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From: "Brenton Dodge" <>
Subject: Re: [CAMODOC] Looking Back December 13, 2007
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:44:55 -0800
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you mentioned the christensen ranch.. do you have anything on barbara
cantrall and george christensen and that will lead to brunel. i know they
were in surprise valley for a while and i met them in 1949 after i married
helen blevins. that was when they livedin the swamp where the jake mc garva
and kenneth lived plus arthur blevins.
i got the pleasure to go duck hunting in the snow and the ducks did show up.
hated the feather picking.
i think george died in a plane crash in montana. my wife is related by way
of the cantrall's and smith and probably others
while i think of it have you anything interesting on willard smith and leona
roys. i have somewillard's father is harden, his father was aaron..
one other bit of info i'm curious about is the cantrall mill in jess valley.
does sharon have a book on the cantrall family.
if i can help you with some of this, let me know.
when an adopted member of the smith familydied i got the smith family
genealogy plus a lot of relatives names that got a sha
thank you
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From: "Ronald S. Morgan" <>
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Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [CAMODOC] Looking Back December 13, 2007

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> The end of the horse era occurred immediately after WWII. Before that time
> haying was accomplished with horses; some ranchers took old cars and put
> rails on the front to cause a machine Buck to carry hay to the stack. Most
> ranchers had at least one tractor, usually a Fordson or maybe a D2
> Caterpillar tractor. The ranch where I worked the most was the Christensen
> ranch. This was a big cow ranch running just a shade over 3,000 head of
> cattle. Horse trailers were used to take saddle horses as far as the
> country allowed then you unloaded your horse and road the range. Cattle
> driving was done strictly on horseback. Late in spring, in Modoc that
> would sometimes be almost July, we would ride to Red Rock and trail close
> to 70 work horses back to the Likely ranch to prepare teams for the
> haying. In the winter we fed the cattle with wagon and horses. Those
> horses knew exactly how to walk in a large circe while we unloaded hay
> with pitchforks. That too was all day
> job, every day, to feed thre cattle.
> One other interesting part of my life: I was first assigned to the horse
> cavalry in WWII. I was in the last active regiment of soldiers taught to
> fight on horseback. It didn't help me in the South Pacific where I was a
> paratrooper. I did not realizeI was that old, but I guess that I am.'
> Ron Morgan
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