Whitney’s Chase honored; bank robberies on horseback; rodeo
Date posted: June 7, 2013
We’re glad you’re here.
“Rice is great,” so wrote comedian/author Mitch Hedberg (1968-2005), “if you re hungry and want to eat 2,000 of something.”
We’re less than a month away from Sheridan’s premier community event, the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo.
The Sheridan Press is a Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo corporate sponsor this year, co-sponsoring the popular Boot Kick-Off on July 6. This event is free and open to the public, a warm-up to rodeo week hereabouts.
Our Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo magazine, a part of our Destination Sheridan magazine series, will be published July 3. The magazine will feature stories about the event, our community and its residents, the contestants, its history and local marketing messages.
It’s a keeper.
Jack Chase recently retired from the board of trustees of Whitney Benefits. Patrick Henderson, Whitney’s executive director, noted how there was a recent social in Chase’s honor and recognition of his extraordinary 42 years of service to the Whitney board which he joined in 1972.
“He’s an absolute, consummate, classy gentleman who cared a great deal about Whitney and Sheridan’s youth,” Henderson said.
Whitney’s endowment is more than $100 million and it is committed to Sheridan education, youth and other programs that lift the community. One example is the new Whitney Academic Center on the campus of Sheridan College.
It is on schedule to open in August and will create more than 53,000 square feet of new and renovated high-tech classrooms, faculty learning centers, study/work areas for students and community space for Sheridan. (One example: The Sheridan Press’ FAB Women’s Conference will be held there Oct. 4-5.)
In all, some 92 trustees have given more than 1,000 years of service to Whitney, which also is a major supporter of our YMCA, Whitney Commons, Sheridan Ice, Whitney Plaza and more.
Since its inception in 1928, almost $30 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 5,000 local students to further their education.
Last bank robbery on horseback?
Gideon L. Redding has the distinction. On June 1, 1932, he rode a black horse into Hatch, N.M., and relieved the First National Bank of $2,000. So says True West magazine.
He placed adhesive tape on his face for a disguise.
Lawmen arrested him eight days later on a ranch in Big Lake, Texas, while he was milking a cow. He told the judge he needed the money to pay debts. Redding served a short bit in prison and died at age 93 in 1993.
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