Those inducted into the Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame

Jul 6 2012 - 9:27pm

OGDEN -- Following is information about those inducted Friday night into the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame.

* The Whoopee Girl started out as a vision inspired by a painting by Enoch Bolles and grew to a photo of a young Lorene Donaldson. The photo traveled around the world to advertise Ogden's Pioneer Days.

Representations of the image have since been printed on thousands of items.

"She is not only a trademark of Ogden's Western heritage, she is also recognized nationally as a symbol of the American cowgirl," states a biography.

* The Weber County Sheriff's Mounted Posse was formed in 1942 and has become known for its high-speed mounted drills, which members have performed throughout the West.

Among the group's accomplishments have been participating in several Pony Express rides and presidential escorts. Members have contributed countless hours of service to the community.

Recently, the group has promoted Ogden Pioneer Days with a shootout on Historic 25th Street.

* Susan Merrill Agricola is recognized as Utah's first Miss Rodeo America. The 1972 queen was named to the national title out of a field of 49 contenders.

Upon completion of her reign, which took her all over the United States, Agricola returned to Utah State University in Logan, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communicative disorders and audiology.

She now runs her own business, Downstream Strategy LLC, and a clinic. She is a published author in the field of audiology.

* Judy Butler Anderson became Pioneer Sweetheart, the precursor to Miss Rodeo Ogden, in 1959.

She helped research the former rodeo queens for a reunion in 1962. The group later became known as The Ogden Rodeo Queens' Association until 1992.

Anderson researched her book "A Grand Celebration -- A History of Ogden Pioneer Days and the Rodeo Queens," which was published for the 75th anniversary of Ogden Pioneer Days in 2009.

She also completed a narrated DVD for the 75th anniversary of the Whoopee Girl and helped in establishing the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

* Lorene Donaldson Call was chosen as the rodeo queen for 1936 by then-Ogden Mayor Harman Peery.

As a trial, he had her lead one of the parades, after which he determined that she was an exceptional horsewoman, states a biography.

Enthralled by a painting of a cowgirl done by Enoch Bolles, Peery had a portrait taken of Call in a similar pose. The portrait went from newspaper to newspaper all around the world, states the biography.

Call also accompanied other dignitaries to represent the city of Ogden at the launch of the ship USS Ogden in Long Beach, Calif., and was featured in Parade Magazine in a story about the Ogden Pioneer Days celebration.

* Kenneth "Ken" Cross was the third-generation owner of what became the oldest Western store in the nation, Cross Western Wear.

He was well known in the area and served on the Ogden Pioneer Days Committee for 25 years.

He is credited as the man who stepped in and got Ogden to sponsor the Miss Rodeo Utah contest after it had been dropped for four years. According to his biography, he worked out the details for the Miss Rodeo Utah pageant to always have its home in Ogden.

* Lewis Feild, of Elk Ridge, is best known for his three back-to-back All-around Cowboy World Championship titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for 1985, 1986 and 1987.

In 1992, he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and was recently inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

According to his biography, Feild was the PRCA Rookie of the year in 1980 and earned the distinguished Linderman Award three times, in 1981, 1988 and 1991.

Feild has worked as a rodeo pickup man and coached the Utah Valley University rodeo team in Orem from 2000 to 2007.

* Calvin and Lew Grant are part of a family that started in the cattle business in 1916 in Box Elder County.

In 1950, Calvin started the Grant Range Bull Company. The two have bought and sold registered breeding bulls to ranchers in Utah and other Western states, states their biography.

For a time starting in 1964, the business was located in Ogden before it was moved to Brigham City.

The business is known for its unique collection of antique branding irons adorning its building.

* Harman W. Peery, who was mayor in 1934, is recognized for his efforts to expand Ogden Pioneer Days as an effort to attract tourist dollars to the area like the Ogden Stock Show had.

"His vision was that 'There'll never be a last round-up,' " states his biography. "Seventy-eight years later, the celebration of Ogden Pioneer Days is still going strong."

Peery also was instrumental in getting the Ogden Pioneer Days stadium built. Profits from the celebration provided the Welcome to Ogden sign spanning Washington Boulevard, as well as providing the Ogden airport tower.

* Joshua G. Read was 17 when he went to work to learn saddle making.

In 1883, he bought the firm he worked for and renamed it J.G. Read Harness and Saddlery.

"J.G. was active in civic affairs, a constant supporter of the Chamber of Commerce, and was appreciated for his steady, mature judgement," reads his biography. "He was also one of the sponsors of the old fairs that at one time were held in Ogden."

* Connie Della Lucia Robinson, in 1975, was Utah's second Miss Rodeo America.

She is known for her meticulous appearance, as she has always wanted to be a role model for young women.

She was employed by Cross Western Wear for 27 years following her reign. "Her practiced eye was appreciated by the many young ladies who were outfitted as they prepared for queen competitions," reads her biography.

She is known for her support of the Ogden Rodeo Queens Association and the Miss Rodeo Ogden and Miss Rodeo Utah pageants.

* Cotton and Karin Allred Rosser were honored for their far-reaching influence in the rodeo industry.

Their Flying U Rodeo Company is home to the oldest rodeo breeding programs operating, states their biography.

Karin was Miss Rodeo Ogden and Miss Rodeo Utah 1975. After she married Cotton, she managed the operations of their Western store, Cotton's Cowboy Corral.

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