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I am trying to find information on Cowboy Jack Case, who performed or worked for the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. I believe that he was a trick rider, shooter and bull dogger. I would appreciate your help in locating any type of information about this performer. Thank you. Terry Hinkle
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My Grandmother told me my Great Grandfather Thomas Carle had worked on the 101 Ranch as a Game manager. She would tell about how he would raise phesants from eggs and release them in the wild. He was half blood Potawatomi Indian.
Could you tell me if you have any records of him working there?
Searching for my grandfather (Charles F. Covey), who was with the 101 Show as a drummer. His story was that he had exchanged clothes with an English Royal Family member at one of his shows.
We (my family) have narrowed down my grandfather's time with the 101 show. We now believe that he was in the show in and around 1900 doing odd jobs, but sometime between 1912 and 1918 he was actually working as a drummer in the band. I found a snippet in a book that said he left when the war broke out, but my brother believes that he left the show right before the end of the war to join the Army -but as he was on the train going home to enlist, the announcement of the end of the war was made and he never actually joined. So we know that he was at least in the 101 show as a drummer sometime between, we believe, 1912 and 1918.
My grandpa worked on the 101 ranch, Im not sure what year.I suppose in the teens or 20's.He might have been a blacksmith because he was real handy with his forge and two heavy anvils he had in his shop.I have a set of spurs that he wore,a friend of mine told me they were probably made by a place in Ponca City named McClennan that made quite a few for the cowboys there.My brother has a oval frame,beveled glass picture of grampa on his horse at the ranch.I didn't know if you had a roster of ranchands that would tell the names of workers or employees. his name was Charles Lee Cline. e-mail would greatly be appreciated.
Whitey Cline: RESPONSE
In regard to your question on any information the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association might have on 101 Ranch elephant trainer, Whitey Cline (also known as White Cline/real name Ferris Cline) we can supply the following information.
1924 Came to the 101 as the Elephant superintendent with Sam Logan as his assistant. Previously he had been with the Walter E. Main Show when it was purchased from Andrew Downy by the 101 Ranch.
1925 Sam Logan is listed as the superintendent
1926 Sam Logan again shown as the superintendent
1927 Whitey Cline is listed as the Elephant superintendent and Earl "Blackie' Murray, assistant superintendent
1928 Cline again shown as superintendent
1929 No one listed
1930 Earl "Blackie" Murray shown as superintendent
1931 Whitey Cline again shown as the superintendent. Information exists that Whitey Cline fell ill while on tour and was left in a hospital around July 1 in Connersville, Indiana. Word was received two days later that he had died. It is assumed he might not have been in good health during the periods his assistants (Sam Logan and Murray) were listed as going on the road with the 101 Ranch Wild West Shows until he returned in 1931.
We hope you find this information of interest. If you haven't already visited the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association web page, we invite you to do that for more information on the 101 Ranch and it's Wild West Shows (www.kaycounty.info/101_ranch). Membership information for our organization can also be found there.
Vice President/101 OTA
Information supplied by 101 OTA Historian John D. Cooper, Sr. Stroud, Oklahoma
CHIEF PAINTED HORSE
In 1937 I was given a painting of an Indian with a full feathered headress and captioned as chief Painted Horse. I was told that it had been painted on or near the 101 ranch around 1910???? the medium, is said to be of deer hide, and is a moss green in color. The colors in the painting are still vivid.
There is no artist name or tribe name.
Question. Did one of the players in the show us the name-Chief Painted Horse? I have been unable to find anything anywhere about a chief of that name. Hoping you can enlighten me.
My name is Melissa W. Ragan, and I am the fourth cousin of the Miller brothers of the famous 101 Ranch and Wild West Show. I am looking for information on Bessie Blackwell(born Betty Herberg 1896 in Ruthton, MN).Presently I am looking for anyone who knew or knows anything about Bessie, Marshall or Louis Blackwell; Dal, Tinnie, Ernest, Floyd or C.J. Fisher; Wanda Russell; Vernon or Florence Roberson; the Ponca No Ears; Gladys Shane or George and Joe Miller. I hope to publish Bessie's story, which will be a combination of history, fact and speculation, with your help. Please do not let this information die, I believe it would be a tragedy.
IN TRYING TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT GARY CASSITY I RAN INTO YOUR WEBSITE. I CANNOT FIND REFERENCE TO HIM AND AM NOT QUITE SURE HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE. DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON HIM. HE WAS APPARENTLY A RODEO PERFORMER IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA IN THE 50'S? ANY PLACE YOU CAN SEND ME FOR INFORMATION WILL BE APPRECIATED
His english name was BILL HARRIS,he was a world war 1 vetern.he was with the 101 Ranch circus years ago.this is my GRAND PAW
My Uncle, Riley Cooper (William R. Cooper) was a member of the 101 Wild West Show In the 1920s. He was a bull rider and a bronc buster. I would sure appreciate any info you can provide me.
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER WAS CLAUDE "SHORTY" CLEVELAND. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT HE WORKED AT THE 101 RANCH AS A YOUNG MAN. I AM SEARCHING FOR ANY INFO THAT YOU MAY HAVE IN RECORDS.HE DIED IN 1950
Craft a.k.a West
Hi, My grandfather was in the 101 Wild West Show in the early 1900's. His real name was Robert Jesse Craft. He changed it to West. Robert Jesse West. His fathers name was John. I was wondering who John West was? If that could be him? Do you know how I can find out any information on him? His name in the 101 Wild West Show was Montana Slim, although I think he was originally from Michigan. He may have been Indian. I would appreciate any info that you may have. Thank-you, Edie
My mother is Tex cooper's niece and has extensive geneology on the Coopers. My grandfather was the brother of Tex and I remember 1936 visit to the Texas Centenial when he visited us. My mother is 93 and in good health. We have an interesting photograph sent from the 101 etc. Please contact me or have anyone of that family do so. Thanks...Jo Davis
I hoping to find out information about my grandfather who was a trick rider for the 101 wild west show. He was and indian trick rider back in the early 1900's. His name has far has I know was Ray Castor or Caster. It has been extremly difficult to find him because he had run away from home. He was a blackfeet indian. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you
My late grandfather was George Valentine Brooks (AKA Cowboy Brooks) He was an animal trainer with the Bostock circus around 1910 & 1911. We just found some pictures in the attic and we can remember him talking about being with the Miller Brothers Circus.
When I was about born in 1935 I do not think he was with any circus by then. I know for sure by 1940 he was not because that is how far back my memory clearly takes me regarding him.
I would like to know if the Miller's 101 Ranch was connected to the Miller Brothers circus and if so do you have any info about them, plus when did they merge. I did check through your unidentified pictures, but he was not there. Any info you can give me would help greatly as I am writing about him so our children and grand children will know about him.
100 Dave Wintsch Rd.
Munfordville, KY 42765
I am lookig at what is Tex Coopers saddle, and I am wondering if you would have any pictures of him riding this saddle in the wild west show.
I'm looking for anyone who has knowledge of my grandparents. Their real names were Robert Walter and Pearl Collins. Their show names were Texas Slim and Montana Nell. During the 20's and 30's they performed at the 101 ranch. They had a knife throwing and whip act. After this they were with many circuses. They were good friends with Lucyle Richards, inductee in 1987 into the cowgirl hall of fame. Joe Darrah, current day champion knife thrower is nominating my grandparents into "The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame" in Austin, Tx in Sept/06, labor day weekend. I would like to get information from anyone that can help me with the dates they performed at the 101 ranch or the other circuses and wild west shows up until the late 40's.
2180 Orange Drive
Port Orange, Fl 32128-6576
O.W. Coffelt is my great-uncle. My grandfather, Everett Lawrence Coffelt,and his wife Addie both worked onthe ranch and have told me stories of the 101 Ranch. I beleive O.W. Coffelt had a pet Buffalo that performmed in the shows. My Mother has postcard pictures of Mr. Coffelt with his buffalo. I was told my Grandfather was a buffalo wrangler and my Grandmother worked as a cook. I am very interested in finding pictures or stories of them, any or all. I lived in Morrison,OK., southeast of the ranch.