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THE BEST OF TIMES: Valgamores inducted into hall of fame

Henry Valgamore, 86, stands tall on his four-wheeler as he watches his dog Reese herd cattle around a bend on his ranch Friday, Sept. 16. 

It’s sunny out, the first nice day in a week, and he’s sporting his favorite red flannel shirt, one he’s often seen wearing in family photos hung around the house. 

He barks commands and the dog obediently carries them out, eager to please her longtime owner. 

Henry eases back into the seat of the vehicle and revs the gas at his daughter Karen Ward, ready to continue their daily inspection around the ranch. 

Valgamore still works on his ranch daily, and days like today when a lone calf is found in a pasture far from his mother, keep him living out the dedicated work ethic of a true Montanan.

Meanwhile, his wife of 62 years, Lorraine Valgamore, 82, can be found in their 100-year-old house on their ranch 10 miles west of Big Timber. 

She’s often canning vegetables, caring for the garden or baking the famous chocolate chip monster cookies her granddaughter Meggan Cirrincione says has “started family feuds.”

You wouldn’t know it unless you asked them, but these two Big Timberites were recently inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame for District 7, which includes Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone counties.

To read the full story and see our favorite photos, pick up the Sept. 29 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our e-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.

Story and photo by Olivia Keith / Pioneer Staff Writer