COLLINS
From 'Echoing Footsteps', published 1967, Powder River County Extension Homemakers Council
By Earvin Collins
Edward Collins, who had at one time been a jockey, married Alma Suepke. They lived for several years on the Henning and Suepke ranch on Liscomb Creek.
Later, he homesteaded on the head of Cameron Creek in about 1910, and made his living by raising horses and cattle. At that time, the ranch was known as the Shipwheel, getting that name from the Collins brand.
They had three children, Earvin, James and Helen.
Edward Collins came to his death in a corral accident while working with horses.
Alma Collins lived in Miles City for several years, where she married Tom Pray and later moved to California.
One son, James Collins, made the Navy his career, and attained the rank of Warrant Officer.
The daughter, Helen Collins Ryman went into government work, helping with the Japanese relocation problem during the war, and later was head of an office force in Washington, D. C.
The other son, Earvin, stayed in the community until he was a man, trapping all through the hills around Liscomb Mountain and doing the work of a cowboy. His brand was called the two P.
Earvin roped in the Pumpkin Creek Pool in 1918 when Joe Gaskill was the boss. At the time Joe was only 21 or 22 years of age, and all of the cowboys were younger than that because World War I had taken all of the older men. Joe had his hands full, for the boys were full of life and fun, and for example would pester the nesters for their melons and then put them to cool in a barrel of ice water in the wagon.
A year earlier, in about 1917 or so, Earvin and Tom Gaskill were Reps in the Pumpkin Creek Pool when Lee Warren was boss, and were on their way to the roundup when they decided to stop off at Stacey and take in the rodeo and dance. Earvin came out the winner of the bucking horse ride that year. That was where Earvin first got the rodeo bug in his veins and he later quit the life of a cowboy to become a famous rodeo rider, riding in Chicago, Madison Square Gardens of New York, and all over. He still holds the world record of 2.2 seconds for steer decorating.
In later years, he went to Hollywood to work for the motion picture industry as a stunt rider, horse trainer and wrangler.
He married Dolores Gamble on September 19, 1930. They had two children, Donald, who has made a career of the U. S. Air Force, and Mary Lou who is married and lives in Santa Susana, California. Earvin and his wife still reside in California.