Richard and Lori Nicholas, formerly of Promontory, and 11 other family members and friends rounded up their calves and cows to be branded in Richard’s new Zane Gray-type old west post and rail corrals.
It was a real cowboy type branding with the cowboys roping the many different colored calves and bringing them to the branding and doctoring area.
A brand is very important to ranchers who pasture their cattle on huge amounts of land, especially with many other owners’ cattle. Richard did all the branding on his calves. The brand is called a broken Y. It is sometimes called a turkey track.
Lori prepared a delicious meal. When this location for cattle was finished, the cowboys moved on to several other locations bringing the work to a close.
Orson and Jeannette Poulsen drove their truck and trailer to Veyo, Utah, north of St. George, for several days at the rendezvous there. “It was windy and kinda cold,” Orson reports.
Both Orson and Jeannette did well selling their wares at the rendezvous store.
Some of the games were fun. The ladies had a frying pan throwing contest. They threw heavy-duty cast-iron frying pans at dummies. The one who got closest won the game. “Sometimes,” Orson says, “a husband is used. In that case, the wife who gets closest, without hitting her husband, is the winner.” Other games of shooting, tomahawk and knife throwing contest and archery are also available.
On Thursday night the camp contributed to a potluck dinner. Everything was cooked in the 1840s tradition.
Boyd Udy has two new foals. He is pleased they are healthy and lively. This year they will be the only babies in his horse program. Their daddy is Boyd’s great horse Crocker who is 16 this year.
Jim and Starr Mitchell bought some new fruit trees – apple, peach and cherry – since the grasshoppers killed their trees last year. Starr had a wonderful time line dancing with Cleo Petit.
On Monday, Clynn and Winnie Richman’s youngest son, Lyle, came to the ranch to unload grain for the steers and to have dinner and a chat.
On Tuesday, Winnie picked up friend, Carolyn Carter to go to Brigham Young University to the art display of Karl Heinrick Block’s paintings.
Kaye Draper reports a good week. She went to her job and square dancing on Monday. Saturday evening she and friend, Marlene attended the ABBA concert at Abravanel Hall.