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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
ARK ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title The Deaf Sheepherder
Description least once each day. One day this foreman (that's what those guys that operate the other fellow's ranches are called), wrote me that he had employed a real good sheepherder, in his early thirties, clean-shaven, alert, friendly, intelligent, and with many abilities. Only this sheep-herder was deaf. I thought to myself, a deaf sheepherder in that cattle country which is loaded with both two and four-legged coyotes, just doesn't make sense, nor would he be a profit-making possibility. I must go to the ranch at once. The next afternoon at Lonetree I told the foreman I was going up to the sheep and would be back to talk to him in the morning. I found the ne« herder at his camp and introduced myself. tIIe answer was, "Oh, you are one of the "big moguls. Just call me Dave." To this I replied, and at the same time turned partly away to look at the sheep, "Ho, let's say I am an interested owner who can still herd sheep." "Mr. Olsen, you will have to look at me so I can see what you are saying." It was then I discovered that Dave could read lips if there was sufficient light. My suspicions as to Dave's abilities were beginning to disappear, but what about the coyotes out there in the dark? Dave seemed to be following ray thinking, for he asked, "Why don't you stay in camp tonight?" I informed him that this was my intention and when finally we were in bed, Dave said, "We'll leave the lamp burning so I can see you talk. Remember to turn toward me ..." The day had been rather long alii I was tired. Soon I dozed off to sleep and Dave put out the light. Towaxd morning it happened. The dog let out a baric and then cane the coyote howl. Almost before I could get myself awake, Dave was out of bed. He grabbed his loaded gun, stepped to the door, and fired two shots in the direction from which the howl sounded. Then all was quiet. Dave lighted the lamp and I asked him how he could hear the coyote. He smiled as he answered, "I heard both the dog and the coyote by vibration." Now, if I hadn't gone to Lonetree, a distance of 600 miles, from and to Ephraim, I would still have my doubts about a deaf sheepherder who heard by seeing and feeling, I would never have believed this special skill could have been accomplished, but it was done. To this day 1 marvel at Dave's abilities and talents. -67-
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Identifier 082_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 324344
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324344