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On the second Tuesday of every month, Bob and Winona Penfield host the Cowboy Opry at the Boss Cowman Conference Center in Lemmon, South Dakota, featuring the top talents in Cowboy Poetry and Western Music.

Recent shows have featured Honored Guests Jess Howard, D. W. Groethe, and Yvonne Hollenbeck; Special Western Music Guest T. J. CaseyKen Overcast, Ann Secrest, and Arlie Hulm.  

On October 14, 2003 the Cowboy Opry featured an evening of humorous cowboy poetry with Rodney Nelson, Jess Howard, Elizabeth Ebert and Yvonne HollenbeckJim Thompson was the emcee, and the program was recorded and is now a hilarious CD, Where the Buffalo Rhyme.  Read more about it below.

Read Bob Penfield's heartwarming story below, "Home for Christmas," about how some special listeners from China tuned into one show.

For more information about the Cowboy Opry, contact:

Bob & Winona Penfield
Box  111
Bowman, ND  58623
1-800-437-2040 toll free
1-701-523-3652
1701-523-3646 FAX
email

www.PenfieldAuctions.com

 

Yvonne Hollenbeck contributed additional background information about the Cowboy Opry and the Boss Cowboy Center: 

Cowboy Poetry and Western Music are quite popular in the Dakotas, and due to that fact, there are getting to be more and more events where one can enjoy it.  One such place is the Cowboy Opry held the second Tuesday of each month at the Boss Cowman Conference Center in Lemmon, South Dakota.  

When Bob Penfield bought a vacant church building in Lemmon, he named it the Boss Cowman Center and started holding the monthly Cowboy Opry.  The 14th Session is coming up and everyone has been well received, with crowds enthusiastic and getting larger each month.  Of course, everyone enjoys the lunch and fellowship in the basement following each event!"   

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Home for Christmas With Technology


When Winona Penfield's cell phone rang on Tuesday evening at about 6:45 pm, Bob answered his usual "Penfield Auctions" and a loud clear (and familiar) voice on the other end said "Hi Dad." That was a big surprise as it was 9:45 Wednesday morning in Beijing where Patty (Penfield) Stallings and her family live. The next thing Patty said is "we can see you on the computer screen.

Bob and Winona were in Lemmon, SD at the Boss Cowman Conference Center getting ready for the December "Cowboy Opry" and Patty was in their classroom in Beijing in the Peoples Republic of China. All 3 or the Stallings kids and Dad  Sam was standing behind them looking on as Patty was on the phone talking to her Dad 15,000 miles away.

Wade Shockley of Dakota Software in Lemmon is the technical engineer for the monthly Cowboy Opry which is broadcasted world-wide on the internet each month as a live Western Music and Cowboy Poetry show. The Opry started out as a live radio program broadcasted on 2 radio stations hooked to the Conference Center by an ordinary telephone line. After a couple  of programs Wade said "we can do this on the wireless and hook directly into the internet," which the Penfields agreed to. Wade was in his booth and had all the equipment turned on and broadcasting in preparation for the program to start at 7 pm.

About 65 people were in the audience to see this happen. As the MC for the live show, Bob generally goes on the air at 7 pm saying "Welcome to this month's Cowboy Opry wherever you are. We are broadcasting live from the Historic Boss Cowman Center in downtown Lemmon, South Dakota."  Wade says there are generally 8 or 10 people hooked on listening to the live program from wherever they live. Most of them would be people that have roots in Lemmon or Bowman and/or have attended the Opry in person at an earlier time.

What made this month unique was that Bob and Winona were able to stand up in the front of the auditorium and wave to the grandkids and they could see it in "real time" while their Mom was on the line talking to Grandpa with about 65 people watching. The Stallings family tunes in every month but the reception in China is generally not as good as it was on Tuesday evening. Lemmon's new cell phone tower in recent months and Dakota Software's equipment along with Wade Shockley's knowledge of how to make it all work made for a fun evening for everyone.

The Holsti Sisters from Camp Crook and Robert Dennis from Red Owl were the entertainers for the evening and they let the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" to Paul Stallings who turned 11 that day. One of the songs the Holsti's sang during the evening was the old favorite "I'll Be Home For
Christmas," dedicating it to all of the families with sons and daughters worldwide.

2003, Bob Penfield

Read more about Bob and Winona Penfield at their Penfield Auctions site


About the Cowboy Opry and the Boss Cowman Conference Center 

Yvonne Hollenbeck contributed additional background information about the Cowboy Opry and the Boss Cowboy Center: 

Cowboy Poetry and Western Music are quite popular in the Dakotas, and due to that fact, there are getting to be more and more events where one can enjoy it.  One such place is the Cowboy Opry held the second Tuesday of each month at the Boss Cowman Conference Center in Lemmon, South Dakota.  

When Bob Penfield bought a vacant church building in Lemmon, he named it the Boss Cowman Center and started holding the monthly Cowboy Opry.  The 14th Session is coming up and everyone has been well received, with crowds enthusiastic and getting larger each month.  Of course, everyone enjoys the lunch and fellowship in the basement following each event!"    

Yvonne also sent the following information, some excerpted from the book Roundup Years:  

Incidentally, Lemmon got its name from one of the most famous early day cattlemen, Ed Lemmon, who, at the age of 13 left his home near Cheyenne, WY, and hired out as a cowboy.   Six years later he was following the long, dusty lines of bawling Texas longhorns to the Northern ranches and Indian agencies.  Ed Lemmon owns the world's record, according to the National Livestock Association, for saddle handling during his lifetime more cattle than any man, and he holds the record for the largest number of cattle cut out and brought to the branding fire during a roundup in a single day with a total of 900.

In 1902 he leased 865,000 acres of land on the Standing Rock Reservation, enclosed it with a three-wire fence, the largest fenced pasture in the world, and built up a herd of 53,000 head of cattle. 

Ed Lemmon is known as one of the greatest cattlemen in America and was termed "Boss Cowman" years ago.  He was foreman of a number of Texas Cattle drives.  


Where the Buffalo Rhyme

On October 14, 2003 the Cowboy Opry featured an evening of humorous cowboy poetry with Rodney Nelson, Jess Howard, Elizabeth Ebert and Yvonne HollenbeckJim Thompson was the emcee, and the program was recorded.

 

The results are now a hilarious CD, Where the Buffalo Rhyme:

 

What's inside is just as good as the cover. Where the Buffalo Rhyme (named by Baxter Black) was recorded live in October, 2003 at the Boss Cowman Cowboy Opry in Lemmon, South Dakota, and features four top poets: our Honored Guests Yvonne Hollenbeck and Jess Howard and Rodney Nelson and Elizabeth Ebert.  Jim Thompson, of Live With Jim Thompson! and Heritage of the West is the emcee.  

Included poems are:

Yvonne Hollenbeck
     What Would Martha Do?
     Poor Old Geezer Dames
     Why His Ears are Swollen
     The Waitress
     Rebel Rouser
     Best Gift I've Had in years

Jess Howard
    
Duckin' the Law
    Big Bad John, Part II
    Suicide
    Matter of Minds
    Old Henry

Rodney Nelson
     Auction Sale
     Getting Started
     Good Clean Fun
     Not Enough Stuff
     Cowboy Laundry

The CD is available from any of the four poets for $15. And you can:

See a review here.

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