Marias River Livestock Association‘s motto is “Honoring the past and Protect the future.”
This last week (January 6, 2016) surrounded by cowboy hats, pearl snaps and denim, humbleness and respect overwhelmed me. I was privilege to sit with my husband at the table of Bud Geer, a Glasgow, Montana rodeo stock contractor as he was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. Then I was able to be nearby and photograph the Icenoggle family as they accepted the MT Cowboy Hall of Fame induction plaque for their late father Melvin Icenoggle.
To sit in the room filled with women and men of high standards, competence in their industry, strong wills, unending determination and witty stories was a real education in what it took to build this state we call Montana. These were and still are the men and women who build this country. They tamed the land and caused the cattle and sheep industries prosper here. They performed in the rodeos, raised the bucking stock and promoted the rodeo industry. They are the people who helped to build the towns, the churches and schools. We owe these people and those who have passed on a tip of the hat and nod of the head. Montana and its people would not look the same today without them forging the past.
Melvin R. Icenoggle, 1912- 1985, was inducted into the MT Cowboy Hall of Fame for his Rodeo exploits and accomplishments, which spanned over 20 years. He was a Bronc rider but also participated in many other events including Roman Racing, standing straddle two horses while they loped around the track. Melvin was the father of Edgar, Bill and Bruce Icenoggle. Bill is a local rancher out of Cut Bank Montana.
Miles (bud) Geer was born in 1921 in a time when medical care was scarce. At the age of 14 Bud contracted meningitis and lost his hearing and the ability to walk. He learned to read lips and taught himself to walk again pushing a wooden chair around the house. Bud didn’t let a those little inconveniences hold him back. He went on to be a rancher and a rodeo stock contractor with broncos and bucking bulls. Bud knew his stock well and was always honest and upfront with the cowboys. Bud considers one of his greatest treasures to be his “cowboy friends.” Bud Geer’s son Dan Geer ranchers in the Brownin/Cut Bank area. Bud’s Granddaugher Tara Herrington and her children brought Bud from Glasgow to the Induction Ceremony. Buds friends and family filled four tables. Steve Reeverts of Browning and Kelly Mothershead of Sweetgrass attended the MT Cowboy Hall of Fame induction Ceremony as they were Bud’s Cowboy Friends. Bud Geer has supplied stock for Steve Reeverts Rodeo Schools held in Vaughn back in the day and Kelly Mothershead had driven truck hauling Bud’s stock and rode his saddle broncs in the rodeos.
I encourage you to go to the website and read more about all of this year’s inductees. http://www.montanacowboyfame.org/