Early settlers in Wyoming relied on horses as transportation and for work. And still today, many residents in Wyoming come from cowboy/early rancher stock.
These people still spend hours in the saddle as they go about making a living from the land and from their herds.
The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame, billed as honoring “the real cowboys of the cowboy state,” was the brainchild of Russell “Pinky” Walter. Years ago Walter realized cowboys and cowgirls across Wyoming deserve recognition for their work and influence in the state’s history. The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame was organized to honor “Wyoming’s working cowboy and ranching history.” And, as the years turned, new family members took on the role of riding and roping to keep their ranches profitable. The earlier members also spent long hours in the saddle as they contributed to the lives of their families and their communities. This year, three more long-time working cowboys from Bridger Valley in southwest Wyoming were tapped for the honor of being inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame. They have left their pastures, but they have passed on a lifestyle and tradition of ranching and riding to their families.
They represented Region 9 out of the 10 regions in Wyoming. The three Bridger Valley men inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame are George Hereford, Gle T. Wadsworth and Martin “Mart” Aimone from Uinta County. Two men from Lincoln County were also tapped in region 9. They are William Byron “By” Titensor and Lyman A. Harmon.
These men are among the 51 cowboys and cowgirls chosen for 2015 by the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame. They were inducted on Sept. 27, at the Casper Events Center. The three men from Uinta County were honored at the Bridger Valley Pioneer finals in
They have left their pastures, but they have passed on a lifestyle and tradition of ranching and riding to their families.
Lyman in July, according to Joe Hickey, rodeo chairman. Hereford was born on March 22, 1860, in the Burnt Fork area and was born to be a cowboy. He could trace his heritage to the original breeders of the Hereford cattle breed in England. And his heritage also linked him to George Washington, the first president of the United States. Another tie to the Valley was Hereford’s grandfather, “Uncle Jack” Robertson, a pioneer cattleman, trapper and horse trader from the 1800s.
Hereford learned to ‘cowboy up’ at a young age. His family moved to Montana when he was 10. Hereford stayed in Wyoming and learned the cowboy trade from Lige Driskell and George Barr. He was “probably one of the best cowboys of the area,” according to Hickey. Hereford fathered 14 children, five died in the flu epidemic of 1918.
Hereford learned his lessons well – he could ride, he could rope, he could tame the broncs. As an added touch, Hereford was “a famous exhibition cowboy… known for riding broncs to a standstill while holding $20 gold pieces in each stirrup while holding another gold piece in the seat of the saddle,” according to the bio submitted with his nomination.
In a bronc riding contest sponsored by Buffalo Bill Cody, Hereford beat champion bronc rider Oscar Quinn, who held the title in Wyoming and Utah. As for being a roper, he laid his loop around the neck of a calf 100 times out of 100 tries at a contest in the Pinedale/ Big Piney area.
Wadsworth arrived in Lonetree when he was four, part of the last family to arrive in Lonetree by a horse drawn wagon.
He was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Utah and died at 85 in 2005. The ranch started on a small place on Beaver