Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame

Photos courtesy of Deb Sewell

Above, Tiffany Schwenke, Region 1 director, shakes hands with Deb Sewell of Newcastle, who was at the awards ceremony representing her great-grandfather Julius Frederick Bock, as Sen. John Barrasso stands behind her.

Cowboy hats crowded the halls and elevators and stairways and restaurants of Casper, Wyoming’s Ramkota Hotel last weekend.  The reservations desk was crowded with booted cowboys and cowgirls of all ages asking for keys and luggage carts to the rooms they’d reserved well in advance.   “Howdy”...

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This is a photo of the daughters of Julius Bock, pictured, Clara Bock Engle and Tillie Bock Sewell. 

Julius Bock came from abroad, in Germany, then settled and made a reputation in this area of Wyoming. According to everyone I’ve known or heard talk who knew Julius, he followed the Golden Rule. He was a good American and a good neighbor in an era when having or lacking one could be the difference...
Photo by Walter Sprague/NLJ
Chris Russel “Russ” Christensen, inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame,says he values family, land, and livestock, and places a great deal of weight on being a man of integrity whose word is his bond.
Chris Russell "Russ" Christensen, a resident of the homestead he was born on in 1930, was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2021. Except for the years he served as a medic in the army during the Korean War, he has lived his whole life on the homestead his father acquired in 1910.   "...

Photos courtesy of Janet Hutchinson


Straitor Clark, Sundance rancher, was recently honored posthumously by the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame for his life full of hard work and cowboying. Top photos, Clark working hard on the ranch and with his team of horses. Janet Hutchinson, his daughter, says that her father was always characterized by his work ethic. 

Pictured is Clark and his wife, Elaine, the year they got married, above, and for their 50th wedding anniversary, at left.



KateLynn Slaamot NLJ Reporter   The founding of the West and its way of life are built on the backs of many hardworking men and women, including Straitor Clark, a Sundance rancher who was born at the foot of the Inyan Kara Mountain in 1912. Clark was recently inducted, posthumously, into the...
Rhonda Sedgwick-Stearns Special to NLJ   The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame has announced the 2021 roster of honorees. Nominator Tom Fordyce and daughter Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns were notified that Violet May (Coy) Sedgwick (November 1906–May 2005) is the sole honoree for Weston County this year....

Photos courtesy of Amy LeMarr

Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Board member and Region 1 Director Tiffany Schwenke presents the 2020 Certificate of Induction to Weston County honoree Jean Harshbarger of the 4W Ranch

Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns Special to NLJ   The Golf Club at Devil’s Tower saw a good turnout to honor the Class of 2020, Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame Honorees on Saturday evening, Sept. 19. The congenial banter and laughter of guests mingled with great music by Kenny Fordyce’s Real Cowboy Band to...

Photo courtesy of Jan Swan Wood

Crook County WCHF committee chairwoman Criss Crozier, far left, presents a Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame certificate to the Borgialli family in honor of 2019 inductee Harry Aaron Borgialli. From left are Joan Borgialli, Vicky Hayman and Barry Borgialli with Harry's great-granddaughter Chasleigh Hayman in front. 

By Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame   A large, festive crowd of friends, family and well-wishers enlivened the All-Purpose Building on Weston County Fairgrounds Saturday evening July 20 to celebrate the Region 1 induction of five new Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame honorees. WCHF’s...
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns Wyoming Cowboy  Hall of Fame   Doors will open at the All Purpose Building on Weston County Fairgrounds in Newcastle at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, for a cowboy-style celebration in honor of five notable people representing the Class of 2019 from Region 1 of the Wyoming Cowboy...

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