The Stock Association of Laramie County was organized in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, in 1872 to combat cattle rustlers operating in the area. By 1879, it had been renamed the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and was involved in a broad range of activities, including managing roundups, conducting brand inspections, and dealing with health and sanitary concerns, freight rates, and fencing and other public domain issues. The Association was instrumental in the development of Wyoming livestock and rangeland laws beginning in the 1880s and was closely involved in the Johnson County War of 1892. A women's auxiliary, Wyoming's Cow-Belles, was organized in 1940 and a youth group, the Junior Wyoming Stock Growers Association, was founded in 1954.
The Wyoming Stock Growers Association traces its origin to 1872 when five cattlemen met in a livery stable in Cheyenne to organize a vigilance committee to cope with rustlers operating in the area. This meeting was the beginning of the Stock Association of Laramie County.
The open range system made it difficult for a rancher to watch over his cattle and, consequently, encouraged rustling. In 1875 the Stock Association members agreed to assess themselves to pay detectives to discourage rustlers. The following year Association members approached the Laramie County Commissioners with a request for assistance with the payment of stock detectives. The Commissioners granted them $150 a month for two months. The Association appointed a committee in 1877 to engage detectives to work on behalf of Association members.
Out in the hills, the rustlers are wondering who has found their hide-out. They fan out, draw iron, and move in on his probable position, the ledge above their shack. Spike picks an ambush spot right next to a bolder, on the other side of which Jane and Johnny had been hiding. Johnny spoils Spike's shot by whacking his pistol with a stick, but Spike charges right in on Captain Jim and grapples with him. The other outlaws take this opportunity to whack Jim on the head with a pistol butt, then tie him up and gag him. Johnny and Jane see this, and start to run for help. Their path takes them toward Rusty's new lookout spot, and Rusty sees them before they see him. 59ce067264