Winter Sports Carnival
Abstracted from Cheryl Helmer's book -- Warren Times/A collection of news about Warren, Idaho. Henington Publishing Company, Wolfe City, TX., 1988.
March 1924 (WS): The 15 mile dog derby: Tud Kent, Boise, captured first place; Smokey Gaston, last year's United States champion, Nampa, finished second; Sam Trude, Ashton, third; and Warren Brown, McCall, fourth. John Nicholson, with the Cascade entry failed to finish when his dogs ran amuck.
February 1926: Warren Brown, 13-year-old youth, mushed his malamutes to victory over Smoky Gaston, veteran dog driver, Saturday morning in the dog race classic at the third annual Payette Lakes Winter Carnival at McCall. . . . Fred Printz, who finished third, had been looked upon as probably dark horse . . .Tud Kent, dean of dog derby racers of the west, was forced to withdraw because several of his dogs were troubled with sore feet. Arthur Newman got away nearly, trailing Gaston by three minutes and then Ted Geelan crossed the starting line. Gellan was the only driver to have difficulty in getting started and lost a few moments when his dogs balked and exhibited a tendency to fight rather than run. . . .The dog classic came near the close of the two day carnival which included ski jumping and horseracing on ice as well as skijoring, Finnish sports and tobogganing.
February 1926: Warren Brown, 13 year old youth, mushed his malamutes to victory over Smoky Gaston, veteran dog driver, Saturday morning in the dog race classic at the third annual Payette Lakes Winter Carnival at McCall. . . . Arthur Newman got away nearly, trailing Gaston by three minutes and then Ted Geelan crossed the starting line. Gellan was the only driver to have difficulty in getting started and lost a few moments when his dogs balked and exhibited a tendency to fight rather than run.
February 1928 (WS): Earl Kimball carrying Boise colors, proved to the the premier dog driver at the winter sports carival at McCall this last Saturday. His team of red setters were winners of the American dog derby at Ashton last year. He covered the 20-mile course in one hour and 27 minutes. . . . Harry Whitehead of Idaho Falls was second and Warren Brown, 14 year old boy of McCall was third. Both Bill and Sam Trude brought teams from Aston, Tud Kent drove one team. Ted Geelan entered with a team of young setters, perhaps too young to win this year, but very fast and a treat for any dog fancier. Then there was Roy Stover, the musher who took Dr. Numbers to Thunder Mountain country in December. The used the same team in the race, but had to replace the leader, Big Jerry, because that animal was overdone on that 120 mile grind.
March 1929: Making the 25-mile run in one-hour and 59 minutes, Earl Kimball of Cascade slid into victory in the ninth annual dog derby at McCall Saturday. Tud Kent was second; Thula Geelan, lady driver, third; Delbert Gorham, 16-year old boy of Rigby was fourth and Fred Printz, fifth.
1931 (Idaho County Free Press): A new feature in dog racing will be tried this yearin the big dog race when all the teams are started at once instead of the usual custom of starting them at intervals of a few minutes apart. . . . . Thula Geelan, Cascade, added new laurels to her dog racing record Saturday by winning the grueling 25 mile race over the slush of Payette Lake. She finished the race in one hour and thirty-five minutes, bringing in her team a mile ahead of her nearest competetor, Roy Stover driving his team of seven Gordon setters and fox hounds who won the Ashton Dog Derby. The prize of $150 went to Mrs. Geelan and $100 to Stover. Fred Printz, Cascade, finished third and won $50. Gill McCoy, Cascade, finished fourth and other finishers in order were Ted Gellan, husband of the winner, Earl Kimball, Cascade and Marvin Turley of Meadows.
February 1932 (Idaho Daily Statesman): Roy Stover guided his dog team in victory Saturday in the 60-mile Cascade to McCall dog derby. He won the first lap Friday and finished second on the return trip but won with a total time of four hours 37 minutes and 25 seconds. Thula Geelan, only woman musher in the race finished second. . .
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