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Vol. 11, No. 3 • November 2006


Published bi-annually by the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

2006 Champions Ride 2007 Annual Meeting - Page 2 Final event of Wild West - Page 5 Planning ahead - Page 8 Nelson inducted into 5th Hall of Fame - Pages 16-17 Book reviews - Pages 22-23

Contributions & Memorials - Pages 24-27

Medora Cowboy Christmas - Pages 34-36 Photo courtesy of Doll Rodeo Photos

Rhett Fitzpatrick holds on for a wild ride!

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NDCHF plans Annual Meeting

2007 NDCHF Annual Meeting Friday and Saturday February 23 & 24 Seven Seas, Mandan, ND


February 23, 2007 Board Meeting – 10:00 a.m. CT No-Host Social – 7:00 p.m. CT


February 24, 2007 Hall of Fame Annual Membership Meeting 1:00 p.m. CT Hall of Fame Trustees Meeting 2:30 p.m. CT No-Host Social Hour – 5:00 p.m. CT Cash Bar Silent and Live Auctions Banquet – 7:00 p.m. CT Seven Seas Buffet Speaker

The 2007 Annual Meeting of the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will be held at the newly remodeled Seven Seas in Mandan on Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24. The Seven Seas, which has hosted the Cowboy Hall of Fame Annual Meeting for 9 years, features 26 new rooms, major remodeling of others and North Dakota’s largest indoor water park. NDCHF Executive Director Darrell Dorgan says the changes made in the meeting and banquet room areas will make a significant difference for those attending the Annual Meeting this year. Events begin on Friday with a Board meeting in the morning and a free, no-host social at 7:00 p.m.

“There will be music, videos and time to visit,” says Dorgan. Activities continue on Saturday with the Hall of Fame Annual Membership meeting at 1:00 p.m. and a Hall of Fame Trustees meeting at 2:30 p.m. A no-host social hour begins that evening at 5:00 with a cash bar, silent and live auctions, the fantastic Seven Seas buffet and a speaker. Dorgan says several great items have already been donated for the auction, including original paintings by nationally known artists Phil Beck and Edwin Bogucki. Anyone wanting to donate auction items can contact the NDCHF’s Bismarck office at 701-250-1833.

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Bit From The Board Dear Members and Friends: Who steps up for the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s future leadership roles? This is a question your Board of Directors is wrangling with as it begins updating the long-range strategic plan. We are creating “the blueprint” for the NDCHF’s continued growth and development over the next five years. During the past 11 years, we’ve experienced some turnover in Board leadership. When we anticipate a Board member vacancy, the Executive Committee begins a search and nominating process. It looks at Bylaws provisions for statewide representation and at factors such as cultural backgrounds, leadership experience, gender and age balance, and potential commitment. We look for candidates within the ranks of the NDCHF Trustee leadership and then outside. According to the Bylaws, a nominee is eventually approved by the Board for a three-year term. Another challenge for the Hall is maintaining the involvement and leadership among the Trustees. The state is divided into 12 districts with Trustees that pretty much organize themselves around the

NDCHF’s needs and goals. As one might expect, some districts are more active than others. We know that, for various reasons such as time commitment and available resources, Trustee leadership can ebb and flow. The Trustees are the glue that nurtures and sustains the statewide support for the NDCHF; so good Trustee leadership is key to the future of the organization. Any ideas about the NDCHF’s succession of leadership? We’d like to hear them. Give a call to any Board member. At the annual NDCHF membership meeting in February, we’d like to include your ideas when we present the NDCHF long-range strategic plan for 2007-2012. Your commitment and continued support are valuable contributions to the NDCHF. We acknowledge this and want you to know they are very much appreciated. Phil Baird President

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North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame CEO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Darrell Dorgan Medora Site Manager . . . . . . . . Pam Reinarts

Board of Directors

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

Board Members

Virginia Eck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck Laura Griffin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medora Shirley Meyer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickinson Ray Morrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandan Robyn Nelson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pembina Evelyn Neuens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bismarck Walter Piehl, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minot Ross Rolshoven . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Forks Willard Schnell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dickinson Arlen Sommers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valley City Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cathy A. Langemo WritePlus Inc., Bismarck Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . United Printing Inc. Bismarck

Advisory Committee Phil Baird 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 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.

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A Few Words From Darrell This has been a good year for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. More inductees and our first full year of operation; both were

successful. People who visited the Center in Medora this summer liked what they saw. They enjoyed the story of the plains horse culture. We continue to raise money to finish paying for the Hall of Fame. The State Intermodel Transportation team stepped forward with another $100,000. So did Grassy Butte rancher Palmer Nelson. Nelson paid for the horse sculpture that sets on the south side of the building. Nelson, who recently turned 81, ranched for 46 years near Grassy Butte and says, “I didn’t do it for the rodeo part of the project. I did it to help preserve our western heritage and history. Too much of it has already been lost.” A plaque will be put on the bronze sculpture noting Palmer Nelson’s generosity. The Weinreis brothers of the VVV Ranch and the Peaceful Valley Farm of Golden Valley County also stepped forward recently with a $20,000 donation. Gene Weinreis says, “We wanted to help preserve the history of the ranching country so that story will be here for the next generation.” In recognition of their donation, the J over E and the Bar L brands currently used by the family were put on the horse and longhorn statue. Their donation also purchased a memorial plaque for their parents, Lloyd and Violet Weinreis. The VVV Ranch, operated by the Weinreis brothers, was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in August. Bill and Jane Marcil of Fargo also made a $25,000 donation. They own

numerous newspapers, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Forum of Fargo, The Dickinson Press and the Grand Forks Herald. They have been members of the Cowboy Hall of Fame for five years. Bill, recently awarded the state’s Rough Rider award, says, “We do business in western North Dakota, and we are interested in this state’s history. It’s unique and something we should all be proud of. We’re happy to be a part of the Hall of Fame.” Former Dickinson resident and longtime Hall of Fame Trustee Ray Gress recently made a $10,000 commitment. Gress, who won the rifle for selling the most horse raffle tickets two years in a row, says, “I just want to make sure the stories of the people’s hardships who carved out a life on the plains are preserved.” Greg and Debbie Childs of Kaysville, Utah, have donated $10,000. Greg, a native of Mandan, is the son of well-known roper Jim Childs, who competed in the 1940s and 50s. Greg has served as a trustee for eight years and says, “I think the history of rodeo and those who competed needs to be preserved, and we’re doing it at the Hall of Fame.” These past couple of months haven’t all been tall grass and summer rain, though. Long-time Trustees Elmer Agnew of Bismarck and Thelma Fenton of Killdeer died. Wes Tibbetts of Miles City and Sid Connell of Medora also went on to the big claim. All were great supporters; all will be missed. The smoke has cleared on the annual horse raffle, and the Trustees did it again. At $5 a ticket, we netted an amazing $19,000 on the colt donated by Rod and Kathryn Froelich of Selfridge. Trustee Vic Wilhelm of Halliday was the top sales person and won the 30-30 rifle we give each year to the person who sells the most tickets. Til next time, Darrell Dorgan NDCHF Executive Director

Reinarts reports successful season Pam Reinarts, site manager at the Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora, reports that the 2006 season was very successful. She says, “We had 23,000 admissions and $55,000 in gift shop sales. In addition, the facility was rented for 80 events from January through October.” Here are just a few of the comments from this season’s visitors: · Beautiful facility, very helpful staff­ one of the gems of Medora. · I’m blown away, wow!! Building was worth the wait. · Great exhibits! · Brings back many memories; this is a wonderful place. · First class, best yet, fabulous! · Very impressive, well decorated, really enjoyable, and we’ve been to a lot of museums and galleries around the U.S. · Wonderful display of North Dakota history and a great tribute to our state! · Absolutely great--an honor to North Dakota cowboys and cowgirls! Thanks for keeping the cowboy!

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Final event of Wild West Series brings many participants

Charell Schillo, Williston

Barrel racing - June 24-25, 2006 Riders came from far and wide (N. Dak., S. Dak., Minn., Mont. and Ida.) to enjoy two wonderful days of barrel racing in Medora and the hospitality of the NDCHF. The weekend closed with a brunch served by the NDCHF.

Results – June 24: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Jodie Fox 17.780 (received jacket) Erin Wanner 17,849 Kris Bartholomew 18.050 Lisa Heiser 18.150 Sheila Blair 18.280 Val Smith 18.282 Lana Tibbetts 18.297 Lana Tibbetts 18.300 Carla Arthaud 18.308 Trisa Anderson 18.354


1. Bailey Stuart 18.765 2. Alicia Palaniuk 18.836

Jake Lockwood

3. Bobbi Jo Nielsen 18.860 4. Cole Ketchum 19.360 5. Shawna Fredericks 19.364

Pee Wees:

Pee Wees:


1. Saree Murphy 30.911 2. Bailey Erickson 32.365

Seniors: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Kris Bartholomew 18.077 Val Smith 18.282 Carla McCormick 18.425 Carla McCormick 18.436 Peg Schmitz 18.622 Cathy Roesler 18.622 Lynn Ediger 18.716 Donna Idland 18.903

Results – June 25:

1. Saree Murphy 27.814 2. Baili Nielsen 29.745 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Kris Bartholomew 18.311 Val Smith 18.495 Cathy Roesler 18.632 Lynn Ediger 18.661 Carla McCormick 18.713 Lynn Hastings 18.956 Deb Wolff 19.213

Many thanks go out to the volunteers who help make the event possible: Phil Baird, Laura Griffin, Tate Eck, Angie and Jake Lockwood, George Welch, Darrell Dorgan, Julie Tescher and Pam Reinarts.

1. Faron Brown 17.956 (received jacket) 2. Jodie Fox 18.186 3. Renae Smith 18.231 4. Kendra Palaniuk 18.261 5. Kris Bartholomew 18.311 6. Sheila Blair 18.359 7. Lana Tibbetts 18.404 8. Sarah Tjelde 18.449 9. Alicia Palaniuk 18.450 10. Val Smith 18.495

Youth: Angie Lockwood

1. Alicia Palaniuk 18.450 2. Bailey Stuart 18.498 3. Marni Wade 19.235

Tracy Birdwell

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Photos courtesy of NDCHF and Oderman Communications Company Photo; James Oderman, Artist

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Photos courtesy of NDCHF, Wade Westin and Oderman Communications Company Photo; James Oderman, Artist

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Annual horse raffle goes off without a hitch


After a successful 2006 Wild West Series, the NDCHF is looking forward to 2007.

First there was Big Daddy Evans in 2003, followed by Sheza Hot Cash in 2004 and Fire Fly in 2005. The horse that was the 2006 raffle prize has yet to be christened, but it was Ted Albers’ entry stub that was plucked out of the raffle bin on August 5 during the 50th Annual HOTR Champions Ride intermission. Albers, of Appleton, Minn., has arranged to board the colt in Oliver County. He had a choice between two blue roan fillies sired by Blue Star McKeag. Rod and Kathryn Froelich gene-

2007 Wild West Series: May 12 – Trail ride

May 13 – Kids Showdeo June 9-10 – Team roping June 23-24 – Barrel racing July 28 – 3rd Annual National Day of the Cowboy, with demonstrations, BBQ and patio dance Aug. 3 – NDCHF patio dinner and dance Aug. 4 - Annual Induction ceremonies

Leave your mark on the patio wall Want to put your brand on the patio wall at the Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora? Then just bring your branding iron to the Center. The cost is $100 for NDCHF members and $200 for non-members, but the NDCHF will throw in a free year’s membership. Call Pam Reinarts at the Center (701-623-2000) to arrange a time for the branding.

Aug. 5 – 51st HOTR Champions’ Ride, Sentinel Butte Sept. 15 – Don Hart Memorial Trail Ride (tentative) Sept. 15-16 – Team penning/ranch sorting For more information on the NDCHF events listed above, please call Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora at 701-623-2000, the NDCHF Bismarck office at 701-250-1833 or check the NDCHF website at

Other events around Medora: May 25-27 – Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering June 14 – Flag Day All-Horse Parade (need good representation from NDCHF members) July 1 & 4 – Medora 4th of July parades (need NDCHF riders, float, etc.)

rously donated the colt for this year’s event, and proceeds are designated for continuing preservation of our western heritage. NDCHF trustees and members sold nearly 4,000 tickets throughout the spring and summer and raised more than $19,000. Vic Wilhelm, of Halliday and a District 2 Trustee, was particularly industrious this year, marketing over 900 tickets. He covered a wide geographic area, including 14 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

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NDCHF recognizes volunteers

NDCHF sells all of patio tables

The following people have given of their time and energy on various NDCHF projects and events. The NDCHF truly appreciates all that they do.

Wild West Barrel Racing event Phil Baird Darrell Dorgan Ginny Eck Tate Eck Jamie Green Laura Griffin George Hegge John Hild J.C. Koester Angie & Jake Lockwood Medora Fire Department Pam Reinarts Winston Satran Julie Tescher Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation

National Day of the Cowboy event Fran Armstrong Blackheart Morgans Mark Baczynski Rex Cook Jamie Green Sydney & George Hegge Chip Liebel Bill Lowman Billie Jo Morken DJ Philips Kim Shade Roger Vanvig Dave Watkins Lois & George Welsch Steve Weninger

Patio Banquet & Induction events Ashley Andrews Helen & Russ Danielson Paige Dorgan Laura Griffin Roxanne Solberg-Gillespie Jimi Lou Woodard

Art Show/Sale

Phil Baird Medora Community Center Tiffany Ross Larry Schnell Shane Wolff

Many NDCHF members and supporters took advantage of the opportunity to honor family and friends during a recent fundraiser. The patio tables at the Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora went fast once the idea caught on. Though the tables are all claimed, there are still many ideas available for honoring family and friends, such as other development on the patio. How about sponsoring the prizes for one of the Wild West Series events next spring and summer? You might want to be a sponsor for the Annual Meeting in February or the Induction Ceremony in August. If any of those opportunities appeal to you, please call Darrell Dorgan at the NDCHF’s Bismarck office at 701250-1833. Patio tables have been purchased for/ by the following: · Amvets Post #9, Bismarck, ND. · Bahm Brothers—John, William, Charles, Emil, Henry – Given by Their Families. · Fred Berger, Mandan, ND. · Albert & Marlyne Breuer, Garrison, ND. · Ron & Neva Carlisle, Bismarck, ND. · In memory of Joe & Emanuel Chase – Given by Jill Chase & JoAnn Kay Chase, Loveland, CO. · Dakota Magic Casino, Hankinson, ND · Richard & Katherine Dietrich & children (Brenda, Lana, Luther, Bryon, Greg, Amy & Dorothy), Valley City, ND · Father William Fahnlander – Given by Family & Friends. · Inez & Maynard Fritz – Given by Jim & Jean Neshiem, Fargo, ND.

· Randy & Laurie Hatzenbuhler, Medora, ND. · Peter & Karen Hogue and their children—Rita, Janice, Kellie-Jo and David, Bismarck, ND. · Robert E. & Jan Ingstad, Sioux Valley Broadcasting, Inc., Valley City, ND. · Vernon C. Jacobson, Dickinson, ND – Given by Family. · In memory of Leonard Kostelnak – Given by Pauline Kostelnak, Dickinson, ND. · Lafarge, Valley City, ND. · Franklin & Joandrea Larson, Starion Financial, Valley City, ND. · George & Virginia Marback, Mandan, ND. · Dick & Bernadette Nelson, Dick Nelson Sales & Leasing, Inc., Valley City, ND. · Louis Pelissier – Given by Jim & Jean Neshiem, Fargo, ND. · Pat & Edna Plummer – Given by their granddaughter, Sherry Plummer. · Lenard Ressler, Mandan, ND. · River Run Ranch – Given by Dudley & Michelle Stuber, Belfield, ND. · Don & Jan Rustad & family (Ronda, Rock, Rick & Rochelle), Kindred, ND. · Winston & Barbara Satran & family, Bismarck, ND – In honor of Winston’s 60th birthday. · Linda Steve, CPA, Dickinson, ND. · In Memory of Robert D. “Bob” Stuber – Given by Dudley, Michelle, Dustin, Suzi, Mikki & Bobbi Stuber, Belfield, ND. · Valley City Eagles Club, Valley, ND. · Valley City VFW Auxiliary, Valley City, ND. · Valley City VFW Post #2764, Valley City, ND. · Beverly Jean Wenger, West Fargo, ND. · Ted & Dolores Will & children— daughters Sharol, Patricia & Linda & son Randy, Bismarck, ND. · Albert & Karen Wolf & daughters Gretchen, Heidi & Anna, Bismarck, ND. · Placidus & Eva Wolf – Given by Albert & Donna Wolf, Medora, ND.

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NDCHF loses two Trustees Long-time Trustees Elmer Agnew and Thelma Fenton died recently, and NDCHF shares their families’ loss. Elmer Agnew, 89, Bismarck, died Sept. 3 at his Bismarck home. He was born in 1917, at Menoken, the son of Melvin Frederick and Emma Carrie (Klipstein) Agnew. Elmer married Ella Noria Pokall in Bismarck in 1940, and they lived in Menoken, north of McKenzie

and west of Moffit. In the fall of 1999, they sold the farm and moved to Bismarck. Ella died in 2001. Elmer was a weighmaster for the Cattlemen’s Weighing Assn. and a brand inspector. He trucked livestock and sold livestock equipment and seed corn. Elmer loved music and played several instruments by ear. He and Ella provided good dance music for many occasions. Elmer also loved roping, riding and rodeo competition and was one of the End of the Trail Saddle Club founders. He was a Burleigh County Commissioner, township supervisor, 4-

H leader and a 42-year member of the ND Stockmen’s Assn. He became an honorary NDSA member in 2003. Elmer was a NDCHF Trustee and served on many committees and boards and was a member of various organizations. He is survived by his special friend, Lois Seelye; his son and daughter-in-law, Elvin and Wanda Agnew, Bismarck; his daughter and son-in-law, Lonnie and Frank Privatsky, Braddock; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Thelma Louise Fenton, 90, of Killdeer died Sept. 13. She was born in 1915 on the family farm in Dunn County, the daughter of Clarence “Punch” and Mathilda (Dahl) Edwards. She attended Killdeer Public Schools, graduating in 1933. Thelma and George Fenton married in 1935 at the Fenton Ranch.

She operated a dress shop in Killdeer for a short time. George died in 1993. She was active in the Red Cross Home, 4-H and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Killdeer. She served as president of the Hill Top Heritage Foundation Board and Killdeer Homemakers and was a NDCHF Trustee. At the time of her death, Thelma was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, NDCHF, ND Cowbelles, American National Cattlemen, ND Stockmen’s Assn., Elks

and a local Bridge Club. Thelma is survived by her daughters--Carol (Nygaard), Bowman; Lois (Bang), Killdeer; Elaine (Stromme), Manhattan, Mont.; and Jane (Schettler), Killdeer; along with 15 grandchildren; 27 greatgrandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence Wetsch; and a brother Tom Edwards; and many nieces and nephews.

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NDCHF honors three with memorial plaques Henry Gerving was born Nov. 26, 1933, in Youngtown, N. Dak., to Ben and Carolina (Opp) Gerving. Henry attended the Weber Country School and the parochial school on top of the hill near Otter Creek in Oliver County. He graduated from the 8th grade and went to work. Henry married Betty Lou Fischer on June 9, 1963, in Beulah. They had five children—Brian, Henry, Carolina, Ben and Betty Lou. In 1980, Henry went to the Western College of Auctioneering at Billings, Mont., and, after graduation, started his own auctioneering service.

He loved the land dearly and was happiest when he could be outdoors, whether it was for ranching, farming, trapping or hunting. Henry died June 14, 2001, in Mandan and is buried in the Otter Creek Cemetery northwest of New Salem. Dale Hewson organized and coached the first college rodeo team in North Dakota while teaching at Dickinson State Teachers College. That first team included Esley (Fox) Thorton, Pete Fredericks, Dale Jorgenson, Franklin “Tex”

Appledoorn, Dale Little Soldier and Angus Fox. Dale’s drive and determination spurred the team into an outstanding first season. They won the Rocky Mountain Region team title. Pete Fredericks won all-around cowboy, placing first in saddle bronc, bareback and bulldogging. Dale Jorgenson came in second in bull riding. “Tex” Appledoorn was first in ribbon roping and fourth in all-around cowboy. Dale Little Soldier placed third in ribbon roping. The team qualified for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo and placed third at the National Finals. In the fall of 1958, Dale organized the first North Dakota Intercollegiate Rodeo, sponsored by Dickinson State Teachers College. Eight Rocky Mountain Region college teams participated in the Oct. 4-5, 1958, event at the Schnell Arena, Dickinson. The top DSTC winner was former North Dakota state high school saddle bronc champion (1954) Esley Thorton, winning in the saddle bronc riding. Richard L. Slovarp was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Bismarck, to Alfred and Vera Slovarp. He attended McKenzie

grade school and graduated from Bismarck High School. Richard married Pauline in 1964, and they had two children—Kim and Rich. He farmed and ranched with his brother, Duane, for many years and was a John Deere dealer in Washburn. In 1980, he sold the business and began working at the Falkirk Mine in the parts warehouse. Richard was a member of the Bismarck Eagles and Elks clubs and enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping. He died Dec. 6, 1997.

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Talkin’ with Trustees Adam Wanner, Golden Valley taught us how to ride. Favorite rodeo event: Broncs. First rodeo experience: Probably mutton bustin’ at the Hebron Fall Festival years ago. Special rodeo memories: The years I got to spend working with and helping my dad. I learned a lot, but not nearly enough.

NDCHF District: 6 Family: My mother, brother and sister. My new wife, Paula Jo; we were married on June 10, 2006. Occupation: Rancher and help operate the Knife River Ranch and Vacations with my mother.

As a teenager, what did you want to be when you grew up: A cowboy and a good rancher. I knew I’d never leave Golden Valley or the Knife River, and I’d rather work for myself (or the bank as I now realize!). Being successful on my own accord and see the progress and result from my work is important to me. Your first job: Besides working at home, at NDSU’s old research feedlot.

Line of work: It’s what I grew up doing and loving. Ever since I was little, I knew that I would farm and ranch so that is what I went to school for.

Your hero: My dad and mom-they accomplished more before the age of 50 than most people do in a lifetime.

Grow up in ranching or rodeo: I grew up on a ranch, but there was always too much work to be done during the rodeo season so I couldn’t get involved. But I did ride saddle bronc for a year at NDSU and found out it is not cheap if you don’t win.

Advice for young people: I’m only 22, but if you have an opportunity, go for it. Don’t waste your time thinking “someday” or “that would be nice.” You’ll never know if you don’t try. The only way you get old is if you quit dreaming.

First horse: An old tomcat-bred gelding named “Champ.” We still have him. That horse put up with a lot of crap from us kids, but he

Free-time activities: Hunt, fishing and horses. Name five things you like most: My wife, my family and friends,

my home, my horses and working cattle. Last book you read: Rusty Spurs Jingles by Al Buchli. Your greatest learning experience: Losing my dad. What we were faced with that next year was a challenge. If you won the ND lottery, how would you spend your winnings: I guess that depends. The last time I won, I used the $35 to pay for my tank of gas. One unique thing about yourself that most people don’t know: I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have gotten to grow up in the place and in the lifestyle that I did. Honors and accomplishments: I graduated from NDSU in May 2005 with a B.S. degree in Animal and Range Science and a minor in Equine Science. Paula Jo, who also graduated from NDSU, has a B.S. degree in Range Science and a minor in Agricultural Economics. Why do you support the NDCHF: In a state that was tamed by settlers and cowboys, I believe it’s a necessity to preserve and share the history with others. Agriculture is the #1 industry here, and there are a lot of ranchers who contribute to it. The lifestyle the cowboy leads is a unique and interesting one, but sometimes the stories they have to share are the best part of them.

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Talkin’ with Trustees Jerry Engels, New Rockford seemed to be able to do anything and help everyone. Advice for young people: Whatever you decide to do in life, always give it your best effort. Free-time activities: I enjoy spending time with family, watching rodeos, visiting with friends made through the years, deer hunting, ice fishing, raising Longhorn cattle, roping and helping young people learn to rope in our home arena. Name five things you like most: Rodeos, roping, trail riding with the Circle T and Fort Totten Trail Riders, deer hunting and ice fishing.

NDCHF District: 6 Family: My wife, Beaty, and 10 children, 25 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Occupation: Retired farmer/rancher. How did you choose your line of work: I grew up farming and ranching and continued as an adult to make a living for my family. Did you grow up in ranching or rodeo: I owned and operated our farm and ranch and participated in team roping and breakaway roping. First horse: “Sam” was my first roping horse, but we always had horses on the family farm. Favorite rodeo event: Team roping.

First rodeo experience: Team roping with my son, Jeff, at a RRA rodeo in Carrington. Special ranching/rodeo memories: In 1994, I won the “Scott Keplin Memorial” Senior Roping at Belcourt. A special ranching memory is when I brought the cows with calves home from the pasture in April during an ice storm, and one calf hid in some trees. Two days later, the cow went back and found him in the snow, and he was fine. As a teenager, what did you want to be when you grew up: I always wanted to be a cowboy because I liked horses, cattle and rodeos. Your first job: My first paying job was driving gravel truck for $10 a day. Your hero: George Guler, a coworker while I bartended at the Hub Bar in New Rockford. He

Last book you read: Wilbur’s Christmas Gift by Rodney Nelson. Your greatest learning experience: The two years I spent in the U.S. Navy. If you won the ND lottery, how would you spend your winnings: I would divide it among my children. One unique thing about yourself that most people don’t know: Most people I rope and ride with don’t believe I’m 80 years old. Honors and accomplishments: Winner of Century Roping - Roping on the River in Bismarck and 1995 Mixed Heeler Champion at the RRA Finals at Devils Lake. Why do you support the NDCHF: To help keep the history of cowboys and ranching alive for future generations.

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N ATIVE AMERICAN Gallery Charging Rodeo by Phil Baird In 1952, Fort Berthold Indian rancher and rodeo cowboy George Charging, of the Lucky Mound district 15 miles north of Elbowoods, began organizing the Charging rodeo while awaiting the return of his son, Kenny Charging. Kenny was a U.S. Army infantry soldier with the 19th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War. He was reported missing on June 6, 1951, and then listed as a Korean POW on Dec. 19, 1951. Although George died in July 1952, the rodeo grounds were eventually constructed at the Duane Charging ranch near Elbowoods. Local ranchers and community members built six chutes facing south, with the roping box on the west end of the chutes. On the southwest side of the arena was a dance bowery and pow-wow grounds. After more than 390 days of military captivity, Kenny, was released in Aug. 1953 and returned to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Sept.

1953 rodeo starts four-year tradition

The Charging Rodeo was held for four years--1953-1956--with George’s sons Duane, Arnie and Kenny competing. The 1953 rodeo was held at the Duane Charging ranch near Elbowoods and brought Indian rodeo contestants from N. Dak.’s Standing Rock and Fort Berthold reservations and from Fort Peck and Wolf Point, Mont. A rodeo dance at the bowery featured “Carl Whitman and His Orchestra,” comprised of Carl Whitman

(sax), his brother Albert Whitman, Willard Yellowbird (trumpet and sax) and Frank McInnis of Ryder (drums). The Charging Rodeo Association of Elbowoods was the first paid NDRA committee membership of 1954, with the second annual Charging Rodeo scheduled for July 3-5. Again held at the Duane Charging ranch, the arena was set up around the corrals above the Missouri River bottom lands. Carl “Blackie” Whitman, of the Lucky Mound district, served as the committee secretary.

1954 rodeo results Bareback:

Angus Fox, Mandaree (1) Emerson Packineau (2) Jimmy Irwin and Felix Meyers (3/4) Milton Baker and Maurice Danks (5/6)

Saddle bronc:

Jimmy Youngbird, White Shield (1) Angus Fox (2) Arnie Charging and Everett Hosie (3/4) Finley Blake (5)

Bull riding:

Milton Baker (1) Jimmy Youngbird (2) Eugene White, Roseglen (3) Glen Brunsell and Nibs Wells (4/5)

Calf roping:

Adrian Foote, Sr., Parshall (1) Ken Charging, White Shield (2) Duane Charging, White Shield (3) Charles Blake, New Town (4)

Steer wrestling:

Gail Baker, Mandaree, and Matt Youngbird (1/2) George Howard (3) Arnold Charging, Sr., of Roseglen was the top all-around cowboy, winning the bareback, saddle bronc and steer wrestling at the July 3-5, 1955, Duane Charging ranch rodeo. The committee secretary that year was Carl Whitman, Jr. Results were:

1955 rodeo results

Bareback: A. Charging (1) Bill Baker (2) Charlie Malnourie (3) Duane Bear (4)

Saddle bronc:

A. Charging (1) Jim Irwin (2) Glen Brunselle (3) Harry Melhoff (4)

Calf roping:

Kenny Charging (1) Nathan Little Soldier (2) Francis Driver (3) Adrian Foote, Sr., Parshall (4) Matt Youngbird (5) Frank Youngwolf (6)

Steer wrestling: A. Charging (1)

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R ANCHING Gallery Horse Slaughter Bill

U.S. Congress debates horse slaughter bill

An emotionally charged bill being debated in Congress could end the slaughtering of horses in the U.S. The bill, introduced by Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-NY) would amend the Horse Protection Act of 1970 to prohibit “shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines for slaughter for human consumption.” The proposed bill effectively makes it impossible to slaughter a horse in the U.S. or to transport a horse to Canada or Mexico for the purpose of slaughter. The legislation has become an emotional issue and caused sharp divisions among horse lovers, breeders and veterinarians over how best to deal with aging or injured animals. The U.S. has for years exported horse meat to France, Italy, Belgium, Japan and other countries where it is considered a delicacy. In 2005, U.S. horse meat exports wee estimated at 18,000 tons with a value of $61 million.

Bill proponents gain bipartisan support

The legislation has strong bipartisan support, with more than 200 co-spon-

sors in the House. Congressman Sweeney says, “People across America have been clear and consistent in stating they want an end to this horrific practice of horse slaughter, and I am proud to lead the charge in Congress. It is appalling that a horse revered as one of our nation’s national icons, can be sold to foreign diners.” Many animal welfare organizations, and equine industry groups, including the National Show Horse Registry, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Steeplechase Association and Churchill Downs, passionately support the effort to ban horse slaughter. However, farm organizations and some veterinary groups contend the bill would do far more harm than good.

Bill’s opponents speak out

The bill that has passed the House (263-146) prohibits the slaughter of horses for human consumption and eliminates funding for U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of slaughter horses. However, it does not prohibit euthanasia or putting down old, sick and disabled horses. Critics of the bill say it ignores the realities facing farmers and horse owners across the country. The slaughter of unwanted horses is a necessary aspect of the horse industry and provides a humane alternative to suffering, abuse or abandonment, according to a coalition of more than 140 farm and veterinary groups who oppose the legislation. “Preventing the slaughter of horses does nothing but increase the economic strain on families who can no longer afford to care for them, stretch already thin budgets at rescue facilities

and increase the chances that horses will suffer as they become unwanted or old,” says Rep. Collin Peterson (DMN). The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is one of some 200 groups in a coalition of veterinary, horse industry and agricultural groups representing more than half a million individuals in the U.S. The American Association of Equine Practitioners, the world’s largest professional association of horse veterinarians, and the American Quarter Horse Association, the largest equine group in the country, have also joined the coalition. The coalition vows to continue fighting against the ban by defeating the Senate bill. Proponents claim that, if H.R. 503 is signed into law, a number of resources and opportunities exist for horses that are no longer bound for slaughter. They can be humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian for a nominal fee of about $225. Horses that are not humanely euthanized can continue to be kept by their owners, sold to a new owner or be placed in one of the hundreds of horse sanctuaries and rescue facilities springing up across the country. According to the American Horse Defense Fund, there are 540 rescue facilities and 34 equine sanctuaries around the U.S., with more being established. Opponents of the bill, however, argue that slaughter is a necessary evil for old, broken down, unwanted horses. Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) says, “Horse owners will have to send their horses out to already overcrowded rescue centers and sentence them to live out their final years in suffering.” Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) says, “The entire North Dakota Congressional delegation is opposed to this bill.” Rep. Earl Pomeroy was one of the 146 who voted against the bill.

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R ODEO Gallery Nelson inducted into 5th Rodeo Hall of Fame

Alvin Nelson, once described as a “quiet, grinning, spur-happy kid,” has done it again. He was recently inducted into his fifth cowboy hall of fame. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall

of Fame in Oklahoma City recognized Nelson as one of the nation’s best on Oct. 22. Nelson says that he always wanted to be a cowboy and wanted to rodeo. He’s been called ‘The Bronc Riders’ Bronc Rider.’ He ranches west of Grassy Butte and won his first saddle bronc national

title during the National High School Finals Rodeo competition in Augusta, Mont. The next year, he began the rodeo tour. He says it was the excitement of the horses, the spurring and riding, the driving to hundreds of rodeos and the winnings that gained him the title. He looked up to all the well-known

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cowboys of his time, considering them to be fine riders. Then the day came when he found out he could beat them. Nelson’s rodeo winnings helped buy ranches, like Ina Pierce’s Ranch in 1956. The next fall, he bought the Scott Gore Ranch just across the river from his first ranch where he resides with his wife, Kaye, while the other ranch is run by their son, Louis, and his wife, Allene, and their son, Garett. Nelson won enough prize money at the three-week rodeo during September 1957 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, to become the World Champion Saddle Bronc rider. He joined the Army shortly after obtaining the Championship title and trained as a medic with a helicopter ambulance detachment in Germany. On leave in May 1958, he married

Kaye Van Dyke. While on Army leaves, Nelson competed in rodeos in Denver, Odessa and Fort Worth, often winning more money than his Army pay. After the Army, he won the Saddle Bronc competition in Tucson in 1960 and, in 1961, earned the All-Around title in the National Finals Rodeo. The next year, he won the National Finals Rodeo title of Saddle Bronc Rider. His days of rodeo competition continued into the 1970s. Nelson joined many others in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Rodeo Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the AK-SAR-BEN Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1962; the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1989; the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1998; and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.

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M EMBER News Celebrating our Members Anderson receives Frank and Doris Kubik award

on the rich legacy of family businesses in North Dakota included major NDCHF supporter Cloverdale Foods Company of Mandan. When Frank Kubik, NDCHF Cloverdale Foods’ Russell brotTrustee and 2001 Inductee, graduhers use their family dynamics ated from Dickinson State Colto compel each other to greater lege in 1939, he was disappointed successes. there was no agriculture program. Scott Russell says one of the The Kubiks began ranching biggest things that both he and in 1942 when they purchased T.J. Russell bring to the compaproperty six miles southwest of ny is a sense of not quite being Manning. satisfied. They drive each other to From the Kubik Polled Hereford be better, bringing success to the Ranch, they sold performancebusiness. tested bulls and heifers in North Scott and T.J.’s great-grandand South Africa. father started the company in In 1978, Dickinson State Col1915 as a creamery. The next lege began offering agriculture generation added meat products. courses and, shortly after that, the The third made it a conglomeKubiks began funding the Frank rate of five companies, including and Doris Kubik Scholarship to trucking and food distribution. agriculture students. The company changed to CloThe original fund awarded a verdale Foods in 1996 and sold $250 scholarship to an agriculture off elements of the business to student in 1981. With additiobecome a meat company. nal money added throughout the Cloverdale manufactures the years, the scholarship has grown Cloverdale/NDCHF all-beef hot to $610. dogs and sausages. At the 2006 DSU Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies spring banquet, the first Frank and Doris Kubik Outstanding Agriculture Researcher Award was pre2007 Mandan Rodeo sented to Drew Anderson.

royalty named

Business Watch recognizes Cloverdale Foods Company A recent Business Watch article

During the July 4 performance of the Mandan PRCA Rodeo, Chelsey Johnson, of Mandan, was crowned 2007 Miss Rodeo Mandan. Johnson also won in the horsemanship and appearance portions

of the pageant. She competed in the Miss Rodeo North Dakota pageant in October 2007 in Minot. First runner-up was Alexandra Gillis, New Rockford, and second was Ashley Gustin, Bismarck. The Princess title went to Madison Huber, of Mandan and daughter of NDCHF Trustee Ellen and Toby Huber. Runners-up were Emily Carson, Bismarck (1st); Karli Sanders, Bismarck (2nd); and Trisha Morrell (3rd), of Mandan, daughter of NDCHF Board member Ray and Mary Morrell; and Desarae Bergquist, Bismarck (4th).

Melvin Leland named honorary member The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association Board of Directors selected NDSA President Melvin Leland of Sidney, Mont., for the Honorary Lifetime Membership at the NDSA Annual Convention on Sept. 30. Leland, a 38-year NDSA member and the current president, was elected to the post in 2004. He pledged to work to unify the cattle industry and initiated increased communication among the industry leaders and helped members become more familiar with director candidates through a Candidates’ Forum. Leland and his wife, Luella, run a purebred Red Angus operation

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with their son, Todd. Their daughter, Tracey Koester, is the NDSA Member Services Director. Daughter Tana Hovde and her family play an important role in the family’s seedstock business. Leland is active a several ranchrelated organizations and has received honors for his ranching efforts.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationwide, and she has received numerous honors.

Miss Rodeo says cancer in remission

Ashley Andrews, Miss Rodeo North Dakota, says her cancer is in remission, and the experience has made her stronger both mentally and physically. Cary and Margie Hande The University of Mary student was diagnosed in Jan., shortly honored after being crowned. After six NDCHF Trustee Cary Hande months of chemotherapy, she and his wife, Margie, were recent- received the good new about the ly recognized as the 2006 NDSA remission in August. Ranchers of the Year. The Handes, 10-year members of the NDCHF, purchased their X4 cattle ranch, near Amidon and their base Hereford cowherd from John Gerbig in 1980. According to Dave Larson of Farm Credit Services, it is “one of the finest ranch operations in the territory, not only because of its natural beauty, but also because of how Cary and Margie manage and take care of it.” The Handes are active in their community and the beef industry.

NDCHF member donates original art work to DSU fundraiser NDCHF member Kaye Burian donated an original work of art for the annual Cowboys and Candlelight rodeo fundraiser on Nov. 17. Burian, a noted western artist and DSU Alumni Fellow, was born and raised on a ranch in western North Dakota and draws on that for her painting inspiration.

Andrews credits a positive attitude and support from others for the remission. She learned that, “No matter what you’re doing in life, you’re going to face setbacks.” She says, “But no matter how big the setback is, you really can overcome it and you can really accomplish anything you put your mind to.” Andrews attended numerous NDCHF events this past summer. She will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America on Nov. 25 in Las Vegas.

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Champions’ Ride continues

Courtesy of Doll Rodeo Photos

The HOTR Champions’ Ride will continue. After some discussions about no longer holding the annual fundraiser, the HOTR Board recently decided to continue the 50-year tradition. Held each year in early August at HOTR, the event brings out the best

saddle bronc riders and bucking stock. “After celebrating its 50th anniversary in August, the HOTR Champions’ Ride will continue in the future,” says Phil Baird, NDCHF president and HOTR Board member. Baird says, “The HOTR Board felt it was very important to maintain this traditional event. It took action in September to move forward with next year’s Ride.” The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame will continue its support of the Champions’ Ride. Baird says, “The visibility for the Home on the Range and the tremendous economic impact of the NDCHF Induction and the Champions’ Ride activities on the same weekend make this event worthy of the public support.”

Jacobson-Klein ride brings top stock and riders The 2nd Annual Jacobson-Klein Memorial Riding in Bowman on Sept. 30 featured 25 saddle bronc riders, 15 bareback riders and 15 bull riders. The ride is a tribute to Justin and Casey Jacobson and Brandon Klein, who died in a vehicle accident in 2005, while driving home after a rodeo. The memorial featured the best horses in the Tri-State area and great riders from N. Dak., S. Dak., Mont. and Wyo. Results of the Sept. 30 event include:

Bareback Bronc Riding:

1. Daron Lacina - LaMoure, ND - $754.00 2. Rollie Wilson - Wasta, SD - $624.00 3. Dan Miller, Raleigh, ND - $494.00 4. R-Lynn Little Dog – Browning, MT - $364.00 5. Dustin Reeves – Owanka, SD - $234.00 6. Josh Luger – Ft. Yates, ND - $130.00

Saddle Bronc Riding:

1. Billie Sutton – Burke, SD - $1,044.00 2. Billie Martin – Faith, SD - $864.00 3. Wacey Snook – Huelett, WY - $684.00 4. Tim Jones – New Castle, WY - $504.00

Bull Riding:

1. Cody Kleeman – Killdeer, ND - $1,015.00 2. Ross Lewis – Beulah, ND - $840.00 3. Eben Faylar – Bozeman, MT - $665.00 4. Clayton Savage – Gillette, WY - $490.00 5. Cole Hermanson – Mandan, ND - $315.00 6. Cory Maier – Timber Lake, SD - $175.00 Winner of the $1,000.00 Saddle Bronc Riding–Short Go-Winner Take All was Billie Sutton of Burke, SD.

50th Annual HOTR Champions’ Ride Results SADDLE BRONC RIDING

First Go 1. Dusty Hausauer Dickinson , ND 79.5 2. Sam Spreadborough Snyder, TX 78.5 3. Jake Costello Newell, SD 78 4. Jake Hayworth St. Anthony, ID 76.5 5. Cody Wright Milford, UT 75 6. Cody Horwedel Parkfield, CA 74.5 Second Go 1. Rod Hay Wildwood, AB, Canada 84 2. Cody Wright Milford, UT 81 3. Josh Reynolds Corvallis, MT 76 4. James Willert Kadoka, SD 75 5/6. Jeremy Meeks Batesland, SD 73 5/6. Denny Hay Mayerthorpe, AB, Canada 73

Jim and Tom Tescher Championship Round 1. Cody Horwedel Parkfield, CA 87 2. Cody Wright Milford, UT 79 3. Jake Hayworth St. Anthony, ID 78 4. Sam Spreadborough Snyder, TX 77

50th Annual Champions Ride Winner: Cody Wright, Milford, UT

Best Bronc Award:

“Mullen Hill” #803 of the Burch Rodeo Company

Father/Son Tie-down Roping Match: Tierney Family Paul and Paul David

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Join the 38th Annual Fort Seward Wagon Train for a fun time

Each year since the first Fort Seward Annual Wagon Train was organized in 1969, the non-profit corporation has organized and staged a one-week, family-oriented wagon train trail ride. Usually held the last full week of June, the ride includes about 150 wagon passengers, 35 privately-owned

saddle horses and 20-40 staff members. The participants are usually families that come from across the U.S. Wagons and teams of horses can be rented, and private saddle horses are allowed. The wagon train takes off from the historic Fort Seward Park northwest of Jamestown and travels to a different area in North Dakota each year. Routes are generally down prairie trails and section lines or on gravel roads. About 10-20 miles are covered each day for a total week’s distance of 75-125 miles, returning to the starting point at Fort Seward Park. Campsites are by the appointed

“Trail Trackers.” Historic sites along the route are visited and discussed. Daily duties are assigned to each person, with staff members supervising the work. Crafts, guest speakers and programs around the evening campfire round out the program. A trained, first aid person travels with the wagon train, and a four-stall latrine is available for participant and guest use. For more information and registration forms, contact the organization at or call 701-486-3354.

U.S. Celebrates National Indian Heritage Month In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved the first joint resolution designating November 1990 as National American Indian Heritage Month. The designation continues today and recognizes the significant contributions of American Indians.

They remain a vital cultural, political, social and moral presence in the country. The National American Indian Heritage Month is also an opportunity to promote the principle that all Americans have the tools to make the most of their God-given potential.

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B ook Review

by Darrell Dorgan

Jay Cooke’s Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873 by John M. Lubetkin, University of Oklahoma Press, 2006, 306 pages, hardcover.

If you’re into the Indian War era of the American West, John M. Lubetkin’s book will be an essential part of your library. In this wonderfully researched and well-written book, Lubetkin details the scandal-ridden efforts to build the Northern Pacific Railroad (NPRR). This is the story of Jay Cooke, one of the nation’s leading bankers–the man who financed the Civil War for the Union–and his efforts to build a railroad from Duluth, Minn., to Portland, Ore. This book details the cast of characters, including President Grant, George Custer, Colonel David Stanley, former Confederate general and NPRR chief surveyor Thomas Rosser and others who worked for years to move the railroad from New York Board rooms

through the lake country of Minn., across the plains and mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Lubetkin details corruption in the Board room, scandal in the sale of bonds, insider trading in land sales and finally the financial panic of 1873. Many of the builders were either involved with, or hoodwinked by, unscrupulous contractors, land agents and bond salesmen as the tracks moved west. In addition to the national financial crisis, there were wars between the followers of Sitting Bull and Gall and the binge-drinking Col. Stanley, who was in charge of protecting surveyors laying out the route west of the Missouri River and across Mont. Though Stanley has often been written off by historians as an incompetent drunk, this book sheds light on the career and decisions of a brave soldier who, although encumbered by a drinking problem, was capable of battling overwhelming groups of plains Indians without the help of the cavalry. As resistance to the railroad surveys increased, Gen. Phillip Sheridan brought the hard-charging Lt. Col. George Custer and the 7th Cavalry

to Fort Lincoln in 1873 to protect the surveyors. Knowing a railroad would bring more settlers into their land by right and treaty, Sitting Bull and others fought pitched battles near present-day Mandan and in Mont. during August 1873. The railroad reached Bismarck in 1873, and the fighting in Mont. continued until 1876 and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. While they won that battle, Sitting Bull and his followers were forced to retreat to Canada. Other Lakota warriors were forced back onto their reservations. Their horses were taken away, and the iron horse moved on with tracks from the east and west, meeting in Mont. in 1882. The completion of the railroad resulted in the growth of cities west of Bismarck and development of the Yellowstone Park. Ever wonder how Fargo, Cass County, Billings, Dickinson and others cities got their names? This book will tell you and provide something few books do: a rundown on what happened to the cast of characters as a new century approached. This book is a wonderfully researched read, with excellent maps and photos. It is a must for anyone who is curious about how the western expansion was financed, the battles that were fought and how high the stakes were.

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B ook Review

by Doug Ellison, Western Edge Books, Art Work & Music, Medora

Narrative of my Captivity among the Sioux Indians by Fanny Kelly; edited by Clark and Mary Lee Spence, 1871. (Reprinted by Konecky & Konecky, 2006, 310 pages.)

Among the classic volumes of early Dakota history is Narrative of my Captivity among the Sioux Indians by Fanny Kelly. First published in 1871, Kelly’s Narrative tells the dramatic story of her five months of captivity in Dakota Territory during 1864. Starting from Kansas with a small wagon train, Fanny and her husband, Josiah Kelly, intended to open a mercantile store in the gold fields of Idaho. A short distance west of Fort Laramie, in present-day Wyoming, their train was attacked by a party of Oglala Sioux on July 12, 1864. Three men were killed, and Fanny Kelly and her adopted daughter, Mary,

were captured, along with Sarah Larimer and her young son, Frank. As the war party headed north, Fanny sought to spare seven-year-old Mary from whatever fate awaited them by sliding Mary off their horse on the first night, telling her to hide and then return to the wagon train. Only at the end of her own captivity did Fanny learn that little Mary was found dead along the trail. Sarah Larimer and her son escaped from the party on the second day, leaving Fanny alone with her captors. They arrived at the huge Killdeer Mountain village just a couple of days before the village was attacked by the army of General Alfred Sully. A few days later, the Indians and army again battled in the badlands near present-day Medora. It was during this battle that Sully first learned of the captive, when the Sioux boasted that they were holding a white woman in their camp. A few weeks later, the Sioux attacked the Fisk wagon train near present-day Rhame. After heavy losses, the Fisk train corralled at what became

known as Fort Dilts. Here, Fanny’s identity was made known to the whites for the first time when she was forced to write messages to the whites, relaying the Indians’ offer to trade her for food and ammunition. Negotiations fell through, however, and Fanny remained with the Hunkpapa Sioux for several more months. As winter approached, many of the Indian bands, suffering from the summer’s battles, sought to make peace. General Sully declared there could be no peace as long as Fanny Kelly was held captive. In early December, a band of Blackfeet Sioux arrived at the Hunkpapa village along Grand River, in presentday South Dakota, with three horses to trade for Fanny. When her owner did not want to trade, the Blackfeet took her from him at gunpoint, leaving the three horses as payment. On December 9, Fanny was delivered to the Army garrison at Fort Sully, ending her five months of captivity. Fanny’s narrative offers a unique view of life on the plains and in an 1864 Indian village. An informative Prologue and Epilogue also place Fanny’s story in proper perspective, with many additional details of her life.

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NDCHF gifts honor loved ones The NDCHF has received honorariums/memorials for the following individuals. Information is current through the October 20, 2006, deposit. To honor a loved one, see the memorial/contribution form on page 25. In memory of Elmer Agnew Ron & Dawn Aberle Janet Ackerman-Demke & Harvey Demke Doris Anderson Glenn & Robin Anderson Phil Baird Sharon Bendish Howard & Melvena Bier Linda & Garry Bowhall Robert & Delayne Brown Robert & Virginia Bubel Fay & Lynn Connell Jerry & Renae Doan, Black Leg Ranch Darrell Dorgan Monte & Karen Dralle Ruth Eichele End of the Trail Saddle Club Janice Goehring Deb Gronlie Peggy & Mary Ann Gwyther Elroy & Carol Haadem Rosemary Hanson Larry & Joan Hoffman Peter & Karen Hogue Cheryl Kalberer Roman Kauffman Vivian Kershaw John & Audrey Kimball Orson & Eldora King Roger & Janice Koester Albert & Linda Kuntz Del & Nancy Laschkewitsch Dennis & Kathy Mills Jeanne Moch Thomas & Dolores Moss Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Olson T.F. & R.K. Orchard David & Patty Owens Darold & Debbie Renz Lloyd Salter Verdun & Jacque Schauer Duane Slovarp Bernard Solberg Allan & Marilou Voegele Frances Welch C.H. Winkler Ronald & Wendy Wollmuth, Wollmuth Ranch Vonny Young In memory of Ethel Annear Sue & Randy Mosser

In memory of Gerald Barnhart Evelyn Anderson Connie & Mike Armstrong James Bosch Alice Clark George & Myrtle Dynes Linda Fridley Helen Gabbert M.L. & Linda Greenwood Joan & Jack Johnson Virginia Kirby James & Mary Klym Bruce & Colleen Lea Eva Mutschelknaus Jack & Velma Olin Blanche Pelissier Gene Pelton Jim & Mary Rice Robert & Betty Todd United Methodist Church Altar Committee James Voigt In memory of Arnold Berg Tim Bauer In memory of Bud Bieri Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Jean Braaten Gordon & Marlyn Langerud In memory of Ethel Burke Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Gene Burke Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Harold Campbell Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Edward & Kate Carus, Jr. Bruce Howe In memory of Emanuel Chase William Carroll & Carmen Chase Carroll In memory of Joe Chase William Carroll & Carmen Chase Carroll

In memory of Curtiss Christensen Andrew & Mary Voigt In memory of George Christensen Wayne & Shelley Semrau In memory of Gertrude Connell Duane Johnson In memory of Sidney Connell Evelyn Anderson Phil Baird Sonia Bar Billings County Historical Society Fay & Lynn Connell Helen Connell Betty Cornell Darrell Dorgan Kent & Mona Dressler Pat Franzen Robert & Wilma Freise Dennis & Elaine Fritz Laura & Bud Griffin Cary & Margie Hande Eva Howard Ruth Johnson W.K. “River Bill” Johnson Barry & Mary Lesmeister Arlene McCutchan Mona Neill Donald & Mary Ann Neuens Evelyn Neuens Gene & Carol Neuens Kenny & Christi Neuens Ardene O’Connell Albert “Buzz” & Delores Olson Martha Paasch Dennis & Dawn Patterson Blanche Pelissier Sherry Plummer Gladys Rausch Leah Ray Dean & Debbie Rodne Sheila Schafer Loretta Schlothauer & Douglas Plummer Willard & Linda Schnell Loretta Tescher Elsie & John Trotter Muggs Vanvig Dona Wood Carmen & Derwin Zuroff

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In memory of Pearl Cullen Jamie & Thomas Ring

James & Barbara Olson Mike & Nicole Walker

In memory of Ralph Doubles Loretta Tescher

In memory of Roy Henes Carlon & Janet Anderson

In memory of Lorin E. Duemeland Aaron & Jill Duemeland Stenberg Joint Trust

In memory of Richard Irvine Gary & Belinda Maher Frank & Lonnie Privatsky

In memory of Lowell Duvall Roger Brekke

In memory of Justin & Casey Jacobson Jerry & Carolyn Erickson

In memory of Sam Eng Neva Bentz In memory of Elton D. Erickson Roger Brekke In memory of Marie Feland Carlon & Janet Anderson In memory of Thelma Fenton Bethol Knutson Phyllis O’Neil & Jim Danks Jerry & Anna Schettler Willard & Linda Schnell In memory of Teri Galusha Russell & Debra Dressler Linda & Tom Krumwiede In memory of Henry Gerving Ben Gerving family Betty Gerving Brian Gerving family Carol & Betty Gerving Henry J. Gerving family In memory of Annie Goettle Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Leonard Goettle Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Kipp Gress Fran Armstrong Darrell Dorgan Rhonda Gress Laura & Bud Griffin Nancy Herauf family Lolly Kadrmas Al & Marie King Leonard & Delores Kovash Karen & George Saxowsky In memory of Donald Hart Terri Hart (donations for 3rd Annual Memorial Ride)

In memory of Stevie Kulseth Don & Janice Rustad In memory of Betty Lange Jim & Elva Lou Johnston Kelly & Hazel Jorgenson In memory of Clayton Lindahl Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Bill Manibowski Roger Brekke In memory of Alvin McLaen Roger Brekke In memory of Arlene Norgard Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Sam Norgard Bill & Pat Meyer In memory of Owen O’Neil Steve & Patti Goodall Susan & Thomas Tuhy In memory of Bill Otto Mr. & Mrs. Roger Otto In memory of Walter Piehl Sr. Phil Baird Darrell Dorgan In memory of Walter Ray Travis Brown & Teresa Barger Brown In memory of Kasper & Barbara Renner John F. Renner In memory of Margaret Rudeen Olivores Morris & Mavis Brandvik In memory of Richard L. Slovarp

Duane Slovarp In memory of Howard J. Snortland Duane Johnson In memory of Donnie Sommers Ken & Ila DeKrey Fritz & Diane Kohn Bob & Bonnie Lee In memory of Jim Tescher Loretta Tescher In honor of Tom & Lorraine’s 60th anniversary Loretta Tescher In memory of Wesley Tibbetts Darrell Dorgan Robert & Betty Gray, Gray Family Ranch Laura & Bud Griffin Randall & Rebecca Robison Amy Louise Seitz Stephanie Seitz In memory of Stella Tibor Sue & Randy Mosser In memory of Floyd Unruh Bruce & Vicky Brandvik Morris & Mavis Brandvik Jeff & Cindy Helling Lois Wanner, Knife River Ranch In memory of Andrew Voigt Vicki & Richard Clarys In memory of Cecil W. Wilson Sr. Lynn & Linda Wold In memory of Bonnie, Woody & Scott Wilson Lawrence & Pat Wilson In memory of Milton T. Wold Eugene & Elaine Federenko Lynn & Linda Wold

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O bituaries Gerald Barnhart, 79, Dickinson, died Aug. 15. He was born in 1927 to Leslie “Jim” and Hattie (Godfrey) Barnhart. He spent much of his childhood in Grassy Butte and Medora. Jerry worked for the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, where he met Dorothy Grow, whom he married in 1948. In 1952, the couple moved to Dickinson, where Jerry worked with the Police Dept. and the State Highway Dept. He retired in 1984. He had several hobbies, including oil painting, leather tooling, fishing and hunting. He was a member of several organizations. Jerry is survived by his wife and six children. Arnold Berg, 68, West Fargo, died May 13. He was born in 1937 in Walcott and graduated from Lisbon High School. Arnold served in the ND National Guard from 1955-1957 and married Averil Larsen in 1958. He worked as a brand inspector for the ND Stockmen’s Assn and a truck driver. Arnold is survived by his wife and four children. Sid Connell, 97, Beach, died Sept. 12. He was born in 1908 on the TIX Ranch south of Medora, a son of Dan and Olive (Syverson) Connell. Sid was educated in rural Billings County schools and in Dickinson. He ranched with his father and brother until 1932 and then alone. In 1939, Sid purchased the present ranch. Sid married Doris Kin mark in 1941 and returned to the family ranch in 1942. He was innovative on the ranch and built it into one of the largest privately owned ranches on the river. Sid retired in 1973, and he and Do-

ris gardened and entertained many visitors. He was active with many boards and organizations. He is survived by his daughter, Sydney (George) Hegge and grandchildren. Murlie Cruff, 94, Valley City, died June 21. She was born in 1911 near Oriska to Fred E. and Mary (Gilbertson) Beil. Murlie married Clair L. Cruff in 1930. They farmed near Rogers and operated a bar in Valley City. Clair died in 2000. Murlie was a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, Homemakers, DAV and Red Hats. She enjoyed writing, riding horses and gardening. She is survived by her sons Ken and Bill of Rogers and Gary, Vergas, Minn.; and her daughters Murlie (Forman), Wyo., Carol (Kiser) and Bonnie (Burchill), Valley City. Anita Fettig VanderMay, 50, of Long Valley, S. Dak., died July 20. She was born in Dickinson in 1956 to Philip and Angeline (Kary) Fettig. Anita was raised in Killdeer and Rapid City and attended area schools. In the early 1980s, she bought a small ranch near Custer where she raised cattle, Quarter horses, calves and blue heeler dogs. Anita adopted a daughter in 1984, and in 1993, bought an irrigated farm near Vale, where she raised cattle, horses and over 70 foster kids. She married David VanderMay in 2000, and they had a daughter in 2005. Anita is survived by her husband, two daughters, a granddaughter and other family members, including LeRoy Fettig, Dickinson.

Ruth Fettig, 82, Killdeer, died Aug. 14. She was born in 1924 in Dunn County to George and Christine (Giese) Vollmer. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Killdeer High School. Ruth married Nick Fettig in 1946. They farmed and ranched north of Killdeer, later moving to Thief River Falls, Minn., and back to Killdeer in 1979. Ruth worked at various local businesses and, in 1978, began operating a day care in their home. Nick died in 1999. Ruth enjoyed cooking, crocheting, knitting, gardening and visiting. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary and the Altar Society. Ruth is survived by three sons and seven grandchildren. Jay Harwood, noted NFR rodeo announcer, died recently. In the mid1960s, he lived in Fort Yates and worked for the Public Health Service (IHS) and announced rodeos around the U.S. Jay was instrumental in the development of the All-American Indian Activities Association (AAIAA), which promoted Intertribal events in the Great Plains, especially rodeos. The AAIAA eventually became the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Assn. (GPIRA). Jay was descended from the Blackfeet Tribe of Browning, Mont. He spent most of his professional career with the PHS in N. Dak., Ariz., Calif. and Mont. Gabriel Kubik, 77 and brother of NDCHF Trustee and Inductee Frank Kubik, died Aug. 24. He was born in 1929 to Frank and Anna (Kralicek) Kubik. After serving in the U.S. Army, he settled into farming and ranching near Dickin-

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son. After retiring, Gabriel moved to Phoenix and Dallas. He is survived by his brothers George of Manning and Frank, Dickinson. Wesley Tibbetts, 62, Miles City, Mont., died Aug. 30. He was born in 1943, the son of Roland L. and Mary Elizabeth (Smalis) Tibbetts. Wesley attended area schools, the Univ. of Mont., Missoula, and Mont.

State Univ., Bozeman, graduating with degrees in agriculture and business. He returned to the family ranch and, with his father, purchased the Miles City Livestock Yards in 1971. He purchased Cattleman’s Choice Loomix Co. in 1991. Wesley married Judy Schnell,

NDCHF Trustee, in 1974. He was a member of horse-related organizations and operated the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale for 20 years. Wesley is survived by his wife; son, Jason Wesley Tibbetts, Billings; and daughter, Tara Nicole Tibbetts, Texas.

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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, 1110 College Drive, Suite 216, Bismarck, ND 58501. Space availability may determine inclusion and length.

Veterans’ Day On this Veterans’ Day, November 11, take time to remember all the cowboys and cowgirls who have served in the U.S. military on your behalf.

Banquet & meeting room facilities and a 5,000-square-foot open patio are available to rent for your next get-together. With an awe-inspiring view of the Little Missouri River and the Badlands, it’s a picturesque setting for weddings, family reunions or meetings of any kind year around.

Preserving yesterday and today for tomorrow in historic Medora, North Dakota. 701.623.2000 •

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Barrel racing futurity/derby proves successful

The Second Annual North Dakota Barrel Racing Futurity/Derby, held at the Walt Neuens Memorial Horse Park, Bismarck, on Sept. 1-3, featured 67 futurity horses, 27 derby horses, 4D open jackpot horses and 20 WPRA barrel racers. Organizer Ginny Eck says, “The event was very successful. We had horses from the tri-state region and from as far south as Texas and as far north as Alaska.” A four-time NDRA State Barrel Racing Champion and former Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Eck serves on the NDCHF Board of Directors. Jimi Lou Woodard, NDCHF Trustee, assisted with the event. In addition to the three-day purse, the Barrel Racing Futurity/Derby promoted many of the outstanding horses competing in the Upper Midwest. Awards were presented to the Grand Champion and Reserve, as well as the top 13 in the Futurity and top 5 in the

derby. An award was also given for the fastest futurity horse, Effort Taken, owned by Marion Gramith of Alaska and ridden by her daughter, Cindy Smith, New Mexico. The award was sponsored by Jimi Lou Woodard and the Bismarck KOA Kampground. A Futurity is open to any horse five years old and younger. Seventy-five horses were nominated in the Open Futurity, with a payout of $13,715. The Futurity average winner, for two runs and the short go, was Rayna Rice of Sidney, Mont., on Action for Cash RB, with a total time of 52.782. She also placed 2nd in the Derby, and her total winnings for the weekend were $4,919.99. Placing second through fourth in the Futurity were Cindy Smith on Effort Taken, at 53.104; Gale Beebe, S. Dak., on Streakin Flipmia, at 53.577; and Mindy Berglund, S. Dak., on

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Mesquite Creek, at 53.605. Effort Taken was selected as the Reserve Champion Horse. The North Dakota Bred Futurity Horse was Jet N Rosey, ridden by Connie Price of S. Dak. The Derby was an event for horses seven years and younger that had competed before. The total Derby payout, with 27 horses entered, was $3,700 for two runs. The best time in the Derby average was run by Lisa Lockhart, S. Dak., on FCS Bugsoutofsight, at 34.981. Lockhart’s total winnings for the weekend were $1,217.30. Placing second through fourth were Rayna Rice, Mont., on RB Jettin Lady, at 35.167; Jan Fisher, Wyo., on French Lady Nick Bar, at 35.474; and Tess Hansen, N. Dak., on Mia Pig Too, at 35.855. The ND Derby Bred Horse winner was Mia Pig Too, owned by Alfred Hansen, N. Dak., and ridden by Tess Hansen, N. Dak. The 4-D payout was $2,150 with 65 horses entered. The top horse in the 1-D was owned by Jimi Lou Woodard, N. Dak., and ridden by Craig Stritzke, Wash. The 2-D winner was Ricki Nace, Mont.; 3-D was Jodie O’Bryan of S. Dak.; and 4-D was Marcella Johnson,

N. Dak. The 4-D awards were sponsored by Teri Berg Crooks (NDCHF Trustee) of Foss Drug, Valley City. The payout for the WPRA event was $825.60, with 16 horses participating. The top 6 racers were Gail Beebe at 17.47; Shelly Christenson, S. Dak., at 17.87; Donna Buer, S. Dak., at 17.93; Tracy Birdwell, N. Dak., at 18.03; and tied for 5/6 were Ellen Huber and Nikki Hayes, both of N. Dak., at 18.20. The top 4 received NDCHF cookbooks. Eck thanks all who participated and the many sponsors who helped make the event possible, including Dakota Community Bank, Mandan; Woody’s

Feeds, Dickinson; the ND Cowboy Hall of Fame; the ND Indian Gaming Association; Corral West Ranch Wear, Bismarck; and Ropers Apparel & Footwear, Colo. Special thanks also go to Trent Loos of Neb. and Ashley Andrews, Miss Rodeo North Dakota, Bismarck, the announcers. The handmade quilt for the entrants’ raffle was provided by Roger and Linda Halvorson, Tioga, and won by D’Ann Gellsen, Neb. Volunteers included Eck’s family, NDCHF Trustee Jimi Lou Woodard, John and Kathi Hovde, Margo Kunz, Becky Hermanson and NDCHF CEO Darrell Dorgan, all of N. Dak.; Mary Crago, S. Dak.; and Ed Lockwood and Susan Sanderson, both of Mont.

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Other horse-related news: ND teens compete at NHSRA finals Nearly 50 North Dakota high school students headed to Springfield, Ill., in July for the National High School Rodeo Association finals. Here’s how they did:

Barrel racing (of 175):

33. Katie Fairfield of Valley City, 35.919 140. Britta O’Keeffe, Mohall, 41.929 144. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, 42.446 155. Ashley Schaper, Halliday, 45.99

Bareback (of 86):

34. Weston Aho, Sawyer, 117 61. Ty Breuer, Mandan, 65 74. Austin Martin, Grand Forks, 57

134. Carly Backhaus, Bismarck, 9.1 154. Jessica Bauske, Ray, 12.32 Pole bending (of 166): 47. Amy Redding, Velva, 44.691 58. Barbra Gullickson, Halliday, 45.68 131. Kelsey Hermanson, Kathryn, 57.352 136. Katelyn Fitzgerald, Sawyer, 59.656

Saddle bronc (of 62):

30. Steven Johnston, Watford City, 73

Steer wrestling (of 135):

97. Ben Grann, Sheyenne, 5.384 106. Turner Harris, Killdeer, 7.151

Tie-down roping (of 141):

Boys cutting (of 93): 41. Zach Bahm, Minot, 407

78. Turner Harris, Killdeer, 10.934 82. Dustin Entzel, Killdeer, 11.785 85. Ben Grann, Sheyenne, 11.988 95. Jimmy Roedeske, Cartwright, 13.157

Breakaway roping (of 119):

Team roping (of 107 teams):

21. Christina Taylor, Mandan, 8.588 54. Ashley Schaper, Halliday, 2.95 71. Tessa Dolezal, Killdeer, 3.623 91. Kalsey Wenger, Granville, 5.446

Bull riding (of 69):

61. Abe Dillman, Grassy Butte, 68

Girls cutting (of 118):

55. Tess Haugen, Alexander, 401

Goat Tying (of 173):

2. Laura Waldo, Warwick, 24.51 107. Bobbi Grann, Sheyenne, 30.24

55. Derek Weinreis and Travis Weinreis, Sentinel Butte, 8.69892 92. Dustin Entzel, Killdeer, and Chase Peterson, Des Lacs, 17.785

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Photos courtesy of NDCHF and Oderman Communications Company Photo; James Oderman, Artist

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Medora’s Cowboy Christmas means fun for the whole family

A weekend full of family friendly events ranging from a Cowboy Jamboree to horse-drawn wagon rides to starlight shopping await visitors to Medora on Dec. 1-2. All weekend the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Visitor’s Center has an exhibit on the origin of the Teddy Bear. The Badlands Quilt Show and Silent Auction will be held at the AmericInn, ending at 8:00 p.m. MT on Saturday evening. An assortment of hand-crafted items will be offered at the silent auction. On Friday, enjoy oyster stew at the Cowboy Café from 4:30-6:30 p.m. MT. The official opening of Medora’s Old-fashioned Cowboy Christmas begins at 6:30, with local cowboys and cowgirls riding through the streets of Medora to the Medora Community Center and hanging a wreath outside the build-

ing. At 7:30 p.m., the Cowboy Christmas Jamboree will feature some of the finest entertainment in the area. The Medora Chamber of Commerce will award two veterans the 2006 Veteran Award during the Jamboree. Shops will be open throughout the weekend, and starlight shopping will be featured on Friday and Saturday evening. Saturday offers numerous activities, including free Buggy and Hay rides through Medora. At 10:00 a.m., children and parents can have fun with Cowboy Santa decorating the Christmas tree. A Christmas movie at the Me-

dora Community Center will be shown throughout the day. A special showing of Recollections of Murder and Mayhem in Medora, a drama about the battles that occurred when barbed wire came to the Dakota Territory, will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Billings County Courthouse Museum. The Museum will also host its annual open house from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The fowl fling, hosted by the North Dakota Beef Commission and District Four Cattlewomen, is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Come to town to enjoy Eats in the Streets from 11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. Local businesses will have food/drinks outside their businesses for you to enjoy. Saturday also includes a number of activities at the NDCHF’s Center of Western Heritage and Cultures, including live Christmas music and a reading of Wilbur’s Christmas Gift by author/ cowboy poet Rodney Nelson. Admission will be free all day. Take in Cowboy Poetry at 1:00 p.m. at the Medora Community Center. A buffet-style traditional Christmas dinner will be served there on Saturday starting at 4:00 p.m.

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The annual Parade of Lights will begin at the NDCHF at 6:30 p.m., with a dance to follow at the Medora Community Center. It is open to all ages. A winter fireworks spectacular will occur during the first intermission of the dance that evening. The event is coordinated by the Medora Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact the Medora Information Office (701-623-4829; or the Medora Chamber of Commerce (701-6234910).

2006 Medora's Oldfashioned Cowboy Christmas Events Friday, Dec. 1

Oyster Stew - 4:30-6:30 p.m. MT Cowboy Café Wreath Ceremony - 6:30 p.m. Streets of Medora Old-fashioned Jamboree & Veterans Awards ceremony - 7:30 p.m. - MCC

Saturday, Dec. 2

NDCHF Events - starting at 10:00 a.m. - NDCHF Hay/Wagon Rides - 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - MCC Tree Trimming w/Santa - 10:00 a.m. - MCC Museum Theatre - 10:30 a.m. BCM BCM Open House - 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - BCM Fowl Fling - 11:00 a.m. - MCC Movie (tentative) - 11:00 a.m. MCC Eats in the Streets - 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - throughout Medora Cowboy Poetry - 1:00 p.m. - MCC Christmas Dinner - 4:00 p.m. MCC Parade of Lights - 6:30 p.m. - Streets of Medora Christmas Dance - 8:00 p.m. MCC Fireworks - First dance intermission - Medora bluffs MCC – Medora Community Center BCM – Billings County Museum NDCHF – NDCHF’s Center of Western Heritage and Cultures

Remember the Hall of Fame this Holiday Season Christmas is a time of giving. People give gifts to friends, family and groups as a way of saying “thank you.” Many also provide gifts to charitable organizations like the Cowboy Hall of Fame. We hope you’ll keep us in mind as we end another exciting year.

Why give to the Hall of Fame?

You are part of an organization that works hard to preserve the area’s western heritage and history. We enjoy your involvement and consider you a key part of our organization. Together, we share an important goal--preserving the plains horse culture and the history of your family and others who carved out a life in this wonderful land we call North Dakota. Our goal is to preserve yesterday and today for tomorrow. And, with your help, we’ve begun a long journey. We’ve stuck to our plan of building a Hall of Fame, and people seem to like what we’ve done. We tell an important story and will continue to expand our archives, records and ways of preserving the past for the future. Others are now trying to raise the money to build a similar facility in Montana. And another is in the planning stages in Nebraska. When asked, we’ve shared the key to our success--the passion of our members who wanted the story of life on the plains preserved. Fundraising is never fun, but it’s something that has to be done to build organizations and facilities like ours. We do audits for each year to insure your dollars are being spent prudently and your gifts are handled carefully. Simply put, the more people give, the more we can do, and there’s a lot we want to do in the years to come.

Ideas for giving

A memorial plaque for a loved one: Plaques can be hung in the Hall of Fame for either $1,000 or $5,000. A branding gift certificate: $200 for

a non-member or $100 for a member allows the recipient to bring his/her branding iron to the Hall of Fame and have the brand put on the patio fence cedar. Give a membership to the Hall of Fame: Send us a check with the name and address, and we’ll write a letter telling the person about your gift. They’ll also receive a membership card and the Cowboy Chronicle to remind them of you for an entire year. A major gift: Consult with your attorney or accountant about a major financial contribution. We still have rooms that need names on them. It’s a major financial contribution and is deductible. The gift will put your family name on part of the Hall of Fame forever and may also help your tax or estate planning. A gift of stock or minerals: Many people have stock that has risen dramatically over the years. If you sell, you pay both capital gains and income tax on the appreciation. It may be in your best interest to gift the stock to the Hall of Fame. Several people have done this, and it’s a wonderful gift. The gift eases potential tax problems and puts their name and brand on a part of the Hall of Fame. Make a contribution to our endowment: Started two years ago, the NDCHF Foundation now has assets of more than $40,000. We hope to get the fund to the $100,000 level within the next year. It’s a fund that can only be used for expansion, upkeep or emergencies. The endowment will guarantee the doors will always stay open and the Hall of Fame will always be here for you, your children and grandchildren. Thanks and all of the best to you and yours this coming Holiday Season and in 2007.



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