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Colorado Springs Prospector (Newspaper) - June 1, 1981, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Historical highlights from Early Day newspapers _ 50 vol. 12, no. 6 Colorado territory Price four bits,1rodeo cowboys fun first Rodeo in 1869 photo Courtesy Denver Public Library. All dressed up like any other Man with a Tough Job that Calls for special accoutrements these cowboys apparently liked posing in front of the camera All decked out with the tools of their Trade. Shown above Are battling Nelson a Rocky Mountain Quot Hank and neat Hart. Nelson and Hart Are wearing Angora chaps. Cowboy reunion assured photo Courtesy pro Rodeo Hall of champions 5 minutes to Midnight he began life with the name tumbling Mustard. The namesake of the mighty 5 minutes to Midnight went on to become a world famous bucking horse. He was also called Little Midnight. Freckles Brown is shown in a 1943 Rodeo attempting to show who s Boss. Brown went on to become world Champion Bull rider in 1962. August 12, 1900 the initial step toward holding a Cowboy reunion in Denver at some Day during the coming fall was taken at a meeting held in the chamber of Commerce yesterday afternoon. This was in the shape of an informal meeting to arrange for the preliminary work for such an event and As such was a Success. Only about a dozen citizens were present but they brought advices of the interest of Many others who could not be in attendance and the meeting decided it to be the sentiment of the Stock growers and cowboys generally that the reunion should take place. Committees were appointed to gain As Complete information As possible regarding grounds where the Field sports and prize contests in the repertoire of the Range riders May be pulled off Railroad rates estimated amount necessary to be offered in prizes and the multitude of other things necessary to this kind of an event and adjournment was taken to 2 of clock next saturday afternoon. Judge Miles of Hugo Pioneer Hustler in the movement and who is confident it would be a drawing card for Denver was chosen chairman of the meeting and Fred Johnson editor of the daily Stockman Secretary. An hour was occupied in discussion before any decision was arrived at. Lute Wilcox w. N. Byers and l. F. Barteldes offered numerous suggestions of the various phases to be included in the program. It was the belief of the majority of the persons present that the reunion could be made self sustaining by charging a Small admittance fee to the Park where the spectacular features will be held. C. A Brownell a Cowboy from Hayden Routt county was present and said the cattlemen in his Section of the state were interested in july 8, 1899 the boys had gathered at Deer Trail thirty years ago the fourth of this month and decided upon a Little Celebration in the Way of a Broncho busting contest. They were the Best horsemen in the stat and they were out to do one another up in the contests or die. The old cattlemen grinned As they watched the younger ones fooling around and wondered As they looked at the kicking and bucking nags in the pen just How Many of the boys were going to be Laid up before the Day was Over. The prize was a suit of clothes and the conditions were that the horses should be Ridden with a Slick Saddle. Which Means that the Saddle must be free from the Roll usually tied across the horse that the stirrups must not be tied under the horse and that the rider must not Wear spurs. Those in charge made no secret of the fact that All the horses they had were outlawed horses which it had been impossible to break and the conditions made it dangerous Riding. Many of the boys Shook their Heads but will Goff a slim Young cow puncher from the Bijou jumped out and said head ride anything with hair on it. A quiet looking Bay Pony was cautiously led out. A a in la ride a a said Goff and amid great applause he pulled off his coat threw his suspenders aside took a reef in his Belt and with one bound landed on the Bay a Back. Swish and his Felt hat whistled through the air and caught the Broncho across the Side of the head. The Pony hitched violently for fifty Yards making about 300 revolutions to the minute. Then he started to run and the crowd howled. A give me my spurs and ill make him pitch a a yelled Goff and they did give him his spurs and he Cut the Pony to bits but the exhibition was not satisfactory. The rider had too easy a time. Drury Grogan the Pride of the Arickaree tackled a Little sorrel of the Camp Stool Brand next. The animal was a notorious outlaw and had never been Ridden. As soon As Drury was on its Back it began to pitch with Saddle cinched. This was a direct violation of the rules but the sorrel evidently had no respect for the conditions of the contest. It plunged and kicked jumped into the air and made a Seesaw but Drury held on and was marked Down As a successful rider amid cheering. Emilie Gardenshire of the Milliron ranch was the next rider. 1 Gardenshire let it be known that he wanted the worst animal in the pen. And he got it in the shape of a Bay from the has knife ranch known throughout the Section As the Montana blizzard. Gardenshire Rawhide whip in hand crawled aboard cautiously and. Once firm in his seat began to Jarrup the Bay unmercifully. A sight followed which tickled the spectators highly. The englishman Rode with hands free and kept plying his whip constantly. There was a frightful mix up of Cowboy and horse but Gardenshire refused to be unseated. For fifteen minutes the Bay bucked pawed and jumped from Side to Side then amid cheers the mighty blizzard succumbed and Gardenshire Rode him around the Circle at a gentle Gallop. It was a magnificent piece of horsemanship and the suit of clothes together with the title a Champion Bronco Buster of the Plains a went to the lad from the Milliron ranch. The Denver Field and farm cowboys led life of thrills and hardships june 4, 1935 life for the old time Cowboy on the Colorado Range was a strenuous game. Often he was in the Saddle from Dawn till dark for months at a time drinking tepid water from shallow water holes breathing thick dust from Wheeling herds Riding rough country taxing his patience with foot sore laggards and stubborn steers. At night he was so tired he forgot the humps under his Bedroll but there was the Bright Side. The thrill of new adventure marvelous co operation Between horse and rider roping and throwing exhibitions Bronch busting and Good Fellowship around the campfire. A the Denver Post. The movement and hoped to see it successful. He suggested that the boys Over in his part of the state would be glad to offer some suggestions for the sports As they were in the habit of having roping tying Broncho busting and like exhibitions at the annual game and fish Day Celebration at Steamboat Springs. He believed it would be necessary to secure a Carload of the wildest rangers to be found in the West and a sufficient number of Broncos. . Martin thought it might be a Good idea to offer prizes for the wildest 2 or 3-year-old steer brought to the reunion. Among those who were present yesterday afternoon at the meeting were w. N. Byers c. F. Martin l. F. Barteldes Fred Johnson Robert f. Hunter Lute Wilcox judge c. M. Miles j. P. James and c. W. Brownell. All of those who have taken an Active interest in getting the Cowboy reunion started Felt that the preliminary work had been Well begun and the reunion assured if the proper interest is now manifested by the cowboys themselves. They believe plans can be devised which will insure the Success of the gathering to Denver and attract an attendance Only second to the festival without asking for one cent of contribution from the business men of the City. A i am convinced the reunion would prove one of the most valuable meetings Denver could have As a commercial said judge Miles after the adjournment a it is simply beyond belief of one who has not been placed in a position to realize what an interest it has attracted already. Why. The new York Sun has Given it some notice and i understand a number of the other big Eastern papers have done the same. Cowboys from Nevada to Texas Are writing to inquire about it and i am of the opinion that it would not Only bring a Large attendance from the entire West but that a Large number of Eastern people would travel to Denver to see the exhibition of a period which is fast passing into history. Old cowboys would gather with As much enthusiasm As any grand army reunion Ever held. The ties formed in years of hardship on the Plains of the West Are not easily broken and i am sure the average business or professional Man of Denver does not appreciate the importance that attaches to the the Denver times
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