Lockhart item loaned to Lovell-Kane Area Museum

By David Peck

A very special family heirloom was donated to the Lovell-Kane Area Museum last week.

Jed Nebel of Lovell met with museum board president Karen Spragg Friday morning to present a coffee grinder owned and used by famous Lovell area rancher Caroline Lockhart, who gave the grinder to Jed’s father Rex Nebel on the occasion of Rex’s birth in 1947.

Rex’s mother, Dot Nebel, was a good friend of Caroline Lockhart, Jed noted, when Dot and Harvey Nebel lived in Kane. A well-known journalist and author in Cody during the early years of the 20th century, Lockhart ranched in the Dryhead country north of Barry’s Landing from 1926 to 1952, greatly expanding the L Slash Heart Ranch to more than 6,000 acres. She returned to Cody and sold the ranch in 1955.

The coffee grinder is on loan to the museum from the Nebel family.