Sam Rhoades

Sam Rhoades

Samuel ‘Sam’ Rhoades was born in Tennessee on March 6, 1872, and moved to Texas with his parents in 1874. His father worked for the Miles outfit and when Sam was big enough, he did, too. Sam took up bronc riding because it paid better than being a regular cowpoke. He...
Norman ‘Peg’ O’Neil

Norman ‘Peg’ O’Neil

Norman ‘Peg’ O’Neil was born in April 16, 1923, on his parents’ homestead north of Dunn Center to Robert and Margaret (McGuire) O’Neil. He was educated in a country school and graduated from Beulah High School in 1941. He married Phyllis Murray in 1954. Farming and...
George Gardner

George Gardner

George Gardner was born March 28, 1878, at Hopkins, Missouri. His family moved to a ranch near Dillon, Montana, there he met and married Ina Baker. George’s cowboy interests and spirit of adventure led the couple to cast its lot with Col. William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody,...
Emerson Chase

Emerson Chase

Emerson was born in 1927 in Twin Buttes on the Fort Berthold Reservation, a brother to Emmanuel and Joe Chase. He was only seven when their father died and it was a godsend that the Hansen Brothers of Marshall, ND, mentored the boys and hired them for ranch work....
Joe Berger

Joe Berger

Born July 22, 1936, Joe Berger grew up in the livestock business working for different ranches before he entered the U.S. Army in 1954. When he returned home in 1957, he spent his time working at Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan and for other ranching interests as a...
Bob Aber

Bob Aber

Bob ‘Aber’ Abernethy has been intimately involved with the sport of rodeo throughout his life. He was born in 1934 and raised on a ranch north of Sentinel Butte. Aber began competing in bareback riding and joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1953. He...