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Memorial Day: Generations

Rhen, Maeve and Tiarnan with Great-Grandpa Jim O'Toole's grave

Rhen, Maeve and Tiarnan with Great-Grandpa Jim O’Toole’s gravestone.

Memorial Day is indeed a memorable day on Snake River. Families gather to decorate graves and remember their dead at the Reader Cemetery, the Baggs Cemetery, the Baker Cemetery and the Little Cemetery Under the Hill. Several small private cemeteries still hold pioneer family members in various locations. Friends and families gather and visit as they place flowers and memorials on graves. A service is held at the Reader Cemetery, then many folks, local and visiting, get together for a picnic at the Little Snake River Museum in Savery. Most of my family is buried at the Reader Cemetery, along with many friends. Maeve, Tiarnan, Rhen and I placed flowers, and I told them stories about various folks as they ran around. I had to laugh at the inscription on my parents’ friend George St. Louis’s stone.  “Head for the Roundhouse, Nellie. They can’t corner you there!”

Reader Cemetery

Reader Cemetery

Maeve and Tiarnan with the graves of Great-great-great Grandpa Charles Terrill and Great-great-great Grandma Telitha Terrill

Maeve and Tiarnan with the graves of Great-great-great Grandpa Charles Terrill and Great-great-great Grandma Telitha Terrill

Tiaran, Maeve and Rhen with the graves of Great-great-great Grandpa A.W. and Great-great-great Grandma Anna Louise

Tiarnan, Maeve and Rhen with the graves of Great-great-great Grandpa Albert.W. and Great-great-great Grandma Anna Louise Salisbury

 

Remembering Don and May Emma Ogg

Remembering Don and May Emma Ogg

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Events

 

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Babies!


cows and calves in the Upper Smylie

cows and calves in the Upper Smylie

 

Happy cow, happy calf

Happy cow, happy calf

Living the life at Wasatch

Living the life at Wasatch

Ewes and lambs see sunshine at last!

Ewes and lambs see sunshine at last!

Meanwhile back at the lambing shed

Meanwhile back at the lambing shed

Uncle Chris, Tiarnan and puppy

Uncle Chris, Tiarnan and puppy

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Events

 

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Branding Time

calves in waiting

calves in waiting

Branding season commences. We have most of our baby calves on the ground. We have to pick the right days for branding–after the calves are big enough to not be too stressed, but not so big that they will cause the branding crew too much stress. These calves have reached that “Goldilocks Moment”. In the last few days, we have branded one set of calves on the Home Ranch, and one set of calves in the desert at the Powder Flat Headquarters. We even had a photographer from the Library of Congress, Carol Highsmith, to document the great American branding. As usual, we had child labor on hand.

Nikki roping calves

Nikki roping calves

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Mike Buchanan, McCoy and Rhen ready to go to work

Cow and calf--at the ready

Cow and calf–at the ready

Rhen and Maura, on the job

Rhen and Mara, on the job

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the Powder Flat Ranch…

Nikki holding the calg

Nikki holding the calf

Mike, Megan and Jill wrestling a calf

Nikki, Megan, Mike Pierce and Jill wrestling a calf

Eamon with the irons

Eamon with the irons

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Mike B. and Mike P. branding a calf with help from Kate

Caro taking pictures of Mike B.

Carol taking pictures of Mike B.

 

Carol with cows

Carol with the cows

 

 

 
 

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Greater Sage Flamingo

The rare Greater Sage Flamingo was spotted nesting at the Cowboy Inn in Baggs, Wyoming.

The rare Greater Sage Flamingo was spotted nesting at the Cowboy Inn in Baggs, Wyoming.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Nature and Wildlife

 

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Cottonwood: Ladies in waiting

ewes in the drop pen

ewes in the drop pen

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Animals, Sheep

 

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Surprise!

six males, two females

six males, two females

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Animals, Dogs

 

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Tiarnan bonding with the guard dog

the dynamic duo

the dynamic duo

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Animals, Dogs, Family, Folks

 

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Shearing 2016–It begins

waiting for the shearers on Cottonwood Creek

waiting for the shearers on Cottonwood Creek

Shearing the sheep is one of the most essential tasks that is accomplished all year. It is also one of the most uncertain. It is critical for the health of the sheep, the success of the lambing, and the impact on our bottom line, as we sell the wool to be made into natural, non-oil-based fabric. Shearing, next to the weather, is the part of the business that we have the least control over. The shearing contractors are dependent on the Department of Labor processing their visa applications in a timely manner, since most shearers are from New Zealand and other foreign lands. Shearing is a highly paid skill, but not enough American workers are available to fulfill the need. Each year, the arrival of the shearing crew is more uncertain. We were glad this year when our crew arrived after only a few predictable and unpredictable delays. The early lambers have been sheared and are lambing away. Now, after a few more days’ weather delay (rain, snow, high winds), we plan to shear the “main line”.

Ciro shearing first ewe

Shearing first ewe

unshorn ewes in shed

Unshorn ewes following the guard dog into the pen

Maura helping out

Maura helping out

McCoy and Pepe brining up the ewes

McCoy, Meghan, and Pepe bringing up the ewes

Pepe--volleyball fan

Pepe–volleyball fan

 

 

careful shearers

careful shearers

shorn ewes heading out the door

shorn ewes heading out the door

lined up for lunch

 

 

 

 

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