Pioneer Day Thanks

The return of the Pioneer Day 2021 was a huge success. Activities began with the Historic Roger Mills Preservation Board introducing the 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, Laura Hillman; in addition to the CHS Band played numbers led by CPS Band Director, Marci Kitchens.

Rory Kirk showing his foraging skills to Preston Walls, Wyatt Coffin
and Creed Hindman

This year’s Pioneer Day event paid tribute to Roger Mills County First Responders, Emergency Services and Support Personnel. RMC County Commissioner District #3, Dennis Sadler, presented a Proclamation dedicated to these workers who have been such an asset to the community during the pandemic.

The day was filled with festivities, including the Cheyenne FFA Chapter Farmhand races – where students competed in speed races with wheelbarrows, stacking hay bales and hauling sacks of feed, etc. Included in the Park, Rory Kirk, Mandell Greteman, Don Garner, Monte Smith and Terry Kauk blacksmiths displayed their forging skills. The local Girl Scouts had old time games for the children to enjoy. Cindy Malson and La Faye Hohbien taught the kids how to make a doll out of cotton. In the Roll One Room School House, Chris Calvert taught Cursive writing, and board member Billy Underwood guided visitors through the Santa Fe Depot.

DAR member Nancy Hay helps Anzlie Lindberg make a patriotic windsock

Donna Wright did artistic magic with Face Paintings for the kids in the Chapel. In the Pioneer Museum, board members Glenda Kirk instructed on how to use a typewriter, and John Smith and Garrett Logan guided how to weave handmade ropes. In the Veterans Museum, Elaine Olson and Judy Tracy crafted paper dolls. The Western Plains Library System brought the Bookmobile with a Cowboy Sand Art activity, trivia games and the Washita Corn Hole Challenge by the Washita Battlefield National Park. In the museums, we welcomed visitors toured the many exhibits of our pioneer history. The Daughters of the American Revolution: Doris Minor, Nancy Hay, Marilyn Wilson and Carol Ann Batterton, taught the kids how to construct Patriotic Windsocks and Door Hangers.

Spinning Chain Sides and John Smith making a rope

Also, we thank the Roger Mills Genealogy Society board member – Dale Tracy for their set up and illustration of the County Maps of the Roger Mills County schools and communities.

Everyone enjoyed the great food concessions by the Snack Shack, chuck wagon kettle cooking, Indian Tacos by the Class of 2024, Hamburgers with the Scout Troop, and baked goods booth to benefit the Alzheimer Association Fund – with the whole Bob Ritchie Family involved.

The highlight of the event was the Silent Auction and Raffle Fundraisers. Thanks to the following silent auction donors: Rory Kirk, Joe Hay, Kara & Brad Bottom, Windle Turley, Jessica Roark, New Holland of Arnett, Bill Olson, Dewayne Roark, Chris Calvert, Mahota Stamper, Linda Maddux, Barbara Little, Vera Holley, and Doris Minor. The Raffle winners for the Treager Grills went to Merlene Shaw for the grand prizewinner and Glenna Kirk for the second prize. We would like everyone for their raffle ticket donation, and special thank you to Bob Smith of Cheyenne, for assisting with setting up the Treager Grills for the raffle.

Both the Silent Auction and Raffle Fundraisers were 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 and Event and to the Friends of the Rook Foundation and Security State Bank for advertising on their marquees. Thanks goes to Barbara Little and Oweita Calvert serving as receptionists for the day; and for mentioned 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 long hours to prepare the Cheyenne City Park for this annual event. Also, Dennis Sadler and the RMC County Commissioners and Court Clerks office for the support and presentation of the ‘Proclamation to our First Responders, Emergency Services, and Support Personnel’. And Finally, all the workers in this role who attended to be recognized for their dedicated service to RMC.

The Historic Roger Mills County Preservation Board Members – John Smith, Linda Maddux, Elaine Olson, Jamie Allen, Jerry Swartwood, James Calvert, Miklyn Kirk Moore, Glenda Kirk and Garrett Logan, and Billy Underwood Thanks everyone continued support to this annual event.

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 message us on our Facebook page – “ Historic Roger Mills Preservation and Development Foundation”. Thank You again for your support.


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