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Note the house behind this incredible pickup.   In the 50's the house belonged to Miles and Arlie Rumgy...Don's second cousin.  In 1948 Ft. Carson was surplusing the horse cavalry and Miles bought a mule which he trained.  Hollywood came to Ft. Carson looking for a mule to become Francis the Talking Mule.  Miles entered his trained mule in the contest and it made the final three, but alas was not chosen.  Children used to walk down the street and stop to play with the very smart mule which was kept in a pen behind the house.

 
Miles Rumgy and his mule


 

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Fowler marks 87th
Missouri Day celebration

2007

The chief event for the first Missouri Day, held on June 26, 1920, was a tug of war that was held at the Arkansas River.

Missouri Day 2007 marks the 87th birthday of the "big one-day event" as it was called long ago. The very first Missouri Day celebration was held on Saturday, June 26, 1920.

According to the article published in the "Fowler Tribune" on June 25, the main objective of this celebration was to gather all the former residents of the "Show Me" state, as well as visiting residents, for a social good time. Former Missourians were asked to participate in a basket dinner, however, this event was not limited to just Missourians.

Many sports events followed the picnic including the chief event of a big tug of war. The tug of war contest was held at the Arkansas River and had former Missourians from the north of the Missouri River on one side of the rope while those who resided on the south side pulled on the other end.

In 1933, Fowler crowned its first Missouri Day queen. Young ladies between the ages of 15 and 25 campaigned for the crown. Miss Maurine Woods received the most votes and was crowned the first-ever Missouri Day queen. Her court of honor consisted of Pauline Moffitt, Mary Boone, Lilly Dell Harriman, Helen Strange, Evadne Purinton, Alice Baylor and Velma Mae Allison.

The Missouri Day celebration was traditionally held on the second Wednesday in August. In 1974, the Missouri Day Committee decided to moved the celebration to Saturday, July 13. Missouri Day from then on was held on the third Saturday in July. Each year, the one day event became increasingly bigger and better than the year before, bringing several thousand visitors to the area. This year, the event was moved to the second Saturday in July to accommodate the carnival.

Today, Missouri Day is still the best event Fowler has attempted, with many traditions still remaining and others being formed.

LaJunta Tribune Democrat - Fowler

 

Missouri Day, 1928, 80 years ago

(This story appeared in the Fowler Tribune 2008, courtesy of Olive M. Rogge, the Fowler Historical Society Reporter.  It so perfectly explains the origin of Missouri Day in Fowler).

Missouri Picnic will be celebrated in Fowler Wednesday of next week.

Committee arrangements that have been made indicate a splendid amusement program with good music by a Pueblo band.

The "Missourians' Picnic" is the outstanding event each year in Fowler, as far as social and amusement events are concerned.   The Missourians have such a good time at their picnic that they furnish amusement to all others.   It's fun to watch some of the old-timers shamble over to the "scratching post" and use it.  Its fun to hear 'em in a hog calling contest.  It's fun for everybody just to watch the Missourians eat.  If there is any one thing a Missourian excels in, it is shoveling grub through the hole in the face that nature left there for that purpose.   A thousand Missourians gathered together in one park, swapping yarns, greeting each other with a friendly whack on the back, or trying to swap mules, pitchforks or pocket knives, is a sight to behold.   Starting with a small beginning ten years ago, the Missourians' Picnic has grown until today everybody attends, regardless of whether they are from Missouri or not.  They come from far and near.

The second Wednesday in August has been set aside as the time for holding the annual event, and next Wednesday is the day.  City Park, Fowler, is the place.  Nobody is barred - an invitation is extended to everybody to attend.  Its the only day in the year when everybody is expected to lay aside his troubles and have a good time.  

The greased pig catching contest and the spitting contest is open to Missourians only.   Bring your umbrella.

 

 

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