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N.E. "Peanut" Barron

At the early age of 12 and being coached by his brother, Curtis Barron, the young E. Peanut began roping, and at the age of 18 in the year 1939, Peanut became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. This occurred in Lake Charles, Louisiana. From that time forward, he roped professionally in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and throughout the State of Texas until he was drafted into the army in 1942. He was stationed in Australia as a member of the Army Remount Service. Peanut was able to keep his skills sharp while in the service with practice time and with the mount of his choice. While in the army, Peanut performed in a calf roping exhibition in Townsville, Australia.

In November of 1945, Peanut returned to Cameron, Texas, his hometown, and resumed his professional roping career. After retiring from competitive roping in 1951, Peanut continued to train and sell roping horses while maintaining a small ranch and working for the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. During his professional career, he compiled 25 first place wins along with many second, third, and fourth place wins.

Some career highlights are:

  • 1941: Tied the fastest calf of his career with a time of 9.2 seconds. Competition was held in Grove, Texas.
  • 1941: Match roping against Ted Powers in Austin, Texas. Won by 1 second on eight calves. Peanut felt that this was probably some of the best roping of his career.
  • 1942: Set a record in turn loose roping at the July 4th rodeo in Belton, Texas with a time of 5.4 seconds.
  • 1947-1948: Won match ropings against L.N. Sikes, Ted Powers, and James Brock.
  • 1949: Roping against Toots Mansfield (one of the best in the business) in Burnett, Texas. On two calves, Peanut won by .4 and received a silver buckle in that competition.

During the years from 1939 to 1951, Peanut was a proud owner of six silver buckles. Recollection of his calf roping career, according to Peanut, “has brought back many great memories of this competitive sport as well as memories of the many fine calf ropers I competed with.”