Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 78
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 78

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
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6-1) CREELEY (Colu.) TRIB1INK Tnr... M.r. 9,1*76 Front rider to ranch owner, Moore calls cattle work good v l.VMM UriUVF --« ..· -iv-1 it ... i. . . ^^ Bj LYNN HEINZE Tribune Staff Writer "All I knew was catlle. But as long as a man has some producing cows its hard to starve you out - unless the cows die. "The cattle business was always good to us. Oh, some years were slimmer than others, but it was a good living," Harry Moore of Carr recalled recently. Moore, originally from Stillwater, Okla., came to Weld County on a train in 1914 and went to work on the Buckeye Ranch northeast of Fort Collins. At the age of 16, he recalls, "I spent the whole first summer on a horse-drawn mowing machine. The ranch had about two sections of alfalfa and 1 spent the summer keeping up with it." Moore said the ranch included some cropping operations other tlun alfalfa, grated 400 to 500 head of cattle and fed out about 20,000 head of sheep annually. Even the pigs, grown mainly for ranch use, were allowed to roam the range for feed. When Moore arrived here in 1914. he remembers most of the land was covered with snow. "The big snow of December 1913, had dropped more than three feet of snow over most of this area. And a lot of the land was still covered with snow by April, 1914," Moore recalled. The second year Moore was employed on the Buckeye he rode the range. "After the cattle were branded, they were let out in the open range. A man had to be on (he watch all of the lime. The herd had to be kept on the move and Larkspur was a big problem then. So the cattle had to be spread out and the riders had (o keep their eyes open," Moore said. It wo in Itis Cut Moore saw the first vaccinationi it branding time. "I remember they used a gun with « big needle on it. There was a spring and plunger that pushed a pill Just under the hide of the animal. It was put in the ·boulder of the animal and was used to control Mick leg," Moore said. In the fall of 1915, Moore left the Buckeye and went to work on the old Sliyton ranch, then owned by Butler and McCallum. He spent 2',i years with the ranch, working II cattle and doing other jobs ftx the ranch owners. A C. U. Owens later bought the place, along with some adjoining land, and Moore stayed on to work the cattle. "Nearly all of that land Is part Roundup programs set for 1B78 season The following programmes for round-up, on North side of South Plattc river in Weld anil Larimer counties and for South side of South Platte river in Weld and Arapahoe counties were presented to the Board of Ditch to Carpenter's Lake, from Carpenters Lake to La Porte, from La Porte along the foothills to Jack's Springs. of the exptrimmt tutlon now (Central Plains Experiment Station north of Num.) "But I remember that Butler kept the ranch building* when he sold cut and it was always a place for me to hold up. I was always welcome and could stay as long as I wanted," Moore said. In 1919 Moore briefly returned to Oklahoma and was "caught in Cheyenne during the four-day blizzard that winter. I'd jutt gotten back from Oklahoma and had delivered a horse for a man. I was coming back (to Weld) but only got as far as Cheyenne when the storm hit. "I wanted to get out of there but ended up spending four days hold-up in that town," Moore said. Moor* tried Us hand at farming the next year. "I had a good crop of wheat. But one day I went to town to borrow a binder to harvest the wheat and by the time I got back the hail had already harvested the whole field. "I decided right then and there never to firm again," Moore said. So he went to work for a cattleman mar Briggsdale until 1923 when he and his new bride rented a place between Briggsdale and Grover, "We ran a few cattle, raised a little feed and tried to make it," he said. Then in 1940, the Moorcs bought a place on Geary Creek, about 15 miles west of Grover. He became a member of of the Crow Creek Grazing Association and usually ran about 73 head of Hereford breeding cows. While he grew some feed, he usually tried to winter the cows on pasture when possible, he said. What farming he did was done with horses until the early '50s when he got his first tractor. Most of the calves produced on the ranch were sold at weaning, except for replacement heifers. The Moores spent more than 25 years on the ranch before moving to their present home in Carr. While he still has some horses, most of Moore's time now is spent with handicraft bobbin, the productf of which . normally go to friends, Moore noted some of the changes he's seen since he first came to this country. "For one thing, the grass was a lot better then than it is now. "The homesteaders came in and took out some of the grass, but I think most of that land has recovered. 1 don't think it was the homesteaders that did the damage. It was just a lot wetter then. "We could count on some good spring moisture every year, but now it doesn't come that often. We only got about six inches of moisture here (Carr) last year, so you can see how dry it is getting," Moore said. Another change is in the attitudes of the men who work the country. "It used to be that everyone pulled together. If a man had a problem he could count on help. 'But now it seems that it's every man for himself. There doesn't seem to be that cooperative spirit we used to have in this country," Moore said. Weld and Arap«hoe Round-up for wesl end of said County Comm~iss"ione"rs"aTtbe" counlies to commence at April session for action. Evans m * alh ' 1878 i lhence up the Platle to Cherry Creek, thence eastward, following the MOORE ON "BOXER" -- When Harry Moore of Carr first came to Weld County he rode herd on catlle on some of the large ranches in the northern reaches of Ihe county. Here, in a 1916 photo, he sits on Ms horse Boxer, while keeping watch on the herd. Boxer lost his life during World War I in France while serving in the U. S. cavalry. Upon motion it was ordered thai said programmes be and they are hereby adopted and old route reversed until it meets declared the legal round-ups for """""""I 1 ' Qra from ea5 ' and * 187 8| to ^t. the above counties. North Side and Larimer R()U nd-up for east end of Ihe county Round-up to commence abov e colmlies lo commence at Julesburg. May 25th and (he 15th ,,, M 1878 ,,, Ms , work up the Platte river lo Ihe line of We ld counly on the ****************************************** Cattle business ranked second to mining interests by 1879 The cattle business of Colorado ranks second to the A great many cattle men own wool of 100 per cent, though this, of course, is not common, nor is it expected. Horse raising is becoming of more and more importance.The pSie fo'te' ±T fV* BMVer '" m ° Uth ' lhMCe by «'tern market: The~catUe, and Platte to the mouth of Crow R(x , k Springs thence to Baltle ^ ' Creek. ^Itenwtoth^. Cound, Uienu lo Peyton Cre.i, oll^aJh'm.,, ownL« " thence up LitUe Crow lo Gerry thence lo the Plat.e river, and brand or brands, and these up the same until they meet recorded at Ihe office of Ihe round-up force from west end of County Clerk, where taxes are country. paid. Tribune, April 17,1878. Canyon, from Gerry to Owl Tree, down Lone Tree to Grecley Ditch, up the Greeley A two in one shop . . . Maternity a n d x PLUS size fashions generally accessible through call for heavy draft stock for the winter, and though it is the mining and farming section always well to have a good is immense and cannot be supply of hay in cases of heavy supplied by our ranchmen for snows and bad weather, Hocks years, great numbers being often go Ihrough Ihe winler with shipped in from the Eastern less lhan a Ion of hay to two and Southern States every hundred sheep, and in good summer. Our horsemen are and west and sevenlv five mil« conditio "' Ranches are getting Kenlucky and Norman norlh Ind^th AblT^rS * e!K * My Where Water i5 at ^""i-ns and breeding up wilh norlh and south. About three nand and ,,,,, Mn ,,,. cu( our na(ivc ^ ^^ mA Sheep require much more Texas mares. Here is a large attention than catlle, as close field for Ihe profitable in- Weld County is ISO miles east three fourths of the area is used exclusively as a slock range. arrissttrz s ° ndL er T * T^rr- 1 - rountv rii-rir at rrwtfv to necMsar '- Less ca P' tal 's II is almost almost impossible Ss^tiexacTnlta STJ^iSr^ 0 ' '° ""H"/" ^ K'"' proiit is mucn larger where regard to our surplus produc- men understand the business, lion. Indeed, there are several cases Tribune, Sept. 101879. of his cattle, and owners generally give in to the officials 75 per cent of the probable willlin lhe ,,,, fw wh aggregate or as many as could , arge f|ocks navc - ,, ,, ' be gathered m a round-up. We , ,,, jn increase8 and give (he following totals of the number and valuation in the P/OOGGrS various branches of tile slock ^=5=^ Cowboys are an Institution We strive to be number one by selling top quality merchandise with the best of service. Our thanks to our customers for coming to us for their western wear and equipment. Ill llthAve. Greeley Open 8:00 a.m.-6:W) p.m. 'lil 8:00 p.m. Friday business, as taken from Ihe county books: Catlle Sheep Horses Swine Mules 81,436 $969,634 103,323 64,304 254,935 7,012 1,167 3,649 17,200 * ·K * * ·K * * * * * * * * * * ·X * * * ***************************************** * on her 200th birthday. Continued from page 2-D choice of New England potatoes or Greeley's on the menu. But those were Ihe peak years for pofaloes in Ihis area; production stayed high but erralic through the mid-30s and (hen began lo decline. About 6,700 acres are grown here today, and most go to processing plants lo be turned into potalo chips and other products. Through the years, wheat, sugar beels and cattle have continued as the major cash crops of the county, although carrots, onions, alfalfa, grain and silage corn and a variety of other crops have taken their place in Ihe economic picture. Caltle ranches are still a part of the Weld County picture, but Ihe large numbers of caltle listed in the county inventory are feedlots now. Feedlots with annual productions of a few thousand head and one of the world's largest feedlots com- FROM jj FRANK'S SEED HATCHERY i _*· r 709 Tenth Street 352-1094 £ bine lo create a good part ofthc ^ Greeley image today, ·jr. Bui over the years, one factor ·it has made most agriculture here J possible - water. From the j early c a n a l , to the Big J Thompson trans-mounlain ^ diversion project, water has ·* provided much of the county 4 with its potential, j Today, population growth and J increasing irrigation demands J make waler resources even ^ more valuable. Cilies and ^ agricultural interests have ·^c done batlle in court, each * seeking to preserve their share J of the water. r But the future may demand that Ihe opposing parlies work together to insure urban hcallh, agricultural slabillly and ·fr economic well-being for all-f i Yamaha -- Triumph -- Can-Am Norton -- Cushman Truckster Yamaha Cycles and Snowmobiles Sales and Service -- New and Used Someday You'll Own A Yamaha OUR 16th YEAR IN GREELEY FRANKLIN CYCLE SALES "******************************************* citizens of Ihe region. Greeley

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