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Eleanor McClintock Williams

Eleanor’s life epitomized that of the strong, independent Western woman. The daughter of wealthy Pittsburgh artists, Eleanor was enthused with life in the West as a teenager. She became a champion trick rider, performing on the rodeo circuit, Wild West shows and circuses. She purchased and built a ranch during the Depression, raised five children,...

Jerry Ann Portwood Taylor

A rider from early on, Jerry’s skill on a horse carried her far from her hometown of Seymour, Texas. Her trick riding and roping landed her jobs as a Pangburn Candy Girl, work with Tex Ritter in England and performances with Gene Autry’s rodeo. Known for her flamboyant style of riding and dressing, Jerry traveled...

Gretchen Sammis

A fourth-generation rancher, Gretchen continued her family tradition as owner and operator of the Chase Ranch. Born to be a ranch woman, she attended college, then taught school while managing the ranch until 1972. A community leader, Gretchen was the first woman to be president of the Northern New Mexico Livestock Association, first woman on...

Juanita Hackett Howell

Juanita, whose trick riding and trick roping brought her fame throughout the U.S., did not see a rodeo until the age of twenty, when she joined her mother in the King Brothers Show and experienced the life of a Wild West performer. She met and married her husband in the rodeo arena, performing with him...

Bernice Dean

Bernice was one of the most versatile Wild West and rodeo performers. Her act included singing and dancing, trick riding, trick shooting, knife throwing, tricks with Mexican maguey ropes and bull whips, juggling, and a balancing trick on the rolling globe. She and her husband worked as an exhibition team for 45 years in every...

Willa Cather

Willa’s sensitivity to her surroundings appeared repeatedly in her stories and books. Raised on the edge of the western frontier, she wrote with a passion and clarity grounded in her own knowledge of the stories of early Nebraska settlers. Willa was editor of a national magazine, author of bestselling novels and winner of the Pulitzer...