About Us


The award winning Prescott Corral was founded in 1962 as an affiliate of Westerners International, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the real history of the American West. We currently have about 200 members.

We hold a dinner meeting the first Thursday of each month with a  30-40 minute presentation afterward on a selected Western History topic. These programs are very popular, with usually 60 to 100 members and guests attending. See The Roundup for details of upcoming programs.


The TERRITORIAL TIMES is a publication of the Prescott Corral, dealing mostly with Arizona territorial and early statehood history. Go to the TT page for details on back issues and how to get  the latest one.


The WESTERN HISTORY SYMPOSIUM is conducted annually by members of the Prescott Corral and invited speakers in conjunction with The Sharlot Hall Museum.  Go to the Symposium page for details of the 2015 program and the upcoming 2016 one.


If you are interested in Western history, you might be interested in membership in the Prescott Corral. If so, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back. See also Contact Info below if you wish to talk to a live person.

Copyright Prescott Corral of Westerners International, 2010-2016

About this website


The Members Directory is updated as members change their information and new members are added. We try to keep this current, so please make sure that the Byteslinger and the Keeper of the Chips both have your correct address, phone number and email.  See the contact information below for e-mails and phone numbers. Find the directory in the Back Room. A password is required. If you are a member and don’t have a password to the Back Room, contact Russ Sherwin at byteslinger@prescottcorral.org or 928-717-0931.

We encourage members to give us ideas of what they would like to see on the website and contribute material to it. The main purpose of the website is to give the Prescott Corral an internet presence and to provide a searchable archive for our club publication, the Territorial Times. In addition we promote the Western History Symposium, the Sharlot Hall Museum, The Phippen Museum, the Smoki Museum and other historical activities in which we are involved.


This website is produced and its content maintained by various members of the Prescott Corral. The webmaster (byteslinger) is Russ Sherwin.

This website was built using Microsoft Publisher 2010©

Questions? Comments? Information you’d like to add?

Contact: byteslinger@prescottcorral.org

Website hosted by FatCow©

Last updated: February 4, 2016


Rights to use material


Permission is granted for non-exclusive use any of the material on this site that we own for non-commercial purpose. In plain English, this means you can't be attempting to make money from it, and others may use the same material.

If we have obtained permission to use material other than our own, then you must also obtain permission from the source if you wish to use it.

You may use short, up to a paragraph or so, excerpts for commercial purposes like magazine or newspaper articles, books, or paid newsletters and journals.

We would appreciate a courtesy e-mail describing your intended use of the material, and we request that you attribute any such use to Prescott Corral of Westerners International.

This site is produced and maintained strictly for the use of our members and those interested in historical research. We do not accept ads, or collect any information. No warranty is made as to the accuracy of any information contained herein.

2016 Posse Members


Sheriff: John McKinney………………………….…...sheriff@prescottcorral.org

Deputy Sheriff: Bernard Ruhnke

Trail Boss: Brett Carls …………………..…..………..brett3203@reagan.com

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft……………...……….rjhefty1@gmail.com


Past Sheriff, 2015: Brad Courtney

Past Sheriff, 2014: Tom Collins

Past Sheriff, 2013: Dana Sharp


Appointed position

Symposium Coordinator: Fred Veil……………..…...fveil@cableone,net

Historian: Bruce Fee ……………………………………(no e-mail)

Assistant Historian: Vernon H. Gerdes………………….(no e-mail)

Recorder of Marks & Brands: Russ Sherwin ……........trawlerdogs@gmail.com

Roundup Editor: Donna Sherwin…………….………..860donna@gmail.com

Swamper: Margitta McKinney

Asst. Swamper: Dolores “D” Carls

Byteslinger (webmaster): Russ Sherwin…………….....byteslinger@prescottcorral.org
Westerners International Liason……………………….Position vacant as of Jan 2016



Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Prescott Corral of Westerners International,

P. O. Box 11086,

Prescott, Arizona, 86304-1086


Contact the Prescott Corral by e-mail:



Visit the Westerners International website at


Monthly Dinner Meeting



Prescott Centennial Center
1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott, AZ

5:15 PM — Doors Open for Social Hour

6:00 PM — Business Meeting

6:15 PM — Dinner ($24 per person)

7:00 PM — Speaker Presentation


Menu & Main Dish Choices


Main Dish—Braised Beef Tips Over Fettuccini Pasta


Vegetarian Choice—Stuffed Portabella Mushroom


Rolls, Salad, & Seasonal Vegetables

For Dessert—Chocolate Cake

Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation


“Membership in the Prescott Corral shall be open to persons sincerely interested in the history and traditions of the West regardless of race, creed, color, marital status, sex or national origin. The term “West” is broadly used to cover the geographic area West of the Mississippi River.”

Keeper of the Chips: Jack Hoeft

Bruce Fee

Russ Sherwin

Roundup Publisher
Donna Sherwin


Symposium Coordinator:
Fred Veil

Trail Boss:
Brett Carls

Margitta McKinney

Past Sheriff 2013:
Dana Sharp

The Roundup


The Roundup, our club newsletter and announcements of upcoming events, is published and mailed to members around the middle of each month. Click here for the current issue of The Roundup.


Contact Donna Sherwin at 928-717-0931 for input to or questions about The Roundup.

After Dinner Program


“Underground Prescott”

Speaker—Patricia Ireland-Williams, Educator and Author


There was quite a ‘life underground’ in the old West. You will hear about passageways,
tunnels, catacombs, opium dens, gambling halls, prohibition and brothels in Prescott’s early history. Photos taken below our city of areas no longer accessible to the public will fascinate you!


Patricia, a native of Phoenix now lives in Prescott. She holds Masters Degrees in Counseling and K-12 School Administration and is retired after a 30-year career in teaching, counseling and school administration in Arizona and Colorado. 

Her book, Underground Prescott, is available on Amazon and at all Prescott book stores.

2016 Sheriff:  John McKinney

Prescott Corral and “Days Past”

“Days Past,” the weekly historical article in the Daily Courier, is now a collaborative project of the Sharlot Hall Museum and the Prescott Corral. Watch for future articles by some of our members. We welcome contributions from anyone with an interesting, historic topic. If you have material you think would make a good Days Past article, please contact Murray Smolens: mjsmolens@cableone.net.


A link to the Days Past articles in the Sharlot Hall Museum archives is listed here:



Member Involvement

We welcome new members and one of the ways you as a current member can help get them is to promote the Prescott Corral when appropriate in conversations with people you meet. Give them the website address, www.prescottcorral.org and encourage them to visit it. Encourage them to come to a dinner as your guest (making sure that you and they understand that the cost is $24 per person).


Your Posse puts a lot of time and effort into making sure the club runs smoothly. We encourage members to step up and help with the organization and running of the club. Contact the Sheriff to see what needs to be done and to volunteer your services.

Club News and Announcements

             From Bylaws, & Amended Bylaws, Article III, Membership

             Articles of Incorporation and 501 (c) (3) registration.


If you are interested in membership in the Prescott Corral, please contact us. Click HERE for a membership application that you can print and mail back.

Prescott Corral

Of Westerners International

Past Sheriff 2014:
Tom Collins

Past Sheriff 2015:
Brad Courtney

Asst. Historian:
Vernon H. Gerdes

The Posse for 2016, elected at the December 3 dinner meeting


Left to right standing:


Tom Collins past Sheriff 2013;

John McKinney incoming Sheriff;

Vern Gerdes, Asst Historian;

Russ Sherwin, Byteslinger (webmaster);

Margitta McKinney, Swamper;

Dolores “Dee” Carls, Asst Swamper;

Jack Hoeft, Keeper of the Chips;

Donna Sherwin, Newsletter Editor;

Brad Courtney, outgoing Sheriff 2014;

Brett Carls, incoming Trail Boss;

Bernard Ruhnke, Incoming Deputy Sheriff;

Dana Sharp, past Sheriff 2012.

Upcoming Dinner Programs


As we finalize information about upcoming programs for the year, we will post them here and try to keep up with any changes.  

Deputy Sheriff 2016:
Bernard Ruhnke

Ass’t Swamper:
Dolores “Dee” Carls

Recent Awards and Honors

Be sure and go to the Horsethieves and Cowgirls page for photos and descriptions of the Corral’s most recent awards and honors.