In Our Thoughts: Doug (Douglas Allen) Keller 1943-2020

We were sad to learn the news of Doug Keller from Jo Lynne Kirkwood. Doug died April 2, 2020 at his home in Johnson Canyon, Utah.

Many knew Doug from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, where he was long involved. This photo by Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey was taken there in 2012.

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From his obituary, “…For several years Doug owned a dude string near the Grand Canyon. He worked as Maintenance Supervisor at Parry Lodge for over 18 years. Doug always enjoyed writing and acting. He acted in many plays and has written, directed and produced several melodramas at the Old Barn Playhouse and Crescent Moon Theatre. He wrote Cowboy Poetry for over 40 years and was invited to perform all over the West. Doug compiled a book of his poems in 2012 called Songs of the Land – Poems of the West. Doug was a Silver Buckle winner at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in 2005 and was also the Cowboy Poet Laureate of Kane County….

“…A graveside service [will be] held Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the Kanab Utah Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post 69. A livestream broadcast can be accessed at Doug Keller Graveside Service about 10 minutes before service time.”

Jo Lynne Kirkwood adds, “When the Paiutes have a death in the tribe they hold an all-night sing, which culminates with four songs at sunrise to sing the departed on (his) way over the Grand Canyon.  They will be at the graveside, and will sing the final four songs for Doug.  Kenny Hall will also be there to sing for Doug, and Dennis Judd will speak.  Penny plans to read one of Doug’s poems… Later, when we can gather, there will be more of a celebration for Doug.”

The broadcast will be archived at Mosdel Mortuary.

Doug Keller is survived by his wife Penny Savage and children from a previous marriage.

Read more here.

I’D LIKE TO BE IN TEXAS FOR THE ROUNDUP IN THE SPRING traditional

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I’D LIKE TO BE IN TEXAS FOR THE ROUNDUP IN THE SPRING
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In a lobby of a big hotel in New York town one day,
Sat a bunch of fellows telling yarns to pass the time away.
They told of places where they’d been and all the sights they’d seen,
And some of them praised Chicago town and others New Orleans.

I can see the cattle grazing o’er the hills at early morn;
I can see the camp-fires smoking at the breaking of the dawn,
I can hear the broncos neighing I can hear the cowboys sing;
Oh I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.

In a corner in an old arm chair sat a man whose hair was gray,
He had listened to them longingly, to what they had to say.
They asked him where he’d like to be and his clear old voice did ring:
“I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.

They all sat still and listened to each word he had to say;
They knew the old man sitting there had once been young and gay.
They asked him for a story of his life out on the plains,
He slowly then removed his hat and quietly began:

“Oh, I’ve seen them stampede o’er the hills,
when you’d think they`d never stop,
I’ve seen them run for miles and miles until their leader dropped,
I was foreman on a cow ranch—that’s the calling of a king;
I’d like to be in Texas for the round-up in the spring.”

There’s a grave in sunny Texas where Molly Deming sleeps,
‘Mid a grove of mossy live oaks a constant vigil keeps.
In my heart’s a recollection of a long, long bygone day
When we rode the range together like truant kids astray.

Her gentle spirit calls me in the watches of the night
And I hear her laughter freshening the dew of early light.
Yes I was foreman of a cow ranch–the callin’ of a king,
And I’d like to be in Texas for the roundup in the spring.

I’d like to sleep my last long sleep with Mother Earth for bed
And my saddle for a pillow, and the bright stars overhead.
Then I could hear the last stampedes, the songs the rivers sing
Way back down in Texas when they roundup in the spring.

…authorship uncertain

The authorship of “I’d Like to Be in Texas…” is uncertain. In the late Glenn Ohrlin’s The Hell-Bound Train, he writes, “Vernon Dalhart recorded ‘Roundup in the Spring’ on November 1, 1926… The song was first printed in sheet music copyrighted in 1927 by Lou Fishback (Fort Worth, Tex.); Carl Copeland and Jack Williams were listed as co-writers. The following year, the Texas Folklore Society printed an article by J. Frank Dobie, who claimed it was an old song he had obtained from Andy Adams.”

The Lomax’s include information from the Dobie article, writing that “…he found two lines in an unpublished play of Mr. Andy Adams. When he requested the full version, Mr. Adams sent him two stanzas and the chorus, which he had obtained fifteen years previously from W. E. Hawks, a ranchman now living in Burlington, Vt. However, he claimed to be responsible for most of the second stanza….”

Thanks to Stanton Howe who commented when we previously posted this piece, “Duane Dickinson sang the best version of this I ever heard. He included the last verse[s] which makes the song make much better sense.” The less frequently heard second- and third-to-last verses above are from “Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads” by John and
Alan Lomax. The final verse is more commonly heard. As with most folk songs, there are many variations.

Cowboy and poet JB Allen (1938-2005) recorded an outstanding recitation of this work at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The recording is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten.

Top cowboy balladeer Don Edwards sings it in a video here and the great Buck Ramsey (1938-1998) sings the song here.

Find more about “I’d Like to Be in Texas” at CowboyPoetry.com.

This 1929 photo by Russell Lee (1903-1986) is titled, “Cowboys roping horses at roundup near Marfa, Texas.” It is from The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.

Russell Lee taught photography at the University of Texas, Austin, from 1965-1973, and is best known for his FSA photos. Find more about him at Texas State University’s Russell Lee Collection.

For some impressive photographs of Texas bluebonnets, check out Jason Weingart Photography,  where there is one dazzling photo that has been shared all over social media without attribution.

(This poem/song and posted photograph are in the public domain.)

TURN ‘EM LOOSE lyrics by Susie Knight

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TURN ‘EM LOOSE
lyrics by Susie Knight

1) Rise ‘n shine. Coffee’s hot.

Homemade biscuits, steak ‘n’ eggs hit the spot!
In the corral, there’s yer cayuse.

Tack him up; you’re gonna ride, or we’ll turn him loose!

— Today we’re ridin’ north to gather mares.
They got colts so we’ll be trailin’ pairs.
If you wanna join us, don’t you snooze!
Make a hand! Ride that horse, or we’ll turn him loose!

Oo-oo-ooo, oo-oo-oo-ooo!

2) We’ll trail ‘em home to this corral.
Wean the colts we know for sure we’re gonna sell.
Work till dark; there’s no excuse.
If the job’s too tough, just nod. We’ll cut ya loose!

—But if you give your all and work all day,
You’ll prove you’ve got the sand you need to stay.
We save the best for last so we can choose
Who’ll open up that gate to turn ‘em loose!

Oo-oo-ooo, YIP! Oo-oo-oo-ooo!

BRIDGE
Can’t ya see it in their eyes, kickin’ dust up to the skies.
Those horses want that gate to slip its noose!

3) So, here’s your chance to view the grand parade
As a hundred hooves thunder through the gate.
Ride up to the fence, you paid your dues.
It’s time to open up the gate ‘n’ turn ‘em loose!

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…We’ve chosen YOU to run the gate…turn ‘em loose!
…Give ‘em room…their comin’ through!!! TURN ‘EM LOOSE!!!

© 2013, Susie Knight
These lyrics should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Energetic Colorado poet, songwriter, musician, storyteller, and entertainer Susie Knight shares the title poem from her new CD. She told us, “In August of 2013, my husband, Dave, gave me a kiss good-bye as he left to go to work, and he said, ‘You know, you haven’t written a song in a long time.’ He was right. I was spending most of my time writing and rewriting my cowboy poetry. As he walked out, I focused my attention on my favorite print that hangs in our home. It’s entitled ‘Turn ’em Loose’ and created by Oregon artist, Dyrk Godby. I began to think about the scene…the herd of galloping horses fighting their way to escape out of the mighty corral gate.

“I’d seen this scene many times in ‘real life’ over the years when I lived on my family’s Circle M Ranch in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. So, I grabbed my guitar, and the scenario I remembered well unfolded into lyrics and song…

“Dyrk Godby was so kind to allow me permission to use his glorious work of art for the album’s cover. There’s so much more to tell about this work of art, it’s significance to my personal memories, and why it’s such a precious treasure on my wall, but I guess you’ll have to catch up to me down the road and ask for ‘the rest of the story.'”

Turn ’em Loose is filled with music as well as poems. She weaves a poem into the atmospheric “The Windmill Sound” and gives a moving recitation of Jeff Carson’s “Holdin’ the Reins.” A woman of wide talents, Susie Knight, also a retired professional clown, includes a song for kids “Lasso the Cowgirl.” She also performs for the elderly and that work gave way to “Out Toward the West.” The music, like Susie Knight, is often upbeat, and her liner notes point out the two-step and waltz songs. There are amusing themes and happy love songs such as “Cowboy, Ride on Over” and the more bittersweet “Just One O’ Them Days”; songs inspired by her time on South Dakota’s Circle M Ranch; and heartfelt spiritual music such as “Heaven and Horses,” inspired by the 2018 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering poster.

You can listen or download the entire album at susieknight.hearnow.com.

Find video and all of her CDs and more at susieknight.com.

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THE SIERRY PETES (OR, TYING KNOTS IN THE DEVIL’S TAIL) by Gail I. Gardner

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THE SIERRY PETES (OR, TYING KNOTS IN THE DEVIL’S TAIL)
Gail I. Gardner (1892-1988)

Away up high in the Sierry Petes,
Where the yeller pines grows tall,
Ole Sandy Bob an’ Buster Jig,
Had a rodeer camp last fall.

Oh, they taken their hosses and runnin’ irons
And maybe a dog or two,
An’ they ‘lowed they’d brand all the long-yered calves,
That come within their view.

And any old dogie that flapped long yeres,
An’ didn’t bush up by day,
Got his long yeres whittled an’ his old hide scorched,
In a most artistic way.

Now one fine day ole Sandy Bob,
He throwed his seago down,
“I’m sick of the smell of burnin’ hair,
And I ‘lows I’m a-goin’ to town.”

So they saddles up an’ hits ’em a lope,
Fer it warnt no sight of a ride,
And them was the days when a Buckeroo
Could ile up his inside.

Oh, they starts her in at the Kaintucky Bar,
At the head of Whiskey Row,
And they winds up down by the Depot House,
Some forty drinks below.

They then sets up and turns around,
And goes her the other way,
An’ to tell you the Gawd-forsaken truth,
Them boys got stewed that day.

As they was a-ridin’ back to camp,
A-packin’ a pretty good load,
Who should they meet but the Devil himself,
A-prancin’ down the road.

Sez he, “You ornery cowboy skunks,
You’d better hunt yer holes,
Fer I’ve come up from Hell’s Rim Rock,
To gather in yer souls.”

Sez Sandy Bob, “Old Devil be damned,
We boys is kinda tight,
But you ain’t a-goin’ to gather no cowboy souls,
‘Thout you has some kind of a fight.”

So Sandy Bob punched a hole in his rope,
And he swang her straight and true,
He lapped it on to the Devil’s horns,
An’ he taken his dallies too.

Now Buster jig was a riata man,
With his gut-line coiled up neat,
So he shaken her out an’ he built him a loop,
An’ he lassed the Devil’s hind feet.

Oh, they stretched him out an’ they tailed him down,
While the irons was a-gettin hot,
They cropped and swaller-forked his yeres,
Then they branded him up a lot.

They pruned him up with a de-hornin’ saw,
An’ they knotted his tail fer a joke,
They then rid off and left him there,
Necked to a Black-Jack oak.

If you’re ever up high in the Sierry Petes,
An’ you hear one Hell of a wail,
You’ll know it’s that Devil a-bellerin’ around,
About them knots in his tail.

…by Gail I. Gardner, 1917, from “Orejana Bull,” reprinted with permission of the Gardner/Steiger family

Hear about the creation of this poem and many captivating stories of the life of Gail I. Gardner in the current Cowboy Crossroads podcast from Andy Hedges. On the show, Gail Steiger, cowboy, ranch manager, songwriter, filmmaker and Gardner’s grandson tells those stories and performs the piece in the a cappella style that his grandfather preferred.

Though he was educated at Philip Exeter Academy and Dartmouth University, Gail I. Gardner’s desire was to work as a cowboy, which he did. Later in life, he became the postmaster of Prescott, Arizona.

Gail Steiger has shared a number of great family photos of his grandfather, posted in our feature at cowboypoetry.com, along with poems and more information.

Gail Gardner’s own recitation of “The Sierry Petes” is on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Four. The cover of that collection has a picture of Gail Gardner as a child, made from a tintype.

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Gardner continually battled the notion that his poem was “anonymous.” He wrote it in 1917 and it became an immediate favorite, recited and put to music by others, quickly entering the realm of “classic.”

Many have put the poem to music, including Michael Martin Murphy, Chris LeDoux, Rex Allen, and others. Listen to the great Don Edwards’ version.

This George Phippen (1915-1966) painting was commissioned by Gail Steiger’s parents as a birthday present for Gail I. Gardner in the early 1960s.

Gail Steiger tells that Gail Gardner used to say the painting was his most prized possession and that he would have visitors sit down in front of it and “sing” his poem (listen to the recording on “The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Four” for a taste of that experience). Before he presented Gardner with the painting, George Phippen made several visits with Gardner to do “research on cowboys of that earlier era,” inquiring about what they wore, the kind of horses and saddles they rode, and so on. Gardner said that Phippen “got every detail just right.”

The painting is about 24″x 30.” The Gardner/Steiger family has loaned the painting to Prescott, Arizona’s Phippen Museum of Western Art.

Thanks to Gail Steiger and the Gardner/Steiger family for permissions, much shared information, and photographs.

(Please respect copyright. Request permission for use of this poem or image.)

TWO GOOD FRIENDS by Ken Cook

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TWO GOOD FRIENDS
by Ken Cook

I’ll tell this one straightforward
and try not to leave undone,
the building of a friendship
I watched while being spun.

The scene, a grassy horse trap
on a crisp October day
after men had saddled up
and rode out on their way.

I spied a cowboy on a mission,
packin’ a halter big as he was.
Appeared to me, from his pint size,
his plan had tall size flaws.

How he’d catch a horse and get on
put my mind in a fizzle,
but he was gathering props
to complete his horseback puzzle.

If you’re barely tall as meadow grass
and a horse is big and stout,
it takes a heap of cowboy try
to make things all work out.

He hunted up two buckets,
turned’em over on a bank,
disappeared down by the barn
and found a narrow plank.

Board went on the buckets,
step one was complete,
then hustled back up to the barn
to get his horse a treat.

Tossed oats in a coffee can,
couple handfuls so they’d rattle,
boldly walked out to the tank
where I knew things would unravel.

Several horses came and went,
each one drank their fill,
the little feller paid no mind,
just stood there calm and still,

until a big black gelding
raised his head and snuck a look,
boy shook the can, and that coax worked
just like he’d set a hook.

One hoof, then another,
not a trot but not a walk.
Gelding sensed just what was coming,
even so he did not balk.

With a flat hand full of berries,
lured that big head ever lower
’til Dad’s halter fell in place
and in a flash the catch was over.

Horse finished all the oats,
even the dribbles on the ground,
Lad calmly stroked his neck
like a lost friend he’d just found

and I swear that horse just melted,
how can youngsters be that smart?
Easy I guess, if all you do
flows freely from your heart.

Now I couldn’t hear what he was sayin’,
but while they both were walkin’,
his words just kept on coming
and that kid went right on talking

until horse and he were standing
at the board, set up for mounting,
and next thing I saw happening
was the little guy was ridin!

I assume with one arm wavin’,
he and his crew were gathering,
after that it took deciphering,
but I figure he was sorting.

Next came some pretend roping,
at this make believe ranch branding,
until the pairs were trailed to grazing,
and his faithful steed quit walking.

A Folgers can brim full of oats
lured a big head low once more,
halter off, kid rubbed his friend
gently like before.

Then it happened, thing that got me,
said I’d tell it straight,
Cowboy waved goodbye to that horse
‘til he reached the farthest gate.

I never interrupted them
nor made my presence known
because what happens, between two good friends,
is better left alone.

© 2018, Ken Cook
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Third-generation South Dakota cowboy and rancher Ken Cook told us he was originally inspired by a drawing, “The Best Gift,” by Western Horseman art director Ron Bonge.

Ken comes from a long line of respected cowboys, and he and Nancy Cook continue that line with their offspring. Ken and Jay Snider collaborated on a highly praised book and CD, Passing it On, with drawings by Tyler Crow and Roger Archibald. Ken also has CDs of his poetry.

Find more about Ken Cook and more of his poetry at CowboyPoetry.com.

Jessica Hedges, poet, cowboy, photographer, businesswoman, Western marketing expert, and mom and wife of a cowboy, shared this photo of her son, Cinch, with Joey, his grandfather’s old horse. Cinch carries on a great cowboy line. His grandfather is cowboy and writer Mackey Hedges (“Last Buckaroo,” “Shadow of the Wind”). Jessica Hedges’s Branded in Ink company works at “Challenging the face of western marketing one brand at a time.” Her photography is available as prints, cards, and more. Find more at brandedinink.com and on Instagram.com.

(Please respect copyright. Request permission for use of this poem or photo.)

Events: April

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Find links to all months here.

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19, events are subject to cancellation. We attempt to update our calendar, but check with a venue for the latest information.

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• through May 10, 2020
15th Annual Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Wickenburg, Arizona

• April 1-5, 2020  CANCELLED/POSTPONED
Shooting the West Winnemucca, Nevada

• April 4, 2020  CANCELLED
Cowboys and Cobbler Throwdown at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center   Duncan, Oklahoma

• April 4, 2020  CANCELLED
10th Annual Poetry & BBQ  Vero Beach, Florida

•   April 4-5, 2020  POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 17-18, 2020
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 9, 2020 CANCELLED
104th Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society  San Antonio, Texas

• April 9,  2020  CANCELLED
24th Annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards Ft. Worth, Texas

• April 9-13, 2020  CANCELLED
53rd National Folk Festival  Canberra, Australia

•   April 16-May 17, 2020  CANCELLED
34th Annual Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• April 17-18, 2020  POSTPONED TO October 2-3, 2020
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 17-19, 2020  POSTPONED, DATE TBA
99th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

•   April 17-19, 2020   POSTPONED TO JUNE 26-27, 2020 
33rd Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

•   April 18-19, 2020  CANCELLED
27th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

 

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• April 19-25, 2020:  19th annual Cowboy Poetry Week

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COWBOY POETRY WEEK EVENTS

• April 18, 2020 – Saturday,  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cowboy Poetry at the Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville, Oregon
with Tom Swearingen

• April 20, 2020, Monday 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music and the Holladay Library, Holladay, Utah
with Stampede!, Dan Korth, and others TBA

• April 20, 2020, Monday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Main Library Ogden, Utah
with Robin Arnold and Thatch Elmer

• April 21, 2020, Tuesday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Pleasant Valley Branch Library  Ogden, Utah
with Saddle Strings and Gordon Champneys

• April 22, 2020, Wednesday, 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the North Branch Library Ogden, Utah
with the Sawtooth Mountain Boys and Sam DeLeeuw

• April 23, 2020 – Thursday,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry at the Dayton Memorial Library  Dayton, Washington
with Joe Sartin, Lynn Kopelke, Marty Hall, Kraig Horlacher, Kavin Kuykendall, Jimmye Turner Heather Stearns, Tanya Patton, and Howard Beuhler

• April 23, 2020, Thursday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Southwest Branch Library  Ogden, Utah
with David Anderson and Bob Urry

• April 24-25, 2020 – Friday and Saturday  CANCELLED
Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’, with Cowboy Trade Days and Ranch Rodeo  near Yale, Oklahoma

• April 25, 2020, Satuday 6:30 pm CANCELLED
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Ogden Valley Branch Library,  Huntsville, Utah
special YOUTH SESSION with Thatch Elmer as Emcee and featuring Tib and Rainey Champneys, Venessa Carpenter, Colt Blankman, and the Anderson Family

 

Other Cowboy Poetry Week events have been scheduled and cancelled. Please check with any venue before going to an event. 

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•   April 23-25, 2020
49th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas

•   April 24-25, 2020  CANCELLED
Genoa Western Heritage Days Genoa, Nevada

• April 24-26, 2020 POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 23-25, 2020
Stagecoach Indio, California

•   April 25, 2020  CANCELLED
50th annual Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas

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The Center was formed to serve a mostly rural and under-served community of Western writers, musicians, and artists; to help preserve Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts; to offer a central resource for poets, libraries, schools, and the public; and to educate the public about the history and value of Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts.

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We thank our supporters, who are listed below. They make an important difference to the community of Western writers, musicians, and artists as we work together to preserve Western heritage and support Western and Cowboy Poetry and its associated arts. Please join us.

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2020

RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Linda Kirkpatrick
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Susan Matley
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering (sponsor)
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsors)
Robert Anderson
Jim Cardwell
David Carlton
Doris Daley and Al Mehl
Sally Baldus
Susie Knight
Richard R. Hall
Patrick Sullivan
Shelagh Wuff Wisdom
Suzy Knisley
Jo Kirkwood
DW Groethe
Teresa Burleson
Rodney Nelson
Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts
Tom Hawk
Kelly Van Patten
KT Sparks
Georganna Kresl
Yvonne Hollenbeck in memory of Jane Morton
Wendy Brown
John Dofflemyer
Bruce Roseland
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Ramblin’ Rangers

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2020 generous program support

2019

RANGE Magazine (sponsor)
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Jim Thompson (Sacramento, CA)
Mark Munzert
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Shelly Pagliai-Prairie Moon Quilts
LaVerna B. Johnson
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Georganna Kresl
Susie Knight
Jeff Campbell
Betty and Ken Rodgers
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking and Elizabeth Ebert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Paul R. Brown III
Jeri Dobrowski
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Rodney Nelson
Kay Kelley Nowell
Sally Baldus
Dave Stanley
Dale Page
Alan Mollenkopf
James Stanley
Ginger Manley
Jo Kirkwood
Susan Parker (sponsor)
Roshana Floyd
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
Scott and Diana Overcash
Fred Haines
Patricia Frolander
Wendy Brown
DW Groethe
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Charles (Charlie) Prentiss
and Loretta Kay (Flake) Kanavel
KC LaCourse
Valerie and Floyd Beard
Ray Hopper
Nancy Flagg
Richard R. Hall
Hugh Cooke
Stan Howe
Karen Bartholoma
K L Fischer
Betty Burlingham
Ken Cook (sponsor)
Keith Ward
George Rhoades
Jeffrey Johnson
Tom Hawk
Dick May
David Stanley
Marleen Bussma
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Jerry Brooks
Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (sponsor)
Terry Nash
Gary McMahan
Stella and Ol’ Jim Cathey in memory of Col. Ralph Hodge
Daniel Bybee
Sandy Seaton Sallee
Jarle Kvale
Shane Queener
John Waters
Tom and Carla Swearingen
David Sudbury
Cindy and Chuck Learn (sponsors)
Ramblin’ Rangers
Eileen Dirksen, in memory of Steve “California Steve” Dirksen
Mark Munzert
Deanna Dickinson McCall
David Carlton
Rod Miller
Jean Mathisen Haugen
Keith Ward
Marilyn Ball
P’let and Michael Tcherkassky
Marilyn and Kip Sorlie
Jim Thompson (California)
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Roberta Rothman
Ginger Manley
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Jay and Sandi Snider (sponsors)
Andria Kidd
Smoke Wade
Lynn Kopelke

E.W. Littlefield Jr.,  2019-2020 significant program support
Margaret T. Morris Foundation,  2019 and 2020 generous program support
Jean A. Emmons, super donor

2018

John Waters
Paul R. Brown III
Almeda Bradshaw (sponsor)
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Louise M. Fritts
Marci Broyhill (sponsor)
Buzz Helfert
Al “Doc” Mehl and Doris Daley
Susan Matley in memory of Liz Masterson
Charmaine Ganson
Susan Parker
Marvin and Elaine Del Chiaro
Thomas F. Hawk
Terry Nash
Rodney Nelson
Patrick Sullivan
Jerry A. Brooks
Cindy Quigley
Lawrence Smith
Diana Rice
Susan Shuma
Susie Knight
David Carlton
Russ Westwood
Scott and Diana Overcash in memory of Debi Koppang
M. Todd Hess
David Sudbury
Janet Prezia
Georganna Kresl
L.L. “Lucky Lindy” Segall in memory of Carlos Ashley
Hugh Cooke
Linda Nadon in memory of Georgie Sicking
Don Hilmer
Yvonne Hollenbeck (sponsor)
Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck
in memory of Liz Masterson, Kenny Krogman, Elizabeth Ebert
Jeff Thomas
Martha Singer
Ken Howry—Sunshine Prairie Farm
Jeri Dobrowski
Ron Secoy
Michael Henley
Jane and Dick Morton
Karen Bartholomew
Stella Callentine
Mark Munzert
Bryce Angell
Maryanne Patterson
Betty Burlingham
Denise Arvidson in memory of Ross Christian Arvidson
C.W. (Charley) Bell
Chuck and Cindy Learn (sponsor)
Kay Kelley Nowell
Charles A. St. Lucas
George Rhodes
Nick Bales
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (sponsor)
Bill Siems
Jim and Stella Cathey in memory of Sammie Green
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Jean Prescott (sponsor)
Marleen Bussma
Tom Swearingen
Gary McMahan
The Cowboy’s Workshop
Tom Linenbrink
Robert Dennis
Totsie Slover
Michael Henley
Richard Hall
Joseph C and Robin B Thomas
Daniel Wilson
John Walker
Jarle Kvale
Dale Page
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Terry Nash
Ron Secoy
Andria Kidd
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Brian Sullivan
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Janice Gilbertson
Jeff Thomas
Mary Beth Piatt
Lynn Kopelke
Teresa Burleson
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Jay Snider (sponsor)
Roberta Rothman
The Cowpoke Fall Gathering (sponsor)
Sherrie Swanson
Linda Kirkpatrick
Rod Miller
Greg Camp

2019 program support:
Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.
Margaret T. Morris Foundation

 

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