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Goose, Rapid, Beaver -- The Valleys And Table Lands Along These Streams Dotted With Prosperous Farms -- Country Looking Fine At This Time -- During The Past Few Days A Post Representative Called Upon The Farmers Living Along Big Goose, Rapid And Beaver Creeks, And Found Them Busy At The Spring Work
At this time of year it does one good to drive out into the country and see the green hills and valleys and the sleek cattle and horses upon them. The late rains and snows have soaked the range as it has not been soaked [for] years, and the grass is starting nicely. The valleys are green with a luxurious growth of alfalfa, timothy or sprouting grain. As yet few have felt it necessary to turn water into the irrigation ditches. Along the foot-hills seeding has been greatly retarded because of the excessive rainfall and snowfall during the past few weeks. But at this time the grain has been nearly all sown, and most of it now covers the ground like a green mat. As yet very little snow which fell in the mountains has melted. The cool spring has held it back, until the feeling is quite general among the farmers and ranchmen that the supply of water for irrigation purposes will be ample.
One of the first men who owns a place up Big Goose creek just outside the city limits is M. Newinger, Sr., who formerly conducted a dairy. He has retired from the business, but still has a nice plot of ground and some very good buildings on it.
That old-timer, K. M. Burkitt, who has a fine piece of land in the bottom, is building a large addition to his house, and will have a commodious dwelling when completed.
Calling upon A. W. Gleason the Post man found him busy, at his "Sunnyside Berry Farm," which he purchased a few months ago of C. H. Abbott. Mrs. Gleason has quite a chicken ranch at the place where the family lives.
H. M. Firth is one of the staunch republican truck farmers on Big Goose creek. He has five acres of nice ground, a good house and other buildings.
R. H. Furness [is] a live dairyman, who knows his business. Mr. F. has 28 fine cows, and has no trouble in disposing of his product to many pleased customers.
J. F. Burkhart is one of the old-timers of Sheridan county, having been here twenty years. He has five acres, good buildings, and makes a success of truck farming.
T. C. Garrett lives with his son and daughter on an eight-acre tract one mile up Big Goose creek. He raises garden stuff, fruit and grain.
Wm. Smith is the man who lost his stable, chicken house and hot house by fire on Tuesday night of last week. He has made a specialty of chickens and gardening.
Mr. Calhoun has a fine thirty-acre farm and chicken ranch, of which he and Mrs. Calhoun make a success.
Peter Nelson is a substantial ranchman and dairyman. He owns one of the best places in Big Goose valley.
John Zingg and his two sons, L. L. and L. E. Zingg, have a ranch of 1000 acres, 100 acres of which lies in the valley and is watered. It grows both hay and grain.
Mrs. Williams owns a small farm in the valley. Her husband is in the Klondyke country.
Lorin Shepherd is a newly-married young rancher who lives on a 280-acre place owned by his father, who is now in California. He waters 120 acres.
Tom Davis is the big democrat who has the contract to do the road work for the county, and seems to be giving satisfaction. He lives on a 550-acre place owned by B. F. Perkins; 200 acres are under the ditch, and considerable fruit is produced on the ranch.
S. N. Hardee is not a newcomer. He has been in Sheridan county a long time, and owns one of the best 240-acre ranches on Big Goose creek. His place is practically all watered.
G. W. Garrett is five and one-half miles from town, and has 520 acres of good, deeded land, besides 160 acres of state land and 240 acres of desert land. He came from Missouri and is a republican. Mr. G. is constructing a storage reservoir which, when completed, will be 25 feet deep and will cover nine acres. It will not be ready in time to be of much service this season. The Post would like to see many farmers of the county construct these small storage reservoirs. We need more producing land.
Willard Didelot is an ambitious young ranchman who is working the 160-acre McCulloch place, which is now owned by J. F. Mills. He has 80 acres in irrigated hay and grain.
Harry Hughes now owns the R. L. Addleman place, at the mouth of Owl creek, where he waters 40 acres, 10 acres of which is planted to young fruit trees.
Henry Phillips occupies a fine 160-acre farm owned by Wm. Timm. Of this he waters 120 acres, which is in hay and grain.
J. D. Hicks lives on the Mundt place, formerly the John Addleman place. This is an eighty, about half of which is watered. Mr. Hicks is a coal miner.
Levi Thomas has a 320-acre ranch on Owl creek, 100 acres of which is watered and in hay and grain. Mr. Thomas is an old-timer. He has two grown sons, who are at the ranch part of the time.
W. Thompson lives on his 240-acre ranch, which is practically all irrigated and in hay and grain. Mr. Thompson is at present quite badly crippled with rheumatism, and Phil. Jobe, late of Iowa, is farming the place.
Two years ago Ed. and Grant Owen came from Iowa and bought ten and one-half acres of brush land adjoining town. They have cleared the same and now have one of the richest and best market gardens in the country.
J. A. and Wm. M. Wills own 240 acres of the land on Rapid creek. Their farm is all watered. They are good fellows as well as substantial men.
C. E. Schwab came here from Iowa last December, and bought and moved onto the Addleman ranch, which he purchased of Wren Bros. It is a fine quarter section, with 130 acres under the ditch, in hay and grain. Mr. Schwab likes the country bully.
Mell Snively is one of the many good ranchmen who get The Post on rural free delivery route No. 1. He lives on a 320-acre ranch which he owns, and appears to be prospering.
Sam Culbertson has been settled on Big Goose creek about six years. He has 200 head of cattle, a 480-acre ranch with 200 acres under the ditch, and good buildings.
Wm. Coleman has 40 acres of nice irrigated land, besides his homestead, which lies near Big Goose creek.
The Post man was glad to grasp the hand of Phil. Kane, that good ranchman who has been confined to his bed for many months. He is now able to be out around the place, but is as yet unable to do any work. Mr. Kane has been in Wyoming 22 years, and has a 900-acre ranch.
R. D. and J. S. Snodgrass have 480 acres of deeded land and 640 acres of state leased land, about 160 acres of the former being watered. They are comfortably situated.
L. E. Harris has one of the finest orchards in Big Goose Valley. Two years ago he paid $7,000 for his place, which consists of 160 acres, all irrigated. Mr. Harris has a substantial house and out-buildings.
In March Dan Eggart of Sheridan traded a house and lot in town for the Burton 160-acre fruit and stock farm, on Big Goose. Mr. Eggart's health has been very poor for the past six or eight months, but is somewhat improved since he moved to the ranch. He has a fine little place, and he and Mrs. Eggart are very hospitable persons in their home.
The Post man visited Absaraka park, but unfortunately found no one at home, Mr. Coffeen and his manager having gone to Sheridan. A. H. Duncan is to have charge of the eating house the coming season, and is now moving out to the park. The writer noticed that many summer cottages and a large eating house had been constructed since he last visited Absaraka, and that great improvements in the way of landscape gardening, fountains, drives, streets etc., were in progress.
John Findahl owns one of the fine ranches and orchards on Rapid creek, where he has a half section of land, a nice, large house and barn, and 65 bearing fruit trees, besides that many younger trees. He raises lot of apples and has some bearing pear trees.
L. Middleton came to Wyoming a year ago from near Lincoln, Nebraska, and is satisfied with the country. He has a 240-acre ranch, with 60 bearing fruit trees. Last year he grew $250 worth of apples on the place.
T. B. Gill and his two sons own a ranch of 2,370 acres on Rapid creek, where they irrigate 225 acres, and raise hay and grain. They also have 125 bearing fruit trees - apple, cherry and plum. Though the sons were born in Missouri, they are both staunch republicans.
L. H. Horney, his wife and two daughters live on a homestead on Rapid creek, where they also have 80 acres of deeded land and a few head of horses and cattle.
W. H. Hammontree and his son, W. E., have a 640 acre stock ranch on Rapid creek, where they irrigate more than a hundred acres, and raise hay, grain, and lots of fruit. They also have many stands of bees, which produce a large quantity of honey.
Captain Scott K. Snively and his son, Hugh, own 1,000 acres of land in and adjacent to Rapid creek canon. This is one of the finest cattle and horse ranches in the country. This year the Sniveleys have the place rented to James Londen, who came here from southwestern Iowa this spring.
Ellis F. L. Pence and wife and his father and mother came to Sheridan county from Nebraska last October, and bought two quarter sections of nice land on Little Rapid creek, where they are comfortably situated, and like the country.
L. C. Green came to Wyoming from Kansas three years ago, when he bought the Manning ranch on the head of Beaver creek. The place comprises 480 acres, with 140 acres under the ditch, and has the oldest and perhaps the best orchard in the county. Mr. Green has 200 bearing trees, and raises a large quantity of apples.
F. B. Curtis keeps one of the most hospitable ranch homes on Beaver creek, where Mrs. Russell and daughter have charge of the house. Mr. Curtis is a bachelor, and has 640 acres of fine land, with 350 acres under ditch. He raises large quantities of hay and grain, as well as all kinds of fruit.
E. K. Fessenden is in charge of a 980-acre ranch owned by Dick Gill of Kansas. Mr. Fessenden has 175 head of cattle, is seemingly prosperous, and well satisfied with the country.
Wm. Timm is one of the hard-working and solid farmers of the Big Goose creek valley, where he has 520 acres of splendid land, all irrigated.
Levi Beans has lived in the country 22 years, and now has a fine irrigated ranch of 240 acres, on Goose creek. He raises hay and grain and horses and cattle.
Geo. Leach owns a house and a half interest, with E. N. Secor, in the big dancing hall, which is on Mr. Beans' place, about nine miles from Sheridan.
E. N. Secor has a 240-acre hay ranch which lies in the valley, and is practically all watered. Mr. Secor is starting a young orchard, having set out 100 trees this spring.
John Kueffer lives just below Beckton, where he owns 280 acres of nicely irrigated land, and has good buildings thereon.
Frank Tracy lives near the Beckton mill, and owns a fine quarter section of land, upon which he has constructed a good, new house and other buildings.
J. C. Painter owns the Beckton mill, and is one of the very few millers who never makes any poor flour. The mill is run by water, and is equipped with late, improved apparatus. Mr. P. has a nice dwelling near the mill.
At the Beckton Stock Farm, the writer did not find the genial manager, Alex. Donaldson, at home, but was shown about the ideal ranch by Robt. Sherwin, the book-keeper and assistant manager. This ranch contains about 4,500 acres on Big Goose and Park creeks, and at one time was a part of the Geo T. Beck ranch. Forbes Bros., the owners, also control 2,000 acres of land on the Big Horn mountains, where they have their sheep. The home ranch cuts 600 tons of hay, and last year produced 5,000 bushels of wheat, and oats. The dwelling and horse, sheep and cattle barns on this ranch are among the best to be found in Wyoming. Mr. Sherwin kindly showed the writer the two fine Clydesdale stallions, "Shepherd," weighing 1,700, and "His Excellency," 2,100 pounds; one 3-year-old mare, two 2-year olds, four dandy yearling colts and some of the famous Lincoln and Rambouillet rams which are to be taken to the Portland live stock show this fall. A carload of stock will be taken from this farm, and if the writer is not badly mistaken this car will beat any carload of stock on show at the exposition.
The Post is pleased to learn that Miss Clara Sanders is giving excellent satisfaction as a teacher at Beckton. The people are anxious to have her win the free trip to Portland, and say they are going to support her loyally. Twenty-one pupils are enrolled in the school, and the parents and children are highly pleased with the teacher.
The Wren Bros. came to Sheridan from Iowa six years ago, and have made a grand success of farming in this country. They are tireless workers, and have 200 acres of irrigated land in the Big Goose valley.
C. F. Coast came to Wyoming with his family this spring and is working one of F. B. Curtis' places this year, until he ascertains whether or not he likes the country. He is a relative of the Morrow family.
The Post man did not find that good ranchman, C. C. Robinson, at home, but learned from Mrs. Robinson that they had lived on their present place fourteen years. The ranch comprises 320 acres, of which 100 are watered and seeded to hay and grain. Mr. Robinson has also started a nice young orchard.
George Miller is administrator for his father's estate, which consists of 320 acres of fine land on Beaver creek, with 150 acres under ditch. The ranch is occupied by his mother and half brother, Orin Moore, and Mr. Miller and family. He has 100 head of cattle on the place.
Chas. Pointer, of Sheridan, is conducting a very successful school on Upper Beaver creek near the Miller place.
G. C. Morrow was recently married to the accomplished daughter of L. C. Greene, and now occupies a nice new house which he built upon his 80-acre farm, which is all watered, and is valuable land.
Alf. Morrow is one of the successful bachelor ranchmen of Sheridan county. Having been here twenty years he "savies" most things pertaining to irrigated farming, and has 120 acres of watered ground. The writer found him busy turning over the virgin sod.
Geo. Webster has a nice quarter section of watered land on the bench above Beaver creek. Mr. Tibbitts is working the place.
B. F. Billings came to this state three years ago, and must like it, as everything about his 800-acre ranch looks neat and prosperous. He has a dandy place.
Sam M. Morrow is one of the many hospitable young ranchmen of which Sheridan county can boast. A year or more ago he stole one of Sheridan's fair daughters to keep him company upon their 80-acre watered farm on Beaver creek.
J. W. Cooper has been in the country four years and has a ranch of 320 acres of deeded and 1,000 acres of leased lands, with 160 acres in hay and grain. Mr. Cooper has a fine house and nice, young orchard.
W. L. Wellman has a quarter of dry land above Beaver creek, where himself and wife live. They are now enjoying a visit from Mr. Wellman's mother, who has just returned from a trip to Washington, Idaho and other states.
Thos. Ballard and wife are living upon a 160-acre ranch purchased by the trustee of the Ballard estate a short time ago. A new house is now in course of construction and when completed Mr. Ballard's father and mother will come from Iowa to occupy the same.
John A. Blake is one of the substantial farmers of Beaver creek. He owns 200 acres of excellent land, 160 of which are under ditch, and has an orchard of 400 trees, 90 of which are bearing well.
Henry Kusel and son farm a nice quarter section of land which is owned by O. E. Austinson of Colorado. This ranch is practically all under ditch.
Olaf Nelson is not an Irishman, but he is a good republican and hustler. He has a homestead of 160 acres and also a half interest in 120 acres of rich coal land, which is owned jointly by himself and L. C. Green.
John R. Hoover is a well-to-do ranchman living on Beaver, where he has a fine quarter of land, 120 acres of which are watered. He has good buildings, one of which is occupied by Wm. Burgess, who is employed on the place.
Geo. W. Moore bought and moved onto the T. E. Laub quarter a year ago. He irrigates 40 acres of hay and grain, and last winter opened an 18-foot vein of good coal, a large quantity of which is sold to Sheridan people and the ranchmen. Mrs. Moore makes a specialty of chicken raising.
Laura Thompson is the efficient teacher who is conducting a good school at the Lower Beaver creek school house, opposite the Moore ranch. She has 15 pupils.
Mike Newinger is a newly-married man who recently moved onto the "Honey" Hall ranch, on Beaver creek, where he controls 480 acres and waters 140 acres.
The ranchmen living along the road from Kusel's to the Diamond coal mine are making an effort to have the route of the free delivery changed, so that the carrier will return by the mine. This order of things would bring the mail of several families much nearer to them, and inconvenience but one family, which gets mail on the return route as now established.
Last year C. H. Laub, who has a fine quarter of land at the junction of Beaver and Big Goose creeks, built a good, new house, and now has the basement for a large barn constructed.
C. P. Ewoldsen and family have lived upon their irrigated quarter section of land in Big Goose valley two years, and are seemingly prosperous. Mr. Ewoldsen raises a large quantity of hay and grain.
Dale C. Loucks has a 240-acre ranch on Big Goose, where he waters 60 acres, and makes a specialty of raising thoroughbred chickens. Through the medium of The Post he has this spring shipped Buff Orpington eggs all over the state.
John W. Crew's chicken ranch on Big Goose is an interesting place to visit at this time. He has a good stone and frame chicken house, which is well plastered and heated. At present he has 225 young Barred Plymouth Rocks and 150 old ones. Mr. and Mrs. Crew sold lots of eggs all winter. He has 40 acres of irrigated land and good buildings.
The Black Diamond coal mine on Big Goose, seven miles from Sheridan, is owned and operated by Groat & Co., who mined a vast quantity of good coal during the winter and expect to keep the mine running all summer.
Geo. W. Jenrich has a fine large irrigated ranch on the south side of Big Goose creek. Mr. Jenrich rents most of his land to G. J. Walker, who occupies one of the two sets of buildings on the place. The latter raises large quantities of hay and grain, while Mr. Jenrich keeps a good many cows, and finds sale here for all the butter he and Mrs. Jenrich can make.
Last Updated April 2005
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