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Cattle drive to honor legendary announcer

BY RHETT MORGAN - Tulsa World Published: May 23, 2009

221; Among those assisting the Rogers County sheriff’s office will be the Claremore Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Rogers County commissioners’ office, Walton said.

The animals will be driven primarily along the right-of-way, Walton said. Regularly featured at public events, the cattle are from the Chain Ranch near Woodward.

"This is not a bunch of rogue steers that got rounded up, and we’re trying to punch down the road and they are going to go every direction,” the sheriff said. "They (drovers) can make them long and skinny or short and wide, whatever. The people that handle these animals, handle them.”

McSpadden was a state senator and U.S. representative who also served 18 years as general manager of the National Finals Rodeo. Seven months before he died, the Chelsea post office was named for him.

His widow, Donna McSpadden, said one of his greatest attributes was his sincerity.

"Titles and status didn’t impress him,” she said. "He went for the simplicity and decency of a person and found something that made a character of everybody he met.”