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Christian Madsen was born at Copenhagen, Denmark, on 25th February, 1851. He joined the Danish Army and served in the Danish-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars and in the Foreign Legion in Algeria.

In 1876 Madsen emigrated to the United States. He joined the U.S. Cavalry and was stationed at Fort Reno, Oklahoma before moving to Fort Russell, Wyoming. He remained in the army for 14 years and fought in various Indian campaigns.

Madsen left the army in 1891 and found work as a deputy United States marshal in Oklahoma. During this period Madsen, Heck Thomas and Bill Tilghman became known as the Three Guardsmen and were largely responsible for wiping out organized crime in Oklahoma. This included the hunting down Bill Doolin and his gang. He also took part in the killing of Red Waightman at Arapaho and Oliver Yountis at Orlando.

During the First World War Madsen tried to enlist in the United States Army but was rejected as being too old. Although he was now in his sixties he was appointed chief of police at Oklahoma City.

Christian Madsen died at Guthrie, Oklahoma on 9th January, 1944.

Glimpsing Oklahoma's Wild West history

1. Ingalls shoot-out Payne County About one mile east of State Highway 108 on SH 51 is a stone marker memorializing what might have been the largest shoot-out in the West. About one mile southeast of the marker in the town of Ingalls, lawmen and members of the Doolin-Dalton gang battled on Sept. 1, 1893. Nine men died in the fight and two more deputies died the next day of wounds. One-half mile east of that site is Ingalls Cemetery, where members of the Dunn family, friends of the gang, are buried.

More information Nearby is the Washington Irving Trail Museum, six miles east of Stillwater on SH 51 and three miles south on Mehan Road. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (405) 624-9130

2. A hideout for robbers Cimarron County North of Kenton, the foundation of Robbers Roost still overlooks the Cimarron and Carrizo valleys. From the rock fortress, the Coe gang launched raids on the Santa Fe Trail to the south and even poached livestock from the Army. In 1867, soldiers using a cannon blasted the bandits from their roost. A landowner then used much of the fort's stone to make farm buildings.

More information or tours Contact current land owner Allan Griggs at (580) 261-7447

3. Four lynched in Ada Pontotoc County In downtown Ada, stands a piece of black granite memorializing "the end of the old West and the struggle for law and order. At that spot in 1909, four men suspected of murdering a rancher were lynched. After cutting electricity and phone service, a large group of masked men took the suspects from jail and hanged them from the rafters of a livery stable. No one was ever prosecuted for the lynching.

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4. Brotherly battle for lives Stephens County In Marlow's Redbud Park is a monument to four brothers whose fight against a lynch mob was the basis for, "The Sons of Katie Elder, starring John Wayne. After one Marlow brother was accused of horse theft and another of killing a lawman, the four brothers were being transferred from a Graham, Texas, jail when the group was attacked by a lynch mob. Two brothers were killed, and the others used knives to cut off the feet of the dead and free themselves from the corpses. The two brothers who escaped were later exonerated.

More information Redbud Park is four blocks east of U.S. 81 on SH 29. The Marlow Chamber of Commerce also operates a museum. Call (580) 658-2212 for hours and information. For more history:

5. Buried in Boot Hill Logan County In the "Boot Hill section of Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie lie several notorious outlaws. Bill Doolin of the Doolin-Dalton gang was killed in 1896 after escaping from jail in Guthrie. "Little Dick West, a member of the Doolin gang and then the inept Jennings gang, was killed in Guthrie by lawmen in 1898. Bert Casey, blamed in the deaths of several lawmen, was killed in a shoot-out in 1902. Elmer McCurdy, a luckless train robber killed in 1911, was buried 65 years later after his mummified body had been used as a sideshow attraction.

Directions From SH 33, go north one mile on Pine Street.

6. Ambitious robbers Garfield County Buildings that once housed two banks robbed by the Kimes brothers on the same day in 1926 still stand in Covington. The crumbling structures stand across Main Street from each other. Other attempts at multiple robberies were made through the years. Henry Starr was wounded when he tried to rob two banks in Stroud in 1915. The last double bank robbery in Oklahoma was pulled off by Charles "Pretty Boy Floyd in 1932 at banks in Castle and Paden.

Directions The former banks are on Main Street in Covington, three blocks west of SH 74.

7. Killed in the line of duty Oklahoma County A monument honors law officers killed in the line of duty in Oklahoma and its territories dating back to the mid-19th century. Included are Indian "Lighthorse officers, U.S. marshals, police and others.

Directions The monument stands on the grounds of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety at NE 36 and Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City.

8. Lawman remembered Seminole County In Cromwell is a granite marker memorializing one of the most famous Oklahoma lawmen Bill Tilghman. Dubbed one of Oklahoma's "Three Guardsmen along with Heck Thomas and Chris Madsen, Tilghman, 70, was serving as sheriff of Cromwell when a drunken, corrupt federal prohibition agent gunned down the former Indian fighter and U.S. marshal in 1924.

Directions The marker is in a city park behind City Hall at SH 56 and Jenkins.

9. Home to Jesse's kin Comanche County At an abandoned amusement park in Cache stands a small frame home used by Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, as well as Frank's son and the outlaws' mother, Zerelda, whose right arm was blown off in a raid by Pinkerton security guards. Herbert Woesner, owner of the park, moved the house from its original location in Fletcher.

Directions The park is at U.S. 62 and SH 115. For a donation to help with restoration, Woesner still gives tours of the house and several other historical structures, including Indian leader Quanah Parker's home, an Indian church and buildings from the original Fort Sill Indian Post. For more information, call (580) 429-3238.

10. Police officer turned killer Osage County "Killer of Many Men, reads his headstone in a cemetery in Fairfax. Clyde Mattox, fired in 1889 as a police officer in Oklahoma City, killed his replacement in a shoot-out and went on to kill several other men. He received several pardons, mostly because of the efforts of his mother. Once hours from execution, Mattox lived two more decades to the age of 50 before falling to his death from a railroad bridge in 1921.

Directions From SH 18, go west on Taft then south on 8th Street in Fairfax.

11. Cherokee national prison Cherokee County Built in 1874 to house, one account of the time said, "the most hardened and dangerous prisoners, the Cherokee National Prison still stands in downtown Tahlequah. Bars and thick hinged doors are still visible in the jail, which in recent years was used as office space and now is being renovated. A block away is the Cherokee Nation Courthouse, built in the 1840s, where many were convicted before being held in the jail. About two dozen were hanged behind the prison, where replica gallows now stand.

Directions The prison is in downtown Tahlequah at Choctaw Street and Water Avenue.

12. Lock and load Rogers County In Claremore is a vast collection of guns that includes those used by outlaws and lawmen. Among the 20,000 items in the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum are a half-dozen cases filled with weapons used by outlaws and the men who pursued them. There are guns used by Emmit Dalton, "Pretty Boy Floyd, Jesse James and the Younger gang. Also frontier marshal Bill Tilghman and Wild Bill Hickock.

Directions The museum is on U.S. 66 at 6th Street. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information (918) 341-5707. Admission is free donations are encouraged.

13. Mother of the Daltons Kingfisher County In Kingfisher, at the Chisholm Trail Museum, is the cabin of Adaline Dalton, mother of the Dalton brothers. Also there are a shotgun taken from Dick Yeager, alias Zip Wyatt, after the outlaw was killed in 1895, and a revolver taken from outlaw Bob Hughes, alias William Rhodes, after he was killed by lawmen during a train robbery at Pine Creek in 1894. A hole from the bullet that killed him is visible in the gun belt.

Directions Museum is five blocks west from U.S. 81 on Seay, then one block north to Zellers Avenue. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information call (405) 375-5176.

14. Resting place of the outlaw queen Haskell County In the undergrowth east of the Lake Eufaula dam along State Highway 71 near the Canadian River lies the "Queen of the Outlaws." The grave of Belle Starr is marked with a stone that is a replica of the original, which souvenir hunters vandalized.

Directions The grave is on land owned by Lori Hamilton Hobbs, who is trying to sell the property. For directions and permission to visit the site, call Hobbs at (918) 408-4818.

15. Pardon from a president Delaware County Zeke Proctor, an outlaw whose ability to elude capture came to represent Cherokee resistance to federal policies, is buried in Johnson Cemetery. Said by some to have killed up to 20 people, Proctor was most widely known because of a shoot-out that erupted while he was on trial, leaving almost a dozen people dead. He received a pardon from President Ulysses S. Grant and later served in various community leadership roles, including sheriff.

Directions From U.S. 412 at the community of Moseley about four miles west of the Arkansas border, go south a half-mile to old Highway 33, then left to Calvary Baptist Church and the cemetery. Proctor's headstone is the tallest marker.

16. Geronimo imprisoned Comanche County Before Oklahoma was a state, the Army at Fort Sill was charged with enforcing law across the region, sending detachments to keep peace among Indian tribes and settlers and serving as a center for U.S. marshals chasing outlaws. Today, the Fort Sill National Landmark and museum is the site of dozens of 19th century buildings, including the guardhouse that held Chiricahua Apache leader Geronimo.

Directions From Interstate 44, Exit 41 to Sheridan Road, right on Randolph, right on Chickasha, left on Quanah. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays. Admission is free. For more information, call (580) 442-5123.

17. Clyde Barrow kills Atoka County Near Stringtown is a crumbling, white frame building trimmed in peeling green paint where local growers sell fruit in season. The building used to be a rowdy dance hall, where, on Aug. 5, 1932, Clyde Barrow and accomplice Raymond Hamilton had a shoot-out with two lawmen who tried to arrest them for stealing a car earlier that day in Texas. Gene Moore, 30, a deputy sheriff, was shot and killed. Sheriff Charley Maxwell was wounded. The outlaws escaped, and Barrow later reunited with Bonnie Parker.

Directions The former dance hall is on the west side of U.S. 69 on the south side of Stringtown.

18. A rugged spot for robbers Latimer County Belle Starr, Jesse James and other outlaws were said to have frequented what is now called Robbers Cave State Park. The rugged spot is a favorite for hikers and rock climbers. Like other spots associated with outlaws, this one has its tales of hidden treasure. As with most such tales, no treasure has been found at Robbers Cave.

Directions The park is four miles north of Wilburton on State Highway 2.

19. Remembering Heck Thomas Comanche County In Lawton's Highland Cemetery lies one of Oklahoma's most famous lawmen. Heck Thomas, the first police chief of Lawton, sometimes single handedly caught outlaws in the days before statehood. As a deputy U.S. marshal he helped trail the Daltons and the Doolins, capturing and killing several members of both gangs. Thomas, along with Bill Tilghman and Chris Madsen earned the nickname "the Three Guardsmen" for their service. Born near Atlanta in 1850, he became a railroad detective in Texas before going to work for "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker in Fort Smith, Ark., who was charged with cleaning up the Oklahoma territories. After a heart attack, Thomas retired in 1909 as police chief. He died in 1912.

Directions The Highland Cemetery is at U.S. 62 and Fort Sill Boulevard in Lawton.

20. Gravesite of lawman Chris Madsen Canadian County Near Yukon lies Chris Madsen, another of Oklahoma's most famous frontier lawmen. Madsen came to America in 1876 and joined the military, becoming one of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders. In 1891, he became a deputy marshal in Oklahoma. Chris Madsen died in Guthrie at age 93.

Directions Masden is buried in the Frisco Cemetery. From State Highway 66 in Yukon, take SH 4 north to Britton Road, then west 2 1/2 miles.

Chris Madsen

KNX 1070-NEWSRADIO (CBS-Los Angeles) Sports Anchor Chris Madsen is a 7-time Award-Winning On-Air Talent, the Original Television Voice of a National Hockey League Team--the Anaheim Ducks, an accomplished Senior Management Executive, Entrepreneur, Educator, Author and Public Speaker.

Even the most discriminating decision-makers have elevated Mr. Madsen to “Original” status to make that all-important first impression as the Original TV Voice of The Golden State Hockey Rush on NHL Network, the Original TV Voice of Pro Beach Hockey on ESPN and ESPN2, the Original TV Voice of Major League Roller Hockey on MLRHTV and the Walt Disney Company, tabbed Chris Madsen, over all others, with the critical responsibility of the becoming the Original TV Voice of their first-ever entry into the four Major Sports, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. And now, here are some “Mighty” strong reasons why YOU should make Chris Madsen your own, while reaffirming, it is hard to beat an Original.

A fixture in the KNX 1070 Sports Department since 2005, Chris Madsen and his colleagues at KNX 1070-NEWSRADIO were presented with the Southern California Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award by their peers at the Southern California Broadcasters Association as the Best Radio Sports Anchor Team in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Furthermore, Chris and the Morning Team at KNX 1070 were recipients of the coveted Edward R. Murrow Western Region Award in the category of "Outstanding Morning Newscast" for 2011.

A gifted Writer, Interviewer, Producer and Voice-over Artist, Madsen’s versatility shines through at CBS-Los Angeles as he expertly transitions from Major League Baseball to the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, MLS, NASCAR, the PGA, the Olympics, Horse Racing, Tennis, Cycling, MMA, Boxing and the World Cup. Furthermore, Chris Madsen’s Live News Reporting skills have also been featured on KNX and the CBS Radio Network while covering breaking stories in the LA and Orange County areas.

In the fall of 1993, the Walt Disney Company (WDC) introduced Chris Madsen as the First-Ever Television Play-by-play Announcer in the history of the Anaheim Ducks. Madsen’s rise to one of the most coveted positions in the National Hockey League was right out of a Hollywood script--considering he had no inside contact at WDC, no agent, and only ONE NHL game on his resume.

Yet, Mr. Madsen persevered and came to realize a life-long dream by beating out more than 500 other applicants for the position. Madsen seamlessly made the vast jump from the college ranks to the pros and was immediately cast in the role of the consummate Team Player and Ambassador. Chris Madsen became an integral part of the Ducks Brand, calling all 495 consecutive telecasts over the franchise’s first nine seasons on KCAL 9 and FOX Sports West and Prime Ticket. Mr. Madsen earned a Local Emmy nomination for his work as Host of the weekly magazine show DUX TV—which Madsen also Co-Wrote and Co-Produced.

Chris Madsen co-hosted DUCKS ON ICE--the Ducks pre-game show on FOX Sports Net, and proved to be a skilled salesman on the Ducks Home Shopping Network. Madsen also ran lead on all simulcasts produced by the “MIGHTY-690AM” adding Pre- and Post-game duties to his Play-by-play responsibilities. This came naturally to Mr. Madsen after serving in the same capacity for the Chicago Blackhawks on WBBM 780-CBS Radio in Chicago, as well as, Host and Game Analyst for the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres, and Minnesota North Stars.

A seasoned Marketer determined to make an impact behind the camera, too, Chris Madsen was tabbed as the Duck's Liaison to the world-renowned Disney University and took the initiative to create an ever-evolving set of educational classroom programs that integrated the History of the Ducks Organization with reading, retention, and inter-active recall for students and adults of all ages. Furthermore, by hiring Chris Madsen with Director Status, the Walt Disney Company utilized his Business Development skill set to benefit the organization’s bottom line. The former Ad Agency Owner was commissioned to oversee the marketing and advertising sales of the team’s Internal and External Publications.

Mr. Madsen proceeded to produce and create customized Marketing Materials, while personally executing a sales initiative that resulted in a 300% increase in sponsor participation in a single off-season. Always the philanthropist, Madsen availed his talents to several Non-profit Organizations, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Disney GOALS, Second Harvest Food Bank, Discovery Science Center, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, CHOC-The Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and others, collectively resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in much-needed additional revenues and immeasurable goodwill.

By 1998, Chris Madsen had established himself as one of the premiere game-callers in the NHL and was rewarded by ESPN who added the hockey aficionado to their prime time line-up of Stanley Cup Talent and paired the popular Play-by-play announcer with the likes of NHL notables Neil Smith, Brian Engblom, Rick Bowness and Tony Twist.

By 2002, Madsen’s delivery and thorough preparation for the game was recognized in an op-ed piece published on, when noted Game Analyst, Drew Remenda, recognized Chris Madsen as the Play-by-play Announcer of one of the five best television tandems in ALL of Hockey.

Chris Madsen burst onto to California media scene after honing his craft for nine years at SportsChannel-Chicago--presently known as COMCAST SportsNet. Madsen sparkled in his roles as TV Play-by-play Announcer for Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis--in addition to hosting UIC Flames Sports--a weekly television magazine show.

Away from the booth, Chris Madsen boasts an impressive dossier of Entrepreneurial and Senior Management endeavors. Madsen’s critically acclaimed book “Joshua Shoots! He Scores!” The Greatest Call I Ever Made, has benefited numerous charities, schools and organizations.

This heartwarming story of Chris’s relationship with an aspiring young broadcaster, Joshua Souder, challenged by Cerebral Palsy, prompted this endorsement from NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Teemu Selanne-- “Josh and Chris prove what miraculous things teammates can achieve when they work together.” Randy Youngman, Orange County Register adds, “It is a truly inspiring story and book, one that elicited many goose bumps and moved me to tears. And I predict it is a movie waiting to be made.” And Larry Stewart of the Los Angeles Times declares, “Wonderfully written…beautifully told…and ends on an incredibly high note.”

A dynamic Public Speaker, Chris Madsen’s seminars on “Recognizing, Creating, Seizing and Sustaining Your Golden Opportunities” have been met with generous enthusiasm by Graduate and under-grad audiences and students at numerous Southern California elementary, middle and high schools. Madsen is an active participant in the Orange Unified School District’s Celebrity Reader Program for Kids, and actively supports numerous charitable endeavors.

Mr. Madsen’s ability to educate and inspire aspiring broadcasters and students of all ages blossomed over a nine year span, while serving as a substitute Broadcasting Teacher at Chicago’s prestigious Columbia College. That same passion for his profession has afforded Madsen the opportunity to serve as Baseball Play-by-play Counselor at the Sportscasters Camps of America at Angel Stadium and at the nationally recognized Broadcasters Training Network.

Mr. Madsen has served as an Adjunct Professor of Sports Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College. Considering his versatile body of work over a 35-year span in Major Market Television and Radio, Chris Madsen instituted a “Real World” classroom environment designed to hone each student’s skill set in the areas that News and Program Directors are seeking, while instilling a spirit of accountability and on-time production delivery. Prof. Madsen’s performance prompted Evaluators to note that he, “demonstrated (the) hallmarks of an experienced teacher even in his first assignment here, while students show high ratings and very positive comments.”

As Chief Marketing Officer of Madsen Media, Mr. Madsen offers Public and Media Relations expertise, Crisis Management, Television/Radio Production, Publishing, Web Content, Marketing, Branding, Voice Lessons, Speech Writing, and Public Speaking expertise, on a Consultancy basis in addition to providing Customized Voice Mail Production, Event and Live Auction Hosting.

Chris Madsen’s winning track record for Organizational Leadership, Team Work, and a determination to turn Concepts into Reality, can be traced back to 1984, when Madsen was tabbed to spearhead unprecedented growth as the General Manager for Phone Programs of Illinois (PPI). It was at PPI where the Chicago native successfully made the transition from Talent–to News Editor–to Director– to Senior Management.

Mr. Madsen oversaw every aspect of the company’s successful expansion — including Planning, Finance, Construction, Contract Negotiations, Human Resources, Marketing and Programming to marketplaces such as Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento, resulting in an additional revenue flow of over $3 million dollars per year.

By 1985, Chris Madsen went on to gain national notoriety while serving as the President/CEO of CMAD Communications (presently known as

By creating a Full-Service Production and Advertising Agency, Madsen’s innovative marketing methods and production techniques of passive and interactive telephone hotline programs for such notable clients as the Chicago Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks and the entire National Football League, forever changed the landscape of the pay-per-call and non-pay-per call industry and made Madsen one of the foremost experts on combining technology with information and entertainment.

A Dean’s List Student, Chris Madsen attended Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, on an Academic/Baseball Scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, with Honors, in Speech Communications/Journalism. Chris and his wife, Lori--a “Teacher of the Year” recipient in Elementary Education--reside in Orange County, along with their Papi-poo puppies, Sweet Pea and Martini.

Madsen began playing the guitar at age six. At 24, he was voted "Most Advanced Guitarist" by The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Yamaha International in 1973 he became Yamaha's head of course development, teaching guitar workshops across Canada and heading the guitar department at the company's Vancouver school. [1] In 1980 Madsen was presented the National Performance Award for Guitar Teachers, and in 1982 the Distinguished Teacher Award for Canada. [1] He has written fifteen books on musical technique. [1] Eventually he moved with his family to the countryside near Vernon, where he and his wife raised two children. [1]

Madsen has twice been recognized with awards from the BCIMA (British Columbia Indie Music Award). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Madsen released his album Black and White in 1983. [8] [2] He subsequently opened the Chris Madsen Music School in Vernon, which was in business from 1992 until 2010. The school employed 14 teachers and had over 350 students. [1] [7] Madsen, along with Tim Reardon, founded the Music Educators Institute (MEI) [9] in 1995.

After the release of his album, Over the Years in 2001, Madsen's official comeback [1] [7] album in 2007, Seagull in Flight, won him the BCIMA [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] (British Columbia Indie Music Award) "Instrumental Group or Artist of the Year" award. His 10 albums released in 2010, including Carfirmation, Guided Meditations, and There's a World, engage in issues of spiritual consciousness.

In 2006, Madsen began and is the current director of the Body Soul Wellness Faire, [10] a semi-annual interactive gathering devoted to physical and spiritual wellness. This wellness faire was featured on CHBC news in March 2011 and October 2011. [11]

In March 2010, Madsen gave a spiritual workshop on the Infinite Sea of Possibilities [12] at the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living in Vernon. On 20 August 2010, Madsen performed a concert at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon for the homeless [13] and on 13 May 2011, he performed once more at the same theatre alongside his former guitar student, Canadian Artist Jodi Pederson, [14] in a concert to help benefit the local woman's centre.

Madsen is also the author of the 2010 book and screenplay entitled Song of the Troubadour, a metaphysical romance novel set in medieval times. The album by this name won the 2011 BCIMA [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] "Instrumental Recording of the Year" award. Madsen's 2011 album, Shoreline of the Heart, is under submission review for the 2012 Juno Award. [ citation needed ]

Legends of America

Christian “Chris” Madsen was a soldier and U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma.

He was born as Christen Madsen Rormose in Denmark on February 25, 1851, and grew up to serve as a soldier in the Danish Army. In 1876, he immigrated to the United States and dropped his last name.

Immediately, he enlisted in the U.S. Cavalry which soon put him in the midst of the various Indian Wars taking place on the plains. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he joined Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. After some 15 years in the military, Madsen left the army and went to work as a U.S. Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma in 1891. Working with Heck Thomas and Bill Tilghman, the three became known as the Three Guardsmen and were largely responsible for wiping out the lawlessness in Indian Territory.

Earning a reputation as a fighter who would never surrender, he was instrumental in hunting down Bill Doolin and the rest of his gang. He was personally responsible for the killings of Doolin gang members Dan “Dynamite Dick” Clifton, George “Red Buck” Waightman, and Richard “Little Dick” West.

In 1911 he was appointed U.S. Marshal for the entire state of Oklahoma. While in his sixties he was appointed Chief of Police for Oklahoma City. During the First World War Madsen tried to enlist, once again, in the United States Army but was rejected as being too old. From 1918 to 1922 he served as a special investigator for the governor of Oklahoma.

Christian Madsen died peacefully at the age of 93 in Guthrie, Oklahoma on January 9, 1944. He is buried in the Frisco Cemetery in Yukon, Oklahoma.

[Chris Madsen Home]

Photograph of the Madsen family at their property in Danevang, Texas. The man on the right, identified as Chris Madsen, appears to be seated on a plow, which is being pulled by three horses. There are two children on the right, and an adult woman next to them, presumably their mother and wife of Chris Madsen. Behind them, there is a hammock hung on two trees, and beyond that, a two-story home. It has light-colored siding, intersecting gable roofs, several windows, and one bay window on the right part of the house.

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Photograph of the Madsen family at their property in Danevang, Texas. The man on the right, identified as Chris Madsen, appears to be seated on a plow, which is being pulled by three horses. There are two children on the right, and an adult woman next to them, presumably their mother and wife of Chris Madsen. Behind them, there is a hammock hung on two trees, and beyond that, a two-story home. It has light-colored siding, intersecting gable roofs, several windows, and one bay window on the right part of the house.

US Marshall 1891-1915

Efter 15 år i det amerikanske kavaleri fik Chris Madsen i 1891 et betroet og eftertragtet embede som Deputy US Marshal i Oklahoma (der stadig blot var et ’territorium’ i ’det vilde vesten’, endnu ikke en stat). Han bevarede sin position som marshal i over 20 år, frem til omkring 1915, dog afbrudt af en periode, hvor han blev genindkaldt til militærtjeneste i krigen mod Spanien i 1898-1899.

Som US Marshal spillede Chris Madsen en vigtig rolle i nedkæmpelsen af den omfattende organiserede kriminalitet. Han var fx stærkt involveret i indfangelsen af de berygtede Dalton- og Doolin-bander, der var frygtede bank- og togrøvere i ikke bare Oklahoma, men også i nabostater som Kansas og Texas. De gik ikke af vejen for at dræbe bankpersonale og politifolk, når de udførte deres røverier. Chris Madsen opnåede i den forbindelse en form for heltestatus sammen med kollegerne Bill Tilghman og Heck Thomas. De tre ordenshåndhævere blev senere benævnt som ’The Three Guardsmen of Oklahoma’. Nancy B. Samuelson har dog påpeget, at deres heltestatus var noget overdrevet, idet hun hævder, at de indimellem var mere optaget af bijobberi end af at passe deres offentlige embeder. Hun argumenter i den forbindelse for, at det faktisk mere var bevæbnede borgerværn, der fik ram på banderne, end ’The Three Guardsmen’. Andre amerikanske historikere er uenige i den vurdering.

Chris Madsen som US Marshal, cirka 1892. Foto: University of Oklahoma Libraries. Western History Collection. Fergusson 226

I starten af marshal-perioden stiftede Chris Madsen også familie. Han blev gift med Maggie Morris og fik to børn med hende, en dreng, der blev døbt Christian Reno Madsen (1890-1981), og en pige ved navn Marion Morris Madsen (1889-1952). Sønnen, Christian Reno Madsen, medvirkede ved udarbejdelsen af biografien Trigger Marshal. The Story of Chris Madsen, som udkom i 1958.

Chris Madsens barnebarn, Joan McGrath Madsen, besøgte Danmark i 1984 og bidrog til den research, tv-produceren Stig Thornsohn lavede for DR i forbindelse med produktionen af en drama-dokumentar om Chris Madsens liv. Dokumentaren følger de kilder, der på det tidspunkt var tilgængelige. Jens Okking spillede Chris Madsen i denne film, der blev sendt på DR i 1987. Her ses Joan McGrath Madsen og Jens Okking under indspilningen. © Hanne Lund Larsen.

Chris Madsen fik malaria under krigen mod Spanien i 1898 og var alvorligt syg i næsten et helt år. Han vendte dog tilbage til sit gamle job som US Marshal i Oklahoma omkring år 1900. Han var også aktiv i den spirende naturfredningsbevægelse og i forskellige organisationer, der arbejdede for at forbedre vilkårene for Amerikas oprindelige befolkning. Chris Madsen ledede præsident Arthurs ekspedition til Yellowstone-området i 1883. Ekspeditionen bidrog til oprettelsen af Yellowstone som verdens første nationalpark.

Chris Madsen forblev aktiv som ordenshåndhæver indtil omkring 1915, hvor han som 65-årig gik ind i den nye opblomstrende filmbranche. Han var medstifter af et filmselskab, der producerede westerns. Han fortsatte dog også med politi- og sikkerhedsarbejde på forskellig vis, var frivillig på plejehjem og fungerede som filmkonsulent langt op i livet. Han døde af komplikationerne fra en faldulykke i 1944.

Chris Madsen - History

The title Rowdy perhaps implies a story of mayhem and parties – and in a strange way, you wouldn’t be far off identifying this saga as a spirited account, even though ‘Rowdy‘ does not identify a state of mind, but is the name of a sailboat author Christopher Madsen discovered in 1998.

At that point Rowdy was certainly not living up to her name: derelict, leaky, and neglected, the yacht and her former owner were largely a mystery – and, as author Christopher Madsen began rebuilding his new acquisition, so he became intrigued by her past and became determined to not just rebuild her, but also to solve all of her mysteries. The surprising course of this investigation traversed East and West coasts, involved exhaustive research, and ultimately drew the author as much into researching Duell and nautical history as into the physical act of restoring an old, once-grand boat. In fact, over sixteen years went into the making this story and so Rowdy is not a quick nautical adventure so much as an in-depth and personal investigation, made all the more gripping by the fact that the story is completely true, historically significant and meticulous footnoted throughout.

The book quickly transitions from Christopher’s restoration of the yacht and whisks the reader back in time to the 1920’s era of Hemmingway and Gatsby. It is in this setting that the dynamic story of the original owner, Holland Sackett Duell, seems to magically unfold and blossom back to life. The reader will share in the journeys and struggles of Holland Duell, decorated World War I major, celebrated New York state senator, powerful patent attorney, and highly accomplished sailor, as he is immersed in the Great War, politics at the highest level, the birth of Hollywood, fortunes and mansions, love and romance, and scandalous affairs. It is this rich and diverse content makes Rowdy a strong recommendation for sailors and non-sailors alike.

It should be noted that color and vintage, historical black and white photos and illustrations are liberally peppered throughout: something missing in many a nautical tale, and a feature which lends a visual touch to the story line.

Rowdy offers many unusual facets that set it apart from other nautical titles. Of course there is the nautical theme:

To be honest, when I arrived at the marina and saw Rowdy, my first impression of her was so decidedly mixed that I would equate it to seeing a beautiful purebred dog that had been beaten, abused, neglected, and left to die in a pitiful state….while I know I glanced over all the flaws, my gaze was held by the clean design of her flush deck, with no built-up cabin, and her long, graceful sweeping shear. I could picture how easily and quickly her bow, with its immensely long overhang, must have sliced through the water in her heyday. Looking at her sleek yet sad appearance, I saw nothing but potential and the obvious signature of her master designer, Captain Nat Herreshoff.”

A central theme which develops and steadily builds towards a given outcome at the end of the book centers on a secret love affair conceived on the 1918 battlefields of France:

In my absence, your family life would survive on its own, or it would fail on its own, and it’s probably best to let that course play out. I would still like to be a familiar presence, and we can certainly continue to share the happiness and friendship that we have brought to each other in that capacity. But at the same time, I think I would curl up and die and blow away like dust if I were denied one ounce of the intimacy and closeness that we shared last night. With that, the basic foundation of their clandestine relationship had been laid.”

Another faceted inclusion in the book, Holland Duell’s war journal, provides vivid, personalized descriptions of his experiences in the Great War, and is represented to be the most detailed accounting ever written on the 306 th Field Artillery, 77 th Division:

“The French citizens laughed and cried hysterically as they embraced their liberators. The French and American flags were hoisted, and a makeshift band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “La Marseillaise.” To see those French men who, but a blink of the eye ago with all their worldly possessions upon their back, had impressed us as being the most pitiful, destitute, beaten-down souls in existence—to see them now infused with craziness and hilarity, running about madly, throwing their hats in the air and joyously shouting, “Fini la Guerre!” and “Vivent les Americains!” and “Vive l’Amerique!” was a sight to behold. Fini la Guerre indeed! So it was true. The war was finally over.”

But finally – and perhaps, most importantly – Rowdy is a history journal of a boat, its owner, and the process of tracking down a multifaceted story of her life and times: a process that immersed the author not only in the original owner’s remarkable story but also afforded him the most wonderful and special opportunity to meet and become friends with many of Holland Duell’s descendants.

And so readers anticipating a singular story of a boat’s restoration, or a yachting adventure, or even a new owner’s discoveries about his impulsive purchase will find so much more here. The historical research and vintage history is simply extraordinary, making Rowdy an exceptional standout presentation that neatly moves far above and beyond the multitudes of books competing for similar shelf space.

Rowdy By: Christopher Madsen Publisher: CPM Publishing Publication Date: August 2015 ISBN: 978‐0‐9960260‐0‐0 Reviewed by: Charline Ratcliff Date: April 5, 2015

When I was first asked if I would be interested in reviewing Rowdy, a non-fictional story about the renovation of a 1916 yacht, I don’t think I realized what I was getting myself into. I do love books featuring historical ‘look‐backs’ which is why I had readily agreed to read this book. However, upon its arrival, I was understandably stunned by the book’s massiveness, and the words ”it’s like a museum in a box” flitted through my head. (Rowdy was so large that it arrived in a box – hence the reference).

Viewing this book for the first time, I imagine I felt a teeny tiny sense of the same ”what have I gotten myself into” that Christopher Madsen, the book’s author and Rowdy’s renovator, undoubtedly felt upon realizing he now had ownership of this rather derelict 1916 yacht – a sailing vessel (that unbeknownst to him then) had an amazing story to share.

Rowdy (the book) is divided into several accountings – and each one is engrossingly interesting. To say that I struggled to set this book down is an understatement. So, after Madsen’s initial ‘about me’ (and his newest project) introduction, the reader will then be privy to his first phone call with Harriet Anne Duell. Harriet, who prefers to be called Hanny, is the last living child of Holland Duell – Rowdy’s original owner. Almost two years after that initial phone call, Hanny decided to pay a visit to the now renovated yacht that she hasn’t set foot on in 83 years. “Wow” is also an understatement.

After meeting Madsen in person, and after scampering around the yacht as if she were once again 10, Hanny gifts Madsen with the ‘Pandora’s Box’ (or the holy grail as the case may be) of previously unknown‐to‐him information from Rowdy’s original owner – Holland’s writings during World War One (which he later published as The History of the 306th Field Artillery). This is where the next section of Rowdy begins, and is labeled “The Journal.”

“The Journal” allows the reader to experience a first-hand accounting of the events that transpired from May 11, 1917 through May 10, 1919. Madsen also did a remarkable job of searching out and supplementing additional facts for these two years making this section read as if it was Holland’s personal diary/journal. It was certainly an eye‐opening and riveting look at a small time period within World War I complete with drawings, diagrams, photographs and other remembrances from these years.

After the reader completes “The Journal” section, he/she will then learn about the Duell’s family history, including career choices (political and/or otherwise). Looking back almost one hundred years through time, I must say that familial ‘drama’ existed even then –it just seems we were a bit more ‘refined’ in how we dealt with it then… I really don’t want to provide any further information about this book – I don’t want to take anything away from the reader’s journey of discovery.

Rowdy is certainly a wonderful read. It’s interesting, well‐written and provides a consistent stream of historical facts.

Quill Says: If you’re a lover of reading anything nautical and/or historical then Rowdy will simply suck you in – not spitting you back out until you reach its conclusion.

Christopher Madsen’s sixteen-year odyssey began with the $5000 purchase of a fifty-nine-foot wooden yacht that barely floated and looked a complete wreck. But he knew the Rowdy was yachting royalty: built in 1916 for the New York Yacht Club by Captain Nat Herreshoff, the greatest sailboat designer of all time. During the restoration, Madsen immersed himself in researching the yacht’s original owner, and what emerged is an intriguing true story of love, war, politics, Hollywood, and wealth at its highest level.

Good Old Boat, Review by Wayne Gagnon, November 29, 2015

In the summer of 1998, Christopher Madsen came across Rowdy, a 59-foot Nathanael Herreshoff-designed sloop, in an Oxnard, California, boatyard. He bought her for $5,000, and thus began what would become a 16-year project/odyssey. The vessel was in rough shape, which explains the low asking price, but Madsen was determined to bring her back to her full glory. In the process, he found that the original owner was a man named Holland Duell. He tracked down Duell’s 92-year-old daughter, Harriet “Hanny” Duell, and developed a relationship with her and her family that brought more meaning to the project than he ever imagined possible. This book is the story of that journey.

Rowdy (the book) is not much of a do-it-yourself boat-restoration story. In fact there’s very little on that. It’s rather a history lesson on the golden age of yacht racing on the East Coast Rowdy (the boat), in particular and the people who owned her for almost a century. Most of the book is the story of the Duell family and their ownership of Rowdy, from launching in 1916 until they sold her in 1941. The remainder follows the boat’s history up until the present day, through various owners from the East Coast to the Great Lakes, through the Panama Canal, to California where Madsen found her rotting away. Also included are excerpts from log books, journals, newspaper clippings, some beautiful water color paintings, and several black and white and color photos of the boat and many of her trophies and owners.

Rowdy comes with a cover that has the feel of worn leather and gold leaf stamping that makes it a beautiful coffee table book and would be worthy to grace any personal or yacht club library. Many readers may balk at spending $55.00 for a book like this, but if you have an interest in the early history of yacht racing on the East Coast, the people involved, and Herreshoff designs, Rowdy would be worth a serious look.

Upon first sight of the beautiful, old-fashioned cover, one may get the sense that Rowdy was a labor of love, which the introduction confirms. Rowdy is the meticulously researched story of an antique boat and the people associated with it. Madsen’s narration follows these people wherever their stories led them, including the Argonne battlefield and early Hollywood. Rowdy recreates the world of a century ago, helped by many old photos, and those interested in historical reading are likely to find this work a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Many sailors know well the legend of Rowdy, a 65-foot New York 40 launched in 1916.

Built of pine planking on white oak frames, she was designed by Nathanael Herreshoff to sail fast and win races, which she did. Fast forward to 1998, When Christopher Madsen purchased the neglected sailboat with plans for an ambitious restoration. Rowdy (CPM Publishing, $55, is Madsen’s account of meticulously researching the yacht’s history, which prominently features ownership by Holland Duell, a decorated soldier turned patent attorney, state senator, Hollywood filmmaker and world-class sailor. Madsen spoke with scores of Duell’s family members and associates, and poured over personal and legal documents during 16 years of research for the book, which reads like an epic historical yarn.

Readers’ Favorite book review for Rowdy

Reviewed by Maria Beltran

Review Rating: 5 stars!

Christopher Madsen did not imagine that he would write a book but circumstances find him as the new owner of a sailboat that has seen glorious days and this will change his life in a way that he never imagined. Rowdy is the story of a sailboat juxtaposed with that of its original owner, Colonel Holland Sackett Duell, who fought in World War I as a major with the 306th Field Artillery, 77th Division, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Croix de Guerre, and the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat.

A distinguished personality, Colonel Holland Sackett Duell married Mabel Halliwell, daughter to one of the richest men in New York. The opulent lifestyle they enjoyed in their 20,000 square foot mansion, Ardenwold, exploded in 1924 when it was revealed that for the past six years a secret love affair had been thriving between Holland and Mabel’s first cousin Emilie Brown. A week after his divorce Holland and Emilie married, and remained deeply in love until his death in 1942. A distinguished sailor, Holland Sackett Duell owned Rowdy for more than two decades. This is their story.

Rowdy by Christopher Madsen is a creative non-fiction story that started with the author acquiring a sailboat of the same name, originally owned by American lawyer, US Army officer and New York politician Holland Sackett Duell. This acquisition ignited a quest to find out everything about the 1916 NYYC yacht Rowdy and its previous owner. Well researched and very informative, this book is a work that spanned many years and it shows in the final product. Both subjects certainly have compelling stories to tell and it is interesting to note that in the author’s process of rehabilitating Rowdy, Holland Sackett Duell seems to come back to life through this book as well. Thanks go to the author and the cooperation of Duell’s numerous relatives, especially his 93-year-old daughter Hanny, who, at the time of the book’s writing, was his only surviving child. This is a gem of a book!

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Title: ROWDY Author: Christopher Madsen Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, History Reviewer: Angela O’Callaghan March 30, 2015 Rating: 4.5 stars

At first glance, ROWDY seems to be a book about the rebuilding of a NY40 Class racing yacht. However, as one gets further into the story, it is actually three books: the recounting of how the boat was discovered and restored, the World War I diary of Rowdy’s first owner, and finally a description of upper class New York society between the wars. Christopher Madsen weaves these three seemingly disparate elements into a comprehensive story centered on Rowdy and her racing prowess.

In 1998, Christopher Madsen discovered the badly deteriorated hulk of a Hershoff racing yacht in a California boatyard. Normally, a boat of this type would fetch a price of about $1 million but the damage to the craft was so severe that he was able to take ownership for $5,000. As he began rebuilding the craft over the next four years, he became interested in the history of this new project, taking out ads in sailing magazines to find anyone who might know something of Rowdy’s past. Hanny Duell, daughter of Rowdy’s principal owner Holland Duell, contacted him and supplied most of the backstory about her father’s yacht. She also sent a copy of The History of the 306th Field Artillery written by Holland Duell. Information Madsen gained from this book and numerous other sources takes up about one third of the story and recounts Duell’s military service during the First World War. After reading this history, Madsen became intrigued by the relationship between Rowdy and Duell. Madsen began researching the family in old news stories and court records to create this book.

While the elements of the book may seem disjointed, they actually mesh quite well into a cohesive story. Duell buys the boat in 1916 and shortly thereafter goes to war, thus allowing the story to follow him through his military service. Afterwards, the boat becomes central to his life, as it becomes a refuge during his many tumults of the twenties and thirties. The author has done an excellent job retelling the whole story of Duell and Rowdy, seemingly a love story of a man for the freedom he found when under sail. Unfortunately, sometimes the family story of the Duells becomes too detailed and the names and marriages become tedious. As in real life, Rowdy herself rescues the book from this brief ennui as her own story continues. At the present time, Rowdy is sailing from a marina in Monaco, still winning races despite her nearly one hundred years slicing through the waves.

ROWDY is an engrossing story of a unique racing yacht and the people who sailed her. One can almost feel the salt spray as the sails grow taut and the bow heads for deep water.

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Rowdy Christopher Madsen Unpublished – Galley (2015) ISBN 9780996026000 Reviewed By Michel Violante for Reader Views (03/15)

My wife received “Rowdy” by Christopher Madsen for review as a fan of memoirs and World War I and WWII, but being an Adriatic Sea creature from the ports of Bari-Italy myself, I snatched it for myself, and I am glad I did. The book begins with Madsen’s own story and the beginning of his relationship with the sea, which was seeded by his own father. After the loss of his wife, it is that relationship and love for sailing that helped him through his grief and to start a new life within the world of sailing. One day he receives a phone call from a boat restorer and seller, and that is when he discovers “Rowdy.” It is at this point in the book that the reader will sail through time into history through the life of this exceptional boat’s first owner. Christopher Madsen’s research will not only unravel a personal account of World War I through Holland Duell’s journal, it will also enrich his own life through a priceless sea jewel and its roots as he meets its long lost family.

Madsen’s research is impeccable. I can’t imagine the amount of time invested in restoring the boat and uncovering its story. He was not only successful in both goals he had set for himself, he went even further by creating this beautiful collection of journals, pictures and his own life accounts. This well written book will captivate the reader to travel within its pages and pictures into the second decade of the 1900’s, through time, and all the way to the re-birth of “Rowdy.” This book is not just about the boat. These pages are also homage of Madsen’s love for sailing and his relationship with the sea.

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I truly enjoyed “Rowdy” by Christopher Madsen and recommend it as a five-star read for history and sailing lovers alike. It is a wonderful gift for anyone’s book collection and a wonderful couch traveling adventure to come back to on a relaxing weekend afternoon!

ROWDY, by Christopher Madsen

Brimming with passion, definitively researched, and amazingly readable, Christopher Madsen’s “Rowdy” is a book that will take the reader on a remarkable journey through history.

“Rowdy” is the name of a wooden yacht that Madsen purchased for $5000, a steep discount off its usually million-dollar price. The reason for the steep break was the yacht’s condition – it barely floated, its bilge pumps working overtime just to keep it afloat, and it needed a lot of time-consuming and expensive restorative work.

But to Madsen, an avid sailor with a keen eye for history, the boat represented everything he’d ever desired in a sea-going craft. He soon realized that “Rowdy” was built by the greatest sailboat designer of the early 20th century, and he later discovered that the yacht’s original owner, Holland Duell, had an even more remarkable story. The Duell family’s interests spanned politics, the early days of Hollywood, and a tabloid-worthy scandal, all set against a background of extreme wealth and class intrigue in the early 20th century.

Madsen immersed himself into finding out more details about Holland Duell, the yacht owner. Using a long-ago book about WWI given to him by the elderly surviving child of Holland Duell, he reconstructed what life must have been like for the young solider during the Great War, taking some narrative liberties to construct a pseudo-diary of the times as told by Duell. It’s a fascinating glimpse of the conflict, and features some harrowing tales of combat.

Even more readable is the story of Charles Duell, the youngest brother of the yacht’s owner. One of the early players in Hollywood, he fell in love with a young actress that soon became one of the screen’s most captivating heroines. Lillian Gish had a magnetic personality and fresh-faced innocence, and Duell soon fell under her spell.

Since he was married, the love affair gradually compromised their ability to work together. This led to Gish walking out on her contract when the relationship soured, causing Duell’s own movie-making career to crash and burn. It was later to evolve into a high-profile lawsuit.

These dramatic stories will seduce anyone with a love for the Gilded Age adventures of the post-World War I era. Far from the tale of a boat – although that passion is omnipresent in the book’s final chapter – the story of “Rowdy” will entrance anyone who wants to take a trip through time to one of the most remarkable periods in U.S. history. For fans of sailing and history, the winds will be at your back as you devour this remarkable story.

ROWDY, by Christopher Madsen

A man. A boat. A remarkable story. Those are the elements of “Rowdy,” an adventure in DIY restoration and a history lesson rolled up into one book.

Author Christopher Madsen, a sailing aficionado, bought a decrepit wooden yacht named “Rowdy.” He recognized the value in the boat, which usually sells for millions of dollars, but was purchased for a mere $5000 by him because of its condition. He knew he was in for a long restoration, but the challenge of bringing an amazing piece of craftsmanship back to life intrigued him.

As he became immersed in the project, Madsen became something of a history scholar when he realized the story behind the boat’s original owner. Holland Duell and his family were giants in politics and later Hollywood, and Madsen began to explore their story. He eventually found the elderly surviving child of Holland Duell, which further fueled his interest.

The rest of “Rowdy” is a pieced-together and fictionalized tale of what life was like for the extremely wealthy in the early 20th Century. We travel through World War I and into the early days of Hollywood, where the youngest brother of Holland Duell financed some of the earliest motion pictures and became embroiled in a scandal with actress Lillian Gish, then America’s sweetheart. This tale of love, betrayal and scandal is as juicy as any of today’s tabloid fodder, and brings new perspective on just how the movie industry was created at its dawn.

The book concludes with the triumphant return of the restored “Rowdy,” which symbolizes the long journey of the Duell family and Madsen’s persistence. The reader will feel like they’ve taken this journey with Madsen, who has a historian’s love for detail combined with a passion for sailing’s adventure. Combined, they result in a fine book that will be a proud addition to the collection of anyone with an appreciation for context in all things.

100 Year Old True Life Adventure & Love Story

A newly unearthed gem in American history, Rowdy by Christopher Madsen is, perhaps, one of the most highly awarded books of 2015. Rowdy is a 1920s adventure and love story that follows the colorful history of the famous 1916 racing yacht for which the book is titled. The tale, rediscovered and pieced back together by Madsen during his six year renovation of the yacht, centers on the life of the original owner, New York senator Holland Sackett Duell as he is immersed in The Great War, politics at the highest level, the birth of Hollywood, fortunes and mansions, love affairs as well as scandalous affairs and, of course, the thrill of illustrious New York Yacht Club sailing aboard his yacht Rowdy. Fully bringing to life the era and flair of Gatsby and Hemmingway, Rowdy, by contrast, is completely true, historically significant, and meticulously documented in support of the authenticity.

100 years after her launch, Rowdy (the yacht) is still making history. She is berthed in the Mediterranean and, in such playgrounds as Cannes and Monaco, she has won hundreds of races against the finest classic yachts in the world. As Sandman Yacht Company stated “this yacht has indeed dominated her class at the classic regattas making her probably the most successful classic race winner on the Mediterranean Circuit EVER.

This elegant 8 ½ x 11 hard cover, accented with gold leaf stamping, blind deboss, a rounded spine with spine hubs (ribs) and a woven burgundy book mark ribbon, portrays the look and feel of worn, vintage leather an enjoyable compliment to the old world feel in which the entire story is told. Not only is this a magnificent coffee table book, but the rich and timeless content within also render Rowdy a worthy and rare compliment to the classic section of any fine library.

Chris Madsen | Tenor Saxophone

Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, former jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014. He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren and Conn-Selmer Performing Artist, member of the Fulbright Specialist Program roster, Jazz Education Network, the National Educator’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Madsen serves on the Education Committee for the Jazz Education Network and has been featured in Jazziz Magazine (2005), the Jazz Spotlight for (2012), and has been interviewed for (2018) and the Chicago Jazz Magazine (2019). Madsen has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.

After graduating from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.M. in Jazz Studies and studying with the likes of Mark Colby, Bobby Broom, and Dr. Bob Lark, Madsen was accepted into the jazz program at the Juilliard School in 2003. He spent three years in New York City, performing with and writing for such jazz masters as Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Loren Schoenberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Washington, Bobby Short, Michael Dease, Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, Ulysses Owens Jr., Aaron Diehl, and many others. After graduating from Juilliard, Madsen relocated to Chicago in 2006 and has since been a fixture on the local scene, performing regularly at major venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill, and Andy’s Jazz Club.

As a leader and sideman, Madsen’s discography is extensive. He has released five albums as a leader since 2004 and can be heard as a player and composer on countless additional releases with artists such as Michael Dease, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Hamilton. In 2015, he founded the jazz/funk outfit “Kings of the Lobby”, which has played many live music venues and festivals in Chicago, and released their debut album in 2017.

Madsen is a published composer with Kendor Music, Inc., Walrus Music, and the UNC Jazz Press. He was commissioned by the Illinois Music Education Association to write the 2012 All-State Jazz piece entitled “With Gratitude” and dedicated to his high school band director Don Shupe. He was honored to have his arrangement of the standard “Never Let Me Go” recorded by Phil Woods and the DePaul Jazz Ensemble released in 2007 to rave reviews. He maintains a consistent compositional schedule writing for Chicago- and New York-based ensembles such as the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and the Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars. Madsen’s compositions and arrangements are performed regularly by ensembles of all ages—from middle school to the professional jazz world.

Madsen is fully committed to the art of jazz education and has been responsible for teaching Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Composition, Jazz History, Applied Jazz Saxophone, and ensemble direction. He served as jazz program director at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, from 2009-2017, directing ensembles and teaching classes in music theory, history, composition, and appreciation. He has performed and/or presented at the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016 Jazz Education Network conferences, and led groups which have performed at the Illinois Music Education Association All-State conference and the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic. He is currently attaining his DMA is Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and resides in the Chicago area with his wife and son.

Chris Madsen - History


T he reverse side of this Silhouette of Chris Madsen, indicates it was done at Withee, Wis., Aug. 26, 1917 by Saxtopd Mikkelsen.

CHRIS MADSEN , president and manager of the Withee Construction Co., one of the most important business enterprises in Clark County, was born in Kolding, Denmark, Feb. 22, 1868, son of Mathias and Anna M. (Hansen) Madsen. The father was a laboring man who died in 1895. In April, 1901, his widow came to America, residing for a short time in Minneapolis, and later coming to Withee, Clark County, where she died in 1914. Chris Madsen came to this country in 1891, locating first in Minneapolis. He was a cabinet-maker by trade and was employed in Minneapolis as car builder for the Twin City Rapid Transit Co., remaining with them for two years. He then went to Pullman, Ill., and was with the Pullman Palace Car Company, constructing Pullman sleeping cars there until 1894, when he went to Sheboygan, Wis., for a short time working for the Winter Lumber Co., making office fixtures. Then he returned to Minneapolis, where he went into the building trade, working as carpenter for several of the largest contractors such as Leighton Brothers and others. While working ten hours a day at this work, Mr. Madsen took the architectural course of the International Correspondence School, of Scranton, Pa., to better qualify himself in construction of buildings, completing this course in 1901.

Mr. Madsen came to Withee the sixth day of May, 1901, and started in business for himself as contractor and builder. In this enterprise he achieved a pronounced success, leading up to the establishment of the Withee Construction Company, which was organized Mar. 13, 1913, for building and construction purposes. The first officers were: Chris Madsen, president Lewis C. Meyer, vice president, and Henry Bartholomay, secretary. The same officers are still serving and there has been no change in stockholders.

Mr. Madsen, either when alone, or as head of the above mentioned company, has executed contracts for some of the largest churches, schools, depots, libraries, and residences, in Clark and adjoining counties, such as German Lutheran Church, Pittsville, Wood County, 1908, costing $9,000 Soo Line Depot Medford, Tyler County, 1913, costing $6,000 Carnegie Library, Neillsville, Clark County, costing $10,000 Sniteman Ree., 1914 and 1915, costing $10,000 Methodist Church at Colby, Clark County, 1915, costing $6,000 Soo Line Depot and Annex, Stevens Point, Wis., 1917 and 1918, costing $53,000. The Withee Construction are dealers in hollow building tile, Mr. Madsen having been the that tile in Clark County. He is also a stockholder in Withee and Fuel Company and secretary of this company.

In 1907 he was elected assessor of the village of Withee, serving for seven years, and then in 1914 became a member of the county board, on which he served one term. His fraternal affiliations are with the Equitable Fraternal Union, Fraternal Reserve Association, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Danish Brotherhood of America, of which last mentioned order he is secretary.

On Mar. 6, 1904, Mr. Madsen was united in marriage with Caroline Jessen, who was born in Schleswig, Denmark, Mar. 12, 1883, daughter of Ludwig and Caroline Jessen, who came to America with her parents in 1888. The family settled at Pullman, Ill., where Mr. Jessen was employed by the Pullman Palace Car Company moved on a farm with the family in 1894, near Longwood, where he died in 1909. His wife, who survives him, is making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Madsen. The latter have five children: Adaline Vivian, born Nov. 3, 1905 Leonora Elvira, born Sept. 5, 1907 Ethel Theresa, born April 7, 1909 Clarence Ludwig, born Feb. 5, 1911 and Agnes Irene, born Sept. 18, 1913. Mr. Madsen's career up to the present time is a good example of what may be accomplished by industry and intelligence, united with a laudable ambition to rise in the world. Possessing these qualities he has not only advanced his own fortunes in a notable degree, but has benefited the community in which he has made his home, by the establishment of a useful and flourishing industry, which gives employment to a number of men.

1900 Federal Census, Northern Hospital for Insane, Winnebago, Wisconsin

Name: Christ Madsen
Birth date: May 1868
Birthplace: Denmark
Father's birthplace: Denmark
Mother's birthplace: Denmark
Race or color (expanded): White
Head-of-household name:
Gender: Male
Marital status: Single
Immigration year: 1891
Enumeration district: 0164
page: 2
sheet letter: A

1905 Wisconsin State Census, Withee, Clark, Wisconsin

Name: Christ Madsen
Age: 37y
Estimated birth year: Abt 1868
Birthplace: Denmark
Race: White
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Place of birth: parent 1: Denmark
Place of birth: parent 2: Denmark
Family number: 31
Page number: 575
Line number: 13
Household Members
Head: Christ Madsen M 37y
Spouse: Caroline Madsen F 22y

1910 Federal Census, Withee, Clark, Wisconsin

Name: Christ Madsen
Birthplace: Denmark
Marital status: Married
Race : White
Gender: Male
Immigration year: 1891
Father's birthplace: Denmark
Mother's birthplace: Denmark
Family number: 91
Page number: 4
Household Gender Age
Head: Christ Madsen M 42y
Spouse Caroline Madsen F 27y
Child Adaline Madsen F 4y
Child Leonora Madsen F 2y
Child Ethel Madsen F 1y

Name: Christian Madsen
Death date: 12 Jun 1964
Residence: , Wisconsin
Gender: Male
age: 96
certificate number: 022609

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