Class of 2019
Edith Gottschalk was born in 1945 in Chicago! Her father (Fred) was a lumber industry executive, and her mother (Elizabeth) was a Julliard-educated pianist and organist. Edie was the 2nd of 3 children and the only girl. The family moved to Lewiston when Edie was in high school. She boarded her horse, Starlight, at the Old Lewiston Round Up Grounds in North Lewiston. It was there she met Clyde Longfellow. She graduated in 1963, then married Clyde in 1965. When they were on the Rodeo Trail, Edie started helping out the rodeo secretaries for something to do. In 1967, she got her PRCA card and started secretarying rodeos on her own!
In the fall of 1967, Clyde & Edie's first daughter, Crystal, was born. They continued rodeoing, while living on the road in a travel trailer. They moved to Kendrick in 1972, and in 1973, daughter Kelly was born. Clyde was driving truck and rodeoing. Edie was raising 2 kids, secretarying rodeos, growing a garden, canning & freezing produce ... Super Woman! As the girls grew up, they were going to jr. and high school rodeos and horse shows. With Edie as head driver and whip cracker! Crystal started helping out in the rodeo office as she got older and by 19, had her own PRCA card and rodeos. In the 1970's, the PRCA started to work on the Circuit System. It was a new idea, and Edie was on the ground-floor advocating for the system. When it was finally implemented, Edie was a part of the founding of the Columbia River Circuit. For several decades, she has held several titles: Circuit Manager, Circuit Secretary, and most recently, Circuit Treasurer. She has worked at least 25 Columbia River Circuit Finals as the arena secretary. She is the arena secretary for the 2018 CRC Finals! She is also a multi-year nominee for PRCA Secretary of the Year!
Edie has mentored and helped several people become PRCA secretaries and timers. She has worked for the best stock contractors to ever buck a horse: Stephens Brothers, Kelsey, Kelsey/McLean, Beard Rodeos, Corey & Lange, Flying Five, Big Bend, New West, and more! She's worked the biggest and best rodeos: Coulee City, WA; Omak, WA; Livingston, MT; Thompson Falls, MT; Lewiston, ID; Pendleton, OR; and more. She is still working 10-12 rodeos a year, plus traveling to Idaho HS rodeos to watch granddaughter, Makayla compete!
Lewiston is still considered home, tho they moved to Hermiston in 1993. She makes several trips to the LC Valley to visit Kelly and the grandkids, and to visit friends and relatives.