Jonita Sommers

Jonita Sommers was born, raised and lives on the Sommers Ranch south of Pinedale, Wyo. She is a retired school teacher and local historian.

Starting in 1900, African-American homesteader Alonzo “Lon” Stepp built a prosperous ranch of about 1,700 acres on the Green River in Lincoln County, where Fontenelle Reservoir is now, triumphing in an era and a region where few blacks could claim such achievement. His descendants still live in the area.