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Farm equipment heiress was an early rodeo supporter

In 1932, the Mother Lode Rodeo was held at Racetrack and Jamestown-Shaws Flat Road. Shown here is the grand entry with Amanda Crooks and her white Packard open touring car. Mrs. Crooks, an heiress of the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co., had purchased the 50-acre site of the old pioneer racetrack. She became one of the rodeo’s principal benefactors, providing prizes such as silver mounted spurs, chaps, bridles and bits.

— Sherrin Grout, Tuolumne County Historical Society volunteer

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