Topic: North Dakota Cowboy
Just thought I would share a story with you on my Great Grandfather. He has been selected to be Inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame.
He passed on when my father was only twelve, but he told him lots of stories and most of the stories are just hearsay. My father is now gone also but My father told me that how he got to Brownsville Texas was with his father and sister on a ship with a load of horses from Spain and that would explain why he did not have a citizenship.
This weekend my wife and I are going to the ceremony at Medora N.Dak. this is the story from the website.
In the Pre-1940 Ranching Division, the 2009 inductee is:
Perfecto Fernandez, aka Georgie Baye, of Fort Berthold Reservation and Morton County was born in Brownsville, Texas, in 1861. His first cattle drive was to Wyoming in 1875 and, he then moved on to Dakota Territory. He helped Pierre Wibaux drive longhorns from Texas to Montana and worked as a horse wrangler. Fernandez was riding for the Little Missouri Livestock Association and took part in the massive roundup with Teddy Roosevelt in 1884. In 1885, he moved to the White Earth Valley and was the horse foreman and bronc buster five miles north of Hall’s Trading Post. Fernandez made saddles, as well as rawhide braided ropes, reins and bridles and horsehair saddle pads, during the long winter months. The Marquis de Mores gave Perfecto and Hall matching Colt 45-caliber revolvers, and the two were frequent guests at the Chateau de Mores. Fernandez made his way to Mandan when President Theodore Roosevelt came to N.D. in 1903. He hopped on the train and went on to Medora with the President. Roosevelt orchestrated Fernandez’ citizenship and gave him the name Georgie Baye.
Fernandez continued a horse operation with Ed Hall, breeding draft horses. En route to the Red River Valley to sell matched teams to harvest operations, they were able to perfectly train the pairs on the trail and could command prices anywhere from $800 to $1,200 per team. Fernandez settled on Bennie Peer Creek in McKenzie County to raise sheep and horses. In the late 1890s, he married Margaret Smith in Sanger, N.D., and they had three sons. He died in 1935, and his final resting place is near the Cross Ranch, near Sanger.
My father told me he played guitar and harmonica very well and used some kind of Spanish style finger plucking, I don't know what that means but I am going to research it some more and ask some questions at the ceremony In Medora N.D this weekend.