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Ernestine Chesser Williams

Ernestine taught in schools for 33 years before retiring and starting a writing career. After a full life of teaching, farming and raising livestock in New Mexico, where her parents were early pioneers, she set out to record and preserve the histories of local people and events. Ernestine published five books and numerous articles about...

Agnes Wright Spring

Agnes’ childhood memories of her parents’ stage-line stop, combined with her degrees in English and history, led her to author more than twenty books, over 600 feature articles and fiction stories, a play, and countless shorter articles in professional journals about the West. The only person to be the official historian of two states, Colorado...

Reine Hafley Shelton

Reine made her vaudeville debut at three as part of her mother’s sharpshooting act. She broke new ground for women, successfully competing in relay races, trick and bronc riding and roping events, usually beating the men. Reine taught Tad Lucas trick riding when they both toured with Wild West shows. She rode in the first...

Augusta Metcalfe

A child of the true West, Augusta became recognized as one of the greatest Western painters. Raised on a homestead in “No Man’s Land” in Oklahoma Indian Territory, she never attended a school or had an art lesson. In 1911, Augusta won first prize in the state fair for a painting, beginning a long string...

Alice Adams Holden

Riding 27 broncs in one day, Alice was billed as the girl who could ride anything on four feet. She started riding at the age of five and had a rodeo career which spanned thirty years and included bronc riding championships in the U.S. and Cuba. Retiring from event participation, she served in administrative roles...

Frances (Flaxie) Fletcher

Though she was never a performer, Flaxie spent her life in the rodeo. She worked outside the arena performing the behind-the-scenes jobs of arena secretary, timer or administrative assistant for some of the biggest rodeos. After leaving the rodeo circuit, Flaxie spent ten years as the executive secretary of the rodeo division at the National...

Anna Lee Aldred

The daughter of a racehorse trainer, Anna began riding at three and racing ponies at six. By twelve, she rode flat and relay races. She obtained her jockey’s license at eighteen; the first woman jockey in the U.S. A fierce competitor, Anna retired from racing in 1944 and started a riding school in California. One...

Betty Kruse Accomazzo

The daughter of German immigrants, Betty made a significant contribution to the preservation of Western history with the publication of a five-volume anthology of stories told by pioneer families of Arizona. She was also a civic leader, serving with the 4-H, the National Livestock Show, the Arizona State Cowbelles and the community council. Betty was...