May 21, 2011 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history » On the Web: spokesman.com/topics/local-history

By Correspondent
 

From our archives, 100 years ago

Police shut down an impromptu female “wild west” show and rodeo at a stable at 1920 Mallon Ave.

Police said a 33-year-old Canadian cowboy, in an effort to boost business at his stable, had “secured the services of an expert woman bronco buster and roper, who guaranteed to ride any animal offered her.” He had also engaged other riders to perform other cowboy-style stunts.

He said it began as free entertainment for his customers but later he started passing the hat and making a little money on the deal.

The problem was, he had secured no license or permit. Also, the shows were getting raucous and were attracting “many undesirable characters.” The neighbors complained and the police investigated.

The cowboy “broke forth into violent abuse of the officer, which resulted in his arrest on a charge of disorderly conduct.”

When he was released on $25 bond, he left the station with the threat that “he would break his horses” on his own lot if he wanted to. And if a crowd wanted to show up and give him money, he would darn well take it.

He was arrested the next day for “taking money under false pretenses” and booked on $250 bond.


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