Forsyth, MT Rodeo Rider Killed, Mar 1928



Forsyth, March 26. -- (Special) -- WESLEY FRANK ALLEN, rodeo rider and cowboy, was killed instantly Friday while riding the last of the 15 broncs he had been employed to break by R. G. Gray, cattleman of the Tongue River country, according to word brought to Forsyth Monday by Frank Skaw, a comboy employed on the Gray ranch.
ALLEN had been at Gray's ranch for about ten days, going there from Livingston, where he worked during the last winter caring for sheep for M. E. Bruffey. According to Frank Shaw, ALLEN was a fearless rider and had broken the horses in record time, leaving a seven-year-old bronc which had never been ridden until the last. Friday morning he went to the corral to ride this animal before leaving the ranch to help drive a bunch of cattle to their summer range near Livingston. Shaw, who witnessed the fatal accident, stated that the horse made four straight jumps and suddenly reared up and fell over backwards on the rider, whose head struck the corral fence, crushing his skull, while the horn of the saddle was buried in his stomach. His back was also broken at the hips. By the time he could be removed from under the horse, the rider was dead, apparently having been killed almost instantly.
ALLEN'S home was in Boise, Idaho, and the body was shipped there Sunday, to his father and brother, D. W. and L. D. Allen.
He had won numerous prizes in rodeo contests, Frank Shaw said while here Monday. Among other prizes, he took second place for bareback riding at the Pendleton, Ore., roundup two years ago, and last fall at a roundup at Lyman he received first place for bareback riding. He had never been injured but once while riding, having a collar bone fractured several yearas ago at Sheridan, Wyo. He was a member of the Ninety-first division in the World War, in which he served 540 days in France.

Billings Gazette Montana 1928-03-27