A True Story With Names and Dates Lost to History

January 4, 2022 ·

Bryan Tucker was an old timer that occasionally worked for my dad. He was one of those endearing people that never had much money but did have a multitude of friends and a real fondness for Eastern Montana. It was Bryan that told me the following story that happened sometime around the turn of the last century. Mae Moore was a little girl residing on her father's ranch located approximately 90 miles southwest of Miles City, Montana. She became deathly… Read more.

Brian Claypool and Little Dan

November 3, 2021 ·

Brian Claypool was one of the great rodeo cowboys from Canada during the decade of the seventies. He was a two time NFR qualifier in the bull riding as well as the Canadian champion in the same event. Although he didn't enter the saddle bronc and bareback riding as often, he was equally talented in those events as well. Brian was one of those "confident" guys that believed he could accomplish anything, and he was never hesitant about offering his… Read more.

A Horse Called Will

May 5, 2021 ·

John Moore Photo Will traces back to Tooke bucking horse bloodlines. He started his career as a three-year old Pracțice bronc for the Miles Community College rodeo team. After a year he loaded onto a trailer of broncs bound for the JS Rodeo Company at Great Falls, Montana. Two years later Will found himself closer to home in the Newman Rodeo Company at Melstone, Montana. Newman's company eventually went to breeding bucking horses instead of contracting. Being a gelding, Will… Read more.

One of the Weirdest True Rodeo Stories Ever Told

May 5, 2021 ·

The year was 1967.  Ronnie Rossen was the reigning World Champion bull rider.  In the decade of the 1960’s, Rossen was the dominant bull rider in an event where ‘toughness’ was obviously a requirement. Ronnie Rossen Ronnie had also won the World Championship back in 1961 as well as the National Finals Rodeo in 1964 and 1965. Following his second championship year, he geared back on his rodeo travels and was staying a little closer to home. The first week… Read more.

HER COUSIN WAS A COPPER KING; HER FRIEND WAS AN INDIAN WARRIOR AND HER UNCLE DIED WITH CUSTER

May 14, 1972 ·

Following article about Margaret Daily, Wally Badgett’s grandmother, was written on May 14, 1972 by Roger Clawson for The Billings Gazette. MRS. MARGARET DAILY OF BILLINGS ROGER CLAWSON PHOTO An Irish colleen, given a $10 gold piece by Copper King Marcus Daly and bounced on the knee of a Cheyenne warrior who helped kill Custer, remembers Montana in the making. Mrs. Margaret Daily, widow living at 14 Jefferson Ave, recalls a childhood touched by the degradation of a once proud people… Read more.

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