My father gave me a scrapbook with newpspaper clippings concerning cowboys and rodeos. A couple of the articles concern Burel Mulkey from Salmon, Idaho who was the 1938 World All-Around Champion and 1937-1938 World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion. He lived from May 24,1904 - Nov. 1982, at least from what I have ascertained.
The first shows a picture of Burel Mulkey riding a bronc with the caption:
King Bronco Upsets Rider
Five Minutes to Midnight, generally adjudged the champion bronco in the Rocky Mountain District, tossed Burel Mulkey, Salmon, Idaho rider, in eight seconds, in the annual frontier days celebration in Cheyenne, Wyo. Mulkey is shown leaving the "hurricane deck" of the animal.
The second is a longer article:
Idaho's Burel Mulkey, Bronc Champ, Admits Rodeo Earnings Pass $5000 (Idaho Statesman newspaper January 19, 1938)
Denver(AP) Twelve seconds a day...five days a week...that's Burel's Mulkey's working time...when there's a rodeo on.
The 31 year old Mulkey, the world's champion bronc rider, admits he made " more than $5000 but not very close to $10,000" last year, his first champion season.
"Yeah, if you can...take it," finished Mulkey's pal and rival, Nick Knight of Cody, Wyo.
Mulkey, a blue-eyed ranch reared rider from Salmon, Idaho, is riding the bucking horses this week at Denver's National Western Stock Show, Horse Show and Rodeo.
"We're riding regular from now on through till after the show at Baton Rouge next November," said Mulkey declared last year's champion by the Rodeo Association of America.
"Sure, a bucking horse ride is only 12 seconds - 10 seconds for indoor shows like this - and we only ride about five times through a whole show."
"But you sure enough do a lot of riding in 12 seconds, if you stay on," Mulkey said.
Dropping his wide, square jaw in a big grin, Mulkey explained:
"I don't need to do any other riding besides what I do in the shows to keep in shape."
Does Burel have any plans for quitting riding and settling down on a ranch of his own?
"That's what all the top boys say they're going to do some day," said Mulkey, opening up his big grin again.
"But there's not many that do. These days I guess you can make more money riding than running a ranch, anyhow.
There is another colorized picuture that seems to be an artist's rendition showing Paul Carney, Everett Bowman, Mrs. Dick Giffith and Burel Mulkey