Hart Merriam “Lone Wolf” Schultz, the son produced by James Willard Schultz and his first wife Natahki, a Blackfoot maiden, was born in 1882 and grew up on the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana, gaining cowboy skills on his mother’s ranch.
He left for his health after the death of his mother in 1903 and found his way to the Grand Canyon in 1906, where he worked as a cowboy, wrangler, and guide and painted as he went along. (He was known to brag, with some reason, that he could ride anything with four legs and draw it as well!)
In later years, Lone Wolf attended the Art Students League School in Los Angeles and the Chicago Art Institute. A prolific painter of Indian and western scenes, he left his distinctive wolf-head signature on some 500 paintings. His first one-man show in Los Angeles was in 1917, and he later enjoyed great success in shows in New York and other cities around the country. Customers for his paintings included the Santa Fe Railroad, Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and the rich and famous of England and France, among others. Many of his paintings and bronzes are in museum collections today.
Sometime during the early 1900s, Lone Wolf and his father were re-united in Los Angeles, and James Willard Schultz was pleased to learn of his son’s progress with his painting. In the summer of 1914, they hunted together in Arizona, using Butterfly Lodge as their “base camp”. In 1916, Lone Wolf married Naoma Tracy ( a marriage that lasted 54 years).