He rode to the finish

Sharon Lawrence recently uncovered this photo postcard of Fred Reed riding the bronc Separator at the 1926 Denton Rodeo. On the back of the card it says “He rode to the finish.” Lawrence said her great-great-aunt, Anna Cercrle, moved from Nebraska to Lewistown in 1912 to homestead. Some years later, Anna sent this photo to her sister in Nebraska. Lawrence’s research shows Fred Reed and his brother, Mike, produced the Northern Montana State Rodeo for several years. Fred was also the Judith Basin County Sheriff from 1938-1944. Photo courtesy of Sharon Lawrence

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