroth, Ginny Eck (event producer), Shannon Eck (ND Bred Horse & ND Amateur Rider winner), Tate Eck & Hollywood Rooster VE Horse.

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Cutting event popular Medora event 2-Handed class – Little Cowboy Legend – owner/rider Darrel Loftesnes, ND.

John Hovde (center), Pres. of the NDCHA, presented Darrell Dorgan (right) & Kathy Miller with a vest, sponsored by Roper Apparel & Footwear.


he North Dakota Cutting Horse Assn., in conjunction with the NDCHF, hosted the final event of the 2009 Wild West Series at Medora’s Ranch-O-Rama arena on Sept. 19-20. The event brought in 175 entries in 13 classes. NDCHA Director Ginny Eck says, “It turned out to be a beautiful weekend, and we were pleased to have such generous sponsors again this year.” Roper Apparel and Footwear, Colo., provided vests for several categories, and the NDCHF sponsored jackets. Ron Rockwell, of Canada, won the door prize—a horse blanket. Jackets were presented to the winners of the following categories:

Kathy Miller (left) & Mark Lundeen (right) & his wife .

2-day average winners were:

(L-R): Kathy Miller, John Hovde, Sara Stiles and her dad.

Open – Starring CD - owner Paul Ihland, ND – rider J.P. Bell, MN. Non-pro – Starring CD - owner Paul Ihland, ND. Amateur $50,000 – Colorme Olenas Dually - owner/rider Cindy Fraser, MT.

NDHA President Hovde says, “It’s by far the best cutting in N.Dak., with participants from the Dakotas, Mont., Minn., Wyo., Wisc. and Canada.” The 2010 Wild West Series cutting is tentatively been planned for Sept. 18-19.

Shaun Stroh makes it to NFR Shaun Stroh is headed to the NFR. He scored big wins in Sept. to place 7th in the national standings. Ron Rockwell (Canada) won the door prizea horse blanket. (L-R): Kathy Miller, J.P. Bell & John Hovde.

$10,000 Novice Horse – awarded to Red Rock One – ridden by NDCHF 2009 Inductee John Hovde, ND – owned by NDCHF Trustee Dorvan Solberg, ND. $15,000 Novice Non-pro – awarded to White CatALena – owned/ridden by Mark Lundeen, ND.

Dusty Hausauer narrowly missed the cut this year, ending in 16th place.

Amateur $10,000 – Haidas Pepolena owner/rider Audri Orwig, ND. Youth – Poppin Kid – owner/rider Jayce Doan, ND.

$3,000 Novice Horse – awarded to Reybelette – ridden by J.P. Bell, MN – owned by Gary Hansen, MN.

Limited rider $2,000 – Rojo Irish Bay – owner/rider Morgan Hauge, ND. Limited rider $500 – Poppin Kid – owner/rider Jayce Doan, ND.

$5,000 Novice Horse – awarded to April Snow Queen – owned/ridden by Sara Sites, SD.

Novice horse $1,000 – Pass Me Out – owner Ginny Eck, ND – rider John Hovde, ND.

For the season finals results for various rodeo associations, check out these websites:

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