Clyde Longfellow

Class of 2019

Clyde was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho. Born in 1942 to a career Air Force man (Clyde Sr) and Lewiston-bred mom (Sybil). He was the 4th of 5 children and the only boy. From an early age, Bud decided he wanted to be a cowboy. As soon as he could, he started working out at the Old Lewiston Round Up Grounds in North Lewiston. Cleaning stalls, walking hots, whatever it took to get to ride someone's horse! Before long, he was an exercise boy for some of the racehorses kept there. He met Idaho rodeo legends such as Clint Roberts and Jack Carson, both became mentors to his rodeo dreams. He started getting on broncs and riding colts. While there he met Edie Gottschalk, she boarded her horse at the Round Up Grounds. They married in 1965, and moved out to the lmnaha country to work on the ranch of Shirly Both um (bronze artist). At one point, Shirly told Clyde that he had to decide - either he was going to work, or he was going to rodeo. He couldn't do both. So Clyde quit his job and headed to Cheyenne.

 

He won the Cheyenne Frontier Days amateur saddle bronc in 1965! No looking back now!!

Clyde & Edie spent most of the first years of their marriage on the Rodeo Trail. Heading to the indoor winter rodeos, then coming back to the Northwest and Canada for the summer run. Daughter, Crystal, was born in 1967, and the family lived on the road in a travel trailer most of the year. In 1972, the family moved to Kendrick, ID, and in 1973, welcomed another daughter, Kelly. Clyde was still rodeoing, but more at the circuit level. He now had a full family and house payments! He started driving truck for Star Motor Freight.

 

Clyde continued rodeoing and winning, earning several trips to the Columbia River Circuit Finals. As the kids grew, they started entering jr rodeos and high school rodeos. In about 1985, Clyde decided to stop entering and just concentrate on working. He had his own truck and was making a good living with Haul Ass Trucking. Almost too busy to rodeo! Well, by 1990, Clyde was entering rodeos again! He was still craving it! Not only was he entering, but he was winning against the younger set of bronc riders. He earned several more trips to the Columbia River Circuit Finals. Clyde & Edie moved to Hermiston, OR in 1993. In 1995, his first grandson was born! And he was still riding and winning. In 1998, Clyde won the saddle bronc riding at Colville, WA, and took Rylen on the victory lap!

 

Clyde had been entering a few Senior Pro Rodeos on the side. He qualified for the Senior Pro Finals in 1998, winning 2nd in the World! He came home with plans to win the Senior World in 1999. Those plans came to an abrupt stop the next day. He had a load of cattle on, headed to Nampa, ID. He was hit head-on by another semi truck, totaling his dream truck, injuring and killing several head of cattle, and severely injuring him. He was forcibly retired from riding broncs and truck driving.

 

After many months of recovery, Clyde was able to start golfing to work his back and keep it flexible. He eventually started riding saddle horses again. He even bought a sailboat and sailed it from San Diego to Portland! He still sail, golfs, and rides, but no more buckers!

Lewiston is still HOME to Clyde - there are two rodeos he never misses: the Lewiston Round Up and the Pendleton Round Up!

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