Stan and Luena Cadwell, 2015 Parade Marshals
The Powderhorn area is where the Cadwells called home in the 1950s. It’s where the couple met while both worked on ranches – Luena on her family’s four-generation operation, and Stan on a nearby ranch.
Stan, born in Canyon City, moved to Cathedral after serving with the U.S. Navy. After he and Luena married, they started a family and relocated to Gunnison in 1959, where Stan worked at a gas station. He opened Stan’s Oil a few years later, an iconic landmark in the community for four decades.
Part of his business involved repairing agricultural equipment. During a time when “house calls” had become increasingly rare, Stan regularly trekked out to area fields to fix broken-down tractors, hay mowers and everything else a rancher might need. He also offered his expertise during Cattlemen’s Days for whatever needed fixing.
And he always kept the coffee pot on in the shop. Locals routinely gathered at Stan’s Oil to tip a cup and discuss the day’s events.
Luena became the bookkeeper for the Gunnison business along with caring for the couple’s two children. Between working at Stan’s Oil and running a household, she had little time for outside activities, but the family managed to break away to go fishing and camping whenever they could.
Agriculture always remained part of the Cadwell’s lifestyle. Their daughter stayed active in 4-H, serving on the livestock judging team, and she eventually went on to veterinary school. She now owns and operates a local veterinary service, primarily catering to livestock and large animals. In school, their son participated in Future Farmers of America, and he currently ranches back in the Powderhorn area.
Both Stan and Luena are currently retired and live north of Gunnison.
Lee and Polly Spann, 2015 Parade Marshals
High school sweethearts Lee and Polly Spann celebrated 62 years of marriage this year. Nearly every day of it has involved ranching in the Gunnison Valley.
Lee’s great grandfather began the family legacy, which he passed down to his descendants. Born on the ranch just west of Gunnison, Lee admits he’s one of those rare individuals who’s lived in the same house his whole life. He spent only a couple of years away from the operation while serving in the armed forces in Korea and while studying at Colorado State University. After that, it was back to the ranch, raising Herefords and building a family.
Ever busy with boards and committees, Lee served on the Colorado State Board of Stock Inspection and the Colorado River District Board. He also worked with the local Jr. Livestock Committee and for the Western State Colorado University Foundation. He’s a former president of the Gunnison County Stockgrowers and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.
He met Polly more than six decades ago while they attended high school in Gunnison. Ever since, the couple have worked as a team, running the ranch and raising four children. Polly, also a Gunnison native, kept the books for the ranch, cooked for hay crews and helped with calving. She attended Western State Colorado University, where her father was business manager. She remembers spending “lots of time sliding down Western’s bannisters” as a kid. She grew up singing and has participated in local musicals. Polly also worked at two local banks and served on the Gunnison Bank & Trust board.
She’s a current member of the Gunnison Valley Cattlewomen Association, and both she and Lee stay active with the local Pioneer Society.
With the family pitching in on the ranch, Lee says they have a little more time for fun and relaxation. They regularly take trips to Taos to kick up their heels at a cowboy swing dance hall.
“We love this life,” Polly says. “That makes it easy to stay involved.”