Tag Archives: history

Wedding History & Facts

Weddings have changed a lot through history. Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know: The Bridal Party Well, there a couple reasons for a bridal party. On the women’s side it is a sweet, thoughtful, self-sacrificial gesture. On the men’s side, however…well, I’ll just give you the facts. Women had attendants for the […]

Who is F.M. Light?

Some say that the store began because of sniffling. Others say it was because of sneezing. Still others say it was because of timothy and clover. Turns out, they’re all correct. This story starts in a time when men were men and women were glad of it. In the early part of the 20th century, […]

Lightning the Horse outside F.M. Light and Sons in Downtown Steamboat Springs

 Anyone who has every been to F.M. Light & Sons knows about Lightning. But, do you know his history? Do you know how old he is? We’ll let him tell it: “Mabelene, that filly who spreads all the gossip, insists something wild is going to happen in our stable. In anticipation I can hardly manage […]

An Intriguing History: Stampede Straps on Cowboy Hats

We received a question from Mark F. on our website: “…When did stampede straps begin to be used?…” Stampede straps, or bonnet strings, are decorated strips of leather that going around the back of the hat, through holes behind the ears, and around the neck. The purpose is to keep a cowboy’s hat on as […]

Rockmount: A Timeless Brand

Every once in a while you come across a company with such rich history, there just isn’t enough space to dedicate to them. Rockmount is such a company. Rockmount is a 3 generation business started by Jack A. Weil who worked daily until age 107 years old. His secret was he loved his work. A […]

Gunfighters: Frank and Jesse James

Valentines Day,1866. 2 o’clock pm, Liberty Missouri. 12 men swathed in long soldier’s overcoats, with six-shooters strapped ominously around their waists arrived in town. Two men swung off their horses and strode into the bank, the Clay County Savings Association. History was about to be made. The cashier, Greenup Bird, and his son, William (the […]

F.M. Light and Sons Brands | Carhartt: 122 Years

Hamilton Carhartt was born in 1855 in Macedon Lock, New York. He grew up in Southern Michigan and his entrepreneurial style was reflected in the modifying of his last name by adding an extra “t” to ensure he would stand out from other businessmen. He initially established a furnishing business which would continue to drive […]

So Many Questions

We get so many questions about F.M. Lights. We decided to answer a few. And, what better way to answer, than to reference the book written on the subject. Annabeth Light Lockhart, F.M. Light’s grand-daughter wrote a book entitled: F.M. Light & Sons: One Vision, One Store, 100 Years. Here are just a few of […]

Declarations of our Founding Fathers

A Few Declarations of Founding Fathers and Early Statesmen   John Adams John Adams – Signer of the Declaration of Independence: Judge; diplomat, one of two signers of the bill of rights; second President of the United States. “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will […]