Samuel Waltzy Elliott, was born July 1, 1905, to Samuel Lafayette and
Lena Alberson Elliot. Birth place: Miranda Station on the eastside of
the Steens Mountain, in Southeast Oregon. He was raised in a ranching
family and started working at an early age for the famed Miller and Lux
For young Waltzy Elliot, Buckarooing became a way of life almost from
the time he could walk and talk. At age six, Cow boss, Clay Rambo, took
him under his wing. With his little saddle, Clay put chinks on him and
he rode with him as A Little Man.
As a youngster, age 12, he worked with Leslie Van Riper, breaking horses
to saddle. They rode ten to twelve head every day.
Cowboying then earned you a dollar a day. When you worked on a ranch a
cowboy earned $30.00 a month, a ranch bonc rider earned $60.00 a month.
In January 1920, Waltzy went real Buckarooin at the Alvord
Ranch, feeding stock, etc. He reckons there were 600 to 900 head of cattle
in every field, so all lent a hand feeding hay, at the same time, theyd
work and grade the cattle. He participated in drives from the different
Miller and Lux division, White Horse, Island, and Black Rock to the stockyards
in Winnemucca, Nevada.
In 1928, he quit the Island division and came to Winnemucca. He says he
was tired of riding cranky horses. His love of fine horses continued on
into his later years. He was always ready and willing to help out if Pete
Pedroli or Buster Dufurrena needed an extra hand.
In 1992, at age 87, he was asked to serve as one of the Grand Marshalls
for the Labor Day Rodeo Parade, in Winnemucca, Nevada. His reply was he
would be honored, but he didnt want them to bring him some
old slow horse to ride, bring me one with some spunk! And they did.
Waltzy is the classic example of a true gentleman of the West. His kind
and quiet spoken manner, dry wit and sly grin are typical of the old time
Buckaroo. They worked hard, they played hard.
Waltzy Elliott is believed to be the last living cowhand to have worked
both the Oregon and Nevada divisions of the vast Miller and Lux operations.
At age 91, (the writing of this biography) he was still going strong,
very active in public service organizations and lives a full life with
his family and friends around him. A complete oral history of Waltzy Elliott
has been recorded for the Humboldt County Library Archives.
Waltzy Elliott was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September
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