149: Solid Gold Edward H Bohlin Longhorn Buckle
Pink, yellow and white 14K and 22K gold, Cat Pat No 840, heavy gauge buckle measuring 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and weighing 2.8 oz. Raised floral design, gold horseheads in each corner. Initials HS on the shield. Judging from the small Bohlinmade maker-mark, this buckle is probably from the 1950s or 1960s Howell Palmeroy Skoglund (HS) grew up in the small town of Starbuck, MN selling shoes before getting involved in insurance – more particularly North American Life and Casualty Co. which he eventually sold to MONY or Mutual of New York. Skoglund had several large ranches: one in Palm Desert, California, the 2 Dot Ranch in Cody, Wyoming, and another one in Browning, Montana called the 3C Bar. Moving his cattle from Browning to Cody was nationally broadcast as the last large cattle drive. Though best known for starting the Minnesota Vikings, he also built the Skoglund athletic center at St. Olaf college in Northfield, Minnesota where both he and his life long wife Margaret attended college. Howell was instrumental in the growth of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody and was a personal friend of Edward H Bohlin.