250. [WYOMING STOCK GROWERS ASSOCIATION]. Four titles, comprising
a thorough history of that mighty organization:
(1) Letters from Old Friends and Members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. Cheyenne: The S. A. Bristol Company, . 55 [1 blank] pp., facsimile signatures. 8vo, original tan printed wrappers with vignette, ruling, and lettering in dark brown (stapled, as issued). Very fine. Scarce.
First edition. Adams, Herd 2601: “Rare.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 100. Dobie, p. 127: “Some of the best reminiscences have been pried out of range men. In 1914 the Wyoming Stock Growers Association resolved a Historical Commission into existence. A committee was appointed and, naturally, one man did the work. In 1923 a fifty-five-page pamphlet entitled Letters from Old Friends and Members of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association was printed at Cheyenne. It is made up of unusually informing and pungent recollections by intelligent cowmen.” Graff 4783. Howes W729. McCracken 101. These letters document in sharp relief the strong connections in the early years between Texas stock growers and those of Wyoming.
One of the letters is from a lady, Nannie E. Steele (pp. 30-32), who arrived in Cheyenne in the midst of a sandstorm in September of 1876. She gives a good description of social life at Chimney Rock and how she met all the early ranchers and notables (including Buffalo Bill). She strongly believed in the innocence of Tom Horn, whom she nursed when he had the “Cuban fever.” Of her ranching experiences, she comments: “I would often go out riding with the cowboys, who would have their Winchesters and revolvers and bowie knives with them with a belt filled with cartridges, which was very fascinating to me as well as unique.” On a miserable note, she remarks: “My husband died in 1891. Everything had to be sold. Mares he gave Whipple & Hay $200.00 each for-I got $22.00. Cows which he bought back in Iowa for $50.00, I got $13.00 for, and calves thrown in.” She concludes on an uplifting note: “The scenery cannot be surpassed, and as I look back over the thirty-nine years of my life in Wyoming, I say of those early pioneers, ‘Well done thou good and faithful servants.’ The hardships and risks they ran were borne with patience and cheerfulness.”
This ephemeral pamphlet, which some consider the first history of the WSGA, was a handout at their 1923 convention. Thus, it’s a bit tough to find, but Medicine Wheel Books in Cheyenne published a reprint in 2004.
(2) GREENBURG, Dan W. Sixty Years a Brief Review the Cattle Industry in Wyoming Its Organization and Present Status and Data Concerning the Wyoming Stock Growers Association... A Souvenir Brochure on the Occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary Convention Held at Green River, Wyoming, June 7, 8, 9, 1932 First Edition. Cheyenne: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 1932. 73 [1 blank] pp., text illustrations (mostly photographic, some full-page), facsimile. 8vo, original beige and brown pictorial wrappers (stapled as issued) with illustration of stoic old cowboy and cattle brands by Will James. Very fine. Ink copyright stamp on first leaf: “Copyright-1933 by Wyoming Stock Growers Association.”
First edition. Adams, Herd 923: “Scarce.... This is the first of three histories written about the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association. Others have followed every ten years.” Dykes, Fifty Great Western Illustrators (Dufault/James), p. 102 (#63). Howes G375. Malone, Wyomingana, p. 4.
Greenburg remarks of the Texas cattlemen and trail: “Indeed, it is no far stretch of the imagination to understand the genesis of the long horn trail which found its birth in the Lone Star state of Texas and its termini upon the plains of Wyoming.” Not all regarding the Texas-Wyoming connection is rosy-Greenburg discusses the problems of Texas fever transmitted to Wyoming and also suggests that many of the Texas cowboys who trailed the herds from Texas to Wyoming used their superior skills to rustle the fresh cattle fields of Wyoming.
Greenburg gives special tribute to Miss Alice Smith, who worked with WSGA for 32 years (26 as secretary): “There is no woman in Wyoming who is more familiar with the details of the cattle industry than is Miss Smith.”
(3) SPRING, Agnes Wright. Seventy Years a Panoramic History of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association Interwoven with Data Relative to the Cattle Industry in Wyoming...A Souvenir Brochure on the Occasion of the Seventieth Anniversary Convention Held at Gillette, Wyoming June 2, 3, 4, 1942. First Edition. N.p.: Wyoming Stock Growers Association, First Printing, November 1942 [rubber ink stamp below imprint: “Copyrighted 1943 by Wyoming Stock Growers Ass’n”]. 273,  pp. (printed in dark brown ink), numerous text illustrations (mostly photographic), foldout illustration of brands, errata slip tipped in. 8vo, light brown pictorial cloth stamped and lettered in black. Very fine. Copies in wrappers are pretty common, but this cloth-bound issue is rare.
First edition, limited issue (100 copies bound in cloth). Adams, Herd 2141: “Scarce.” Campbell, My Favorite 101 Books about the Cattle Industry 101. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 17. Howes S850. McCracken, 101, p. 45: “Essential for any collection dealing with the Wyoming cattle and livestock industry.” Malone, Wyomingana, p. 54: “Taken from the records of the association...shows careful research and a flare [sic] for turning statistics and minutes into an interesting story of a great and powerful organization.” McCracken, p. 45. Reese, Six Score 101: “Excellent history of the cattle industry in Wyoming.”
The WSGA dedicates this work to its author and includes a tribute to and photograph of Agnes Wright Spring. The volume contains good coverage (including photographs) of Wyoming ranch women. The last leaf is a resolution entitled “States Rights” dated June 19, 1935, declaring: “Whereas, Wyoming and the other western states have been particularly hampered by this long-handled form of government which at the present time controls our forests, our minerals, our scenic wealth, and which now seeks complete jurisdiction over our grazing lands... Therefore, be it resolved, that the Wyoming Stock Growers Association in convention assembled, do hereby pledge their united and individual efforts to enlist the active support of every organization and citizen in the state to resist the encroachment of the federal government on our primal rights.”
(4) FRINK, Maurice. Cow Country Cavalcade Eighty Years of the Wyoming Stock Exchange. Denver: The Old West Publishing Company, 1954. xvi, 243 pp., photographic plates, map by Paul A. Rossi, facsimiles, text illustrations. 8vo, original light blue cloth lettered in dark blue cloth on spine and upper cover. Fine in d.j. with a few short, minor tears (no losses). Author’s signed and dated presentation copy to Scott Broome.
First edition. Adams, Guns 776: “Has a long chapter on the Johnson County War.” Adams, Herd 852: “This is the most recent of a series of histories which have been written on the Wyoming Stock Growers’ Association every ten years for the past thirty years.” Dykes, Western High Spots, p. 6 (“Collecting Modern Western Americana”): “Story of eighty years of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association”; p. 79 (“A Range Man’s Library”).
4 vols. ($500-1,000)
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