Hear the story of ‘Schaller Bennett, rodeo cowboy’ Oct. 12

October 8, 2013

By Staff

In the 1920s, people from around the region flocked to Issaquah to attend its rodeo. On Oct. 12, the Issaquah History Museums will host a special program featuring the story of one of its most fascinating rodeo cowboys, Schaller Bennett.

The program starts at 11 a.m. at the Issaquah Train Depot, 78 First Ave. N.E. It is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Born near Issaquah in 1897, Bennett grew up in a logging family. Although he worked as a logger on and off for decades, Bennett’s real calling was cowboy, and by 1925 he had relocated to Ellensburg to run his own ranch.

After getting his start riding broncos at the Issaquah rodeo, Bennett went on to perform regularly in the Ellensburg rodeo. In 1927 and 1931, he won the Kittitas County Bronc Riding Championship. Bennett was known as “one of the last real cowboys” and contributed to the Ellensburg Rodeo as a volunteer and mentor for many years.

The family-friendly event will include a short film and stories about this colorful character from Issaquah’s past. The program will begin with Issaquah History Museums’ annual board elections.

If you have stories you’d like to share, would like more information about this event or want to learn about volunteer opportunities, call 392-3500 or email volunteer@issaquahhistory.org.



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