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Barry Elliott

Barry ElliottYa know, a cowboy is only as good as his best horse.”

Barry Elliott was born on June 27, 1947 in Wamego, Kansas to O.N. and Gladys Elliott. At the early age of 10, Barry began working with his father on the Sells Ranch in Pexico, Kansas. After graduating from High School, he worked for the Dewey Ranch in Manhattan, Kansas and did day work on various other ranches in the area. Then for 10 years he served as ranch manager at Booth Creek Ranch in Olsburg, Kansas. It was during this time he began competing in rodeo. He won the 1966 Stockyards Championship Rodeo Association Bareback World Championship; the 1967 Salina, Kansas Bull Riding Championship; and the 1968 Bronc Riding Championship. He held memberships in the Southwestern Rodeo Association, United Rodeo Association, United States Team Roping Championships and Rodeo Cowboy Association. Barry met his wife, Martha, at St. George, Kansas where she was training horses and giving lessons at her Powder Puff Downs boarding stables. Here the two trained horses together from 1977 to 1984. In 1984, the couple and their two daughters moved to Jetmore, Kansas where Barry worked as head cowboy at Harms Cattle Company. In 1986, Barry began working as a pen rider for the Ford County Feed Yard, which moved the family to Wright, Kansas. That same year he was involved in an accident while team roping and was life-watched to Wichita. After being in a coma for 37 days, doctors informed him he would never ride a horse again. However, after months of grueling physical therapy and encouragement from Martha, he resumed being a pen rider, horse trainer, team roper and farrier for the next 30 years. In 1999, he won top heeler at the Winter Feed Yard Team Roping. Barry worked at many local feed yards until partial retirement in 2016, when he worked for Winter Livestock taking cattle out of the sale ring on horseback to load out. Barry retired completely in 2017, but still assists his son-in-law and his neighbors when a cow or calf needs doctoring or cattle need to be gathered. Barry is a past member of the Dodge City Days Roundup Association. The Elliotts live in Wright and have four grown children, Megan (Shawn) Kaufman, Shana (Slade) Tilley, Mitch Elliott and Russ Elliott. They have five grandchildren Macy Elliott, Myah Elliott, Harlee Tilley, Logan Kaufman and Kyle Elliott.


Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame connections:  Early in his career, Barry spent several days working with 2014 KCHF Working Cowboy Dusty Anderson. He also worked forRichard Ingland (2003 Working Cowboy) and day worked for Jerry Peck (2015 Working Cowboy).

Larry and Phyllis Scherich


Larry and Phyllis ScherichLarry and Phyllis Scherich are the 2017 Working Cowboy Couple. “We have retained a few cows of our own and currently have them in a pasture in Barber County – just because!”

Larry “Dee” Scherich was born on December 9, 1939 to Virgil and Mildred Scherich in Alva, Oklahoma and grew up on the Davis Ranch in Barber County and Merrill Ranch in Comanche County where his father worked. In the mid-1940’s his father became manager of the Merrill Ranch, a position he held for 30 years. Dee graduated from Wilmore High School. Phyllis Scherich was born in Preston, Kansas on July 11, 1941 to Ervin and Ena Lucille Uhrig. Phyllis grew up in McPherson where she graduated high school. Dee received a football and track scholarship from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. Here, he met Phyllis and they married in McPherson in 1961. Dee has a BA in biology from Ottawa and an MS in biology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Phyllis received a BS from McPherson College. They then both taught school around Kansas for a few years. In 1976, the Scherich’s stopped full-time teaching and moved to the Merrill Ranch when Dee’s father retired from the Ranch. Phyllis continued as a substitute teacher in the Coldwater schools. Dee was the “cowboy” who managed the Ranch, but Phyllis, who cooked meals, performed administrative chores and did repairs and maintenance, played an integral role in making sure the Ranch ran smoothly. From 1995-2003 the Scherich’s hosted an annual Benefit Trail Ride for the Comanche County Medical Foundation on the ranch which averaged over 200 riders each year. Funds from the Ride built a Dental and Health Clinic in Coldwater. Phyllis has done extensive research on the history of the Comanche Pool – especially as it relates to Evansville (the site of the Merrill headquarters), and of the construction of US 160 from Medicine Lodge to Coldwater. The Scherich’s have traveled extensively and have visited Mexico, Australia, Alaska and Europe. They take great pleasure in locating and identifying wildflowers, and are on the board of the Kansas Native Plant Society. The Scherich’s have three married sons, Kevin (Carol), Doug (Barbara) and Steve (Sandy). They have five grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Kieva, Kathryn and Sarah, three step-grandchildren, Ned and Cole Godsey and Chelsea Demmitt, and two step-great-granddaughters, Skyler and Paisley Demmitt. The Scherich’s retired from the Merrill Ranch in 2016 after devoting 40 years to the Harold and Catherin Merrill Trust. They currently live in McPherson and are active in the Countryside Covenant Church.

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Vicki Johnson

Vicki Johnson

Vicki Johnson, the oldest of five girls, was born July 15, 1950 to LeRoy and Ruby Lohman in Lakin, Kansas. She was raised on a farm near Kendall, Kansas in Kearny County where she spent her entire childhood and early adult life helping her family farm 5000 acres and raise shorthorn cattle as she assisted her mother with household duties and cared for her younger sisters. Her caretaking extended to when she had to separate calves from their mothers, feed them when the cow was incapable, and keep them warm during the harsh winters. Vicki was heavily involved in the local 4-H Club and was a member of the Peppy Workers 4-H Club until she graduated from Kendall High School. She participated in livestock showing and judging as well as the domestic arts. One of Vicki’s first loves was horses. While in high school, she was honored as Rodeo Queen of Kearny County. Vicki attended Garden City Community College with the goal of pursuing a career in journalism. With the birth of her son, Marcus, after a divorce, she became a single mother; the hardships of which helped her develop into the self-sufficient, strong and independent woman she is today. In 1975, Vicki returned to her love of agriculture and livestock when she started working for A.I.D. Feed Yard in Syracuse, Kansas. In 1979, she met and married Steve Johnson who was a teacher, coach and administrator. In 1981, they had daughter, Marci, and soon moved to their current home in Holcomb. The owner of A.I.D., R.D. Lowrance offered her a job with Lobo Cattle Company in Garden City in 1982. In 1994, Lobo became Irsik and Doll Feed Yard where she continues to work today. In the past 41 years, Vicki has been through the highs and lows of the cattle market and seen numerous changes. The industry has gone from no computers to everyone carrying a mini-computer – their cell phones. Vicki has been a mentor for women in the cattle feeding business as well as to students as a sports coach and cheerleading sponsor. She has been awarded Beef Cattle Quality Assurance and Non-Ambulatory Cattle Care Management certificates. Vicki has an excellent working relationship to those she works with and with her employers. She has worked tirelessly putting in extra hours and days in a highly organized and dedicated manner, while exhibiting the utmost in honesty and integrity. Her son, Marcus, is a successful military officer and he and his wife, Sara, have blessed the Johnsons with three grandchilden, Emmalee, Gunnison and Lizzy. Her daughter, Marci, is a nurse practitioner and will be getting married in the summer of 2017.

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Gerald Nelson Peck

Gerald Nelson Peck

Gerald Nelson Peck: “My dad was not a horse whisperer, but he was gentle with animals and knew how to earn their respect,” daughter Gayle Ann (Peck) Fielder.

Gerald “Jerry” Nelson Peck was born in rural Wakefield, Kansas on August 4, 1928 to Henry Nelson and Edna Schweitzer Peck. He grew up with cattle and horses and began breaking and riding horses as a young man. In 1946 around the age of 18, he started working for the late Bud McLinden of rural Marion, Kansas as a ranch hand and, in his early 20’s, began a lifetime journey as a foreman of the Big-4 pasture located on Highway 77 six miles south of Junction City. Jerry served his country as a member of the Kansas National Guard. Before his marriage, he worked as a pickup man in local rodeos. In the 1950’s he helped drive Texas cattle from railroad cars in Cassody, Kansas to local pastures. In 1954, he married Lucile Macoubrie. In 1955, they moved north of Skiddy, Kansas renting the 980 acre Ebbutt Ranch from the widow of 2012 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Ebbutt. Here, Jerry began building up a cowherd and, throughout his lifetime, had a close connection with his cattle. He didn’t need an ear tag to identify his cows and calves. He knew which calf belonged to which cow. In addition to the 980 acre Ebbutt Ranch, he rented and managed another 1,600 acres of pasture. At Skiddy, Jerry was a friend of, and rounded up cattle with, 2014 KCHF inductee Dusty Anderson. In 1976, Jerry bought his own ranch and rented some of the same pastures. During this time he worked in the stockyard on sale day and was a cattle field representative for the Herington Livestock Commission Company until he died on April 1, 2002. In the late 1990’s until his death, he managed for Fred Berns the same four section pasture he managed and worked on for Bud McLinden. Jerry was a traditional cowboy. He checked his cattle as well as others’ closely, roped and doctored as needed, castrated calves, dehorned cattle, maintained pasture fences, and rid the beautiful prairie of noxious weeds. Jerry loved the Flint Hills prairie and some of his fondest memories were the times he traveled to help roundup cattle in Chase, Morris and Wabaunsee Counties. Jerry was an accomplished cattleman and rancher, and was very well known and respected. He was a kind and gentle man who was very generous when it came time to help a neighbor, friend or family member. He was a man of integrity, whose word was honest and genuine. Jerry and Lucile have two daughters, Gayle Ann Fielder and Linda Lucile Moffenbier.

Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame connection:  Jerry rented ground from 2012 Cattleman/Rancher Bill Ebbutt. He was friends with KCHF Working Cowboy Dusty Anderson.

Year inducted: 2015

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Dusty Anderson

Dusty Anderson Working Cowboy 2014“All I ever wanted to do in my life was to be a cowboy, and I became one early.”

Dustin “Dusty” Anderson was born in Skiddy, Kansas on March 1, 1922 to Harry and Mabel (Stilwell) Anderson. His mother died during his birth and he was raised by his grandparents. His was herding cattle and competing in rodeos as early as the age of 13. While at White City High School, Dusty was on the football team. At the same time, he worked with horses often riding five miles from Skiddy to White City to attend school or tend cattle. At 15, he quit school to work for the famous Clyde Miller Rodeo Company. Dusty lived all his life at Skiddy except his stint with Miller and when, at 17, he enlisted in the Army. He served during World War II in the 6th Ranger Battalion, receiving a Bronze Star for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. After the War he resumed his life in Skiddy. He successfully competed in rodeo after the War, but his true calling was working cattle, which he did for many of the ranchers in the Flint Hills area, providing them with head counts, health and condition, doctoring and pasturing. Additionally he raised, broke and trained many fine horses as he worked with cattle. Dusty raised a colt that became a World Champion, which put Skiddy on the map. As one who worked primarily on horseback, he did not own a motorized vehicle until his early 30’s. Dusty received a Gold Card from the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1951. He was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club and held lifetime memberships in the American Quarter Horse and American Paint Horse Associations. He managed buffalo for the Calvary at Fort Riley, Kansas for nine years and assisted in training 100 troops in a special guerilla force. For these acts he was named an Honorary Trooper by the Fort. He supported youth by donating horses to the Rock Springs 4-H Camp. As a result, he was named an Honorary Member Kansas 4-H Foundation and an Honorary Wrangler at Rock Springs 4-H Camp. In 1969 he married Dolly who won two Quarter Horse world championships in jumping. Together they raised stepson Michael Moore and stepdaughter Kelly Moore. Dusty Anderson died May 17, 2008. He was a friend of and, at times, worked with fellow 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Rancher/Cattleman Bob Alexander.

Year inducted: 2014

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Kenneth and Marshall Hoy

Kenneth and Marshall Hoy Working Cowboys 2013Kenneth and Marshall Hoy were born to Frank and Glory Hoy in Cassoday, KS; Kenneth on March 16, 1904 and Marshall on March 18, 1907. The brothers worked closely together and were often mistaken for each other. They were cut from the same cloth that exemplifies the Kansas cowboy. As cowboys their reputations extended well beyond the Cassoday area, and their help was often sought after by those shipping or moving cattle in the central Flint Hills. As boys they broke horses for their neighbors, earning $5 for each one tamed. In their late teens and early twenties they began riding in rodeos, where they entered saddle bronc riding, bulldogging, relay races and wild cow milking contests. Marshall also roped calves, something he continued to do successfully well past his youth. In his mid-sixties, Marshall was the first roper of the day at a rodeo in Latham; he tied his calf in 14 seconds. In the fall of 1923, at the age of 19, Kenneth was one of the last to drive cattle overland when he helped trail 1,400 steers from Canadian, Texas to Englewood, Kansas. Later on each brother maintained a mid-sized cowherd, while at the same time looking after pasture cattle for other cattle owners. Throughout his life Kenneth remained on the land his grandparents settled in the 1870’s, a ranch that remains in the family. In 1945, Marshall moved to Towanda to become foreman of Harry Wilson’s Quarter Horse ranch. Five years later he moved northwest of El Dorado to be a pasture man on Don Wilson’s ranch and also purchased land where he had his own Angus cowherd. In 1978, when they were in their seventies, the brothers began riding as outriders for the Flint Hills Overland Wagon Train, where they told stories of their younger cowboy days in the lush pastures of the Flint Hills. Marshall was married to Berdine Guggisberg. The couple had two daughters Judy Hoy Remsberg and Ann Hoy Graham. Marshall was 81 when he died in 1988. Kenneth was married to Marteil (Marty) Rice. They had a son and daughter, Jim Hoy and Rita Hoy Todd. Kenneth died on Nov. 14, 1996 at the age of 92. Both men are buried next to their wives at the Cassoday Cemetery.

Year inducted: 2013

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Willis Ray Negus – Working Cowboy

Willis Ray Negus Working Cowboy 2012“I give all the credit for my career to my parents, friends, horses, dogs, my wife Mary and the Good Lord.”

On Feb. 26, 1946, Willis “Ray” Negus was born to Willis R. and Annie Ola Negus in Fort Pierce, FL. From childhood, Ray always wanted to be a cowboy. In 1968, after graduating from the University of Florida, he worked for a year on his father’s ranch, then took his first full-time job as a cowboy for Arizona Land & Cattle Co., Plant City, FL. In 1973, he worked for Latt Maxcey Corp., Frostproof, FL where he became herdsman for a registered Hereford division. He began working for Gulf & Western Ranch, Fellsmere, FL in 1976 where he was in charge of 2,000 commercial cows, 200 Santa Gertrudis cows and 50,000 acres.

In 1978, he came to Kansas to work at the internationally known CK Ranch, near Brookville. He worked there until 1984 when he accepted a position as a research associate at Kansas State Experimental Station, Hays. In 1986, he returned to Fellsmere, FL to work the same land, but this time for Sun Ag, Inc. instead of the Gulf & Western Ranch. In 1995, he returned to the CK as ranch manager where he is still employed. He met his wife, Mary, at the Brookville Post Office where she worked. Ray has three sons, Slade, Ryan and Wesley, two step-children, Becky Heimer and Kyle Neywick; and seven grandchildren.

Ray belonged to many organizations including Fellsmere Riding Club (President), Brookville Rodeo Club, Indian River Co. Cattlemen’s Assn. (President), Florida Cattlemen’s Assn. (Secretary/Treasurer and Chair, Marketing and Food Policy), Kansas Red Angus Assn. (Board of Directors), and American Red Angus Assn. where he helped plan a national Convention. He has twice been nominated for the Commercial Producer of the Year by the Beef Cattle Improvement Federation.

Year inducted: 2012

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Harold Grinstead – Woking Cowboy

Harold Grinstead Working Cowboy 2011Harold Grinstead: “I’ve been roping since I’ve been big enough to throw a rope.”

On April 6, 1915, Harold Riley Grinstead was born to William and Elsa Grinstead in Deerfield, KS. In 1921, the family moved to Colorado. At 14, he entered his first rodeo. He married Hazel Heckart on June 1, 1936. They had seven children, Harold Richard, Billy Joe, Dorothy Marie, Arthur Earl, Nancy Irene, Terry Lee and Dianna Sue. In 1936, he began working with cattle west of Pueblo, CO. In 1944, Harold and Hazel moved to Syracuse, KS to run cattle for Hugh Ford and to work the sale barn on Saturdays. In 1963, the family moved briefly to Paradise, KS before going back to southwest Kansas where Harold and son, Bill, started a custom hay and grain hauling business. In 1974, Harold began doing what really made him happy – riding a horse through pens for Aid Feed yard in Syracuse. For the next 10 years, he worked for feed yards in Hamilton and Stanton Counties as a cowboy or boss. During this time, he became involved in The International Feedlot Cowboy Association. For 24 out of 25 years, he and his wife traveled to Nevada for the IFCA finals. From 1984 to his retirement in 1996 he worked at the Hamilton County Landfill. He remained active until suffering a heart attack during celebrity roping at the PRCA rodeo in Dodge City 1999. He was a charter member of the Syracuse Saddle Club, belonged to the IFCA and was a United States Team Roping Championship Gold Card Member. He won the IFCA Top Hand Award in 1988 and 1998, was the Bob Majors Open Roping champion in 1989, roped in Garden and Dodge City Pro Rodeo Celebrity roping and was awarded numerous prizes at the USTRC and local team ropings. His proudest moments were while roping in these contests. Harold passed away on April 5, 2009, one day before his 94th birthday.

Year inducted: 2011

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Merv Wilson – Working Cowboy

Merv Wilson Working Cowboy 2010Merv Wilson: “His horse was his work, his business, his hobby and his pleasure.”

Mervin Wilson was born to Elmer and Mary Wilson in Ainsworth, Nebraska on March 27 1913. When he was young the family moved north of Dodge City. Breaking horses and mules while riding them to school was a way of life for Merv. He, along with his father, hauled horses and mules to Illinois and brought back corn when he was in his 20’s. When he was in his 30’s, Merv and his father purchased palomino horses from Colorado that had never been haltered, ridden or handled, and “green broke” them in 30 days. They brought cattle from a ranch in Gray and Hodgeman Counties to the railroad in Dodge City and rode with them on the train to Kansas City where they sold them. Merv married Velma Tuttle in 1933 and they had five children, Bonnie, Bill, Don, Dean and Leon. In the 1950’s and 1960’s Merv drove cattle on horseback 15 to 20 miles to Dodge City to sell at livestock auctions. As a young cattleman he rounded up, moved and doctored neighbors’ cattle. During his many years working in Dodge City feedlots, he is credited with saving the lives of many cattle because he was quick to spot and treat ill animals in the herd. He worked part-time at feedlot riding pens into his seventies. Merv rode in numerous parades and trail drives in the region. As a member of the Dodge City Marshal’s Posse, he rode in President Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural parade. In 1990 he was a marshal of the Dodge City Days parade. He was a charter member of the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo and was President of the Boothill Saddle Club. He was inducted into the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2005. Merv died on October 1, 1994. For 75 of his 81 years Merv was on his horse almost daily. He was married to Velma, who passed on April 15, 2008, for 61 years.

Year inducted: 2010

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Bill Barnes

Bill Barnes Working Cowboy 2009Bill Barnes: “I know every cow trail that is out here.”

On November 21, 1949 Bill Barnes was born to Joe and Helen Barnes in Morton County. He rode along side of his father, a range rider, on 108,000 acres of government land in Morton County. In 1968, Bill followed in his father’s footsteps when he was hired as a range rider for the Morton County Grazing Association. In the 1970’s he was promoted to Association Manager. In this capacity, he takes care of not only the land but around 5,200 head of cattle each season. For his hard work, Barnes has received a 75th Anniversary Chief Award for outstanding service to the Cimarron National Grasslands. He married Myrna Caffee at her home in Elkhart on June 24, 1985, adding two stepsons, Brian and Todd Elsen, to his family. Bill has two children from an earlier marriage, Troy and Madonna. As a faithful family man, he is adored by three grandchildren and six step grandchildren. Dedicated to the welfare of youngsters, Barnes has been honored by St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital with a Volunteer Award. This is for his time spent cooking for the Eighty-one Corrals Camp Out held preceding the St. Jude’s Trail Ride. Bill enjoys demonstrating his Dutch oven cooking programs at the Morton County Museum and cooks for the Trail Ride held in conjunction with the annual Pioneer Days celebration. He is often seen driving people to special occasions in his horse-drawn buggy. Bill is indeed a true Southwestern Kansas Cowboy as he continues to work on the ranch with his unmistakable smile, gentle demeanor and generous spirit.

Year inducted: 2009

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