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Old Deseret Live Stock Company
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In the high country of the northern Wasatch Mountains, lies what is left of one of the West’s largest ranches. Deseret Live Stock Company was reputed at various times to be the largest private landholder in Utah and the single biggest producer of wool in the world. The ranch began as a sheep operation, but as it found success, it also ran cattle. Incorporated in the 1890s by a number of northern Utah ranchers who pooled their resources, the company was at the height of successful operations in the mid-twentieth century when a young Dean Frischknecht, bearing a recent degree in animal science, landed the job of sheep foreman. In his memoir he recounts in detail how Deseret managed huge herds of livestock, vast lands, and rich wildlife and recalls through lively anecdotes how stockmen and their families lived and worked in the Wasatch Mountains and Skull Valley’s desert wintering grounds.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1: Expanding Horizons
  2. pp. 9-21
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  1. 2: Shearing
  2. pp. 22-34
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  1. 3: The High and Glorious Summer Range
  2. pp. 35-48
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  1. 4: Great Trail Drives
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. 5: Shaping Up for Winter and Shipping to Skull Valley
  2. pp. 56-66
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  1. 6: Skull Valley
  2. pp. 67-75
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  1. 7: It Happened During Breeding Season
  2. pp. 76-84
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  1. 8: Old-Time Range Strategy
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. 9: Lambing
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 10: Western Hospitality
  2. pp. 103-108
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  1. 11: A New Addition
  2. pp. 109-114
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  1. 12: Timely Moves
  2. pp. 115-121
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  1. 13: The Big Snow
  2. pp. 122-127
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  1. 14: Approaching Disaster
  2. pp. 128-135
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  1. 15: Looking Up
  2. pp. 136-140
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  1. 16: A Great Recovery
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. 17: All in the Day’s Work
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. 18: Moving Up
  2. pp. 155-161
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  1. 19: The Best of Times
  2. pp. 162-167
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  1. 20: The Dugway Withdrawal
  2. pp. 168-172
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  1. 21: Major Changes
  2. pp. 173-181
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  1. 22: End of an Era
  2. pp. 182-187
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  1. 23: Bad News
  2. pp. 188-192
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  1. 24: Life’s Big Decisions
  2. pp. 193-198
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  1. 25: Transitions
  2. pp. 199-205
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 206-210
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