“Parents wishing to secure for their boys a real outing amidst refined surroundings, can send them to Cedarvale with the fullest assurances that no bad influences or acquaintances can enter their lives while here…The moral tone of the place is high and will be maintained.” - Advertisement for Cedarvale Dude Ranch
Edmund “Eddy” Hulbert was born in Chicago in 1898. He lost his mother at the age of two and his father passed away just over a decade later. Now orphaned at the age of 13, it is believed that Eddy’s great aunt saw one of Doc Barry’s ads for the Cedarvale Dude Ranch as a place that unaccompanied boys could come and stay. Eddy was soon on his way to Kane, Wyoming where the Barry’s picked him up. Mrs. Barry, after hearing of the boy’s troubles from friends’ back east, immediately took the boy under her wing.
No one knows for sure, when or how Eddy learned the art of silversmithing. He occasionally went to visit an uncle in Denver who some believed had learned the craft in a Colorado prison. A how to book was also found among Eddy’s possessions at the time of his death. It does not matter how he learned the craft, because he was a natural at it. His work was sold at several different guest ranches, displayed in local stores, auctioned at the Medicine Wheel Bar in Lovell, and sold in catalogs. He also made many belt buckles as prizes for local Rodeos.
A Dedicated Life
Eddy lived at Hillsboro for most of his life. One July day in 1960 he was found slouched over his workbench, probably from a heart attack. His wife, with help from a neighbor, put him in their jeep and started the two hour trip to Lovell. He died on the way.
Did You Know?
Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...