Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman's Memoir by W. Dean Frischknecht

By W. Dean Frischknecht

Within the excessive nation of the northern Wasatch Mountains, lies what's left of 1 of the West’s greatest ranches. Deseret stay inventory corporation was once reputed at a variety of instances to be the biggest inner most landholder in Utah and the one greatest manufacturer of wool on the planet. The ranch all started as a sheep operation, yet because it stumbled on good fortune, it additionally ran farm animals. integrated within the Nineties via a few northern Utah ranchers who pooled their assets, the corporate was once on the peak of profitable operations within the mid-twentieth century whilst a tender Dean Frischknecht, bearing a up to date measure in animal technological know-how, landed the activity of sheep foreman. In his memoir he recounts intimately how Deseret controlled large herds of cattle, giant lands, and wealthy flora and fauna and recollects via full of life anecdotes how stockmen and their households lived and labored within the Wasatch Mountains and cranium Valley’s barren region wintering grounds.

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They wanted me to be aware of the situation, and keep those costs down. I told Will that the only way I could justify this was by noting that our men felt a little better after the second grub order was distributed. Maybe because of that, they would go the extra mile for us, and maybe we would have less employee turnover if they were happy about working for us. I knew the extra cost would be about $800 per year, but one disgruntled herder could cost us more than that. Will told me to keep costs as low as possible.

Ralph Moss told us that he did not have a bale of hay on the place. The hay was all stacked loose, but he would hook up a team to the oldtime baler and bale a pickup load for us. There was a team of horses harnessed and standing in the barn, and we could use them for a while before they went back out into the fields. For the first and only time in my life I saw a stationary hay baler, which was operated by a team of horses driven in a circle around the baler. A wagonload of meadow hay was parked so that the hay could be pitched from the wagon to the conveyor feeding the baler.

Several shearers had known him and held him in high regard. He had first herded sheep for the Deseret Live Stock Company when he was fifteen years old. As he matured, he became a professional shearer, and sheared at the company for several years. He had a legendary reputation. Will Sorensen told me that Kathryn’s father, Soren, could consistently shear over two hundred head of mature sheep each day, day in and day out. Shearing is back-breaking work. In addition to skill and strength, it takes determination.

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