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August 12, 2012

Former state representative named as Freedom Old Cowhand

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Woodward, Okla. — MADDUX'S RODEO BACKGROUND

The Freedom Rodeo has been an important part of Maddux's life for many decades.

"I've been with the rodeo for over 50 years, since I was 13, and I'm glad to be a part of it," Maddux said.

Over those years he has helped the Freedom rodeo in a variety of functions, from helping to smooth and level the arena grounds in preparation for the rodeo events to serving as a timekeeper.

"I was the timekeeper of the rodeo for 22 years," he said. "I gave it up to devote time to the legislature."

It was during his 16 years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives that Maddux became known for his dedication to improving state transportation matters.  In recognition of those efforts, a stretch of U.S. Highway 412 between Mooreland and Orienta was named for Maddux by legislative action in 2006.

A LIFETIME OF FARMING, RANCHING

But, long before he ever served as a state representative, the 78-year-old Maddux began the ranching career that continues to this day.

He grew up on the farm, and his persistent love of cattle and wheat started being formed early, he said.

When he was 13, his father gave him a piece of land. And at that same time, he was able to take out a bank loan to buy 3 heifer calves.  He has been involved in his own ranching enterprises ever since.

His love for farming and ranching can be seen in his amazing collection of about 2,600 pieces of miniature farm implements, farm toys, on display behind his house and on shelves in the basement. The menagerie includes tractors, combines and haying machines.

"I started collecting them because they were made by artists," he said.

Today, Maddux has cows and wheat on his ranch about halfway between Mooreland and Freedom, managed by son Dallet, who lives about a mile away. And his wife of nearly 57 years, Rita, handles the ranch's bookkeeping.

The couple makes a great team, he said.

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