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Vol. 9, No. 2 • Fall/Winter 2004
Published bi-annually by the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame
Dream Taking Shape in Downtown Medora
• Hall Highlights • • If you wish to suggest a NDCHF Hall of Honor nominee contact a local Trustee. Deadline for 2005 nominations is Jan. 14. See page 3.
• Don’t miss Medora’s Cowboy Christmas, Dec. 3-5. For more information call 701-623-4378 or visit the City of Medora’s website at www.medorand.com.
• The tenth NDCHF Annual Meeting and Banquet is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Seven Seas, Mandan. Call 701-663-7401 or 800-597-7327 for banquet tickets or room reservations. Specify your affiliation with the NDCHF to receive the special rate.
• Inside • Hall of Honoree Nominations Deadline set for Jan. 14 . . . . . .3 Now and Then Featuring Jim Jefferies and Evelyn Neuens . . . . . . . . . . .4-5
Montana Senator Burns Speaks at NDCHF Induction “America is at a crossroads,” said Montana’s U.S. Senator Conrad Burns. The former ag broadcaster, auctioneer and founder of the Northern Ag Network spoke at the seventh North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony held Aug. 7 in Medora. Burns, who chairs the Interior and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee said, “We have children being raised who are not being taught who they are and where they are. We have to teach our young people to be Americans.” Stressing the significance of the NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures
Burns added, “Stay with these tales, these local people. Tell our young people what kind of country we inherited from our parents. This is important because you pass on history, and history is the blueprint of the future.” Noting that most U.S. servicemen and women realize that they inherited something very special in America, Burns added, “Younger folks need to really understand what America is -- especially here in the West where we value freedom above anything else. And make sure they understand that freedom is not free.” (Continued on page 2.) Colette Knutson Gjermundson photo
Our 25th Issue
A long-time dream of many is taking shape on the edge of Medora. The two-story structure, destined to be the home of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF), is moving toward completion. “Barring unforeseen problems, the Hall of The North Dakota Hall of Fame is slated to open in May 2005, in Medora. Fame will open in early May 2005,” says meeting space. Contractors began working NDCHF Executive Director Darrell in April. Employees of First Dakota Dorgan. “A grand opening is tentatively Enterprises Inc., Fort Pierre, S.D., concrete scheduled for the Saturday of Memorial and steel workers and electrical and plumbing contractors were on the site all Day weekend.” Ground was broken last December for the summer. The building was enclosed in (Continued on page 24.) 15,000 square feet of exhibit, gallery and
Oklahoma Induction Jim Tescher honored . . . . . . .10 Colorado Induction Alvin Nelson honored . . . . . . .11 Y’s Men’s Rodeo Celebrating 50 years . . . . . . .12 NDCHF Shirts and Ornaments Wrap up some NDCHF spirit this holiday season . . . . . . . . . . . .13
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees and representatives gathered following the ceremony held Aug. 7 in Medora. Nine new honorees were welcomed into the Hall in 2004.
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Rustad Leads CattleWomen Janice Rustad, Kindred, was elected president of the North Dakota CattleWomen at their annual convention in June. “We are the auxiliary to the North Dakota Stockmen,” Rustad explains. “Our mission is to be involved and support the Stockmen by promoting beef and the cattle industry.” CattleWomen focus on beef education and beef promotion. From educating school children to promoting new products to sharing old recipes in new ways, members spread the message of beef’s goodness. Rustad stresses that the organization isn’t just for cattle producers -- anyone who enjoys beef can be involved. She concludes, “If you’ve ever eaten a hamburger, you can join CattleWomen.” Other officers for the current year are Mary Janice Rustad Froelich, Williston, president-elect; Al Stoltenow, Wahpeton, secretary; Sharon Tecca, Solen, treasurer; and Theresa Tokach, Mandan, immediate past president. For membership information contact Rustad at 701-428-3780.
Letter from The Cowboy Chronicle Editor Dear Members and Friends: It is with sadness, joy and gratefulness that I inform you that as of this issue, I am resigning my position as editor of The Cowboy Chronicle. I feel sadness, because it is difficult for me to let go of a publication that I created, along with the NDCHF Board, in the spring of 1996. What a kick it’s been to help the publication grow along with the Hall. Still, I believe it is time for me to hand over the reins. I feel joy as I recall the thrill of standing beside dozens of folks as they have scanned the horizon and shared the stories of their lives. What a pleasure it has been to learn to know those whom the NDCHF seeks to honor. Thank you for the incredible privilege. I feel gratefulness because I am truly humbled that the NDCHF Board allowed me to initiate the Chronicle. I
(Induction, continued from page 1) This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were introduced following the Senator’s comments: Rodeo - “Badlands Bill” McCarty, Walt Neuens, Jim Johnston, Whiz Bang; Ranching - Earl Henderson,
am honored that you have given of yourselves to help me steer it through its first 25 issues. To those who have stood with me along the way -- including past and current board members, trustees and members, executive director Darrell Dorgan, office assistant Cathy Langemo and current layout director Dave Luyben -- I extend a hearty thank you. I greatly appreciate your assistance and kindness. Finally, I salute my intrepid proofreaders and unwavering supporters: Emily Tescher Johnston, Velva, and Jeri L. Dobrowski, Beach. It is your heart and wisdom that has helped guide the Chronicle. It is your assistance and friendship that has allowed me to ride the big circle during these past eight years. Thank you. With Warm Regards, Colette “Koko” Knutson Gjermundson, Richardton
Jack Dahl, William “Bill” Hamann, Long X Ranch; Arts and Entertainment Einar Olstad. For complete inductee biographies see the August Cowboy Chronicle Extra. For 2005 nomination information see page 17.
Bill McCarty correction: Marge Gratton, Medora, indicates that an error in previously published histories caused an error in the Summer 2004 Cowboy Chronicle Extra, page 3. The story notes that “Badlands Bill” McCarty and George Gardner put on a wild west show in Medora in 1916, for Romania’s Queen Marie, Prince Michael and Princess Illene. Gratton says the show was actually held in 1926. She confirms the year by the fact that she and her sister both attended the wild west show — a feat which would not have been possible ten years earlier. (Editor’s Note: The incorrect year  is also printed in The Cowboy Chronicle, Fall/Winter 2000, page 6.) 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickinson 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 of North Dakota Representative:
John Von Rueden . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck
The Cowboy Chronicle Official publication of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Editor . . Colette Knutson Gjermundson Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Luyben 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 216 Bismarck, North Dakota 58501 Phone: 701-250-1833
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A Meaningful Gift For Christmas or Other Special Occasion Dear Members and Friends: The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for family, friends, great food and taking stock of what we are thankful for. Because of you, our supporters, we’ve had a great year at the Hall of Fame. Construction is moving forward and, although there are variables such as weather, we hope to open the center of heritage and cultures Memorial Day weekend 2005. ‘Looking for a meaningful gift idea for Christmas or another special occasion? How about a North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame membership? How about a memorial? NDCHF Trustee Ernie Krabbenhoft, Argusville, gives memberships as gifts. Keep in mind, that includes a subscription to the Chronicle. It’s a great gift and, based on the number of recipients who renew, they must agree! We’re still about $500,000 short of having the Hall paid for when we open the doors, There are gifting opportunities available for everyone so we can reach that goal. For those who wish to remember a loved one, there is the beautiful, yet affordable, Memorial Wall. So far, about 45 families have purchased such a memorial. We have a plaque for my parents. Their photo and life history will always be on display and their history will be in the computerized card file. One hundred years from now, if someone types Emmett and Dorothy Dorgan into our data bank, their information will be available. It’s a great legacy and a wonderful way to remember a loved one for as little as $1,000. For those looking to make a significant contribution to the Hall, the building needs to be furnished. Meeting rooms and exhibits are available for families and companies to sponsor. The cost? It depends. You may want to make an outright gift or set up a trust. Depending on the type of trust, you might not have to pay anything.
A Charitable Remainder Trust allows you to designate a non-profit, like the Hall of Fame, as the recipient of assets. The trust pays income to the donor for a specified number of years or until death. Then, the charity receives the remainder of the assets. It has immediate tax advantages and insures that the person setting up the trust will not outlive his/her income. A Charitable Lead Trust pays a nonprofit like the Hall of Fame a specified amount for a set number of years; then the principal reverts to heirs as the donor wishes. This plan has multiple tax advantages for both the donor and heirs. There are numerous other financial vehicles available. They allow you to give to the Hall of Fame while providing for your needs and those of your family. Investigating such options allows you to leave a legacy that demonstrates that you cared about the heritage and history of the Plains. Not long ago I talked with a man who wanted to do something special for the Hall of Fame. However, he recently died unexpectedly and without a will. Assets that he hoped to direct toward the Hall of Fame were distributed according to predetermined state regulations. A man who could have, and wanted to, put his name on an exhibit lost that chance because there was no will. He didn’t get to choose where his assets went. If you’re interested in planned giving that will provide financial security for you and your loved ones and benefit the organizations you believe in, please give me a call. Accountants and financial planners can provide protection for your assets and make certain your wishes are met. Have a great holiday season and a wonderful 2005. Best regards,
Darrell Dorgan Executive Director
NDCHF Annual Meeting Scheduled for February The tenth North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Annual Meeting is scheduled for Feb. 25-26, 2005, at the Seven Seas, Mandan. Friday evening’s no-host ice cream social begins at 7 p.m. Highlighting the gathering is the premiere of the orientation video, which will play continuously in the theater at the NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures. The 14-minute piece, in surround sound, was written and produced by Dakom Communications, Bismarck. The audio was handled by Makoché Recording Studio, Bismarck, while Digit Productions, Bismarck, was in charge of videography/editing. Saturday’s annual membership meeting begins at 1 p.m., followed by the NDCHF Trustees’ meeting at 2:30 p.m. Trustees will discuss 2005 nominations. Saturday evening activities commence with a no-host social at 5:30 p.m. The annual fund-raising auction also begins at 5:30 p.m. The Seven Seas buffet banquet begins at 7 p.m. Entertainment features a full-length program by the Bismarck Public School’s Strolling Strings. The auction concludes following the banquet. Banquet tickets are $25 each; only 300 will be sold. To reserve tickets or a motel room see “Hall Highlights” on page 1.
Medora Hosts Cowboy Christmas Dec. 3-5 Like snowflakes in the moonlight, the town of Medora will glisten as it celebrates its ninth annual Cowboy Christmas, Dec. 3-5. Sponsored by the Medora Chamber of Commerce, the popular event features sleigh and wagon rides, “Treats and Eats on the Streets,” visits with Santa and Cowboy Christmas poetry. Other activities include a traditional Christmas supper, mass and family dance. An ecumenical worship service is slated for Sunday morning. For further information call 701-6234378 or visit the City of Medora’s website at www.medorand.com.
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NOW & THEN
Jim Jefferies: Taking the West East
It isn’t often that a North Dakota cowboy is just as well known and respected along the Little Missouri River as he is along the Red River. But such is the case with Jim Jefferies who is described as “a cowboy’s cowboy.” Jim was born in Dickinson on March 12, 1925. He learned to be a cowboy early in life. His father, William Jefferies, and his grandfather, A.N. Jefferies, had trailed cattle from Texas to North Dakota and settled in the Killdeer/Grassy Butte area. Jim was raised with five siblings: William Jr., Donald, John “Jack,” Mary Jane and Nora Jean. Unfortunately, their father died when Jim was five years old. Left with six kids, his mother, Claire (Hemmer) Jefferies, struggled to keep them in school. Jim graduated from the eighth grade as a 12-year-old and began working on various ranches, first for Pat Woods and then, Leighton Trotter. It was while working for Leighton that Jim learned the art of blacksmithing, creating bits and spurs. Leighton taught Jim how to inlay sil-
ver on his pieces: a skill that landed Leland, and Ole Ogaard. him in the hot seat with his mother Mary’s son, Melvin Leland, Sidney, when she discovered that he had cut Mont., remembers that Jim seemed to up her silver napkin rings while mak- take a shine to him and his brother, ing a bit and a pair of spurs! Howard. Jim once took them to Jim taught himself to braid and tool Charlie Allen’s near Sentinel Butte, to leather, as well as braid rawhide. He buy their first horse: a little paint aptly made bridles, hobbles, reins and other named Charlie. “Jim braided a horseuseful tack that a cowboy couldn’t get hair headstall that he gave us to use on along without. He was eager to teach Charlie. I regret that six or seven years the craft to anyone who wanted to learn. later we let someone trade us out of Jim entered the U.S. Army in August it.” Another time Jim took Howard 1944, riding a horse to catch the train and Melvin -- and their savings -- to that would take him to basic training. Dickinson to buy boots. “I can see Jim He served during World War II and smiling yet as he let us pick out the saw action in the Battle of the Bulge, fanciest boots on the rack. Howard where he received numerous badges, picked blue ones for $23 and mine medals and ribbons. “He went through were green for $17.” a lot of hardships and had some rough Further, Leland says of Jefferies, times there,” recalls his brother-in-law “He liked to have fun and play tricks. Rex Cook, Dickinson. Jefferies also He was always looking for something served as a guard in the Nuremberg to enjoy in life.” The Lelands had Trials before his discharge in October (Continued on page 6.) 1946. He received his high school diploma while serving in the Army. Jim quickly resumed his cowboy lifestyle, riding in Fort Worth shortly after his return to the United States. He rode saddle bronc and bareback horses, earning his Rodeo Cowboys Association card that same year, 1946. He married Marlyn Cook, a teacher and daughter of North Dakota rancher, Taylor Cook, on June 1, 1948, at Sentinel Butte. Jim continued ranching, working for Carl Jim Jefferies managed the Short Ranch north of Medora from 1953-64. From Olson, widow Mary 1964-83 he managed an 1,800-acre ranch near Hawley, Minn.
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NOW & THEN
Evelyn Neuens: From Country Curiosity to Western Icon In the 1950s, while enjoying a routine, leisurely horseback ride along the Missouri River at Bismarck, Walt and Evelyn Neuens spotted an unusual tree. Riding closer, they could scarcely believe their eyes: the biggest Diamond Willow tree that either western North Dakota native had ever seen. “It was alive, but dying,” Evelyn recalls. “We rode home, got our axes and catch ropes, cut it down and brought it up here to the house. Walt spent one whole winter of spare time working on that.” From that point on the carved and finished, floorto-ceiling Diamond Willow trunk stood as a sentinel beside the fireplace in the Neuens’ home on West Avenue C. Flanked by horseshoe bookshelves filled with family photos, horse trophies and dozens of knickknacks -- each with a story to tell -- Evelyn surveys her longtime home, peers out the south window and recalls, “We could see five barns from our house when we built it.” Evelyn Connell was born July 16, 1912, to Dan and Olive (Syverson) Connell, on a ranch 20 miles south of Medora. She was born in a house that featured a revolving bookcase with a bullet hole through it and what may have been the first indoor bathroom in Billings County. The house and ranch previously belonged to Cliff Dennison of the TIX. Evelyn grew up with five siblings: Lester, Blanche (who died in her youth), Nora, Sid and Goldie. They attended the Lebo School -- located three miles from their home -- through the 8th grade. Horseback was the usual mode of transportation because, Evelyn says, “We had to cross the river three times and (go through) umpteen gates.” As a youth, Evelyn worked outside a lot. “I was kind of the cowboy of the younger (Connell kids),” she says, noting that Lester worked away from home and Sid had back ailments. “I used to trade off my inside chores and do my sisters’ outside chores. They were afraid that they’d get a freckle, and I couldn’t have cared less.” Hence, Evelyn grew
NDCHF Founding President Evelyn Neuens, Bismarck, stands alongside a Diamond Willow tree trunk that she and her husband, Walt, spotted while riding along the Missouri River in the 1950s.
attended Dickinson State for one year, earning a teaching certificate. She taught one year at the Lebo school and one year at the German School near Amidon. A few years earlier -- as a high school junior -- Evelyn attended a wild west show in Medora. There, she met a young cowboy whose saddle bronc horse jumped over the fence and landed on the hood of her dad’s new car. She explains, “Our car was parked right next to the chutes and the outlet gate. It was scary, but fun.” On Oct. 24, 1931, Evelyn married that cowboy -- Walter Neuens. After their marriage, Walt and Evelyn both rodeoed. Walt competed in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and roping; Evelyn entered in cutting and barrel racing. Once Evelyn finished her second year of teaching, the couple moved a homestead shack into Walter’s parents’ backyard. They lived on the Neuens Ranch -- 17 miles north of Medora -- for about four years. The Neuenses ranched and raised horses for the Army. (Continued on page 8.)
into adulthood not knowing much about housekeeping. “I was the one that got to ride Dad’s stock horses,” she says. “I was pretty privileged.” Unfortunately, Evelyn’s mother died when Evelyn was a high school freshman. Her dad eventually married her mother’s sister, Sarah. “Aunt Sarah was a very important part of our lives,” she recalls. Evelyn attended one year of high school in Missoula, Mont., and three years in Dickinson. She Evelyn and Walt Neuens, circa 1955.
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NDCHF District: 12 Family: Four daughters: Michele, Beth, Suzanne and Jennifer; six grandchildren; two stepkids; two sons-in-law. Occupation: Retired after 40 fun years in radio and TV broadcasting. I used to announce rodeos and have announced horse shows for more than 20 years. “I worked in North Dakota Horse Park horse racing media relations in 2003 and ‘04.” What was your first job? “Setting pins in the Velva bowling alley for 10 cents a line.” First Horse: “Dude, a big, bay Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred gelding that had been exposed to loud, moving machines of every kind. One day we encountered bicyclists. The sight of silent creatures on wheels was too much for his little horse brain to assimilate and we were off! Traveling at warp speed and struggling to stay upright on slick blacktop, he was determined to get away from those fearsome brutes. I finally got him into a field and circled him to a stop. All in all, a pretty thrilling day for both of us.” First rodeo experience: “As a little kid I crawled under the fence and into an arena with a rodeo in progress. My mother nearly had a heart attack. Years later she got even with me by getting rid of my entire collection of Western comic books. Today they’d be worth...oh, Lord, I can’t even stand to think about it!” Favorite rodeo event: “Saddle bronc riding. There’s a reason it’s called the classic event of rodeo and over the years we’ve had an impressive number of nationally ranked bronc riders from North Dakota.” Name five things you like: “Horses and riding ‘em in the sandhills southwest of Fargo or in the Badlands; rodeos; horse shows; photography; being around my kids and their kids.” Who do you consider a hero? “Anyone who can earn a living in the saddle has my admiration.” One unique thing about yourself that most people don't know: “I enjoy writing limericks. A few years ago I won $100 for winning The Saturday Evening Post’s regular limerick contest.” Latest book read: “Chicken Soup for the Horse-Lover’s Soul.” Greatest learning experience: “The years I spent in the Marine Corps.” Why do you support the NDCHF? “It’s an excellent opportunity to preserve our Western heritage for future generations. Being involved with the NDCHF is one of the most worthwhile things I've done.”
(Jefferies, continued from page 4.) a neighbor named Phil, who was known for driving slowly down the middle of the road. Passing him was not a prudent action. One time Jim crept up behind Phil, bumped him a bit and eased the tandem vehicles up to about 55 miles an hour. Leland laughs and says, “When Phil caught up to Jim the next time he really let loose with his Dutch lingo!” Jim always liked really good horses. Leland says, “When he was out here he had a big dun named Bill. His wife, Marlyn, had a good roan. Jim always said he had to marry her just to get that horse!” Leland adds that Bill was a good horse, but pretty rank in the
morning. “I remember him blowing up before Jim got him out of the barn one day. He nearly tore a wall out.” Another time Jim was heeling at a neighbor’s branding when Bill got a rope under his tail and bucked Jim off. Leland concludes, “Jim loved those kinds of wrecks and excitement and laughed as hard as anyone, even though it happened to him.” In 1953, Jim began his most noted western North Dakota position, that of managing the Short Ranch north of Medora. U.S. Rep. Don Short served North Dakota in Washington, D.C., from 1958-64. Recalling Jim’s ranching abilities, Rex Cook, Dickinson, assures, “He was really good at han-
dling big bunches of cattle. He could rope, was a good hand with a horse, and when he was younger he could ride pretty bad horses. He could do anything that had to be done.” At the same time, Jim was passing his work ethic, cow savvy and cowboy ways on to he and Marlyn’s four daughters: Rita, Roxanne, Ramona and Roberta. Jim continued to rodeo during this time. In 1962, he and Rex Cook claimed the North Dakota Rodeo Association Team Tying championship. In 1964, the Jefferies family moved east, taking the West with them. Explaining the move Jim’s son-in-law, (Continued on page 7.)
Dave Samson photo
Dale Chilson, West Fargo
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Sue Mosser, Medora NDCHF District: 3 Family: husband, Randy. Occupation: Ranching, part-time secretary at the Medora Grazing Association. First rodeo experience: “When I was 10 or 11, there was a Little Britches Rodeo in Sidney, Mont., and I knew the neighbor boy was going and taking his horse. Since there weren’t any phones in our community at the time, I drove our automatic car over to the neighbors and asked if I could go along. The neighbor’s dad showed up with his pickup with stock rack, loaded my horse and away we went!” Sue adds, “I’m not sure why I didn’t ask my folks. I guess I didn’t want to be a bother.” Favorite rodeo event: “Saddle bronc riding, because it’s pure poetry in motion!” Five things you like very much: “Country music, horses, cats, traveling and riding the range on a sunbaked plain with a good horse between my knees.” If you had $1 million, how would you spend it? “Pay off the ranch debts and buy another one!” One unique thing about yourself that most people don’t know: “In June I traveled to Norway where I visited the village that my maternal grandmother came from in 1900. I met some of my second cousins. I traveled with my husband’s family and met some of his relatives too.” Latest book read: “The Way of Women, by Lauraine Snelling. She is the author of the Red River of the North series about immigrants coming to North Dakota from Norway. I snatch up everything she writes.” Greatest learning experience: “Being Miss Rodeo North Dakota 1980 took me down some happy trails of learning. More recently, being a student of natural horsemanship has taught me a lot about myself and my horse.” Why do you support the NDCHF? “I would like to see the history of our area and state preserved and to promote the western way of living.”
(Jefferies, continued from page 6.) Ron Kramer, Leoti, Kan., writes, “Jim moved his family from western North Dakota to western Minnesota so that he and Marlyn and their four daughters could spend every day together while the girls were in school.” Prior to that time the Jefferies girls had lived in Sentinel Butte with their grandparents during the school week. If the weather was bad or roads were impassable, they sometimes didn’t get home for several weeks at a time. Hence, when opportunity knocked, Jim and Marlyn answered. Fargo investor Doug Schnell had purchased an 1,800-acre ranch east of Fargo, near Hawley, Minn.; Jim took the job
as ranch manager. There, Jim and his daughters continued riding pastures and calving cows. They enjoyed introducing Fargo-area folk to branding calves, too. Several big football players from the city came out to help wrestle calves. After watching them struggle, get kicked and run over several times, Jim told his girls, “Show ‘em how it’s done!” Jim’s love of rodeo continued in the east, too. He taught high school and college students to rope during weekly classes at Winfield Manor south of Fargo. He helped initiate the Sheyenne Red River High School Rodeo Club, West Fargo, and served four years as club president. He also became a
western region director for the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association. Jim provided top-quality mounts for many high school contestants and helped others learn their events. He also taught young people to respect their horses and develop honest cowboy values. Friend Ernie Krabbenhoft, Argusville, adds, “He touched many lives and did a great job teaching individuals what an honor it is to be a cowboy.” Jim eagerly promoted college, amateur and professional rodeos. Among his efforts were assisting with the North Dakota State University Little International and the North Dakota (Continued on page 8.)
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(Neuens, continued from page 5.) In 1935, Walt began buying and shipping horses for Steve Chase, an eastern horse dealer. Eventually, Walt, Evelyn and four-year-old son, Billy, moved to Kent, Conn. They lived there for about 20 months, while Walter managed a horse barn, but returned to the Badlands in 1937. Meanwhile, Walter ’s parents had moved into Dickinson, so Walt and Evelyn moved into the ranch house. Explaining that Billy was seven years old when the couple’s second son, Donald, was born, Evelyn laughs and explains, “That was during the dry years -- and I mean dry years in more ways than one! Nobody had any money and nobody cared, really. We made due with what we had.” Around that time, the Neuens family became acquainted with a group of influential Bismarck people because Bismarck’s Dr. Bodenstab owned a ranch northwest of them. George Carr operated it. Through this contact Walt and Evelyn became fast friends with Dr. Paul and Alma Freise, and eventually moved to Bismarck because of them. In March 1947, a rampaging Little Missouri River nearly wiped out the Neuens Ranch, including half of the
horses, most of the cattle, miles of fences and roads. Walt told the Greeter in 1986, “There was seven feet of ice on the Little Missouri, and when that came out it really came.” After repairing and rebuilding, the family sold the ranch and moved to the Bismarck area. “Other places flooded, but not as severely as we did. All of our cattle were right down on the bottoms along the river,” Evelyn says. “The river cut across our place and left them drowned on islands. That was not fun.” They sold the ranch to Jimmy Stevens. A second reason for moving out of the Badlands was the lack of a nearby high school. The family initially lived on the undeveloped, northwest edge of Bismarck. Walt and Evelyn’s third son, Ken, says the best breakfasts he can ever remember were at that time, when his mother would shoot a grouse out of a tree, fry it and serve it with pancakes and gravy. Walt built a log house that still stands near Riverwood Golf Course in south Bismarck. “We lived right in the middle of an oat field and of course there wasn’t any water nor heat,” Evelyn says. Walter worked as a brand inspector, house contractor and as barn manager for the Bismarck Horse Club. “We got right into that crowd and it was perfect,” Evelyn assures.
The couple moved into Bismarck proper in 1952. In 1956, they began operating a western store on Main Street in Mandan. By 1961 the couple needed a larger building, so they bought a former floral shop at 309 North Third Street, Bismarck. They opened Neuens’ Western Shop, “the downtown shop with the horse on top.” Evelyn says, “We liked it, and it was very successful.” What had been a floral arranging area became Walt’s repair shop. “They (Walt, then his son, Don, and later Don’s son, Tom) did lots of repair in there.” She adds, “Walt was very able in all the things that he did. He was a perfectionist.” In the 1950s and early ‘60s, Evelyn says no one east of the Missouri was very interested in the western lifestyle. “They probably didn’t have 15 saddle horses in the general populace of Bismarck when we came here with our horses. They thought we were a curiosity, flittin’ around in that jeep without any top on it; wearing boots and hats.” She laughs, “They thought we were crazy!” However, it wasn’t long until Neuens’ Western Shop and the Neuens family fit into Bismarck culture like feet slipping into a favorite pair of (Continued on page 9.)
(Jefferies, continued from page 7.) Winter Show, Valley City. He was a pickup man at rodeos in the 1960s and began judging rodeos in the ‘70s. He was very involved in helping produce the National High School Rodeo Finals in West Fargo in 1970, and again in 1979. Ranch owner Doug Schnell helped bring the finals to West Fargo, as
he was local chamber president in 1970. Jim’s family had a history of heart trouble; his poor health forced the western Minnesota ranching operation to shift from cow/calf pairs to yearlings. All of the cattle were sold in 1980. From then on, Jim worked as a health inspector at the West Fargo Stockyards, working until his death on Oct. 31, 1983. Today, Marlyn Jefferies Langerud and her husband, Gordon, live at Hawley, Minn. Three of her daughters live in North Dakota: Rita (Keith) Myers, Grand Forks, Roxanne Burnside, Fargo, and Roberta (Paul) Nistler,
Fargo. Jim and Marlyn’s third daughter, Ramona (Ron) Kramer, Leoti, Kan., carries on her dad’s cowboy ways in her own family’s ranching operation. Marlyn has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Jim Jefferies was born into the cowboy life and during his 58 short years he never stopped being a cowboy. Ron Kramer says, “Everyone who ever had an opportunity to know Jim remembers him as a darn good cowboy. Jim had a set of values that you don’t find in ordinary people. He was probably the best cowman I’ve ever been around. Jim was also a mighty good horseman.” Kramer continues, “Jim always said he’d put his four daughters up against anybody’s crew. He was a good family man who liked good horses, good cattle and loved his family.” --by Colette Knutson Gjermundson
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(Neuens, continued from page 8.) worn boots. “We’ve had such good friends here -- just like we had at the ranch,” Evelyn says. She told the Greeter in 1986, “Bismarck and Mandan have been very good to us. We’re very, very lucky. Nobody knows that better than we do.” Did Evelyn work at Neuens’ Western Shop six days a week from the very beginning? “Seven most of the time,” Evelyn quips. Maybe nine! I tell you what, we worked hard. (But) it was all fun. We had such good help and our customers were the best people in the world.” She recalls that boots, hats and Wranglers were the best-selling items. “You had to have practically every size they made and some that they didn't.” Through the years Evelyn has been involved in dozens of worthy clubs and causes including Bismarck Horse Club, Bismarck Mounted Police, DeMores Riders, Badlands Trail Riders, Bismarck Westerners, Forty Acres camping/riding group, Study Club, Zonta and Daughters of the American Revolution. In the late 1960s and ‘70s, the couple spent about five summers running the Ferris Store at Medora and performing in the Ranchorama arena. Reflecting on Evelyn’s many attributes, friend Bob Sand, Dunn Center, says, “Evelyn is legitimately ‘western’ in the broadest, most respectful sense of the term.” He tells of “Chalky,” a cutting horse that Evelyn rode for years. “After being saddled she would often buck around the corral before Evelyn got on her. She rode this mare for years, in cuttings and for pleasure.” Sands adds, “We have ridden many miles with Evelyn and Walt and enjoyed their friendship even before our children were married. Now we have grandchildren and great-grandchildren in common and know that our relationship with the Neuenses has enriched and blessed our lives.” Recently, Evelyn moved to The Waterford in north Bismarck. Still, she continues to work some noon hours at Neuens’ Tack and Leather Shop at 3934 Memorial Highway, Mandan. The business is owned and operated by her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Mary Ann. “It’s fun to go over there
Evelyn Neuens, Bismarck, enjoys the 2004 NDCHF Induction in Medora with her sons (left to right): Gene, Grove, Okla.; Ken, Longmont, Colo.; Bill, South Pasadena, Fla.; and Don, Baldwin. Their husband/father, Walt Neuens, was inducted into the Hall of Honorees.
and I do quite a little,” she says, adding they better hurry up because I’m going that some current customers are chil- to kick the bucket some day and I want dren, grandchildren and great-grand- to have this done before I die.” children of original Neuens customers. A comment she made to the Greeter Walt and Evelyn raised four sons: in 1986 befits the NDCHF matriarch: Bill (Anne), South Pasadena, Fla.; “Horseback riding is the best medicine Don (Mary Ann), Baldwin; Ken there is. It’s quiet and peaceful and I (Christi), Longmont, Colo.; and Gene think anytime you get out with nature (Carol), Grove, Okla. Evelyn has 11 with your horses, you’re better off.” grandchildren and 14 great- And who knows what treasures you grandchildren. Walt died in 1990. “We might come across -- like the biggest had a real good life together,” she Diamond Willow tree that you’ve ever recalls. “Neither one of us were ever seen. bored.” At 92 years young, Evelyn con--by Colette Knutson Gjermundson cludes, “I’ve had a good life. A good, good life.” As founding president and head cheerleader of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, P O Box 69 New Salem, North Dakota 58563-0069 Evelyn says, “I think (701) 843-7640 • 1-800-642-6090 • FAX: (701) 843-8106 it’s a necessary thing. All of this history is going to be lost if we don’t get it down.” It’s imporSERVING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: tant to record peoAdams, Billings, Bowman, Burleigh, Dunn, ple’s history, but it’s Golden Valley, Grant, Hettinger, Kidder, McKenzie, also paramount to McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Sioux, record ranch and Slope, Stark and Williams community history. She adds, “I tell the board of directors
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Jim Tescher Inducted into Rodeo Hall in Oklahoma attendees that Jim was the middle child Finals Rodeo, held in 1959. He also won of 15. He was raised during the the NFR saddle bronc average in ‘63 Depression when a noted phrase was and was runner-up for the world cham“Make it do. Wear it out. Use it up or go pionship in ‘64. Those whom Jim conwithout.” Jim had a strong work ethic sidered his toughest competitors includand was a perfectionist, but could make ed Alvin Nelson, Bill Smith, Kenny time for family, camping, fishing, card McLean and Winston Bruce. Jim died Dec. 27, 2003, following a playing and softball. Jim and his brother, Tom, competed in four-wheeler accident. rodeo mostly during the 1950s and ‘60s. Jim indicated during his life that the wins that meant the most to him were capturing the Madison Square Garden steer wrestling title in 1955, earning a saddle Loretta Tescher (right) enjoys a moment bronc trophy at with noted rodeo announcer and induction Calgary and Representing Jim Tescher during his induction into the National emcee Clem McSpadden, Chelsea, Okla. claiming the Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® in October 2004, were (left to right): his two daughters, Bonnie Froehlich, Williston, and Cindi Accepting the award during an induc- saddle bronc Stockwell, Plummer, Minn.; his wife, Loretta, Sentinel Butte; and a tion brunch at the museum Oct. 24, average at the son, Gary Tescher, Sidney, Mont. Jim’s sister, Joan (Tescher) 2004, Jim’s wife, Loretta Tescher, told first National Kittelson, Beach, also attended the induction. Described as a family man, rodeo contestant, rancher, friend and gentleman, Jim Tescher was posthumously inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Central Livestock Wins 2004 Horse Raffle The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s recent horse raffle netted about $18,000 for the building project and may help to make a dream come true for a Fort Ransom couple. Central Livestock, West Fargo, held the winning ticket. Sheza Hot Cash, a sorrel yearling filly donated by Dean and Shirley Meyer, Dickinson, has since been sold to Jarry and Lisa Lautt, Fort Ransom. “The Lautts have the fever to run the sorrel at the Fargo horse track,” says Cory Sorby, manager of Central Livestock's West Fargo branch. The couple had been thinking about getting into the horse racing business when the opportunity arose to buy Sheza Hot Cash. Jarry Lautt says, “My wife has Quarter Horses, but I’m not really a horse lover. But, I am interested in horse racing. We hope to have her ready to run in a South Dakota race in
May 2005 and then at the Fargo track in project.” August and September.” He adds, “It’s a Top ticket sellers in this year’s raffle family affair. Our four-year-old daugh- were Ray Gress, Dickinson, 661; Dean ter is really excited about Cash, too.” Helling, Golden Valley, 383; Larry About the raffle project, NDCHF Hoffman, Ellendale, 261, and Victor Executive Director Darrell Dorgan says, Goetz, Hebron, 200. Proceeds go “The raffle was very successful, bring- toward completing the Cowboy Hall of ing in nearly $22,500 and netting about Fame building and general operations. $18,000. We greatly appreciate the --by Cathy A. Langemo Meyers’ generous donation. It’s people NDCHF Commemorative Pistol like Dean and Shirley We are now taking who are helping to orders for this limited preserve our western edition commemoraheritage.” He adds, tive pistol. For more “A project like the information call or raffle gets a lot of visit us online at: trustees actively 1-800-619-5729 www.sspromotionalgroup.com involved in promoting the NDCHF. We probably gained some new members from the
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Nelson Inducted into ProRodeo Hall in Colorado
Sue Mosser photo
Janice Rustad photo
Sue Mosser photo
That practice paid off. In 1950 as a 16year-old, Alvin won second in the cow riding at Java, S.D., pocketing $17. Two years later he claimed the South Dakota State High School Saddle Bronc cham-
With electrifying fanfare that would rival the 10th round of the national finals, Alvin Nelson, Grassy Butte, was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on August 14, 2004. Standing on a
Kaye and Alvin Nelson, Grassy Butte, strike a pose following Alvin’s induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in August 2004.
sunlit platform outside the Hall in Colorado Springs, Colo., Nelson told attendees it all started in 1946. He was 12 years old at the time and attended the Mobridge, S.D., rodeo. “Jack Buschbom’s dad, Bill, was producing it,” Alvin recalls. “Jack was riding and winning. After that, my brother, Tillman, and I rode the milk cows after every milking. Most of the cows were Shorthorn-crosses and were harder to milk than to ride!”
Alvin and Kaye Nelson’s son, Louis, daughter-in-law, Allene, and grandson, Garett (left), all of Grassy Butte, attended the 25th ProRodeo Hall of Fame induction.
pionship, followed by the National High School Saddle Bronc championship at Augusta, Mont. He joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1953. He often traveled with Duane Howard, Jim Tescher, Tom Tescher and Joe Chase. “I would have won more if I hadn’t have traveled with
On the big screen: 1957 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Alvin Nelson delivers his acceptance speech in Colorado Springs, Colo.
these guys,” Nelson added. “But they are the best friends anyone could ever have. They were tough competition, but we had some great times together.” Alvin’s first big win was at Phoenix in 1955. He rode on to become the 1957 RCA World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, claiming the national finals average in 1961 and ‘62 and the all-around in ‘61. He concluded, “I am very grateful for the life rodeo has given me: my ranch, my friends, and this wonderful day.” --by Colette Knutson Gjermundson
2004 Induction Snapshots
Above: NDCHF Trustee Pat O’Brien, Belfield, (left), and his wife, Birdie, enjoyed the NDCHF 2004 Induction as their friend/co-worker William “Bill” Hamann was inducted in the ranching category. Left: NDCHF Board Members Laura Griffin, Medora, (left), and Shirley Meyer, Dickinson, register attendees at the NDCHF 2004 Induction.
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Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo Celebrates 50 Years Since 1955, the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo has been entertaining crowds, promoting western heritage and raising money for young people. In marking the noted event’s 50th anniversary, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) official Tom Miller, Red Owl, S.D., presented the Y’s Men’s Rodeo Committee with a commemorative plaque in early October. In the beginning, Jerry Boren, Mandan; Phil Fettig, Mandan; and Willard Schnell, Dickinson, suggested a Minot indoor rodeo. “Minot had the newest, and what was considered the finest city auditorium in North Dakota,” Schnell told the Associated Press in late September. “It was wonderful. People really took to it. Having one indoors in North Dakota...extends our season when we can’t figure on having rodeo outdoors.” Since that time the Colin Brown Y’s Men’s Club and the Minot Y’s Men’s Club have contributed more than $1 million to the YMCA and the Triangle
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association official Tom Miller, Red Owl, S.D., presents a plaque to rodeo chairman Max Weppler and committee members, commemorating the Y's Mens 50th Rodeo held in Minot in October 2004.
Y Camp near Garrison. YMCA Executive Director Roger Mazurek, Minot, affirms, “The funds that they raise for our Y really are second to none.” PRCA stock contractor Harry Vold, Fowler, Colo., began contracting the
rodeo in 1978. Vold told the AP, “I’ve made a lot of friends up there. “They’re a very good committee. They always treat us royally when we get there and all of that makes a difference.”
2004 Year-End Rodeo Results PROFESSIONAL RODEO COWBOYS ASSOCIATION 2004 National Finals Rodeo Bareback Riding -- Larry Sandvick, Killdeer native, Billings, Mont. Saddle Bronc Riding -- Shaun Stroh, Dickinson State alumnus, Glendive, Mont. NORTH DAKOTA RODEO ASSOCIATION Year End All-Around - Jay Mattson, Deadwood, S.D., and Jackie Olson, Almont Bareback Riding -- Year-End Champion - Josh Pennington, Killdeer; Reserve Champion - Brien Wieser, Kindred; Finals Average - Brien Wieser Calf Roping -- Year-End Champion - Preston Billideau, Parshall; Reserve Champion - Jay Mattson; Finals Average - Jay Mattson Breakaway Roping -- Year-End Champion - Jackie Olson; Reserve Champion - Heidi Uecker, Hettinger; Finals Average - Jackie Olson Saddle Bronc Riding -- Year-End Champion - Levi Wolf, Dickinson; Reserve Champion - Take Eck, Kindred; Finals Average - Tate Eck Steer Wrestling -- Year-End Champion - Jason Reiss, Dickinson; Reserve Champion - Casey Olson, Prairie City, S.D.; Finals Average - Casey Olson Barrel Racing -- Year-End Champion - Jackie Olson; Reserve Champion - Desiree Weigel, Napoleon;
Finals Average - Jackie Olson Team Roping -- Year-End Champion - Jay Mattson; Reserve Champion - Guy Howell; Finals Average Jed Bohmbach, Stanley, and Alan Boote, Binford Sr. Men’s Breakaway Roping -- Year-End Champion Dwight Hansen, Dunn Center; Reserve Champion Arlen Hulm, Faith, S.D.; Finals Average (tie) - Neil Karlson, Belcourt, and Arlen Hulm Bull Riding -- Year-End Champion - Cody Weinberger, Breien; Reserve Champion - Jake Greenstein, Jamestown; Finals Average - no qualified rides ROUGHRIDER RODEO ASSOCIATION Men’s All-Around -- Greg Carlson, Jamestown Women’s All-Around -- Ashley Benson, Sheyenne Junior Boys’ All-Around -- Jake Voigt, Mandan Junior Girls’ All-Around -- Bobbi Grann, Minnewaukan Bareback Riding -- Mike Knuth, Wilton Junior Bareback -- Jake Voigt, Mandan Saddle Bronc Riding -- Tate Eck, Kindred Junior Saddle Bronc -- Andrew Clarys, Richardton Calf Roping -- Greg Carlson, Jamestown Junior Calf Roping -- Turner Harris, Killdeer Steer Wrestling -- Jed Bohmbach, Stanley Team Roping -- Ross Fugleberg, Valley City Mixed Team Roping -- Clay Carlson, Powers Lake Barrel Racing -- Ashley Benson, Sheyenne
Junior Barrel Racing -- Bobbi Grann, Minnewaukan Novice Barrel Racing -- Brookelle Christman, Mandan Goat Tying -- Zanna Schaper, Halliday Junior Goat Tying -- Bobbi Grann, Minnewaukan Ladies’ Breakaway -- Kristy Thorson, Towner Junior Breakaway -- Shaldon Gjermundson, Bismarck Senior Breakaway -- Lee Selland, Bismarck Bull Riding -- Dan Pahl, Edgley Junior Bull Riding --Jake Voigt, Mandan N.D. HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION All-Around Cowboy -- Mark Morrison, Killdeer All-Around Cowgirl -- Andrea Buerkle, Baker, Mont. Bareback Riding -- Brandon Helfrich, Killdeer Breakaway Roping -- Jessica Whitecalfe, Garrison Calf Roping -- Chase Carson, Grassy Butte Barrel Racing -- Britta O’Keefe, Mohall Steer Wrestling -- Dave Weishoff, Ray Saddle Bronc Riding -- Andrew Clarys, Richardton Goat Tying -- Lizzie Murphy, Killdeer Team Roping -- Mark Morrison, Killdeer, and Clint Gorrell, Beach Pole Bending -- Kirsten Peterson, Velva Bull Riding -- Kurtis Moran, New Town Boys’ Cow Cutting -- Tyler Bahm, Minot Girls’ Cow Cutting -- Andrea Buerkle, Baker, Mont. Queen -- Vanessa Hardy, Williston
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NDCHF Gifts Honor Loved Ones The NDCHF has received honorariums/memorials for the following individuals. Entries are from June 9 through October 20, 2004. Memorials deposited after October 20 will appear in the next issue. To honor a loved one, see page 15. In memory of Verne Anderson Evelyn Anderson Bob & Ann Boner Doris Connell Fay & Lynn Connell Larry & Linda Fritz Laura & Bud Griffin Margaret Griffin Arnold & Lola Hansen Elden Jacobson Miles & Marlene Johnsrud Mark & Jess Anne Knutson D.J. Latka Bill Madison E. Arlene McCutchan Geraldine & Norman McKeen Paul & Doris Morasko Randy & Sue Mosser Jane Muggli Roger & Peggy Myers Bruce Northrop Walter & Nita Northrop Ardene O’Connell Kathy O’Connell Al & Dana Oian Blanche Pelissier Leah Ray Connie & Glenda Redmond James & Sharon Scott Elsie & John Trotter In memory of Rondena Bruce Phil Baird Harvey, Cynthia, Jessica & Preston Billadeau In memory of Al & Helen Buchli Carol Martinez In memory of Doris Connell Evelyn Anderson Michael & Julia Brace Fay & Lynn Connell Laura & Bud Griffin Cary & Margie Hande Kathy James Mary Juntunen Randy & Sue Mosser Ardene O’Connell Gladys Rausch Leah Ray In memory of William Connell Duane Johnson In memory of Dutch Dralle Monte & Karen Dralle In memory of Ray Erhardt Casey Chilson Paul Christensen Pearl Cullen Darrell & Kathy Dorgan Casey & Koko Gjermundson Lois Northrop Don & Janice Rustad Kay & Kon Sorensen In memory of Lois & Clarence Erikstad Monte & Karen Dralle In memory of Jack Fettig Phil Baird Harvey, Cynthia, Jessica & Preston Billadeau
In memory of Frank Fleck Lois Fleck In memory of Kurtis Gillespie Dennis & Gail Danielson Darrell & Kathy Dorgan Casey & Koko Gjermundson Vernon & Lois Knudson Dave & Sharon Laaveg In memory of John W. Goodall Betty Grantier In memory of Howard Grant Darrel & Jerry Meyer In memory of Marge Greenough-Henson Charlotte King & Deanna Rex Tom & Lorraine Tescher In memory of Shaun Gudvangen Marlene Fortier In memory of Don Hart Lloyd & Janice Alm Phil Baird David & Arnell Becker Casey Bristlin & Nichole Livingood Robert Bristlin Karen & Dale Chilson J.C. Chumley’s, Inc. B.H. & Beverly Clayburgh Clutch & Transmission, Inc. Vicki Dahl Russ & Helen Danielson Foltz Buildings, Inc. Gary Griffeth Grace Hart Paul Heinz Vicki & Jim Ingstad Elizabeth & Mark Jackson Diane & Oliver Kendall Paul & Deborah Kukowski Marlyn & Gordon Langerud Mark & Helen Lundeen Arnold W. Mackner, Mackner’s 4 M Ranch Terry & Angela Mackner Nelson International of Fargo Lois Northrop Kenneth & Marlys Radenz Gregory & Jill Ratz C.W. Samuel Melissa Schermerhorn Dorvan & Eileen Solberg Ton & Andrea Stordahl Kevin & Sonja Teigen George & Lois Welsch Beverly Jean Wenger
In memory of Florence & Arthur Jacobson Vern & Marjorie Jacobson In memory of Richard Kraft Alan & Nikki Boote Robin & Glenn Anderson In memory of Vern Krinke John & Marilynne Mayers In memory of Dean Kutz Robin & Glenn Anderson In memory of Casey Kuylen Robert & Cathy Gruman In memory of Marvin Landgren Adele Kesselring Gail Landgren Mr. & Mrs. Henry Zirbel In memory of Phyllis Madson Holms James & Jane Forthun Barbara Martin In honor of George Marback Gate City Bank Emanuel & Bernice Geiger Bill Kist, Kist Livestock Auction Co. Thomas & Gloria Little Mark Miller N.D. Association of RECs Security First Bank of ND Starion Financial In memory of Beatrice Murray Steve & Patti Goodall Dean & Shirley Meyer Arlyce Schulte In memory of Donald O’Brien Verne & Evelyn Anderson Cary & Margie Hande Leah Ray Connie & Glenda Redmond Allan W. Thompson In memory of Leon Olson Kathy James Oscar Peterson In memory of Herb Oster Dean & Fran Armstrong In memory of Jim Rausch Phil Baird Norma & Ervin Ely Evelyn Neuens Leah Ray Iva Slag In memory of Alvin Sand Edna Sand In memory of Dora Schulte Arlyce Schulte In memory of Cleo Veeder Tex & Pauline Appledoorn Bethol Knutson Jerry & Anna Schettler Willard & Linda Schnell In memory of Andrew Voigt Roberta A. Bosch In memory of Frank Wetzstein David & Cynthy Clausnitzer Steven & Donna Koch Daniel C. Little & Terry D. Schmidt, Optometrists M&W Beef Packers, Inc. Missouri Valley Petroleum, Inc. Ted Ressler D.H. & B.A. Wilson
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First Don Hart Memorial Ride Proves Successful helped his grandson start really appreciating horses.” Bristlin adds, “More people are interested in the next ride, so it looks like it will be an annual event.” --by Cathy A. Langemo
Crossing the Little Missouri on the Don Hart Memorial Ride.
The first Don Hart Memorial Ride was a definite success, according to Gary Peterson, Moorhead, Minn., who was one of the organizers. The Sept. 18 ride, from Medora to Buffalo Gap and back, brought out 37 participants. The event raised $1,620 in memorials for Don Hart, a NDCHF founding board member who died in June.
Peterson and Bob Bristlin, Detroit Lakes, Minn., also an organizer, describe Don as a special friend; someone who loved horses and riding in the Badlands, especially in midSeptember. That led to the time and place selected for this year’s ride. Peterson says, “Don was an active horseman for many years and was so involved in the Cowboy Hall of Fame. We couldn’t think of a better tribute to him.” Don’s daughter, Terrie Dahl, Fargo, and grandson, Hartley, both rode. They were mounted on Don’s horses, which Terrie inherited. “It felt like the right thing to do,” Terrie says. Terrie Hart Dahl and Hartley G. Dahl participated in the “It would bless Dad’s heart first Don Hart Memorial Ride. to know that this ride
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Cowboy Hall of Fame Sustaining Members Contributions The following are new or renewing 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 15. (Information is current through October 15, 2004.)
Buildiing Fund Bud & Pam Anderson Dean* & Fran Armstrong Colleen Carmichael Greg* & Debbie Childs Cloverdale Foods Company David Dunlop* Joyce Fossum* Great Plains National Bank Hazen Motor Company Ray** & Mary Morrell Alvin & Kaye Nelson* Allen* & Tammy Ryberg Donald* & Sandra Sivertson John Tongen, Professional Hearing Center Duaine Voigt*
Memberships Diamond Saddle ($1,000 annually) Greg* & Debbie Childs Richard J. Dietrich James Johnson Preston & Sharon Leingang
Gold Buckle ($500 annually)
Winston** & Barbara Satran Mark Shoemaker Duaine Voigt* H. Patrick Weir* Vonny Young*
Trophy Spurs ($200 annually) Keath Borchert* Rex Cook* Mary Ann Durick* Jock Eaton* Sonny* & Mardean Ehr Wallace* & Barbara Eide G. Roy Gilbreath* Steve* & Patti Goodall A. Jay Grantier* Roswell* & Mary Henke DeVerne Hoggarth* Gordon Jensen* Dan Kalil* Phyllis Leutz* Arthur* & Grace Link Jim* & Dona Lowman L. Curtis* & Jill Luchsinger Sue Mosser* Eugene* & Colleen Pedersen Joe Wicks*
Silver Buckle ($250 annually) Travis Brown Jr. & Teresa Barger David Dunlop* H.L. & Shirley Meschke Kenneth* & Marlys Radenz Chester & Joy Reiten
Ranch Boss ($100 annually) Tom & Celestine Adams Gordon & Colleen Benson Arnold Burian* Dan & Grace Cash Joe* & Jill Chase Fay* & Lynn Connell Clark Cronquist Jr.
Lois DeHaven* Russell & Marsha Dittus George & Myrtle Dynes Dean & Lila Ellison Delbert* & Donna Eszlinger LeRoy & Carla Fettig Pete Fredericks* Stan & Sharon Gjermundson Cary* & Margie Hande Mildred Henderson (Alfred Schultz) Harold & Patricia Jacobson Sally Jeppson & Deane Fay Jim* & Elva Lou Johnston A. Burke Lambourn Robert* & Bonnie Lee Lowell Malard* George Marback* Carol Martinez Gordon & Joyce Myran Sandy Nutter Sheila Schafer Alois & Nancy Schall Roger Stuber, Stuber Ranch Norman Vangsness Jerry & Rob Weinberger George & Lois Welsch Steve Wetzstein, Wetzstein Bros. Angus Ranch Armon* & Peggy Jo Wolf Guida M. Zwick Karlstad*
Wrangler ($50 annually) Elmer Agnew* Carole Barrett James & Janet Connolly Shane & Sheralee Dolezal
James & Jane Forthun Dorine Gabbert Fern Goldsberry Betty Grantier Curtis & Susan Hanson Janet Holt Tompkins Donald & Jannene Janssen Vivian Knutson Janis & Lina Lamsters Greg Lardy* & Lynae HansenLardy William & Lorri Lengenfelder Bart & Lori Marvel Ella Murray Gerald & Karen Obrigewitch William & Christine Neuens Evelyn Newton Gene Pelton Jack & Corrine Redmond Gary & Lois Ridenhower Allen & Lorraine Schmidt Butch Winkler Dan & Mary Zimmerman
Kids Corral ($10 annually) Chance Appledoorn Kailey Appledoorn Jayce Doan Jaime Gietzen Alex Giffen Benjamin Giffen Kazanne Gjermundson Danielle Knutson Destinee Knutson * Denotes NDCHF Trustees ** Denotes NDCHF Board
Job Corps Students Build Sculpture Cases Students in the carpentry class at Burdick Job Corps Center, Minot, will build storage cases for NDCHF sculptures. “It’s a perfect fit,” said NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan, in a Sept. 30, 2004, Minot Daily News article. Carpentry instructor John Doubek said the 14 students in his carpentry class will spend the winter making the traveling cases of pine and plywood. Dorgan notes that their efforts are
much appreciated by the Hall of Fame. NDCHF Trustee and Job Corps instructor Paul Christensen, Minot, suggested that the Job Corps students work on the project. The cases will house 96 statues by sculptor Robert Scriver, donated by Rex Breneman, Whitefish, Mont., allowing the statues to be transported for traveling exhibits and educational presentations.
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Seven Honored With NDCHF Memorial Plaques: The following individuals are being honored with plaques through the NDCHF Memorial Wall program: •Hubert Blackburn was born in Dickinson in 1901. He ranched west of Killdeer and worked on a ranch near Hebron. Hubert m a r r i e d Margaret Lee of Grassy Butte. The couple didn’t have children of their own, but raised three of Hubert’s brother John’s children after his early death. Hubert died of pneumonia in May 1963.
• Kurtis Gillespie was born in Grafton in 1966. He graduated from Park River High School in 1985. While earning an associate’s degree from NDSUBottineau and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson State College, he worked as a horse handler at the Assiniboin Downs Race Track, Winnipeg, Man., Canada. Kurt married Roxanne Solberg in 1989. They settled on the Solberg Ranch near York, where they trained, bred and managed a herd of 125 horses, including a PMU line. Kurt became a certified farrier. He and Roxanne had two sons. Kurt died June 6, 2004. • Don Hart, the son of Leo E. and Myrtle (Dann) Hart, was born in 1926. near Browerville, Minn. He moved to Fargo in 1932. At 17, he enlisted in the
U.S. Navy. Don enrolled at the North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU), graduating with a business degree in 1951. He married Grace Ann Wichmann in 1950; they had three children. Don worked for packing companies. In 1960, he joined Al’s Sporting Goods and later The Western Shop in Moorhead, Minn. (Continued on page 18.)
It’s time to gather up biographical information and photos of significant Western heritage personalities. The deadline for 2005 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee candidates is Jan. 14. All nominations must be submitted by trustees. All nominations must include a good quality photo. Applications must be on the 2005 NDCHF Inductee Nomination Form which was mailed to trustees in November. Nomination forms are also available from the NDCHF office, but again, they must be submitted by a trustee. Anyone willing to suggest a nominee should contact a local trustee. For specific information on category criteria and trustees representing your district, please call the NDCHF office at 701250-1833. If you wish to nominate a previously nominated individual, a trustee must complete page one of the 2005 NDCHF Inductee Nomination Form and submit it
to the office. Please indicate that your 2005 nominee has been previously nominated. A rotation developed by the NDCHF Board of Directors specifies which categories will accept nominees in this round. There are six categories for 2005 with a maximum of one inductee for each: • Pre-1940 Rodeo (1) • Contemporary Rodeo (1) • Rodeo Producer (1) • Pre-1940 Ranching (1) • Contemporary Ranching (1) • Great Westerner (1) Thus far, 74 individuals, events and animals have been inducted into the NDCHF Hall of Honorees. Ballots will be mailed to trustees in late spring and inductees will be announced in July. The 2005 induction is scheduled for Aug. 5-6 in Medora and Sentinel Butte. Individuals nominated but not selected for induction in 2005 are eligible for nomination in subsequent years.
Minot Daily News - Marvin Baker photo
NDCHF Nomination Deadline is Jan. 14
Sculptor Arnie Addicott, right, and his son, Mike, pour molten bronze into a cast on Sept. 29, 2004, in Addicott’s Stanley foundry. Arnie is working on two bronze sculptures that will be placed outside the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora in May 2005. Addicott, who has commissioned 30 pieces in his career, told the Minot Daily News that clay molds are sculpted in the studio and wax is poured into the shells. The wax is later burned away to make room for the bronze. Several individual pieces are made and then welded together.
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(Hart, continued from page 17.) He purchased The Western Shop in 1966, incorporating as Western & Stockman’s Wear, Inc. The business grew to four stores. The couple operated their chain of stores until 1981, when Don joined Central Livestock. In 1986 he reopened the West Fargo store as Don Hart’s Western Shop, operating it until retiring in 1998. Don owned, trained and judged horses in the Midwest and Canada and conducted horsemanship clinics. He was a founding board member of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Don loved horses and rode nearly every day until shortly before his death on June 17, 2004. • Louie Jean Jacobson was born April 17, 1932, in Dickinson, a daughter of Louie Pelissier and Isabel M. (Kennedy) Dahlen. She grew up on the family’s ranch south of Medora and attended school in Watford City, while living with her grandparents, Angus and Jessie Kennedy. Jean graduated from Watford City High School and attended the Bismarck School of Nursing and the Billings (Mont.) Business College. She married Elden O. “Jake” Jacobson on Jan. 31, 1953, and they had three children. Jean worked at the First International Bank of Watford City for many years, retiring
in 1987. She enjoyed knitting, reading and traveling. Jean died Oct. 8, 2003. • Owen Lee, born April 13, 1911, in Oshkosh, Wisc., was a son of John and Millie (Weber) Lee. He ranched east of Grassy Butte and was a rancher most of his life. On June 30, 1932, Owen married Bernice Marucheck in Wolf Point, Mont. They had four children. Owen was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grassy Butte and served on the Grassy Butte School Board. He never really retired, but enjoyed fishing and hunting. Owen died in May 1975. • Ralph Murray was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Beulah, a son of Samuel Andrew and Myrtle (Wyatt) Murray. He attended country school and graduated from Beulah High School in 1930. He studied at the North Dakota Agricultural College and returned to farm with his father and brother, Mug. In 1948, Ralph bought his own ranch 12 miles southwest of Beulah, where he and his sister, Opal, cared for their aging parents until their deaths. Ralph married Ella Voegele on Dec. 17, 1957.
They had one daughter. In 1971, they sold the ranch and moved to Beulah, where Ralph worked at the Knife River Vet Clinic. They moved into Hazen in the fall of 2003. Ralph served as arena director for the Beulah Cowboys’ Reunion Rodeo from 1939-1954 and was a 50year member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. He enjoyed high school sports, rodeos and traveling. Ralph died May 9, 2004. • Duane Slovarp was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Brittin, a son of Alfred and Vera Slovarp. He attended schools in Logan Township and in McKenzie. Duane farmed and ranched near McKenzie. He also ran a custom harvesting business. Duane retired in 1985 after 26 years of custom combining. --by Cathy A. Langemo
2004 Induction Snapshots
Dakota Goodhouse of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, participated in the welcoming ceremonies at the 2004 NDCHF Induction.
Muscian Celeste Krenz, Nashville, Tenn., provided pre-induction entertainment. Krenz is a Williston native who writes and sings folk songs.
New Salem, North Dakota Phone: 701-843-7508 800-430-7508
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Eight Recognized With NDCHF Memorial Cards The following individuals are being honored with file cards through the NDCHF Memorial Wall program: • Lee Galen Bowerman was born in 1923, on a homestead in Lake Williams Township, to Bert and Ethel (Roberts) Bowerman. He attended grade school and one term at the State Normal and Industrial School in Ellendale. Galen married Lucille Hunter Bodvig in 1965. He had three stepchildren. Galen was known for helping his neighbors and others with welding and repair work and for inventing a scraper for discs on grain drills and corn planters. He died Oct. 11, 2003. • Jack Fettig was born near Marshall in 1914, a son of Jacob J. and Theresa (Rohrich) Fettig. In 1917, he moved with his family to a ranch north of Killdeer. Jack attended school in Killdeer and then began his lifelong ranching career. He and his brother, Phil, bought the Richards ranch near the Lost Bridge in the Badlands. He competed in area rodeos and, with his brothers, operated Fettig Bros. Rodeo, which was inducted into the NDCHF in 2000. Fettig’s noted bucking horse, Figure Four, was inducted into the NDCHF in 2002. • Frank Fleck, the son of Mathias “Matt” and Frances (Kowis) Fleck, was
born in 1922, and raised east of Grassy Butte. In 1939, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving at Medicine Lake, Mont. Frank married Lois (Dee) Kono in 1949. In June 1944, he started a trucking business that took him throughout North Dakota and into the Canadian provinces. He also farmed and ranched near Grassy Butte. Frank and Lois raised two sons and two daughters. He died May 8, 2004. • Beatrice Murray was born in 1910, to Harvey and Christine (Strom) Erickson. Raised and educated south of Beulah, Bea married Glenn Murray in 1929. The couple farmed and ranched south of Beulah until 1976, then retired to a hobby farm east of Beulah. They lived there until 1997, when Bea moved to the Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer. She enjoyed people, horseback riding, refurbishing old furniture, sewing and participating in the fall round-up on the reservation. Bea and Glenn, who died in 1998, had three children. She died July 6, 2004. • Clifford Nelson, was born in 1933, in Mandan, a son of Adolph and Mary (Soucy) Nelson. He spent his entire life on the ranch south of Mandan that was homesteaded in 1883 by his grandfather, Magnus Nelson. The Nelson Sunrise Ranch was inducted into the NDCHF in 2003. Cliff married Norma Olsen in 1954; they raised four children. He especially enjoyed ranching, the outdoors, deer hunting and visiting. Cliff died July 12, 2003. • Nora O’Hearn was born in 1906, in
Detroit Lakes, Minn., to Olive and Dan Connell. She grew up in the North Dakota Badlands. She attended high school in Detroit Lakes and in Dickinson, earning a teacher’s certificate from the Dickinson Normal School. Nora taught in rural schools until she married Edward “Eddie” O’Hearn in 1929. She owned and operated the Dickinson and Rancher motels in Dickinson, volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital, won cooking competitions and served as a court bailiff. The couple raised four children. Nora died Oct. 11, 2003. • Inga Olson was born in 1908, at Hillsboro, a daughter of Chris and Anna Berg. She moved with her family to the Spring Creek community in 1918. Inga attended the Shaw School, went to high school in Mayville and Minot and graduated with a teaching certificate from the Model Normal School. She taught in McKenzie and Dunn Counties. Inga married Gordon L. Olson in 1929. They ranched southeast of Watford City and had two daughters. Inga died Oct. 31, 2003. • Bruce Zingg, born in 1959, in Turtle Lake, was the son of Byron and Beverly (Kuehn) Zingg. He was raised on the family farm in McClusky and married Gwen Loehrke in 1979. They ranched and farmed near Pickardville, McClusky and Carson, while raising two sons. He especially enjoyed his family and friends, a good horse, reading and playing guitar. Bruce died Dec. 9, 2003. --by Cathy A. Langemo
The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association re-enacted the group’s founding meeting during the NDSA Diamond Anniversary Convention on Sept. 24, in Medora. Among those participating in the re-enactment were (left to right, standing): Joel Schmitz, Enderlin, as Esley Henderson; Jim Lowman, Fairfield, as William Connolly; Larry Kinev, Dawson, as George Gerbig; Melvin Leland, Sidney, Mont., as Andrew Johnston; Casey Maher, Morristown, S.D., as John Leakey; Kory Jorgenson, Rugby, as L.B. Burns; Fred Frederikson, Carrington, as Robert Hanson; (left to right, seated) Steve Melroe, Gwinner, as Angus Kennedy; Warren Zenker (hidden), Gackle, as Hugh Dehlinger; David Petry, Minot, as Vic Christensen; Alan Effertz, Velva, as Guy Randall; and (at table) Mark Messer, Richardton, as Anders Madson.
NDSA - Julie Ellingson photo
N.D. Stockmen’s Association Re-enacts Founding Meeting
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Verne Anderson Verne Peyton Anderson, 81, died Sept. 9, 2004. Verne was born March 9, 1923, near Ridgeway, Mo., the son of Samuel and Besse (Strickland) Anderson. He spent his childhood in Missouri, attended school in Chicago, and later moved to Edgemont, S.D., with his family. In 1935, Verne’s mother died so he and a brother boarded with the Wheeler family. After the eighth grade he moved to Lusk, Wyo., to work for Harry Boner. There, Verne met Jess York and decided he wanted to be a cowboy, just like Jess. He worked for several ranchers in the Lusk, Lost Springs and Douglas, Wyo., areas. When World War II started, Verne and his sister, Inez, worked in an ammunition factory in Chicago, returning to Wyoming in the spring to work for Fred Williams. Verne later worked for Morton’s, Inc., in the cattle operation and breaking horses. To get Verne back, Williams gave him 75 head of cattle, plus wages. Verne married Evelyn York, Jess’s cousin, in 1943. From 1948 to 1957, Verne and Williams were partners in an operation near Medora. Verne and Evelyn rented for 18 years and then bought a ranch 10 miles east of Sidney, Mont. They sold that place in 1977 and moved four miles west of Sidney. Verne broke horses and worked at a feedlot, at the Lalonde Hotel and for Holly Sugar Company. Verne is survived by his wife, Evelyn, Sidney, Mont.; two nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Doris Connell Doris Connell, 92, died Sept. 23, 2004. Doris Kinmark was born on April 17, 1912, in Medora, the daughter of Harvey and Mildred (Kendley) Kinmark. She attended school in Medora and Dickinson College and taught at rural schools for nine years. Doris married Sid Connell in 1941. They went to California where Sid worked on the Shasta Dam. They returned a year later and ranched in the Badlands until October 2003, when
they moved into the Golden Valley Manor, Beach. Doris became a Wibaux County Nursing Home resident in January 2004. She was one of the best cooks in the Badlands, known to serve coffee and her famous brownies or an entire meal to whomever dropped in. She enjoyed gardening and playing solitaire. Doris is survived by her husband, Sid, Beach; a daughter, Sydney (George) Hegge, Medora; two granddaughters; three great-granddaughters; a greatgreat granddaughter; one step-grandson; and a sister.
Raymond Erhardt NDCHF Trustee Raymond Erhardt, 66, died July 7, 2004. Ray was born Jan. 8, 1938, in Center, the son of Kasper and Lokraze (Messer) Erhardt. Raised and educated in the Center area, he served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps from 1957-1959. He married Shirley Brandon in 1962. He was employed for the past 25 years as a federal meat inspector, along with farming and ranching. Ray was a rodeo dad to his children and his children’s friends and was a director of the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association for many years. He operated Ray’s Rodeo Photos and was the official photographer for the Home on the Range Champions Ride Match for 10 years. He enjoyed classic country and polka music and was a member of the Mandan Rural Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Shirley, Mandan; his daughters, Carla (Dennis) Nelson, Mandan, Anita (Jason) Wirtz and Jamie (Tim) Krous, all of Bismarck; his son, Shane (Debra), Craven, Sask., Canada; his grandson, Garrett Nelson; his mother-in-law; two sisters and four brothers.
John W. Goodall John Winfield Goodall, 86, died Oct. 2, 2004. John was born March 23, 1918, in Sanish to Winfield John and Margaret (Keogh) Goodall. He was raised on the
family homestead in Riverview Township, McKenzie County. He graduated from Sanish High School as class valedictorian in 1936. After one year at the University of North Dakota, John returned to the ranch. He entered the U.S. Navy on Sept. 22, 1943, where he served as a mechanic. After discharge in 1946, he returned to Sanish and helped his mother operate the Westlie Hotel. He and his mother spent winters in Florida and Arizona, where he worked as a mechanic. He also worked on farms and ranches in McKenzie and Mountrail counties, spending the remainder of his life in the New Town area. John was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He enjoyed reading and spending time with family. John is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charlie Hunt The Rev. Charlie Hunt, 78, died Oct. 8, 2004. Charlie was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Jamestown, a son of Charles F. and Hazel (Salting) Hunt. He attended Jamestown schools and learned to love the Western way of life by working with his father and on numerous ranches as a young man. He married Glorine Lee in 1966 in Jamestown. Charlie served numerous churches through the years, including a three-point parish at Crystal, Hensel and Hoople. Charlie earned multiple degrees, including a Master’s of Divinity from the University of Dubuque in 1970. In 1972, the couple began Three Crosses Ranch, a home for juvenile deliquent boys near Strawberry Point, Iowa, operating it for 13 years. Charlie was a minister, cowboy poet, professional Boy Scout, real estate/insurance businessman, newspaper columnist and author of two books, including “All the Horses that He’d Rode.” Charlie lived what he believed and to him, every day was “glorious.” He is survived by his wife, Glorine, Rapid City; a son Charles, Golden -(Continued on page 21.)
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Obituaries (Hunt, continued from page 20.) Valley, Ariz.; two daughters Roxanne Kindred, Rapid City, and Kathleen Hunt, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Richard Kraft Richard John “Dick” Kraft died Sept. 5, 2004. Richard was born Jan. 27, 1945, at Mobridge, S.D., a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Reis) Kraft. He was raised with 10 brothers and 5 sisters. He graduated from Mobridge High School in 1963 and earned a vocational education degree from Black Hills State. He married Kay Stevenson. They moved to Washington, where he taught English and industrial arts. He enjoyed skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, ranching, rodeoing and carpentry, with his children. He taught CCD for many years, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, cabinetry, woodworking and bull riding. Dick married Barb Zeller on Oct. 1, 2001. Dick is survived by his wife, Barb, Carson, his daughter, Karen (Claude) Massee, Hot Springs, S.D.; his son, Jason (Cody), Carson; his stepdaughter Alanna Zeller, Fargo; six grandchildren; eight brothers and four sisters.
Dean Kutz Jockey Dean Kutz, 48, died Sept. 26, 2004. Dean was born in Carrington. He began his career in 1972, overcoming a number of physical setbacks. Dean won 2,835 races, with his mounts earning more than $33.6 million. His victories included the 1992 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup and the 1994 Forerunner. He also won at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Ellis Park, all in Kentucky. Dean was inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame and the Canterbury Downs Hall of Fame.
Beatrice Murray Beatrice Murray, 94, died July 6, 2004. Beatrice Erickson was born Sept. 5, 1910, to Harvey and Christine (Strom) Erickson. She was raised and educated south of Beulah. Her mother died when Bea was just three years old. She and
her sister, Myrtle, helped with the cooking, sewing and other household chores when they were very young. Bea married Glenn Murray in 1929. The couple farmed and ranched three miles south of Beulah until 1976, when they retired. They moved to a hobby farm one mile east of Beulah, living there until 1997 when Bea became a resident of the Hill Top Home of Comfort, Killdeer. Glenn died in 1998. Known as Grandma Bea, she enjoyed people, horseback riding, refurbishing old furniture and sewing. She participated in the fall round-up on the reservation for many years. Bea is survived by one son, Gary (Marge), of Beulah; two daughters, Phyllis O’Neil (and friend Jim Danks), Killdeer, and Peggy (Armon) Wolff, Golden Valley; 14 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandson; and one half-brother.
Donald O’Brien Donald O’Brien, 84, died Sept. 6, 2004. Donald was born Dec. 11, 1919, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of John “Jack” and Laura (Dahl) O’Brien. He was raised in Billings County; attending Black Butte School and Belfield High School. Donald served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937-1939, joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. While in the Navy, he received an electrical degree and served as an electrician. He was honorably discharged in November 1945. Donald married Rose Cinder in 1944. They bought the J. Harold Johnson ranch in Billings County, where they ranched for 35 years and raised their 12 children. The couple retired in 1981 and moved into Belfield. Donald enjoyed woodworking, feeding the birds and squirrels, gardening and visiting. He is survived by his wife, Rose, Belfield; 11 children: Denise (Bob) Person, Dickinson, John (Marlys), Halliday, Dennis (Arlinda), Belfield, Bill (Lana), Fairfield, Tim (Karen), Belfield, Darby (Nita), South Heart, Barb (Ronnie) Boltz, Grassy Butte, Donovan, Medora, Mony Boltz, Belfield, Jeff (Crys), Sheridan, Wyo.,
Aaron (Dream), Dickinson; a son-inlaw Aaron Hawkinson, Hamilton, Mont.; 36 grandchildren; 31 greatgrandchildren; a brother, Pat (Birdie), Belfield; a sister, Patricia (Arnold) Jost, Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Leon Olson Leon Olson, 77, died Oct. 2, 2004. Leon was born Oct. 5, 1926, in a railroad section house east of Glen Ullin, a son of Bernard and Huldah (Monson) Olson. He was raised in the Curlew Valley and attended a one-room country school. He graduated from Almont High School and Jamestown College. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Leon married Audrey Nelson in 1949. He served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent in Glen Ullin for nine years, and ran a tight ship as principal and superintendent in Williston for 31 years. In 1968, the U.S. Department of Defense appointed him to a seven-week tour to evaluate schools in Europe and Africa. Leon loved the outdoors, the Badlands, riding the range and being a cowboy. In 1959, he went into the cattle business with his good friend, Doc Ellis. Leon is survived by his wife, Audrey; his children: Lorin (Luciele), Billings, Mont., Seth (Casey), Bakersfield, Calif., Teri (Rodney) Nelson, Almont, and Lance (Jennifer), Williston; seven grandchildren; and two brothers Gordon (Carley), Minot, and M.G. (Sylvia), Dickinson.
Edna Plummer Edna Olivia Plummer, 87, died Oct. 17, 2004. Edna Berg was born Nov. 22, 1916, at Lake Park, Minn., a daughter of Oscar and Anna (Steen) Berg. In 1924 she moved with her family to Ollie, Mont., where she graduated from high school. Edna married Pat Plummer in 1935. They ranched and raised their family near Ollie. Edna was a member of the Ollie EUB Church, the Golva Square Dance Club, -(Continued on page 22.)
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Obituaries (Plummer, continued from page 21.) and was clerk of the Ollie School Board. She worked at T&M Electric, Baker, and at the Mandan Drug Store, Mandan. The couple wintered in Phoenix, for several years. Edna is survived by her husband, Patrick, Beach; a son, Douglas (Judy), Mandan; a daughter, Loretta (Harold) Schlothauer, Fairview, Mont.; five grandchildren; two step-grandsons; five great-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; and three brothers.
Cleo Veeder Cleo Dale Veeder, 82, died August 22, 2004. Cleo was born Sept. 9, 1921, at Keene, the son of Edgar A. and Cornelia (Harrison) Veeder. He grew up and attended school in rural McKenzie County. After a short time with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Utah, he returned and worked for area ranchers. He married Evelyn Wahus in 1943. They farmed and ranched in the Sidney, Mont., area until moving to Killdeer in 1950. Cleo trapped for the government
and ranched in the Oakdale community. He was very active with the Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo. In 1959, the couple moved into Killdeer and purchased the local hardware store, operating it until 1978. Cleo drove truck in the oilfield until retiring in 1983. He enjoyed creating items from Badlands Cedar and Diamond Willow trees and horseshoes. He was a member of 50 Years in the Saddle, Killdeer Saddle Club, Dunn County Museum, St. John’s Lutheran Church and various other community groups. Cleo is survived by three daughters: Barb Reems, Killdeer, Edith (Jim) Brown, Spotsylvania, Va., and Cynthia “Sam” (Frank) Ray, Appleton, Wis.; six grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.
Horace Woods Horace Woods, 93, died June 13, 2004. Horace was born Dec. 5, 1910, at Ballinger, Tex., a son of Claud and Callie (Bagget) Woods. In 1912, he moved with his family to the Little Missouri Badlands south of Alexander. Horace attended the Woods School. He helped his father on the ranch and then began ranching for himself. He was once married to Edna Wells. His parents and two brothers, Pat and Dan, preceded him in death.
Obituary Policy I f you are aware of the recent death of a NDCHF member, a North Dakota 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, 1110 College Drive, Suite 216, Bismarck, ND 58501. Space availability may determine inclusion and length.
North Dakota Geological Society Donates Horse Fossil The cast remains of a small horse that lived in North Dakota 30 million years ago will be on exhibit in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. The skeletal cast of a Mesohippus, and other fossil remains from the Badlands will be displayed. The prehistoric horse was unveiled Oct. 12, at North Dakota Geological Society offices, Bismarck. “This will be very unique and will be the only Mesohippus cast fossil in the state,” says John Hoganson, a NDGS paleontologist. Financing the exhibit through private donations, the cast was made by Dinolab of Salt Lake City. It will be part of the Hall’s horse evolution exhibit. “Horses lived here 230 million years ago until the end of the Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago, when they became extinct,” Hoganson says. The Mesohippus was much smaller than today’s horses, at about two feet tall. It also had three toes. Hoganson says, “Otherwise, it was similar to today’s horses.” --by Cathy A. Langemo
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Fern Goldsberry, Dickinson, was honored with the Dickinson Roughrider Commission Rancher of the Year award this past July. Fern was born in Dickinson, a daughter of Phil and Emma Christenson. As a five-year-old, she moved with her family to a ranch on Biecegel Creek in McKenzie County. She married Vernon Goldsberry in 1945, after he had served three and a half years in the U.S. Army. In 1947, the couple bought the Theodore Becker ranch located along the Little Missouri River, about 25 miles north of Medora. This ranch was just across the river from where Vernon was raised. Adding the Chris Hansen ranch to their holdings, the couple operated there until 1967. They sold that ranch and bought a place about 40 miles north
of Beach, in the Squaw Gap area just east of Flat Rock Butte. Recalling their ranching days, Fern says, “It was interesting from year to year; the branding and the neighbors helping.” The Goldsberrys began raising registered Quarter Horses in 1952, with the purchase of Copper Nick from Hank Wiescamp. “We were pretty well known horse people when my husband was alive,” Fern told The Dickinson Press in a July 3, 2004 article. As their horses gained in popularity, they named their operation the Vernon Goldsberry Quarter Horse Ranch. Vernon and Fern began hosting sales Fern Goldsberry in 1972, holding auctions for 10 years. New York and New Mexico. “We met a lot of people from everyVernon died in 1981, at which time where during our horse sales,” Fern Fern sold the ranch and moved into says. Buyers came from as far away as Dickinson, where she currently resides.
2004 Induction Snapshots
Two enthusiastic supporters (left): Helen Danielson, Harwood, and NDCHF Board Member Ginny Eck, Bismarck, stand ready to assist with the next task at the 2004 NDCHF Induction.
NDCHF Board Member Arlen Sommers, Valley City, (left), visits with Gordon Jensen, Mandan, (center), and Grant Johnson, Colstrip, Mont., prior to the 2004 NDCHF Induction.
Dickinson Press photo
Goldsberry Recognized During Roughrider Days
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Dream Taking Shape in Downtown Medora (Continued from page 1.) November. Interior work is now underway. Exhibit designers Deane Fay and Sally Jeppson, Gackle, are anxious to begin installing the sets and artifacts that tell the story of the Plains horse culture. They hope to begin in February. The duo has been doing research for nearly one year and off-site display work began this past summer. The main floor features galleries detailing the use of the horse by Native Americans and Texas trail drivers, who brought the first cattle to North Dakota. The stories of homesteaders, ranchers and rodeo cowboys are also presented. The NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures features a mainfloor exhibit gallery that will be changed each summer. The opening exhibition is expected to spotlight sculptor Robert Scriver. Last fall, Montanans Rex and Iola Breneman, gave the NDCHF a collection of 95 Scriver sculptures. Scriver, who died in 1999, attended Dickinson State University, Dickinson, and is a highly collected, nationally noted sculptor. A theater on the ground level will be used for orientation films. In the summer, it will operate as a movie theater showing classic westerns in the evenings.
The NDCHF Center of Western Heritage and Cultures: Native American, Ranching and Rodeo.
Dorgan says that the 5,000-squarefoot entertainment/program patio attached to the west side of the Center will be surrounded by a five-foot fence with cedar trim. The trim will feature North Dakota brands. Nearly 30 members of the NDCHF and the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association put the first brands on the fence in September. “The patio will be used for entertainment, receptions, weddings and meetings,” Dorgan says. “We’ve already booked a wedding for June 2005. We hope to host at least 25 private patio events in addition to Hall-sponsored entertainment this summer.” The second floor of the Center will be home to the NDCHF Hall of Honorees, plus meeting rooms with a capacity of 80 to 100 people. “The view will be spectacular,” Dorgan
says. “The west room features floorto-ceiling windows looking toward the Chateau de Mores, the old beef packing plant, cemetery hill and the entrance to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.” The meeting rooms can be used for NDCHF functions or be rented by other groups. Eventually, the rooms will be hooked to an interactive television network allowing groups to view and interact with speakers throughout the world. The neutral exterior was selected to complement the surrounding Badlands. Two large bronze sculptures, currently being poured by sculptor Arnie Addicott, Stanley, flank the entrance. Dorgan notes that fund-raising efforts continue. Total cost of the project, once completed, will be approximately $3 million.
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