Dipping Sheep at Fish Creek

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
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Title Dipping Sheep at Fish Creek
Description The tanks were filled with water, and each morning before daylight fires were built under the tanks and the water heated to boiling. This was run into the vat to replace that lost in the previous day's operation and to warn the solution to keep the sheep from being chilled by the dipping. Kreso dip was added at a ratio of one gallon of dip to 70 gallons of water. Dry aspen wood was used for heating the dip water and to supply the cookshack with fuel. Wood was cut fron a grove of aspen on a sidehill above the corral and dragged down the slope to the corral by a black mare named Kate and a bay mule named Grundy. These animals could each be turned loose with a drag of logs and would bring them down to the woodpile unattended. Providing the operation with dip, food and miscellaneous supplies was a big job, Everything needed was hauled by wagon by way of Fairview Canyon in advance of the dipping. The shiny five-gallon cans of dip were piled near the vat. After emptying, the cans were thrown onto a huge pile of rusty cans left from previous years. The corral was owned and operated by Janes Larsen of Mt. Pleasant, who also ran sheep. Each of the men he employed was paid $1.00 for each thousand sheep dipped, and their board was furnished. Two to four sheep herds averaging 1000 to 1200 ewes were usually dipped each day. The dipping corral was a hub of social activity during the dipping period. Visitors dropped in to observe the goings-on, visit with friends, and enjoy good food prepared by cook Annie Swensen and her helper. It was traditional to feed everyone present at mealtimes. Forest Ranger Seth Ollerton and Assistant Forest Supervisor Charles Thorpe came often. Many sheepmen came to look over the sheep in the corral and see if they could find any of their sheep that might have strayed from their herds. Two professional stray gatherers came to locate stray sheep and return them to their owners. I was amazed at the ablity of these men -Joe and John Brewer--to spot stray sheep so efficiently. They could look at a herd and say, "There is a Swen O. Nielsen ewe- here are two of Fred Stansfields. " Keeping the dipping operation going smoothly was a pro-blew. Weather, mixing herds, or other factors sometimes de-layed the arrival of sheep at the time scheduled. Fishing for native trout was excellent in both Fish Creek and "C " Canyon, and some of the crew went fishing while waiting for the next -101-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325366
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