Wyoming Centennial Farm & Ranch presents ‘Sublette County Special Edition’

From left, Carmen Hittle and Suzy Hittle Michnevich received Centennial Ranch plaques from Jonita Sommers in March. They and seven other ranch families will be honored again Sept. 13.

Gov. Gordon requests special Sublette celebration on Sept. 13

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Every year, the State Historic Preservation Office honors Wyoming ranch and farm families that have continuously owned and worked the same land for 100 years or more.

Their family histories and photos are commemorated in annual yearbooks – and many of them began their agricultural operations in what is now Sublette County. This year’s celebrated families were introduced at the annual springtime meetings of the Green River Valley Cowbelles’ and Cattlemen’s Association but the special signs – that are proudly posted around the county – weren’t available until the Wyoming Centennial Farm & Ranch program’s Aug. 20 ceremony at the Wyoming State Fair in Douglas.

“Unfortunately, seven of the eight Sublette County families – out of the total 15 families being honored from around the state – we were to honor were unable to attend the event in Douglas because everybody was out haying with the good stretch of weather,” said Renée Bovée, program coordinator for the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund in Cheyenne.

“When Gov. Gordon heard about that problem, he decided we needed to do a ‘special edition’ in Sublette County to honor these folks.”

With the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources planning a commission meeting in Pinedale Sept. 13-14, the goal was to have Gov. Mark Gordon preside over the local Centennial event. Unfortunately, he couldn’t arrange his schedule so Rep. Albert Sommers is pleased to take his place.

The ceremony is set for Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum, Bovée said. The museum is located on the Sommers Ranch, about 7 miles west of Pinedale off Highway 191 on East Green River Road.

Congratulations to the eight “Wyoming Centennial” Sublette ranch families to be honored –

  • Bain Family, Bain Ranch, 1918.
  • John J. Chrisman Family, Chrisman Land Company, 1908.
  • Hittle Family, Hittle Land & Livestock, 1919.
  • Pete Olson Family, Olson Ranch, 1914.
  • Gary and Jennifer Rees Family, Rees – Triangle 5 LLC, 1895
  • Zac and Patti Roberts, Roberts Cattle Company, 1921.
  • Mary Ann, Hugh and Morgan Steele Family, Steele Ranch L/S, 1920.
  • The Steel Family, Steele Ranch, 1922.

For more information about the Wyoming Centennial Farm & Ranch Program including past honorees, visit https://wyoshpo.wyo.gov/index.php/programs/centennial-farm-ranch.