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Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Raymond E. Adams, Jr.
Raymond E. Adams, Jr. was born in Maple Hill, Kansas, on April 10, 1931, to Raymond E. Adams, Sr. and Jessie Stewart Adams. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1954 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Animal Science and Industry. He then received a commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and was honorably discharged in May 1956. He later partnered with his father, operating the Adams Cattle Company, headquartered at Maple Hill, Kansas. The operation included a feedlot, an extensive farming operation, a back grounding program of calves raised and purchased, and a grazing program in the Flint Hills. He also owned and operated the XIT Ranch in Southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, where the company's cow/calf program was maintained. Raymond took great pride in his involvement with the creation of U.S. Premium Beef. He was a founding member and served on the founding board. He also served on the board of directors of the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, and Stormmont-Vail Hospital, Topeka. In 2004, he received a Kansas Livestock Association award for 50 years of membership. That same year, he was named Commercial Breeder of the Year by the Kansas Hereford Association. He was Livestock and Meat Industry Council Stockman of the Year in 2005. In 2006, Raymond received the outstanding Stockman Award for K-State's Block and Bridle Club. Raymond E. Adams, Jr. dedicated his life to the production of quality cattle and horses. Adams passed away at the age of 78 on September 3, 2009, at his home in Maple Hill. He left behind his six children: Raymond E. Adams III, Marie Adams-Dolembo, Sally Bitar, John C. Adams, Clay S. Adams and Charles A. Adams, as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Raymond Adams was a fourth generation cattleman. Three of his sons, Eddie, John and Clay, carry on the business as the fifth generation.
“I'd like to do something in my lifetime to help the people in the cattle industry.”
V. James "Jim" Sherer
Jim Sherer was born on April 15, 1942 in Canton, Ohio to John H. and Frances G. Hendrichs Sherer. His family later moved to Kansas. Jim graduated from Kismet High School in 1960 and received an Associate's Degree at Dodge City Community College in 1962. He went on to Pittsburg State University earning a BS in Education in 1964. While at DCCC he met Nancy White marrying her on June 9, 1963. This union resulted in four children, Kristen Miller, Dr. Ryan Sherer, Tyler Sherer and Kerri Kannady. From 1966 to 1979 he was in administration at DCCC. In 1979, he became Executive Director of Boot Hill Museum, a position he held until 1991, when he was deputized as a Boot Hill Honorary Marshal, at Boot Hill. He was one of just a handful of Dodge Citians to receive this cowboy accolade. He returned to DCCC administration in 1992 spending eight years. He then moved to the Kansas Heritage Center as Director until his retirement in 2007. In 2004 he was elected as a Dodge City Commissioner and served as Mayor in 2006 and 2007. Sherer's greatest passion was Dodge City history, particularly that of the cattle trails and the Santa Fe Trail. Jim was a founding member of the Dodge City/Fort Dodge/Cimarron Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association and of the Kansas Chapter of the Western Cattle Trail Association. He served as President of both these chapters. He has also served as an officer of the Ford County Historical Society. In 2011, he was coordinator of the SFTA Symposium held in Dodge City. That same year Jim was inducted into the Dodge City Community College Hall of Fame for Outstanding Service. Jim Sherer died on May 21, 2013 in Dodge City.
“He was an exceptional community servant. He always had an upbeat and positive attitude about the community, and it was contagious.” John Deardoff, former Dodge City Manager
Bobby Berger was born June 22, 1945 in Halstead, KS to Marlin and Loreva Berger. In 1962, at the age of 16 he won his first National Little Britches Rodeo. He was awarded rodeo scholarships by both Lamar Junior College of Lamar, CO, where he received an Associate's Degree, and Cal Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, CA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. Bobby qualified 13 times for the National Finals Rodeo. In 1967 he was the NIRA Champion bull rider. Bobby was the NFR bull riding winner in 1969 and 1971. In 1971, he suffered injuries at the NFR and during a winning ride at a rodeo Cloverdale, BC Canada. But after 1973, he began placing again in the PRCA standings. He was the Prairie Circuit bull riding champion in 1976 and 1977, the PRCA saddle bronc champion in 1977, and in 1979, the PRCA World Champion saddle bronc rider. Bobby was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in August 1990 in Colorado Springs. In February 2013, he was inducted into Halstead High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Bobby Berger has a positive outlook on life and is very knowledgeable about livestock. He has enjoyed great success in training horses and loves the rodeo. He married Serena Riggs on May 22, 1987 and together they have a daughter, Tyler. Bobby has three other children from a previous marriage, Jennings, Brienna and Catanna and two grandchildren. Bobby is currently employed by Basic Energy Services in Pearsall, Texas.
“I'm just trying to keep myself together.” As he continued competing in the National Finals Rodeo after being injured four times during the 1971 NFR.
Kenneth & Marshall Hoy
Kenneth 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 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.
“Marshall's the best damn cowboy in Kansas.” Wilber Countryman, a Flint Hills cowboy.
Stan Herd was born in Protection, KS in 1950. From an early age he was interested in drawing and portraying life in rural America. He attended Wichita State University on an Art scholarship. After college, Herd returned to his agricultural roots by pioneering an art form called Crop Art. His work involves manipulation of plants, soil and rock to create masterpieces on such a grand scale that they must be viewed by airplane, hilltop or another high vantage point. Herd's Crop Art, or Earthworks, have been created around the world including England, Cuba, Australia and the United States. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, Esquire, Interview and Art Forum magazines. One of his most famous Earthworks, "Countryside," was installed in 1994 in New York on property owned by Donald Trump. In 1994, Herd produced a book featuring his crop art. An award winning film, "Earthwork," was released in 2010, holding its Kansas premiere in Lawrence. Along with the attention Herd has received for his Crop Art, he has been recognized for his mural works throughout the United States. Here in Dodge City he has murals on the Bank of America and National Beef buildings. Herd currently resides in Lawrence where he plans his works of art as well as his commercial commissions of Crop Art which have included Neiman Marcus, Papa John's Pizza, TNT's TV series "Dallas," Absolut Vodka, Garth Brooks and U.S. News and World Report.
“Always, my pictures involved the land-fields of wheat and alfalfa, crossed by country roads leading nowhere and everywhere.”
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