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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
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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 Competition for available forage along the livestock trails to the mountain ranges in the spring and to the desert winter ranges was fierce The first herds on the trail benefited from the best forage, later herds were forced to eat less palatable and sometimes poisonous plants To bring the numbers of sheep and cattle using the range in balance with the forage available, the livestock men were forced to reduce the size of their herds In 1930 Wilford was the "star" in a movie made by the U S Forest Service about predators and the damage done by them to domestic animals The Manti Messenger, in commenting on his brief acting career, reported, "Wilford Wintch, prominent sheepman, exhibited a talent that not even his nearest friends knew anything about It was a good picture and certainly lost nothing in the pan played by Mr Wintch who received a vigorous round of applause when he first appeared on the screen " Much of Wilford's success in the livestock industry was due to his astute acquisition and care of the land on which he grazed his livestock. Wilford's first major land was Spring Canyon, an undeveloped mountain range in Salina Canyon This land, which had been badly over-grazed for years at the time of its purchase, flourished after being fenced and managed by Wilford By the time of his death, it had become a show place of sound range management In 1925 Wilford added "Niotche," a section of mountain country on the Gooseberry-Fishlake road to his holdings Wilford Wintch with Parley Madsen, another Manti man, became owners of the Wah Wah Ranch in 1930 Noteworthy is the fact that a handshake and a joint bank account was all that constituted the partnership between Wilford Wintch and Parley Madsen Wah Wah Valley had in 1922 been the location for one of the best known early Western movies,"Covered Wagon." Both the director, John Cruise, and its leading lady, Betty Compton, were Utah natives In 1954 Wilford acquired his partner's interest and became the sole owner of the Wah Wah Ranch When the Bureau of Land Management was established in 1945, most of Utah's public desert livestock ranges became the Bureau of Land Management's responsibility During his life-time. Wilford watched Utah's public lands, both forest and desert, pass from complete lack of regulation to total regulation by federal agencies For three years in a row, Wilford and Wallace Wintch brought home the Grand Champion Bull from the Utah Hereford sale National attention fell on the Wintch Livestock Company when it bought one of America's choicest hereford cows. Their top cows were transported to the Milky Way Hereford Ranch near Phoenix, .Arizona, one of the country's top cattle ranches for breeding Wilford's grandfather, after crossing the plains, settled in central Utah Both Wilford and his wife, Evelyn Andersen, were bom in Sanpete County They were proud 50
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326334
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326334