Pioneer Day Celebrates 25 Years

We want to thank everyone who participated and attended the 25th Annual Pioneer Day.
Activities began with the Historic Roger Mills Preservation Board introducing the Girl Scout Troop Color Guard, who presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. As a dedication to our participants, the CHS Choir sang the National Anthem, plus a special choral number directed by Cheyenne Public School Vocal Music Director, Dr. Laura Hillman; in addition to the CHS Band played numbers led by CPS Band Director, Marci Kitchens.
This year’s Pioneer Day event paid tribute to the RMC County and City Personnel, Emergency Services, County Firefighters, Local Volunteers, and the recognition of the tremendous volunteering efforts by the students at Cheyenne Public Schools. All who worked tirelessly in the aftermath of the destruction of the February 26th Severe Weather and Tornado. Levi Blackketter, Director of Emergency Services for Roger Mills County, presented a Proclamation dedicated to the aforementioned individuals.
The local Girl Scouts had old time games for the children to enjoy. In the Roll One Room School House, Chris Calvert taught Cursive writing, and thank you to Nancy Lucas who guided visitors in the Cheyenne Railroad building. In the Pioneer Museum, board member, Garrett Logan, guided the kids on how to weave handmade ropes; and Jaime Allen served and demonstrated how to hand crank ice cream. Also, in the Pioneer Museum, we welcomed visitors who toured the many exhibits of our pioneer history. The Daughters of the American Revolution: Doris Minor, Marilyn Wilson, Carol Ann Batterton, and Kathryn Harrison, taught the kids how to paint decorative rocks.
Harvey and LaFaye Hohbein brought their cow Chickadee to town and both kids and adults enjoyed petting her and taking pictures with her and her fancy hats! The big attraction for the event participants was the Branding headed up by board member Carson Sides, and volunteer Ronald Kirk.
In the Veterans Museum, Elaine Olson played – ‘Cloths Pin in a Jar’ game with the children. The Western Plains Library System brought the Bookmobile with activities; and games and exhibits by the Washita Battlefield National Park. Also, thank you to the Pentecostal Fellowship with refreshments for the participants.
Everyone enjoyed the great food concessions by the chuck wagon kettle cooking by the Cloud Family, who made Cinnamon Rolls, and Handmade Pizza. Butter and biscuits were served by Linda Maddux and Carolyn Ford at the Slief House.
The highlight of the event was the Silent Auction. Thanks to the following silent auction donors: Northfork Electric, Roll Grain, Whitley’s Flower Farm, Rory Kirk, Joe Hay, Rother Brothers, Bill Olson, Chad and Sherry Smith of Smith Ag Center, Randy and Kathy Carter, Ed Schroeder – Canadian River Saddlery, Johnny Mc’s, MaMaw’s Kitchen, Market Square, Taste of Home Cooking, Hadley Wesner of Wildhorse Leather Company, Randy and Cindy Malson, Yow’s Auto of Elk City, and Dusty and Amanda Bailey.
The Silent Auction Fundraiser was extremely successful in supporting our foundations mission and the Museums in the Park upkeep costs.
We want to thank Melanie Anspaugh of the Cheyenne Star for her generous advertising of the Pioneer Day Campaign.
Thanks goes to the foundations Curator, Donnie Ford greeting visitors, and board member Nena Kirk for coordinating the Silent Auction, and volunteers and organizations, who helped with all activities at the event and food services for the participants. Thanks to the City of Cheyenne – Nehemiah Yager and all of the City Employees who worked to prepare the Cheyenne City Park for this annual event. Also, Levi Blackketter – RMC EMC Director, the RMC County Commissioners, and County Clerk’s office for the support and presentation of the ‘Proclamation’ for the recognition ceremony.
The Historic Roger Mills County Preservation Board Members – John Smith, Linda Maddux, Jamie Allen, Nena Kirk, Jerry Swartwood, James Calvert, Tim Chalfant, Billy Underwood, Carson Sides, Garrett Logan and Karen Creach.
If you would like to contribute to the Museums in the Park or become a part of next year’s Pioneer Day, contact the Pioneer Museum at 580-497-3882 or visit/ message us on our Facebook page – “Historic Roger Mills Preservation and Development Foundation” and view our website at Thank You again for your support.

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