Monday, September 1, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See Em Buck" Part 11 of 11

Posted with Permission from the Gannaway Collection.
Back to the Sumas Roundup!   A true test of control was the four horse Chariot Race.   This surprise race was included in between the regular posted events, with prize money awarded to the winner.  As the brochure (shown in Part 1 of 11) hints, "the management wants to make this a REAL SNAPPY SHOW!"
In my next posting I will discuss the sad decline of the Sumas Roundup in the late 30's and early 40's.  We will also talk about what happened to the very large, wooden grandstand that held so many people.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I am back!

Tooth of Time at Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico.
Photo taken by Deborah Morgan, August 11, 2014
To the readers of the Nooksack Valley Nostalgia Blog:
I took a three month leave from the Sumas Library and took a seasonal Job at the Philmont Museum and Seton Memorial Library at the Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.  It was a wonderful opportunity and allowed me to explore the history and culture of an area that is far different then our own Nooksack Valley.   I thank my husband for his patience and understanding for my journey. 
I am now back home and ready to continue on with the  Nooksack Valley Nostalgia Blog.  
I found the history of Cimarron, New Mexico very interesting.  Their history complete with cowboys, outlaws and the Colfax County War was very fascinating.   However, the Nooksack Valley area has an exciting history in its own right.  We have the history of a border town complete with outlaws, smugglers and lawmen.  It is time to remember and preserve our own history as proudly as other communities around the United States.
Tomorrow I shall resume regular postings of Nooksack Valley Nostalgia.  Thank you for your patience, support and feedback!
It is good to be home...

Mt. Baker.
Photo taken from Ptarmigan Ridge by Deborah Morgan August 24, 2014.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See Em Buck" Part 10 of 11

Posted with permission from the Gannaway collection

Another exciting moment at the Sumas Roundup circa mid 1920s.  I haven't found any information about the cowboy in the picture.  I have searched several genealogical websites for him but with no success. 

More about the Sumas  Roundup coming soon.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See Em Buck" Part 9 of 11

Posted with permission from the Snider collection.

Another great Doubleday photograph.  I have heard of chuckwagon races, but I have never heard of stagecoach racing!  That would have been exciting to see.  I bet the stagecoach would have been really top heavy around the corners.    I wonder if there was any mishaps with the drivers or the horses.

There are more exciting postings of the Sumas Roundup coming up!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sumas roundup - "See Em Buck" Part 8 of 11

Posted with permission from the Snider collection

This is another action filled moment at the Sumas Roundup.  As in many of Doubleday's photographs it is full of drama and anticipation of what is happening  next.  Ralph Doubleday was a well known rodeo photographer who managed to perfect his techniques to capture rodeo action at its best.  He was believed to be the first photographer to catch the riders in midair.  He continued to follow the rodeo circuit throughout his life until his last trip in 1952.  He died June 30, 1958 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Council Bluff, Iowa.

I was unable to find out any information on Alex Williams the unfortunate rider in the photograph.  This will require a little more research.

Tomorrow I will post another photo of rodeo action.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See Em Buck!" Part 7 of 11

Posted with permission from the Snider Collection

Now for the action!  This is a very dramatic photograph labelled  " Sweden taking header with Floyd Stilling. "  I certainly bet the cowboy, Floyd felt the pain! This was taken at the Sumas Roundup probably in 1926.

According to an interview published in the Los Angeles Times, Feb 21. 1988:

Floyd was born about October 11, 1904.  Floyd Stilling ran away from home from Pullman, WA at the age of 13 to ride the rodeos.  He broke horses for the United State Army  during World War One.  He then spent his teenage years riding in the T. O. Burroughs Wild West Show touring the country. 

Floyd had a girlfriend name Louise Hartwig who also rode in the rodeos.   At one rodeo he saddled her bronco for her and then left the chute without watching her ride.  He came back later to find that she was trampled to death during her ride.   

In 1926 Floyd  was the bull riding champion at New York's Madison Square Garden and then in 1927 he won the saddle bronc championship in Chicago.  Over the years he won numerous championships on the rodeo circuit.  He was inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1987.

In spite of many broken bones and a tough life, Floyd died April 20, 1995 at the age of 91.  He is buried at the Old Trail Town Cemetery in Cody, Wyoming.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sumas Roundup - "See Em Buck!" - Part 6 of 11

Posted with permission from the Gannaway Collection

Another interesting picture of the Sumas Roundup in the mid 1920s.  This looks to be part of a procession or parade.  This is a fascinating picture taken by famous photographer, Doubleday, of  a team of oxen pulling a covered wagon.  The unknown gentleman riding the oxen appears to be dressed to resemble Buffalo Bill. What a show it would have been!

More on the Sumas Roundup in my next posting.