Saturday, August 31, 2002
Steamboat Springs Dear Friends Halden,
How time does fly! I have totally lost track of what I have or haven't told you, regarding conditions and activities at the S Bar S Ranch. Well, I'll make a few notes to bring you up to date (without details).
After their marriage in June of '36, our eldest daughter, Frances, and her husband, Elmer Dorr, moved to "Cow Camp" to look after the cattle of the Big Creek Cattle Association members on the Routt National Forest (open range where the individual grazing permittees pay the forest annual grazing fees plus salt and rider fees to the Big Creek Association to pay the range rider and pay for stock salt, which the rider distributes to the range cattle).
When the riding job ended in the fall of '36, Frances and Elmer moved into our old log cabin bunkhouse where they lived until March of '38, at which time they leased a nice little hay ranch (the old Antone Jacobs place) four miles up Elk River, above our home ranch. During this period, the end of the range riding job in the fall of '36 until Elmer leased the Jacobs place in March 1938 for his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Mike Mosher.
Needless to say this was quite a shock to Frances and Elmer as they were expecting to buy the place and were just waiting for the payment for their first crop of hay to make their first payment on the ranch. Well, from the end of the riding job until Mr. Whitmer bought the Jacobs place, Elmer worked for S Bar S with enough time off for Elmer to irrigate and them "put up" the hay on the Jacob place.
When the riding job ended in the fall of 1936, Frances and Elmer moved into our old log cabin bunkhouse. The bunkhouse was home to Frances and Elmer until they moved into the Jacobs house in March 1938 (except that during the time the rest of the family stayed in Arizona for Dorothy's health, Frances and Elmer stayed in the main ranch house instead of in the bunkhouse).
I'm sure you remember my telling about the horrible bout Dee had with pneumonia, so I won't reiterate any of that now.
When Frances and Elmer had to give up the Jacobs place in Feb. 1939, Elmer and his brother, Henry, pooled their resources to make a down payment on a dryland grain farm in the south-side community (south of the Yampa River west of Steamboat Springs). Until later, as ever,