The brand belonged to Ed’s father, Howard Lord. Howard Lord was an industrious, intelligent, hard-working man. At the age of 12, he became an orphan and lived with several aunts. He graduated from Geraldine High School and went to work for a sheep ranch, moving herder camps with a pack horse. Howard knew he would never get ahead working for $40. a month, so he scraped together enough money to go to MSC (now MSU), eventually earning a masters degree in Economics.
Howard bought his first ranch in the 1930s near Shonkin. This is where Howard used the brand C hanging U. In 1949, he bought a ranch near Philipsburg. Howard later acquired another brand. Howard gave his son, Ed, the C hanging U brand. Ed gave the brand to his father-in-law, AC Brooks. After his passing, Ed acquired the brand again.
Ed has graciously donated this brand and we are excited to offer it as a fundraiser for the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation.