Chet and Juanita Howell Rodeo Collection, 1934-1958
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
1 cu. ft
Indians of North America Entertainers
Western states (U.S.)
Chet and Juanita Howell were trick riders and ropers who played many of the rodeos and fairs throughout the country in the 1930s until the latter 1950s. They averaged thirty shows per year, with most of their performances being in the western and southwestern United States. Juanita and Chet were married on horseback in August of 1936 in Centralia, Washington. After Chet served in World War II, he continued with rodeo. In the 1950s, the Howells settled in Phoenix, Arizona, where Chet worked in manufacturing for five years. His last job was with the post office before his death in 1970. Juanita Howell, born in 1910, continued living in their retirement home.
Mostly newspaper publicity and rodeo programs. 67 full- and half-page sheets from mostly small-town papers, with predominantly local news. The programs for performances at fairs sometimes include agricultural information, what was being judged, and the cash prize amounts. Most of the programs contain advertisements for small-town services and products. A description of the sponsors indicate close community-business relationships. Some shows were near Indian reservations and Native Americans took part in the shows.
Chet and Juanita Howell Rodeo Collection, 1934-1958, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Juanita Howell