S. C. Gallup Saddlery Company


Pueblo, Colorado 1869-1924
Durango, Colorado 1880-1888
Dodge City, Kansas 1878-1880

Samuel Caldwell Gallup was born February 22, 1837 in Norwalk, Huron County Ohio the ninth Child of William Gallup and Sarah Boalt Gallup. He spent his early life in Norwalk, Ohio and Kansas City, Missouri where he had family and spent much time there visiting relatives. At the age of sixteen, Samuel Caldwell Gallup went to work in the general store of Van Daniel Boone with whom he developed a strong friendship.

Van Daniel Boone was Grandson of DANIEL BOONE and brother to the more famous Col. Albert Gallatin Boone a Pro Slavery Sympathizer who was engaged in several covert operations against the Union before the Civil War. In late 1858 or early 1859, at the age of 21 years old, Samuel Caldwell Gallup and his friend Van Daniel Boone drove an Ox Cart west from Ohio heading towards the opportunities out West in California. After leaving California it is believed that S. C. Gallup had stayed for a time in Wyoming and New Mexico while ultimately stopping in Denver, Colorado in the mid 1860s and going to work at the (Francis) Gallup Gallatin Saddlery of Denver, Colorado.

After a brief apprenticeship at the (Francis) Gallup Gallatin Saddlery of Denver, Colorado in 1869 with the help of E. L. Gallatin and his Brother Francis, S. C. Gallup opened his first Saddlery in Pueblo, Colorado. During the time S. C. Gallup worked at the Gallup Gallatin Saddlery with his Brother Francis Gallup and E. L. Gallatin the three men were instrumental in the development of the California Style Saddle into the Pueblo Style Stock Saddle. As listed in the 1870 Pueblo Business Directory in the Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado Gazetteer on page 406 S. C. Gallup Saddler and Harness Maker Santa Fe Av. between Third and Fourth.

Van Daniel Boone and his brother Col. A. G. Boone bought a 1,400 acre ranch south of Pueblo, at a place now known as Boone, Colorado, where he opened a trading post. In 1861 Col. A. G. Boone negotiated the Fort Wise Treaty with the Arapahoe and Cheyenne Tribes ceding their lands in exchange for a reservation between the Arkansas River and Big Sandy Creek, entirely on the Great Plains.

On a visit to Kansas City where S. C. Gallup had now maintained a home he met Miss Judy M. Brown and on July 27, 1875 S. C. Gallup and Judy Brown Gallup were married in that same City. Immediately going back to Pueblo, Colorado S. C. Gallup and his wife Judy Brown Gallup started building a Family in which they had 7 Children Sallie, Mary Susan, Frank, Sarah, Hallet, Laura and Boone.

The first child, Mary Susan, was born October 1876, Frank Gallup born in 1879 became a very popular Political Cartoonist, Sallie Gallup born March 1881 Died June 1881, Sarah UNKNOWN, Hallet born July 26, 1882 Died September 1, 1939 while delivering a new Funeral Hearse, Laura born July 26, 1883, Boone April 16, 1894 Died 1916 only 22 Years Old. It is known that through the close relationships S. C. Gallup maintained he honored those he respected most by naming his children after those individuals Frank for his Brother Francis and his son Boone for his friend and Mentor Van Daniel Boone.

In 1878 S. C. Gallup was voted in as Fire Chief of the Pueblo, Colorado Volunteer Fire Department Hose Company #3, S. C. Gallup was elected to three consecutive 6 month terms at that post between September 2, 1878 through April 7, 1880. Samuel Caldwell Gallup was well known within Pueblo and was affectionately known by his nickname "Callie" often called this by his friends and family alike. The Political side of S. C. Gallup went by the way of the Democratic Party by which he stood firmly in his opinions he was known to be a man of good nature and had a deep love of storytelling of his Pioneer days traveling west.

In 1878 S. C. Gallup opened S. C. Gallup and Company of Dodge City, Kansas and Gallup hired Saddle Maker Robert E. Rice to operate and manage the business until 1880 when Robert E. Rice bought the business and renamed the Saddlery the R. F. Rice Saddlery the business operated for a few years although by the mid 1880s Robert E. Rice was back in Pueblo, Colorado working at the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Company. After having sold the Dodge City Saddlery location to Robert E. Rice it was then that S. C. Gallup opened a location the S. C. Gallup and Company of Durango, Colorado which operated between 1880 and 1885. From 1885 through 1888 S. C. Gallup was a partner of Frank Young an employee of his who tried to buy the Durango location although it appears it remained a partnership even though from 1885 through 1888 the Saddlery was called Frank Young Saddlery and Harness.

In 1880 S. C. Gallup took on a young Saddle Maker named Robert Thompson Frazier (R. T. Frazier) who had relocated to Pueblo, Colorado after working as a Saddle Maker for Peter Becker in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1878. R. T. Frazier remained in the employ of S. C. Gallup until 1892 when the two men became partners in the S. C. Gallup and Frazier Saddlery. R. T. Frazier had managed the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Company and acquired a great deal of knowledge over those years in running a Saddlery Business. The S. C. Gallup and Frazier Saddlery maker mark was a Texas Longhorn Steer with a G&F branded on the left side. In 1898 R. T. Frazier opened the first R. T. Frazier Saddlery of Pueblo, Colorado and the Gallup Saddlery was again named S. C. Gallup Saddlery Company and was solely owned by S. C. Gallup.

On November 26, 1904 Samuel Caldwell Gallup died from Heart Failure at his home at 719 West Eleventh Street Pueblo, Colorado leaving a wife and six children. The business was then operated by Judith Gallup with Hallet and Boone Gallup working for the Saddlery until 1912 when Judy Brown Gallup sold the families interest in the Saddlery to James Wimmer a local businessman. At that time Hallet and Boone Gallup opened the Gallup Brothers Saddlery which operated from 1912 through 1917 in competition with the S. C. Gallup Saddlery owned by James Wimmer.

It was on June 3, 1921 that there was a major flood in Pueblo, Colorado which destroyed the T. Flynn Saddlery completely although speared was the S. C. Gallup Saddlery and the R. T. Frazier Saddlery just because of location. It must be remembered that the T. Flynn Saddlery was completely wiped out with a total loss. After the flood, the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co. offered the T. Flynn Saddlery space in their shop to continue operation to fill their mail orders salvaged from the flood, as well as new ones coming in through the mail. This offer to a competitor was gladly accepted, and Frank Flynn took three of his saddle makers to the Gallup shop where he cut and made saddles for the next three months until new quarters could be established for the T. Flynn Saddlery. Thus we find that through the generosity of one competitor to another, both Gallup and Flynn saddles were made in the same shop. This gesture was never to be forgotten, and as time went on the T. Flynn Saddlery was able to make a similar offer to the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co.

In 1920, James Wimmer was instantly killed in an automobile accident. At his death his interest in the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co. was left to his widow and two sons, Jimmie and Rowland. As Wimmer had owned the controlling interest in the firm, Mrs. Wimmer now became its president, and Karl Kretschmer and the two Wimmer boys continued in operation until about 1928. The business was not functioning successfully, so that year Mrs. Wimmer, who owned the building, decided to close the doors of the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co. and sell the building. For a time it looked like the career of the famous Gallup Saddle had come to an end.

But Kretschmer, as a stockholder, induced the Wimmers to turn over to him the mail order lists and most of the equipment. He moved to a new location and continued the business. But the depression had hit, and it was a bad time to reorganize a business. After a year he went to Frank Flynn and said he would have to close up. This was Flynn's opportunity to return the favor of the Gallup Firm after the 1921 flood. Frank Flynn bought some of the stock and offered his entire basement to store the remaining stock and fixtures. He also gave Kretschmer a job as salesman.

This set-up continued until Kretschmer's death in 1930. At that time Gallup saddles were still being made at the T. Flynn Saddlery. But Mrs. Kretschmer decided to close out all reference to the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co., and with that decision the famous name of the S. C. Gallup Saddlery Co. passed into history. Today all that is left are the many old Gallup saddles still left out in the range country doing a good job at upholding a famous name.

It appears at this time and over the next three years both the T. Flynn Saddlery and the S. C. Gallup Saddlery operated separately but within one location. It appears as though these businesses were operated by the son of T. Flynn who was Frank Flynn and Judith Gallup and in 1924 the S. C. Gallup Saddlery was closed or purchased by Frank Flynn and absorbed into one business the T. Flynn Saddlery Company all remaining orders for S. C. Gallup Saddlery were filled by the T. Flynn Saddlery which survived until 1935.

S.C. Gallup 1895
Samuel Caldwell Gallup - Approx. 1895

S.C. Gallup 1900
Samuel Caldwell Gallup - Approx. 1900

Gallup and Gallatin Saddlery
Gallup & Gallatin Saddle Co., Denver, CO
Approx. 1860s-1870s

Gallup Saddlery Bill of Sale
S.C. Gallup Saddlery Co. 1921 Bill of Sale

1870-1892 Gallup Holster Mark
S.C. Gallup Holster Maker Mark: 1870-1892

Early 1900s Gallup Holster Mark
S.C. Gallup Holster Maker Mark: early 1900s

Early 1900s Gallup Holster Mark
S.C. Gallup Holster Maker Mark: early 1900s

Early 1900s Gallup Chaps Mark
S.C. Gallup Chaps Maker Mark: early 1900s

Early 1900s Gallup Saddle Mark
S.C. Gallup Saddle Maker Mark: early 1900s