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Family Ranch

Land, Children, and Tradition in the American West

Linda Hussa

Publication Year: 2009

Published by: University of Nevada Press

Title Page

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pp. viii

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pp. ix-xvii

This book is about ranch families in the rural West today. Remarkable stories arise when these parents, their children, ranch work, and nature come together for a lifetime. Modern America offers few other situations where the family enterprise continues to thrive as it does on ranches like these. Entire families work together for the success of the common enterprise ...

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pp. xix-xx

I am grateful to Madeleine Blake for her collaboration. Seldom does the opportunity come along to share an experience as rich as the making of this book. She and I offer sincere thanks to the many people who supported the ideas explored on these pages: To those six families who are the foundation of this book, we are indebted. They are people who have scant leisure time to welcome strangers into their ...

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pp. xxi-xxvii

In the mid-1950s, a family we knew well took my parents and me to see the ranch they recently bought near Calistoga in Northern California. The purchase was initiated by their interest in the house, which I was told had been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It seemed to rise out of the steep terraced hillside as bedrock might if it were squeezed enough. It was shaped ...

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The Stoddart Family. Crooked Creek Ranch

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pp. 1-21

Reuben Stoddart is a yearling. He is sitting on a horse, propped on the swells of the saddle with his back pressed against his father’s body. This elevated seat is familiar territory. He’s been riding almost daily since he was two weeks old. One wonders what it is like to learn the world from the back of a horse. It’s spring branding time on the Crooked Creek Ranch, and Reuben is ...

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Eminent Domain and Land Use: Cattle Free in ’93

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pp. 22-30

I was born to ranch people. They were among the earlier settlers in eastern Oregon. My father’s father ran his sheep and horse band in the rim rock country of Rudio Mountain, above the John Day River. My mother’s family had a small ranch on Butter Creek about sixty miles to the north. They met at a rodeo and were married the next spring. My parents were born to people of the land who invested their effort in ...

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The Tyson Family. Tyson Quarter Horse Ranch

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pp. 31-49

Gail’s mare, Herdugo, is running wide open when she enters the arena. At the first barrel in the cloverleaf pattern the mare sets her hocks and, following the inside rein, arcs her body to make the turn within a whisker of the barrel. In three strides she is coming out of the first turn, digging hard with her haunches, gathering speed on a line toward the second barrel. ...

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Entrepreneurs: The Emerging Rural Marketplace

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pp. 50-72

While the number of agricultural operations drastically declined during the last generation, off-farm income is necessary for some families, and smaller family farms are on the rise. The distance to the marketplace is no longer a barrier for many producers because the Internet gives producers and consumers worldwide access. Ranch and farm entrepreneurs ...

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The Hammond Family. TJ Quarter Circle Ranch

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pp. 73-92

When viewed at night from a satellite, Nevada is a dark wedge in the glowing heart of North America, Reno and Las Vegas mere mists of light on that sky map. A small town or ranch headquarters has no hope of interrupting the complete blackness. Still, the Hammond family thinks of their centennial ranch as the center of the universe, much the same as the ...

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Advantages of Being Ranch Raised: Ginger Graham and Jessica Hemphill

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pp. 93-108

What stirs in the steady eyes of a champion? Clarity of purpose? Determination? Concentration? Ginger Graham and Jessica Hemphill each bear the calm poise born of digging down to do their best. Both have ridden into the arena of the National High School Rodeo Finals behind cowboys and cowgirls gathered from across the country, with their state ...

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The McKay Family. Walking Box Ranch

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pp. 109-136

Joe McKay went to work for Mary Arrien in 1978. She desperately needed help to keep the ranch going. Her husband, Julian, was in a nursing home nearing the end of a long battle with Alzheimer’s, and her daughter Joyce, the only one of her children with an interest in the ranch, was in her final year at Portland Nursing College. ...

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The Public Trust: Missing Water

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pp. 137-160

For weeks in the early 1990s, Vivendi, the world’s largest water procurement company at that time, ran a full-page ad in the Reno Gazette- Journal. Under a picture of a sweet-faced little girl drinking bubbling water from a hose, the copy read, “Water Is Life.” Question is, “Whose water?” And, how do a people divvy up natural re - sources? ...

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The Harper Family. Little Humboldt Ranch

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pp. 161-186

In 1872 I. V. Button bought the valley that would become the headquarters of the Little Humboldt Ranch for fifty dollars and two saddle horses. He fenced the meadow for a horse pasture, built willow corrals and a pole-saddling shed, and in the manner of the pioneer, he used an ancient means of cutting blocks from an outcropping on a nearby hillside for a stone root ...

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Planning for Succession: Handing It Over

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pp. 187-204

The sentiment of a generation of Americans for land is easily understood. In these times of change and world unrest, a lifetime commitment to anything is to be respected. Devotion to land and to the production of food has ensured the health of our people and the strength of our country. The transfer of that land to the next generation is as important as the ...

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The Walker Family. Duck Valley, Shoshone Reservation, Owyhee

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pp. 205-225

Wheeler Mountain and McAfee Peak in northern Nevada is where the waters of the region divide: the Humboldt River flows south into the heart of the Great Basin; the Owyhee River runs north through the Shoshone-Paiute reservation in Duck Valley and joins the Snake River on the breaks of the Columbia Plateau before merging with the Columbia River. ...

The Hope and the Promise: Working Together

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pp. 226-239

E-ISBN-13: 9780874177817
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874177718

Page Count: 272
Illustrations: 27 b/w photographs
Publication Year: 2009

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  • Ranchers -- West (U.S.).
  • Families -- West (U.S.).
  • Ranch life -- West (U.S.).
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