Isora DeRacy Young
Isora was born in 1905 and reared by her parents, Homer and Catherine Johnson, on a ranch south of Pecos, Texas. From the time that she could walk, she rode and roped. She was often referred to as the “boy” of the family. Isora once told a reporter that she would rather rope than eat.
As a young lady, Isora married Mr. DeRacy. She had a steady job at the Reeves County Sheriff’s Department in Pecos and was tending to her baby daughter, thus she could not rodeo too far from Pecos.
After her daughter became older, Isora hit the road. Roping from Indiana, Michigan and many, many places in between, her traveling partner was often Jewel Duncan, also from the Pecos area. Back then cowgirls did not compete, they “performed”. There was no formal rodeo competition for women, so women participated under “contract.” Two of the well-known producers that Isora signed on with were Colonel Jim Eskew and Milt Hinkle.
In 1939, Isora met and later married I. W. (Dub) Young and they hit the rodeo trail together.
Many honors came Isora’s way from winning against the men to being chosen rodeo Queen. She was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1979 and the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Young’s later bought a ranch in South Dakota and stayed there for several years. The couple then moved back to Texas, buying a place out of Flourney, Texas, and then Stephenville.
Isora Young passed away in Ft. Worth on May 30, 2012 at the age of 107.