All Inductees

Gerald Conner

My Name is Gerald H. Conner and I am 76 years old. I was born and raised in Huffman, Texas where I still reside today. I graduated from high school in Crosby, Texas and enlisted in the army. Serving in World War II in the Army Combat Engineer Corps, which landed D-Day in France, I received the Bronze Star for bravery. I also fought on the Battle of the Bulge.

After the service, I returned home and attended Texas A&M for two years. I started rodeoing around 1946 and was an original member of the Crosby Fair and Rodeo Association, receiving my 50-year buckle in 1996. I continued rodeoing while working in Montana in the 1950’s. I returned to Texas and joined the Southwestern Rodeo association. I competed in calf roping and bulldogging (now called steer wrestling) during my rodeo career. I owned a bulldogging team, Ginger and Rag Mop, on which I mounted many cowboys. I served as president of the SRA from 1967-1968. My wife, Elsie, served as secretary of the SRA for 5 years.

I now own a small ranch in Huffman and in Dodge, Texas, where I raise cattle and horses. I own a few thoroughbred horses that my son Scott and I train. I have an owners and trainers license in Texas and in Louisiana where we race.

I have four beautiful children, Kathy, Toby, Jerri and Scott and eight wonderful grandchildren.