76 years later, Belles still ring
Photo courtesy of Snowy Range Cattlewomen
Former Ranchwomen of the Year, from left, Kate Moon (1992), Harriet Platt (1996) and Charlotte Kraft (1995) at Platt's award ceremony.
Wyoming Cow Belles was started in 1940 by women in the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association to promote and support the beef industry. Our local organization the Snowy Range Cow Belles was started in 1956. We are now called the Snowy Range Cattlewomen but many still call us "Cow Belles." Our dues were 50 cents and we had 15 members. Today our dues are $5 a year. We are strictly volunteers who present college scholarships, give out prizes for 4-H projects at the county fair, donate beef roasts for the Senior Centers during Christmas and participate in Ag In The Classroom. During many public functions we may be found serving meals at local bull sales or selling Brand Napkins. We have a new cookbook coming out this Spring. We have received complete and generous support from the business community in the form of Associate Memberships every year. We are extremely grateful to their support and treasure the values of the ranching life that this Upper Platte Valley offers.