Ray Godfrey, Rapid City, S.D.
Ray Godfrey, Rapid City, S.D.

The 2017 Black Hills Stock Show Pioneer Awards Breakfast will be held on Feb. 4 at the Fine Arts Building at the Pennington County Fairgrounds. 

Doors will open at 8 a.m. with breakfast at 8:30 followed by a program. 

This year’s Pioneer honorees include: Ray Godfrey, Dan and Bev Lindbloom and Iris Day. Receiving the Spirit Award will be Slim McNaught.

Ticket Prices are Adults $12.00; Children 10- under $7.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Central States Fair Office or contact:

Dick Bray at 605-521-0472, braydick89@gmail.com or NanCee Maynard at 605-923-4494, Nmay2278@rap.midco.net

Dan & Bev Lindblom

For more than 50 years, Dan Lindblom managed the Hart Ranch south of Rapid City - taking care of the range, building a cow herd, raising a family, and serving in his church, community, and state.  

Dan was born during the worst dust storm in South Dakota history, on November 12, 1933, at  Canova, SD.  After a two-year stint in the Navy and graduating from South Dakota State University, Dan went to work for Western Cattle Company, managing ranches in western South Dakota before moving to the Hart Ranch in 1961.  His approach to range management was based on the idea that the ranch’s main crop was grass, and the cattle herd was primarily a way of harvesting the grass.  His approach to cattle management was based on the idea of thinking like a cow, and using low-stress handling techniques.  

When Western Cattle Company sold the Hart Ranch, Dan and his wife, Bev, had managed to build their own cow herd and were able to buy their own ranch land.  Dan and Bev recently moved to Rapid City, but he still makes frequent visits to the ranch.

Dan and, his wife of 61 years, Bev raised six children.  They taught their children to respect others, to honor their faith, to help their neighbors, and to serve in the community.  Dan served on the Central States Fair Board of Directors, the Black Hills Electric Co-op Board, the SD Rural Electric Association Board, and the State Brand Board.  

Iris Day

Iris (Carmichael) Day was born August 26, 1937. She was raised on the ranch where she currently resides. She attended school in a little one-room schoolhouse and attended high school in Faith SD. Iris married Bud Day in 1954.  They ranched in the surrounding area raising cattle, sheep, and many fine quarter horses. 

In 1975 they moved to Thunder Butte in Perkins County where they raised their six kids. They have twenty-three grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. Her children now own and operate the family ranch continuing a family tradition. 

Iris attended a many rodeos with Bud and her children throughout the years. She enjoyed timing rodeos and roping events.  Many ropings were held in their indoor arena in the winter time and it was a gathering place for many, working alongside their children and grandchildren while they learned to rope and ride.  All the family have excelled in rodeo starting with 4-H and high school, several going into professional rodeo. 

Iris drove school bus for 31 years. Her favorite thing has always been riding horses, checking pastures and living the country life. The last few years she now does her checking in her Kubota side by side that has heat and air conditioning.

Raymond Godfrey

Born in Sioux Falls, SD on July 31, 1915 to Raymond and Jesse Godfrey.  In 1916 Ray and Jessie packed up their four horses, one cow, 24 chickens, two wagons, one plow, one disc, one mower and one hayrake and headed west to Haydraw, SD.  Jesse started a small store and ran the post office in Haydraw.  In April of 1920 Raymond died.  Jesse married Bill Kiehn in June of 1923.  In 1927 Bill died in a horse accident.  Jesse struggled to make ends meet with her young children.  The depression and drought of the 20’s and 30’s made it so Ray and his siblings had to help out.  In 1933 Ray worked shoveling gravel on wagons by hand.  He made $0.50 per hour.

In 1936 Ray married Gladys Anderson.  Their first son Jerry was born later that year.  Ray worked for the Pennington County Highway Department doing road construction for $4.00 a day.  In March of 1939 Ray was laid off from his job.  He borrowed $200 and started his own service station in New Underwood, SD.  Ray ran his service station until he moved his family to Rapid City.  Through the 1940’s Ray worked on ranches milking cows.  In 1942 Ray and Gladys had their second son, Robert.  In 1945 Ray began working at Hills Brake.  He stayed there until 1949 and went to Diamond T Trucks.  In July of 1953, Ray and Gladys had their third son, Dan.  

On July 15, 1955 Ray, with the help of investors, opened Godfrey Brake Service.  In 1956 Ray hired two men and added new merchandise to sell.  By 1959 Ray had employed three mechanics one parts salesman and a full time bookkeeper.  Godfrey Brake was growing and in 1960 a building for office and storage was going up.  In 1969 business was good and Ray bought a little farm south of Rapid City, where he lived until he died.  In June of 1972 the flood devastated Rapid City.  Godfrey Brake Service was in its direct path.  Ray and his faithful employees picked up the pieces and pushed forward.  Ray bought land on Poplar Ave and began building a new shop.  Thanksgiving of 1975 Godfrey Brake Service moved to 110 Poplar Ave, where it is still located to this day.  

In the late 70’s Ray took an interest in an up and coming hobby, pulling draft horses.  Over the next two decades Ray would add many draft horses to his collection.  Ray, his boys along with his grandchildren traveled to horse pulls all around the Midwest.  Ray took an invested interest in the local fair and 4H program.  He was on the fair board and a loyal bidder at the 4H sale every fall.  Ray didn’t just purchase beef for himself, he also provided his employees with 4H beef every year, which is a tradition that his sons still practice today at Godfrey Brake Service.    

Ray had three passions in his life.  First, his wife, sons and grandchildren.  Second, his business and every employee that ever worked for him. Third, his many teams of draft horses.  Ray put all of his time and energy into the things that were the most important to him and it showed by all he accomplished.  Those who were closest to Ray will tell you that he was one of the most loving and generous people they’d ever met.  Throughout the years Ray and Godfrey Brake Service gave generously to the youth in the black hills area through both 4H and kids’ sports.  

Ray passed June 23, 2005.

Slim McNaught

Slim McNaught was born in 1934, the son of A.J. and Troy McNaught.  He grew up on a ranch near Long Valley, SD and graduated from Bennett County High School in 1952.  In 1954 he married Darlene Brodkorb and they continued living on the ranch.  They have four children.

In 1975, after selling the ranch, Slim and Darlene opened Slim’s Custom Leather and boot repair in  Kadoka, SD. Slim specialized in saddle repair and restoration and also did boot repair and hand crafted leather.  Darlene assisted and ran the retail portion of the business.  In 1990 they  moved to New Underwood, where Slim was Chief of Police for New Underwood and also cross deputized as a Pennington County Deputy for seven years.  They continued with the leather craft and operated a store in  New Underwood for several years.  

Slim has always had a lot of interest in youth.  He is a certified Gun Safety instructor.  He  took an active part in Little Britches rodeos, youth rodeos, play-days, etc.  He tooled the Bible covers for the Kadoka Rodeo Bible Camp for 31 Years and the leather plaques for the  Western Junior Livestock for several years.

Slim is a recognized Cowboy Poet and has performed in man venues throughout the western half of the United States.

After retiring from law enforcement and closing the store on the street he continued with his leather craft and poetry.  Also has been able to enjoy a lot of family activities and  some traveling, but will admit that he wold rather stay right here in South Dakota.