The Deaf Sheepherder

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
Type Image
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
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Title The Deaf Sheepherder
Description THE DEAF SHEEPHERDER John K. Olsen Ephraim, Utah Senior Citizen Division Second Place Short Story The 'teen years,' 1910 to 1920, have often been called 'those good old days' because that was the tine when most ranchers in the livestock business were making money hand over fist in such epidemic proportions as to be called 'more wants more.' The Olsen livestock Company, whose place of business was listed as Ephraim, Utah, was one of the many ranch outfits that caught the fever. Their 1600 acres on the floor of Sanpete Valley {one of the best livestock counties in the world) was not enough. They needed more room, another ranch in a better locationj and they needed It NOW! After looking at ranches in Grass Valley, Rabbit Valley, Long Valley, Castle Valley, and Burnt Fork, Wyoming, we (the Olsen Livestock Co., of which I was a stockholder) settled for Hoop's Meadow, a 555-acre, fenced cattle ranch. This land was bare of all Improvements except a one-room log cabin built to the square. Hoop's Meadow Is located nine miles southwest and above "Post Office," called Lonetree, Wyoming. It is not in Wyoming, but just over the Utah-Wyoming state line in Summit County, Utah. The real advantage of this area, spoken of as the Henry's Fork, was that it was strictly 'Cattle Country.' No sheep were allowed. This was a result of an agreement between the ranchers and the sheepmen in the Henry's Fork area after a shootout in the 1890's. We started out on our 'dream ranch" with cattle. Soon we had increased our acreage to over 1,000 acres of owned land and two sections Of leased state-owned land. In our land buying was the Whipple ranch which was located about four miles east of Hoop's Meadow but on the Wyoming side of the state line, Albert Whipple, the sole male heir to the ranch upon the death of his father, was killed in the cattlemen-sheepmen Shootout. After about four years, two of the ranchers changed to sheep. The next year we stocked our layout with sheep. Then, leaving only twenty head of cattle at the ranch, we trailed the others to Sanpete, via Vernal, Duehesne, Colton, Schofield, Oak Creek, and Fairview. Our dream ranches now proved to be a real nightmare, because none of the owners wanted to live on them. For this reason we were forced to eaploy a foreman who brought his family with him to the ranch, and naturally he wanted to be at the ranch headquarters at -66-
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Identifier 081_The Deaf Sheepherder.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324343
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