of Stature Helps This Boy
Realizing His Great Ambition
MONMOUTH Royal Buss, 17, who was
graduated last summer from Monmouth high school, is probably the
smallest boy ever to spend lour years in the local school.
He is five feet four inches and his weight averages 115. But
being small doesn't worry Royal at all. He figured out some time ago
that there are suitable occupations or vocations, for everyone, and
he decided, since he is very fond of horses, to become a second Earl
Sande. Working on the farm for his father,. Harold Buss, he could
ride a lot, and he discussed his heart's desire with horse-minded
friends, including W. Ray Adams, long-time horse dealer of this
Adams kept the boy in mind, and when George Macauley, Eugene, owner
of a string of racing horses, came to the Adams' ranch to look at
some animals for sale, he was told about the local boy who wanted to
become a jockey. Result --- Royal Joined up with Macauley, went to
Klamath Falls, Seattle, Salem and other fairs where racing events
were scheduled. He rode in 15 races last fall, won seven of his
rides, and at present is employed in Eugene waiting for the spring
racing season to open. Of course, he admits he's a long way yet from
emulating Earl Sande, but he believes he's on the right track.
[Statesman Journal, Salem, OR, 12 Nov 1941, Wed,
[Jumpmaster note: Earl Harold Sande (November 13,
1898 – August 19, 1968) was an American Hall of Fame jockey and
thoroughbred horse trainer]
Buss, Leading Jockey,
Hurt in Fairgrounds Race Meet
The Lane county fair racing program, lacking the punch of
pari-mutuel wagering, closed Its three-day meet under favorable
weather conditions and a heavy track Saturday afternoon at the
fairgrounds before a fair-sized crowd. There were thrills, and one
heart-thumping spill that looked like the first casualty in local
racing for several years.
Royal Buss, hard-riding apprentice jockey for Harley Harms, Cottage
Grove stables, was thrown from bad-acting Betty's Pride on the first
turn of the feature mile, 70 yards event. The entry had balked at
the start and stumbled over Mar Roam when the horse stumbled on the
first turn. Chum Summer regained his May Roam mount, but Buss
remained on the track until after the horses had completed their
second turn. Although knocked unconscious he suffered only painful
[The Eugene Guard,
Eugene, OR, 21 Sep 1941, Sun, Page 6]
But ... the Army changed things
Must sell '35 Ford coupe, good tires A-l condition. Royal Buss, 1175 Charnelton.
[The Eugene Guard, Eugene,
OR, 5 Dec 1942, Sun, Page 5]]
Three Years later
Royal Buss, son of Mr. and Mrs..
Harold Buss, has received his discharge and is home after serving
three years in Europe.
[The Capital Journal, Salem, OR, 30 Nov 1945, Fri, Page 2]
And ... things
Buss married Barbara Leonard at Eugene in April. A paratrooper in France
during combat days, he started out to be a jockey after graduation from
Monmouth high school, but after serving in the war found he had gained
too much weight to follow that line of work.
Statesman Journal (Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States of America)
· 17 Sep 1947, Wed · Page 7
From racing horses to driving horsepower ...
QUALITY LAUNDRY DRIVER desperately in need of 1 or 2
bedrm, unfurn. hse. Veteran, married. Royal Buss. Ph. 4B44- R,
[The Eugene Guard, Eugene, OR, 17 Nov 1948, Wed, Page 22]