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Kid's Rodeo searches for first contestants

For the past 75 years, the first weekend in August has become a tradition, multiple generation tradition for some families, to head to La Junta for the La Junta Kid's Rodeo.

This year, in honor of the 75th celebration of the Kid's Rodeo, the rodeo will be dedicated to the first year contestants.

Any and all help is appreciated with locating the first year contestants. There were 113 listed.

This list is as follows:

1. Tom Anderson, La Junta

2. Carroll Mays, Pritchett

3. Van Hollingsworth, Campo

4. Jimmy Price, La Junta

5. Box Sexton, La Junta

6. Earl Hunter, Arlington

7. Frankie Meeks, Swink

8. Bob Danielson, Trinidad

9. Jack Horton, La Junta

10. Charles Killen, N. La Junta

11. Donald Murray, La Junta

12. Buddie Best, Canon City

13. Louis Ray Britz, La Junta

14. Lyle Dean Britz, La Junta

15. Bruce Gerringer, Manzanola

16. Cepol Montana, la Junta

17. Amos Montoya, La Junta

18. Jay Showalter, La Junta

19. Billy McAllister, La Junta

20. Albert Magdaleno, La Junta

21. Victor Goudy, La Junta

22. John Jacobs, La Junta

23. Ruth E. Bradley, La Junta

24. Allen Rice, La Junta

25. Lee Cranson, North La Junta

26. Britton Hill, La Junta

27. Orval Seal, La Junta

28. Billy Drennen, La Junta

29. John Edwards, La Junta

30. Roy Pundt, Denver

31. Frank Cast, Denver

32. Santos Werick, La Junta

33. Alvin Wright, Rocky Ford

34. Junior Strandberg, La Junta

35. Jack Crowder, La Junta

36. Donald Graham, N. La Junta

37. Leon Peterson, La Junta

38. Jim Beavers, La Junta

39. Billy Chapman, La Junta

40. Sydney Crowder, Rocky Ford

41. Earl Bridges, La Junta

42. Lawrence Bradford, La Junta

43. Donald Williams, N. La Junta

44. John Hardy, La Junta

45. John H. Johnston, La Junta

46. Melvin Brown, La Junta

47. Alvin Snow, La Junta

48. Jack Snow, La Junta

49. Joe Carrica, La Junta

50 John Carrica, La Junta

51. Calvin Cranson, N. La Junta

52. Jerrold Hastings, La Junta

53. Dick Schillinger, La Junta

54. Max Singer, La Junta

55. Earl Conroe, Caddoa

56. Albert R. Passig, Ordway

57. Clayton F. Wright, Ordway

58. William Passig, Ordway

59. Harry Passig, Ordway

60. Tom Searl, Campo

61. George Lascor, La Junta

62. Ralph Mahoney, La Junta

63. Bobby Goudy, N. La Junta

64. Byron Stanley, Ordway

65. Merle Hixson, Ordway

66. George R. Hixson, Ordway

67. Jimmie Boetger, Ordway

68. C. Harry Kinsley, Las Animas

69. Mart S. Shannon, Las Animas

70. Jack Cantwell, Las Animas

71. Guy Singer, RR 2 La Junta

72. Bobbie Fox, RR 1 Lamar

73. Frank Springer R 3 La Junta

74. Bill Springer, R 3 La Junta

75. R.C. Autry Jr., La Junta

76. L. Cathcart, Las Animas

77. Donald Keither, Thatcher

78. Buddy Stone, La Junta

79. Richard Stone, R 1 La Junta

80. Ray Shehorn, Model

81. Billy Anderson, Sugar City

82. Bill Call, Rocky Ford

83. Kenneth Hainer, Chivington

84. Jack McCandless, La Junta

85. Jack Durham, Campo

86. H. Munsell, Olney Springs

87. Roy A. Hood, Olney Springs

88. Bruce Chandler, Boone

89. S. Best Hixon, Rocky Ford

90. Doorn D. Christian, La Junta

91. Roger Lewis, la Junta

92. Lulu Henerson, Tyrone, Colo.

93. Joe Garrett, La Junta

94. Walter Freeman, La Junta

95. Gene Crockett, Sugar City

96. Joe Edwards, La Junta

97. Robert Venter, La Junta

98. Harold Maffett, La Junta

99. Larry Ridennoure, La Junta

100. Buford Bailey, Lamar

101. Jack Eddleman, Lamar

102. Rex Walker, Lamar

103. Leroy McGinnis, Lamar

104. Grover Thompson, Lamar

105. Leon Shannon, Lamar

106. Joe McGinnis, Lamar

107. "Skeeter" Mender, Lamar

108. Johnny Duncan Jr., Lamar

109. L. Purinton, Collyer, Kan.

110. Hank Grimsley, Swink

111. Albert Mock, Olney Springs

112. Deloss Woodall, Ordway

113. Bob Dennis, Olney Springs

These are the contestants that were listed in the Aug. 10, 1938 issue of the La Junta Daily Democrat. If you are listed, or someone you know is listed, contact the La Junta Kid's Rodeo to be honored on this milestone occasion. Past champions are also asked to contact the La Junta Kid's Rodeo.

Email: ljkidsrodeo@yahoo.com

Darla Miller at home (719) 853-6696 or cell (719) 242-8186.

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