Three auctioneers honored by CAA
April 14, 2006
by Del Schwab
Colorado Auctioneers Association
Left to right: Dale Ely, Cookie Lockhart and Ernie Wimmer. These auctioneers are the 2002 inductees to the Colorado Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame.
Photo courtesy of Colorado Auctioneers Association Auctioneers Dale Ely of Canon City, Cookie Lockhart of Steamboat Springs, and Ernie Wimmer of Fort Collins were honored by the Colorado Auctioneers Association (CAA) at its annual convention held recently in Denver. These three auctioneers, with a combined total of more than 85 years in the auction industry, were inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame.
The CAA Hall of Fame honors Colorado professional auctioneers whose long careers have demonstrated the integrity and high standards which make them leaders in the auction industry. They must also have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the CAA and must be assets to the communities in which they live.
Ely has practiced his craft in the Canon City area since 1976 when he graduated from auction school in Fort Smith, Ark. In 1985, he completed the National Auctioneers Association’s Certified Auctioneers Institute three-year professional program. When asked what is the most unusual item he’s sold, he replied, “A casket ” I believe it was unoccupied.”
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Lockhart, a second-generation auctioneer who says, “My daddy, Si Lockhart, was calling an auction the day I was born,” has been an auctioneer for 34 years.
Certainly one of the first successful women auctioneers in the country, Lockhart has sold personal property and real estate across the U.S., including the estate of the reclusive Texas billionaire Nelson Hunt.
Wimmer, an auctioneer for 27 years in northern Colorado, was a founding partner of WW Auctions &Real Estate. In 1982, he received the “Outstanding Auctioneer” award from the National Western Stock Show. Now retired, Wimmer and his wife, Beverly, divide their time between homes in Fort Collins and Surprise, Ariz.
When asked what auction stands out in his mind, Wimmer quickly replied, “Without a doubt, one of my great auction career thrills was when I had the privilege to sell locomotives and train cars of the Great Western Sugar Co. in Loveland. What man or boy wouldn’t be excited at that?”
All three have been integral in the growth of the Colorado Auctioneers Association over the years, and each has served as its president.