We moved to Boulder in 1970 when we bought this ranch from B. O. Hittle. He in turn had purchased it from John Vible in 1955. It is comprised of two homesteads - the Lovatt acquired in 1932, and the Billy Pastel acquired in 1946.
Muriel and I came here from Denver where we had lived for 12 years. I had been a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School and retired to part-time general practice and ranching in Sublette County.
We retired from ranching and medicine in 1985, but continue to live on the ranch and maintain irrigation and fencing. The ranch is leased to a neighbor who hays and pastures it now - Dale Woirhaye, manager for Huschist Ranch. We ranched 200-250 mother cows and sold calves. We designed the brand out of our initials, C and M, registering it in 1976, and used it on the left shoulder with an ear mark on the right ear. Both are still active. It is still used on a small bunch of yearlings which we run in the summer.
We irrigate out of the New Fork River.
We branded in the spring with the rest of the neighbors (Wayne Jensen, Jim Barger, Rex Miller, Pete Steele). Our branding corral is on the south side of the New Fork and we had to move the pairs across the river to the corral on the day of the branding. This could be a pretty formidable operation in the old days when the winters were real and the spring runoff heavy. Riding the river bottom to gather the cattle in on the morning of the branding was always exciting. One year Rex Miller rode up to the corral a little late and came over to the fire after he'd tied up his horse. He lifted up his hat and water poured down over his face. Poor fellow, he'd been bringing in a pair and decided to take a short cut through one of those sloughs you find along the side of the river. It didn't look deep, but it was and he still had his tie down on. Well, the horse rolled over and old Rex was lucky to get out of there alive with Banjo! We don't seem to have those kind of springs anymore in this country. Maybe we will again one of these years.