Dayton Rodeo founder died in fire, authorities say

Published: Jul. 29, 2016 at 7:32 AM CDT
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Authorities say one of the founders of the Dayton Rodeo has died during a fire at his Dayton home.

The Webster County medical examiner pronounced 98-year-old Allen Porter dead at the scene Thursday. Dr. Dan Cole says that Porter's body was found in a hallway. An autopsy has been ordered.

Fire officials say Porter's caretaker escaped through a window. The fire cause is being investigated.

A Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club account of the rodeo's history says Porter helped started the event in 1937 with Duane Vegors and Vern Danielson. They began with rope trucks in the city park.

Porter will be honored during an empty saddle ceremony at the rodeo. It's scheduled for Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m.