Local heroes honored at Legends & Legacies

Staff Writer

More than 200 people crowded into – and around – the pavilion at the Heritage Museum of Big Spring Tuesday evening for good food, to honor some local legends, and to raise the funds needed to keep the museum operating.
The event was the museum's annual "Legends and Legacies" bash.
"We're having a great time out here," said Heritage Museum Director Tammy Schrecengost during the gala. "We have over 215 people that have attended. It's a huge success."
The central item of business at Legends and Legacies each year is the induction of new honorees into the museum's Cowboy/Cowgirl Hall of Fame. This year was no different, as two living legends and four that have passed on were recognized by the museum.
"It's an extreme honor to be selected with these people who have passed and what have you, said inductee Carroll Putnam Choate, founder and owner of Choate Well Service in Big Spring. "I never dreamed I would have the honor of getting this award. I just appreciate all of the honor that was given to us."
Choate had some kind words to say about the Heritage Museum and it's mission of preserving and sharing local history.
"It's nothing short of a miracle that they've done what they've done," he said. "It's so great. I remember when it was a lot smaller than what it is now. It's so nice to see what they've done."
Inductee Robert Ragan, a champion rodeo calf roper, also appreciated the honor.
"I feel honored to do it, especially when Carroll and I are the only ones left, the rest of them have passed," he said. "There are just so many nice people that have participated in this, and the museum has been so good and worked so hard to do all this. I'm so proud of them. And I'm really proud of all these people showing up to help them continue the work they do."
Family members of the other four inductees were present at this year's Legends and Legacies. They included:
• Tom J. Good, a rancher known as the "Steer King of West Texas."
• Charlie Creighton, owner of the local Creighton Ranch. Owner of Creighton Tire.
• Edward Kent Morgan, local cattle and sheep rancher.
• Dora Nunn Griffin Roberts, pioneer and rancher.