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Wilford Wintch, A Modern Pioneer

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title Wilford Wintch, A Modern Pioneer
Description As a boy, Wilford and a couple of friends saw some of the "Wild Bunch," Butch Cassidy's gang, when they visited Manti. The boys crouched down and peeked at the outlaws through knot-holes and the spaces between the boards of the fence around the family home. It was winter and the outlaws walked up the middle of the street slapping their arms over their chests to keep warm Wilford attended school in the one-room stone school-house located west of Main Street on Third South Mr. N. W. Anderson, the only teacher, taught all grades from the first through eighth While still in school, a new three-story building was constructed. Wilford and all of his children received part of their education in the old Red School House Wilford completed the eighth grade, which in those days was a real accomplishment It was unusual for anyone to go farther As a young man, Wilford contracted typhoid fever. While making a house call to check on Wilford, Doctor W.H Olstein commented on what a strong constitution his friend Ed "Cuddy" Snow had, who, like Wilford, also had typhoid fever. "Why," he exclaimed, "Cuddy could kill a corral full of men like you!" Then he added, partly to himself, as he turned to leave. "Cuddy died this morning " When Wilford was young, the struggle between the Latter-day Saints and the United States Government over polygamy was being waged Manti was raided several times by federal officers looking for those practicing plural marriage Wilford's father leased the Manti Co-op sheep herd. When Wilford was 14 years old, his father, by buying a few head of sheep whenever their owners were willing to sell, eventually acquired all the sheep in the Co-op herd. The last sheep were purchased from Peter Munk and Mrs. Mae (Arch) Livingston in 1940. They had had sheep in the Manti Co-op herd 85 years at the time Wilford acquired them At the time Jacob Wintch leased the Manti Co-op herd, it consisted of 10,000 sheep which were divided into three bands Jacob handled the business aspects of the entire outfit and managed one of the bands The other two were managed by Dave and Will Sorensen. The sheep summered in the mountains of Salina Canyon and wintered on the desert from Clear Lake to Wah Wan Valley. When the Wintches entered the sheep business, competition between rival outfits was vicious. There were no definite ranges assigned Federal regulatory agencies like the U. S Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management did not then exist Livestock forage on public lands then was strictly a first-come-first-served proposition. In the early days, speculators grazed enormous herds of sheep on the mountain ranges which could leave them so bare that Wilford on occasion was obliged to chop down aspen trees to feed his horse on the leaves and bark. 49
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326333
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326333