Pearl Lake State Park
Updated September 16, 2009
John Kelly Hartt
John Kelly Hartt was born in Maine and came to Wyoming as a young man in the late 1800's.  Rumor has it that he got off the train in
Rawlins because he did not have money to go any further. He had a brother, one year his senior, named J. Frank Hartt, who also
came west to the Rawlins area in 1910.  By the time of his death in 1952, John Kelly Hartt was well known through the region for his
successes.  

He was president or vice president of the three largest sheep companies in the Rawlins region - Pioneer, Cow Creek and
Yellowstone.  (Yellowstone was out of the Lander, Wyoming area.)  In 1931, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the First
National Bank in Rawlins where he eventually became the vice president and director.  He was also the director of Ferguson
Mercantile in that same community.   He was a member of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association and the Wyoming Stock Growers
Association.  In addition, he was a member of the fraternal order of Elks.  

John Kelly Hartt was a hard working man.  I asked my Aunt Marge one time what made my granddad such a successful pioneer.  Her
response was simply that "he had a dream and he stood by it."  Perhaps very telling of his persistence is that when John Kelly Hartt
died at age 81 of a heart attack, he was at his summer headquarters.  "Still working, I bet" I thought to myself when I found this
newspaper article about his death.  The ambulance was taking him from the "summer headquarters" at  Hahn's Peak all the way to
Rawlins when he died in route in Baggs, Wyoming.  Somehow this seems like a very fitting end to the life of a man who came west
with few assets and who died one of the most successful ranchers of that era. He was indeed a pioneer with a vision.  ~  Cathy Hartt   
     

"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before
they triumphed.  They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."  B. C Forbes