120 years and counting

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Rosalie Brimmer (front) with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, Governor Matt Mead and U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi.

Rosalie Brimmer is among 25 Wyomingites to be recognized as a Centennial Ranch Owner this year. The ranch has been in her family for 120 years.

Widowed Elizabeth Tibbetts and her three daughters, Elsie, Bertha and Lura, arrived in Moorcroft in 1897 via Wisconsin and Nebraska, Brimmer says. Each of them filed on homesteads just west of Moorcroft, on the Belle Fourche River and Donkey Creek.

They “proved up” on their homesteads and signed the papers on April 29, 1901 for a filing fee of 77 cents per homestead. Elsie registered her cattle brand in 1901 – that same brand now belongs to Brimmer.

The great-granddaughter of Elizabeth, Brimmer purchased the ranch in 1963. Seven generations have now been involved in the operations of the ranch, she says, enjoying the Wyoming lifestyle and learning ranch ways.