Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2011 inductions

Jun 3, 2011
by WLJ

The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center (MCHF&WHC) has announced the fourth class of inductions into the MCHF. The inductees were chosen from candidates nominated by the public and trustees of MCHF&WHC who made a notable contribution to the history and culture of Montana through 1960, no matter the year of death or closure. Winners were selected by the MCHF&WHC trustees.

This year marks the first time that MCHF has included a “Living” category in addition to the Legacy Award category. The Class of 2011 includes at least one inductee from each of 12 districts across the state. This year, 15 inductees were selected as Legacy Award recipients and six inductees were selected in the “Living” category.

The 2011 inductees into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame are:

• District 1 (Daniels, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties): Legacy Award—Harrah Brothers, Valley County.

• District 2 (Dawson, Garfield, Mc- Cone, Prairie, Richland and Wibaux counties): Legacy Award—Montana Bill, Fallon community.

• District 3 (Carter, Custer, Fallon, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure counties): Legacy Award—Chandler “Feeke” Tooke; Living Award—Gladys Maria Venable Cain, Miles City (nominated in Living Category but de ceased


• District 4 (Blaine, Choteau, Hill and Liberty counties): Legacy Award (two-way tie)—Gregory “Buck” Joseph Henderson, Warrick; and Horace S. Raty, Great Falls.

• District 5 (Cascade, Glacier, Pondera, Teton and Toole counties): Legacy Award—Brother Van—William Van Orsdel, Fort Benton.

• District 6 (Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum and Wheatland counties): Legacy Award—James “Jimmy” W. Kaaro, Lewistown; Living Award—Mildred “Mickey” Styer, Roy.

• District 7 (Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties): Legacy Award—Cyrus B. Mendenhall, Springdale; Living Award—Dr. Barney Old Coyote Jr.— Ti loska sh wi (White Bison Calf), Crow Reservation.

• District 8 (Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark counties): Legacy Award (two-way tie)—Harland J.

Herrin, Wolf Creek; and Brian D. O’Connell, Helena; Living Award— Stephen Woodrow Mosher, Augusta.

• District 9 (Gallatin, Meagher and Park counties): Legacy Award—Johnny Flowers, Big Timber.

• District 10 (Flathead, Lake, Lincoln and Sanders counties): Living Award—Fay Haynes, Pablo.

• District 11 Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties): Legacy Award— Jeannette Rankin, Missoula.

• District 12 (Deer Lodge, Beaverhead, Silver Bow, Granite, Madison and Powell counties): Legacy Award (threeway tie)—The Brander Sisters, Violet and Margaret, Avon; Charles Frederich Meine, Dillon; and Theodore “Ted” Henry Parini, Butte; Living Award— Benny Reynolds, Twin Bridges.

Full biographies for past inductees are available on the MCHF&WHC’s website, http://www.montanacowboy

In addition to the announcement of this fourth round of inductions into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame, the MCHF&WHC is announcing that it will be inviting all communities of Montana to respond to a request for proposals for the purpose of identifying the future building location for the organization’s headquarters. This future building site will serve as one of many ways the organization works to honor our cowboy way of life, American Indian cultures, and the roots of our Montana Western heritage. The request for proposals invitation will be published on June 1, 2011.

For more information about the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center, or for more details on the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees, please contact Christy Stensland at MCHF&WHC by calling 406/653-3800, emailing cstensland@montanacowboyfame. com, or visiting — WLJ