April 2, 1932 – Bill Pickett
Photo image by Anthony Hodge, Co-Chair of Norman Studios, for the film The Bull-Dogger (1922) with Bill Pickett.
Bill Pickett, one of America’s greatest cowboy, rodeo and Wild West performers died on April 2, 1932 in Ponca City, Oklahoma at age 61. Pickett was born on December 5, 1870 in Jenks-Branch, Texas. He invented the method of wrestling a steer to the ground after leaping from a horse called “bulldogging”. Pickett joined together with his four brothers to create The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association. He later became a part of the famous 101 Ranch Wild West Show which had the likes of Will Rogers, Buffalo Bill, and other famous stars. Pickett toured around the world and was featured in movies. He also served as a Deacon in a Baptist Church. Pickett was posthumously inducted in the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971.