Tuesday, May 17, 2022

"...A Caring, Kind, Humble, and Gentle Man..."

Perry Allen Beguin was born to Hank and Aggie Beguin in Rushville, Nebraska on April 25, 1946.  He went to be with the Lord and his son Brent on May 6, 2022.  He grew up on the Beguin ranch 20 miles south of Rushville and was the youngest of four boys, Blake, Blayne, and Jerry.  He loved the Sandhills and the country way of life.  You can take the boy out of the country, but not the country out of the boy.  

He graduated from Rushville High School in 1964.  He attended Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska.  

He was married to Verona Stephens on June 2, 1968.  To that union a son, Brent Allen, was born in 1971.  Shawn Henry was born in 1979 and Tina Marie was born in 1982.  He was a loving, devoted family man.  Friends and family knew him as a caring, kind, humble, and gentle man.  He had a great sense of humor once you got to know him and he never lost that.  

Perry worked for the Production Credit in Scottsbluff and Chadron Nebraska, and took a transfer to Pendleton, Oregon.  He also worked in the banking business both in Nebraska and South Dakota. While in Chadron he and his wife sponsored the CSC rodeo team, taking many road trips with those college kids. 

He was the Budget Officer and Rodeo Coach for Eastern Oregon State in LaGrande, Oregon.  One of the highlights for Perry was being chosen as the National Faculty President for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association for the 1993-94 school year.  He retired from his own Real Estate Appraisal Business in 2015.   

Horses were always a part of his life.  In High School he tried every rodeo event.  In College he was the Calf Roping Champion for the Central Plains Collegiate Rodeo Champion in 1971.   After college he began team roping, first as a heeler, and eventually as a header.  After retirement he was able to spend some time roping in Arizona in the winter.   He was active in Rotary until his illness and was once awarded the annual Outstanding Rotary Member Award as well as the Distinguished Service Paul Harris Fellow Award.   He was a regular church attendant and served as a Deacon in Chadron, Nebraska and Spearfish, South Dakota.  He was a member of Connection Church in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and he knew the Lord as his personal savior.  

Perry was preceded in death by his mother Agnes (Aggie) and his father Jules Henry (Hank), son Brent, brothers Blake and Blayne, his sister-in-law Myrna, and his nephew Clint.

He is survived by his wife Verona, his son Shawn, and his daughter Tina Van Kley (Nick), his 3 granddaughters Carmen, Ariyana, and Ida, and his grandson Sidney, his brother Jerry (Karen), sisters-in-law Mary Jean and Judy, and many nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 26 at the Connection Church (former Mountain View Baptist at exit 12) in Spearfish, South Dakota with a grave side service taking place on Friday at 1 p.m.  in Rushville, Nebraska.  The family suggests memorials to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Phoenix, Arizona or Hospice.  Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Funeral Home, Box 970, Chadron, Nebraska 69337.  

Honorary Pallbearers:  Dick Lesher, Larry Miller, Al Setera, Roger Whorton, Tom Willnerd, Andy Beguin, Rex Beguin, Doug Johnson, and Michael Schadegg.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

German POWs at Fort Robinson

German prisoners stand with American staff. Behind them is Varista Hall, the prisoner of war camp theater. “Varista” is a contraction of Variete im Stacheldraht. It means “variety (vaudeville) in barbed wire.” The marquee reads Freut euch des lebens (“rejoice in life”). It looks like a Christmas production. The Germans are probably members of the camp theater troupe.
By following the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. hoped to encourage humane treatment of American POWs. The U.S. also wanted the Germans to return home with good impressions of American culture and democracy. With that in mind, the little theater even screened Hollywood movies.
History Nebraska operates the Fort Robinson History Center

(Photo: History Nebraska RG2725-16)

Friday, March 4, 2022

Chadron State College hosts successful "History Day"

Miranda Betson and Teague Edelman, both of Crawford, Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Great Plains Award winners in the Western District History Day held on February 25th, 2022 in the Chadron State College Student Center.    (Photo by Tena Cook/CSC)

Twenty-five students from Nebraska’s Panhandle participated in the Western District History Day at Chadron State College on February 25th.

Categories included documentary film, free-standing or table-top exhibits, theatrical performances, research papers, and websites. The top three entries in each category will advance to the Nebraska State Contest in Lincoln on April 9th.

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Great Plains Award was given to Miranda Betson and Teague Edelman of Crawford (Jr. Group Exhibit) with The Many Faces of Mount Rushmore.

Results from the Senior and Junior divisions.


Group Exhibit

1, Kamden Victory and Tylea Underwood of Crawford with Grace Abbott; 2, Arissa Staman, Erika Flores, and Nichelle Patty of Bayard with The Women Belong in the House and in the Senate.

Group Performance

1, Matthew Applegate, and Dugan Pafford of Bayard with An End to Nucyaler [sic] Proliferation by Jerry Rabushka.

Individual Documentary

1, Tyler Kaus of Chadron with Meyer v. Nebraska: Debate Over Bilingual Education; 2, Alexa Tollman of Crawford with The Battle to Save Fort Robinson’s History.

Individual Paper

1, Maralee Rischling of Chadron with The Debate to Forego Diplomacy: The 1936 Nazi Olympics; 2, Hannah Rudloff of Sioux County with Nixon Goes to China: Consequences for the 20th Century and the 21st Century.

Individual Website

1, Thomas Kaus of Chadron with Diplomacy that Aided Polish Independence.


Group Exhibit

1, Miranda Betson and Teague Edelman of Crawford with The Many Faces of Mount Rushmore; 2, Ada Norman and Amelia Betson of Crawford with Sacagawea.

Group Website

1, Matthew Sorenson and Samuel Kahl of Chadron with Debate and Diplomacy During the Cuban Missile Crisis; 2, Eliu Paopao and Wesley Margetts of Chadron with Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin and his Effects on the Romanovs.

Individual Documentary

1, Josephine Werner of Chadron with The Use of Animation as Propaganda in World War II; 2, Mason Frye of Chadron with Joe Louis’ Influence for Civil Rights Movement.

Individual Exhibit

1, Jaelyn Brown of Chadron with Jefferson vs. Hamilton Debate on the National Bank.

Individual Website

1, Hannah Sprock of Chadron with Hindenburg Disaster; 2, Samson Sprague of Chadron with Understanding the Space Race.

—Tena L. Cook, Marketing Coordinator

Monday, January 10, 2022

Remembering 1949

 For many Nebraskans – if not most – the year "1949" conjures up one thing:  The Blizzard.

Over the years of this website, we've posted little about the Blizzard of 1949; most recently, we shared a story written by the remarkable Con Marshall, whose ability to remember, research, and write about a wide range of history, sporting events, agricultural topics – and just about anything else – is widely recognized and appreciated.  

This posting is simply an update.

First, something new:  fans of Nebraska history are already acquainted with History Nebraska; if not, you should be.  Here's a link to their recent History Nebraska Blog posting of the Blizzard of 1949 – a truly unforgettable winter.  We think you'll enjoy seeing the photos.......and hope you'll also take time to join History Nebraska.  It's well worth it!

Then, re-visit Con Marshall's Blizzard story we posted in 2019.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

"Louie" – NFR's Barrel Racing "Horse of the Decade"

by Con Marshall

Although he’s now retired, Louie, the buckskin gelding that carried Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs to barrel racing prominence, has been accorded a special honor.


The November issue of Western Horseman, which calls itself the “World’s Leading Horse Magazine since 1936,” has tabbed Louie as the greatest barrel racing horse at the National Finals Rodeo during the past decade.


The magazine put Lisa and Louie on the cover and have another full-color photo of them on the inside, where it explains why he received the designation.

The story notes that Louie, who was born in 2003, initially belonged to Tim and Kelly Bagnell of Polson, Mont., and was often a money winner in reined cow horse competition. But the Bagnells turned him over to Lockhart to train as a barrel horse for their daughter, Lexi.


Before long Lisa and Louie had won the Canadian Finals Rodeo barrel racing title and qualified for the 2010 NFR in Las Vegas, where they finished third in the averages, won $107,426 and finished fourth in the world standings for the year. 

Not wanting to break up the dynamic duo, the Bagnells sold Louie to Lisa in 2011.  (Photo  of Louie shown here is credited to Mallory Beinborn)

Before Lisa and Louie were matched up, Lisa had qualified for the National Finals Rodeo three times (2007-09) while riding Chisholm, another buckskin gelding she had obtained from the Bagnells, but the almost unprecedented success story was just beginning.   


Counting 2010, Louie was Lockhart’s primary horse for nine years in a row through 2018. During that stretch, she placed second in the world standings in both 2014 and 2015, third in 2013 and 2016 and fourth in both 2010 and 2011. She also was fifth in 2012, seventh in 2017 and 11th in 2018, when she rode Rosa, a buckskin mare, part-time, while Louie began a phased retirement.   

Lisa and Louie were especially successful in 2015 and 2016. They were the only tandem to place in as many as eight go-rounds at the NFR in 2015. They won the barrels at the American Rodeo in Dallas for the second time and the Calgary Stampede for the first time.  Both paid the winner $100,000.


In 2016, they left all 30 barrels upright in Las Vegas while winning the averages, which was worth $68,000, and their total time of 137.98 on the 10 runs was the NFR record.  Lisa and Louie competed in just 39 rodeos that year while the other NFR qualifiers averaged 75.

Western Horseman says Louie was the highest earning horse in the barrels at the NFR during the decade, winning more than $803,000. 


The article says, “While Louie is now 18 and retired from pro rodeo, he’s left his mark on the industry, in fans’ hearts and in Lockhart’s life.

The story ends with a quote from Lisa:


I’ve always said that his reputation far exceeds mine, and I couldn’t be more proud to follow him in what he has accomplished for us.” 


Last week after the magazine came out, Lisa noted that Louie also had been voted the “horse with the most heart” a couple of times during polls of pro barrel racers.


She agrees with that designation.  “He may not have been the fastest, but he had a ton of heart and he was the most efficient, hardest working and most determined horse I have every ridden. This is an awesome honor that he received.” 


Lockhart added that Louie’s consistency helped make him great.


All 85 of his runs at the NFR from the first one in 2010 through the last one 2018 and even the two in 2019 were nearly identical,” she stated. 


Although Lockhart no longer rides Louie, she had a great September while aboard a black gelding, Cutter, to make up lots of ground and is one of the 15 barrel racing qualifiers for the National Finals for the 15th consecutive year in early December 2021.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Not Dawes County – but Box Butte County neighbors!

This photo and information is from History Nebraska:  

Many Nebraska counties have stories of bitter rivalries over the location of the county seat. And not all towns that started out as the county seat were able to remain so. After Hemingford lost a county-wide vote, Alliance residents didn't mess around. They came to get the county records...and the courthouse too! They hauled the building twenty miles with a little help from the Burlington Railroad."  

If you've not visited the Nebraska History website, you're missing a good chunk of history.  You'll find them at:  history.nebraska.gov

Monday, September 13, 2021