O’Fallon Historical Museum News
The O’Fallon Historical Museum in Baker is featuring an exhibit on loan from the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka during the month of June. This exhibit contains never before displayed items from the Tooke Bucking Horse Collection. Chandler Earl ‘Feek’ Tooke was born in Redfield, SD on April 12, 1909, to Earl and Bessie Tooke. His parents moved Feek and his five brothers; Frank, Fay, Grandville (Red), Dick and Bill, to their homestead 13 miles west of Ekalaka, Montana in 1913. The Tooke brothers were interested in rodeos, so they built an arena at the ranch and held their first rodeo, Memorial Day, 1931. Headed by Feek, the Tooke brothers branched out and produced rodeos in Ekalaka, Baker and Miles City, Montana; Belle Fourche and Deadwood, South Dakota; Dickinson, Hettinger and Bowman, North Dakota. They leased bucking horses to other rodeo producers, and Tooke Broncs bucked in arenas from Salt Lake City to Chicago and New York’s Madison Square Garden. Feek was a horseman; he broke horses to ride and work, bought sold and traded horses. To his way of thinking any work worth doing should be done with a horse, and he used horses other cowboys couldn’t handle. His biggest vision was to breed horses to buck, providing a continuous source of rodeo bronc for years to come in the rodeo arena, despite the general consensus from the public that it couldn’t be done. Promotional videos for the film Feek’s Vision will also be on display at the museum through the end of June. Admission is always free.