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Marquis de Mores, Schafer among 9 inductees to ND Cowboy Hall of Fame

MEDORA -- Nine members will be inducted into the 2013 class of the North Dakota Cowboy this summer.

The cowboys and cowgirls will be honored for their character and legacy in the Hall of Honorees in the Center of Western Heritage & Cultures on June 21-22 in Medora.

The inductees include the Marquis de Mores, Harold Schafer, two local rodeo greats and the man who started the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Marquis de Mores, the Frenchman who founded the town of Medora, is the inductee in the Great Westerner category. He started the Northern Pacific Railroad Car Co., built the Chateau De Mores, a brick plant, the slaughterhouse, icehouse, Catholic church and the Von Hoffman House in Medora.

Tom Solberg and Lynn Linseth will be honored as the modern-era rodeo winners.

Solberg was a bull riding champion and Linseth was a steer wrestler. Both have played large roles in western North Dakota rodeo.

Henry G. "Hank" Baker is the pre-1940 rodeo inductee. The longtime rancher from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the McClusky area is known for his participation in saddle bronc riding and rodeo judging.

William "Bill" Lowman is the inductee in Western Arts & Entertainment. The Sentinel Butte rancher is the founder and director of the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora.

Leroy "Bud" Perry of New Town is the modern-era rancher inductee and Lettie Uhlman Kellogg of McKenzie County is the pre-1940 rancher inductee.

The late Harold Schafer, founder of the Gold Seal Co., is one of two Legacy Award winners.

Schafer's investment of time, money and other resources allowed for the history and heritage of the city of Medora to be preserved.

Russ Danielson was a Cowboy Hall of Fame board member, a distinguished cattleman and leader of North Dakota State University's animal science program.

The ceremonies for the Hall of Fame inductions begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, with the Honor the Honorees Banquet at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Activities continue at noon Saturday, June 22, with the induction program at the Tjaden Terrace.