Wednesday, June 8, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Livermore Rodeo Queens

I love this newspaper photo featuring my maternal grandma, Donna Madsen Bartram (1919-1966), and her sister, Rae Madsen Christensen (1921-2010). I even have it framed and proudly displayed in my living room. The article is promoting the Livermore Rodeo, and is from the mid 1930s. I'm not sure of the date, but it's probably 1936 or 1937. Grandma and Grandpa met in 1936, and were married in March 1938, and the article identifies her and Aunt Rae by their maiden name (spelled incorrectly).
Aunt Rae is at the bottom, Grandma Donna is in the middle, and their friend,
Maxine Compoe is the girl in the hat (at the top)
In case you can't read the fine print on the image, here it is (misspelled names and all):
Snoozin' in the sun after doing full justice to a barbecue meal fit for a king -- and a California cowboy -- Maxine Compoe (top), Donna Modsen and Rae Modsen, stellar riders who will be seen next Saturday and Sunday in Livermore Rodeo events, enjoy a siesta. They're dreaming, perhaps, of the thousands of dollars to be given as prizes.
It just occurred to me that the 2011 Livemore Rodeo is happening this weekend (June 11-12) in Livermore, California. If you're in the area, it's a lot of fun!

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