Ruth Joy Hopkins
Hopkins, Ruth Joy (artist) 1938
A portrait style oil painting of Eli Whitcomb by Ruth Joy Hopkins. The painting is signed and dated "1940" on the lower left corner. The painting is framed in a one piece, red and gold painted wood frame with multiple beveled levels. 24 in. (h) x 17.9 in. (w). Ruth Joy Hopkins was born in 1891. The painting selected was from a series titled "Men of the West" also known as "Wyoming Trail Blazers." The series depicts traders, trappers, missionaries, explorers and military men and ranchers all associated with Wyoming. The artist created the images in the 1930's based on existing photographs and descriptions. Hopkins died in December 1973 in Fremont, Nebraska. Eli Whitcomb (1833 - 1915) was introduced to Wyoming in 1857 as a freighter to Fort Laramie and Camp Floyd, Utah. He established a store near present Glendo in 1861. The lure of the open range led him to settle on Box elder Creek and later on Crow Creek west of Cheyenne. For a few years he lived in Cheyenne and was appointed a county commissioner. He later sold his ranch at Chugwater and moved to the Belle Fourche area.
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