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March 9, 1944     Golden Valley News
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$ PAGE TWO THE GOLDEN VALLEY .NEWS Thursday, March 9, Four Generations of Medora Residents Are Thoroughly At Home on Horseback Reading from right to left are Mrs. N. D. NichoLs: her daughter, Mrs. Walter J. Ray; the latter's daughter, Mrs. Thomas Barger, and Ann Elizabeth Barger, who at 2 rides well even if her feet don't come anywhere near the stirrups. The above picture was taken at ~he Buddy Ranch a few miles east of Medora in the heaxt of the Badimuls, operated as a Dude Ranch and tourist recreational center by Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ray. O- Four generations of horsewomen army be unusual, but to one Me- dora family riding a horse is as natural as breathing. As Mrs. N. D. Nichols explains it, "I still feel as much at home in my old saddle on a horse as in my favorite chair in my own living room." Mrs. Nichols rides side saddle, but the other women of her family prefer the more modern style. Her daughter, Mrs. Waiter J. Ray; the farter's daughter, Mrs. Thomas Barger; and Mrs. Nichols' gre~t- granddaughter, Ann Elizabeth Bar- get, aged 2, have continued the family tradition of good riders. Even Ann Elizabeth "is already a pretty good little horsewoman," her great-grandmother approves. Daughter of Norman Lebo Mrs. Nichols came to the Bad- lands in the fall of 18~. two years after her father, Norman Lebo, came from Minnesota to locate. Having lived in the Badlands since tl~t time, Mrs. Nichols can recall many historic happenings of the area and many acquaintances among old timers, such as the Eaton brothers of the original Custer Trail ranch and many oth- ers. Mr. Lebo. who had been in the federal army, guided Ftoosevelt on many ,hunting traps. Her family lived at the Custer ")?rail while the Eatorm lived there. As she was a cute. auburn haired I~t of 3, she bee amp .-~ general favorite Howard Eaton carried her on hi~; shoulders to ford the creek and gave .her rides on hi,~ horse. /ks tlmre were not many children in the Badlands at thai; ume, the men gave her dollar:~ instead of nickels, the usual gestta'e of fav- oritism in that day. lips, but I can't think he was cruel. His private saddle horse was a large strawberry roan call- ed Ace, which was far from gentle, --really an outlaw. Another of the old timers Mrs. Nichols knew was J. W. (Bill) Fol- lis, now of Dickinson, who for 14 years was range boss for the Berry Boise Cattle Co. Not long ago Mr. Follis told Mrs. Nichols she wasI the first woman he ever saw "whip it out of a bucking horse." For the benefit of those who aren't familiar with that western expres- sion, Mrs. Nichols explained ttmt it meant "you ride a bucking horse and whip him until he capit- ulates and not pull leather, mean- ing not hold on the horn of sad- dle." Young Cowboy Coming Along Perhaps it was natural ,that such an accomplished horsewoman's daughter should take to the sad- dle. Mrs. Nichols explained, "My daughter Bess rode horseback al- most as much as I did. She is the wife of Walter J. Ray, rancher and attorney. They operate the Buddy Ranch at Medora. Their ~hree children. Kathleen. James ~Bud) and Virginia are also fine riders. In fact. Kathleen and Bud Ihave been U'ick and riders fancy at their father's rodeos. Virginia wins guiding guests at the ranch :tt the age of 5." The elder granddaughter, Kath- teen. is the wife of Thomas Barg- er. formerly of Linton, N. D., who has spent nearly six years with the California Arabian Standard Oil Co. in Arabia. It is their daughter, Ann F~izabeth. who. Mrs. Nich(ls admitted, "is already a pretty good little horsewoman," How much the Badlands have although she is only 2. ~.~hanged since then is apparent Mr. and Mrs. Ray's son. James when Mrs. Nichols recalls that ~or Bud), main'led a Bismarck girl buffalo, timber wolves, black and who is an excellent swimmer. white tail deer and antelope were ! Their son, now a year old. is Jamie. numerous while a. few bear moun-iAlthugh his father is in the air forces his son will be taught the tuin sheep, elk and mour~,~'ln lions ]., ' ' " " ..... were encountered, mings a young cow~oy snoum The Eatons, Mrs. Nichols re- members, captured some of the buffalo calves and put them on cows. When these calves grew for a month or six week~, she said, "they surely tortured those poor COWS." Only Way to Get Around know. V OPA ESTABLISHES CEILING PRICES FOR RESTAURANTS J Effective nex~ March 6, restaur- ants and taverns in the Fargo- Moorhead distric~ may not charge i more for any type of mea], food Talking of those days, Mrs. l item or beverage than they charged Nichols ~id. "I practically lived' during the period of April 4 to on horseback, as that was the oniYi10, 1943, district director Harold practical means of transportation W. Bangert announced. at that time. I rode a side saddle. Previously, restaurants had been an F. A. Meana product, which I still have. It has been used for many pioneer celebrations, includ- ing the golden jubilee m Bismarck, when it was ridden in the pageant by my granddaughter, Kathleen Ray Burger, who represented Mrs. Cus- ter." Recalling the terrible and tragic winter of 1886, when cattle died of starvation, close to the house, Mrs. Nichols said, "Just before dy- ing they would go mad and try to hook other cattle, horses or people. MY father built a strong fence about the house to guard us when we went out to play." Among the early day ~ar~ters Mrs. Nichols knew were Theodore Roosevelt; the Marquis De Mores and his wife. for whom Medor~ was nmned; Van Esgen, who was Netherlands Dutch, and H. C. Huldekoper, who owned the HT Hewse CO. Bucking Horses Conquered 'I1~en there was Foul Mouthed Bill Jones. Although Mrs. Nichols knew him well, she never knew him to say one vulgar word. She thought ,he was called Foul Mouth- ed Bill bemuse his mouth was crooked, Of him she ssdd, "He did have a cruel mouth, with thin asked by OPA to hold to the April 4-10 prices on a voluntary basis. The Fargo-Moorhead d i s t r i c t office will distribute a digest of the regulation directly m the trade. And restaurant or tavern operator~ who fail to receive copies may ob- tain them at their local War Price and Rationing Boards. "We realize, of course, that a great many of the restaurants in the Fargo-Moorhead --district have been complying with OPAs request for voluntary adherence to the prices they charged during the April 4 to i0, 1943 period,' Bangert said. "However, some restaurants have advanced their prices, and as a result, OPA decided that in fair- hess to the many who were com- plying, ceilings should be made mandatory. Violators of the regu- lation which goes into effect March 6. will be subject to criminal pen- alties, civil enforcement actions, treble damage suits tm#t suspension proceedings." V-- It is chimed that many men can't fix things around the house when they get out of order. "Any- way they c~n call up the repair man and borrow the money to pay him. LIEUT. GOV. HENRY HOLT DIES THURSDAY, MARCH 2 (Continued from Page One) political career in 1913 when elect- ed precinct committeeman. He served as Grand Forks central committee chairman from 1915 to 1920, then served 10 years as state central eonunittee chairman. In 1903, he returned from state poli- tics to accept a post on the Grand Forks city commission. In 1934, Holt announced his can- NORTHERN PACIFIC RUNNING sober reflection, will admit that NEW DIESEL LOCOMOTIVES buying War Bonds and paying in- creased taxes is the least they can (Continued from Page One) do to help win the war, but, they vision of General Motors at Laidesire to see that their tax dollars diesel-electric is are going directly to the war effort, Grange, Ill., the which runs theI and not to politics. operated by oil, generat