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1950s Brown & Bigelow Mission Leather Cowboy Wallet Chas. Ward Ranches AZ

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Seller: wpay (907) 100%, Location: Chicago, Illinois, Ships to: US, Item: 273307495711 Classic1950s Brown & Bigelow Mission Leather Cowboy Wallet Chas. Ward Ranches AZ Some history: A self made millionaire, Charles Ward began a hardscrabble life in Seattle, Wash. His early years were spent in Alaska territory and Mexico where he was part of Poncho Villa's army. Traveling across the country Ward made many acquaintances that served him well later in life. His friendship with H.H. Bigelow got him in the door of the calendar manufacturer in St. Paul, Minn. where he eventually rose to the rank of president and general manager of Brown & Bigelow, a St. Paul firm that manufactures calendars and other promotional materials. The rambling Ward Estate in Hudson covered what is now the Lighthouse at Hudson Pier development, the former JR Ranch property and several other Quality Park Farms scattered around the Hudson area. At one time he owned near 2000 acres in rural Hudson. He was a lover of horses and was often seen on a Sunday horse ride with his lovely wife Yvette. Mrs. Ward owned the Hudson Star-Observer for several years. Executives for Brown & Bigelow also had premier homes in the Hudson area, adding to the wealth of the community.The Ward's were one of the prime benefactors for the original building of the Hudson Hospital. They were very generous to the Hudson community, rich and poor alike. The Wards entertained people from all over the country, one of the most famous being the cowboy star Gene Autry. Charlie Ward loved the western life and all that it entailed. His horses and buffalo herd were well known attractions. He also owned a ranch in Rim Rock, Ariz. called Rancho Roca Roja, where he spent his later years.This mission leather wallet was given to visitors of his ranches in Arizona and and carries some amazing deatil on the inside includubg the Chas. Ward brand. Wallet comes with the original 1952 ID Card of the owner.Wallet is in new, old stock condition and measures 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" Condition: Used, Condition: Like New Old Stock. Includes 1952 ID Card from original owner.

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