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Dusty Anderson – Working Cowboy

Dusty Anderson Working Cowboy 2014“All I ever wanted to do in my life was to be a cowboy, and I became one early.”

Dustin “Dusty” Anderson was born in Skiddy, Kansas on March 1, 1922 to Harry and Mabel (Stilwell) Anderson. His mother died during his birth and he was raised by his grandparents. His was herding cattle and competing in rodeos as early as the age of 13. While at White City High School, Dusty was on the football team. At the same time, he worked with horses often riding five miles from Skiddy to White City to attend school or tend cattle. At 15, he quit school to work for the famous Clyde Miller Rodeo Company. Dusty lived all his life at Skiddy except his stint with Miller and when, at 17, he enlisted in the Army. He served during World War II in the 6th Ranger Battalion, receiving a Bronze Star for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. After the War he resumed his life in Skiddy. He successfully competed in rodeo after the War, but his true calling was working cattle, which he did for many of the ranchers in the Flint Hills area, providing them with head counts, health and condition, doctoring and pasturing. Additionally he raised, broke and trained many fine horses as he worked with cattle. Dusty raised a colt that became a World Champion, which put Skiddy on the map. As one who worked primarily on horseback, he did not own a motorized vehicle until his early 30’s. Dusty received a Gold Card from the Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1951. He was a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club and held lifetime memberships in the American Quarter Horse and American Paint Horse Associations. He managed buffalo for the Calvary at Fort Riley, Kansas for nine years and assisted in training 100 troops in a special guerilla force. For these acts he was named an Honorary Trooper by the Fort. He supported youth by donating horses to the Rock Springs 4-H Camp. As a result, he was named an Honorary Member Kansas 4-H Foundation and an Honorary Wrangler at Rock Springs 4-H Camp. In 1969 he married Dolly who won two Quarter Horse world championships in jumping. Together they raised stepson Michael Moore and stepdaughter Kelly Moore. Dusty Anderson died May 17, 2008. He was a friend of and, at times, worked with fellow 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Rancher/Cattleman Bob Alexander.

Year inducted: 2014

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