Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman’s Memoir

Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman’s Memoir

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

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  1. Wayne Winterton says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    excellent memoir, January 16, 2011
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    This is an excellent history of a sheep ranch that was at one time the largest private landowner in Utah. The book tells how wool is produced with details of lambing, shearing and shipping.
    W. Dean Frischkneckt, a 26 year old graduate of Utah Agricultural Colleg with B.S. and M.S. degrees, was hired in 1946 as sheep foreman. He soon learned that the company was all about profit and loss. For instance Dean is told that as a cost cutting measure herders’ orders for jam and pickles were to be reduced or denied.
    Of special interest are the chapters telling of the Winter of the Big Snow — 1948-49 — and those dealing with the change of ownership when a syndicate of a dozen investors purchased the company in 1953.
    If this book were made into a movie there would be no part for John Wayne or Roy Rogers and the big rancher villain featured in the traditional Western would be replaced by big government, which reduced the company’s winter range by 23 percent to create the Dugway Proving Ground.
    This is an excellent memoir and an accurate history of sheep ranching as big business.

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  2. Anonymous says:
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    gift purchase, April 27, 2009
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    I bought a book for my dad, and it was great! He is so happy. Thank you for this positive experience.

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  3. Anonymous says:
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    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A slice of the past – well researched and well written, July 15, 2010
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    Wayne Winterton (Phoenix, AZ) –
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    Petersen’s work in retracing and documenting the 1859 expedition led by James H. Simpson in search of a route for the Overland Stage, 150 years after-the-fact, is definitive and well-written. The book is profusely illustrated with schematics and photographs that allow the reader to get a feel for the primitive unwieldy terrain that faced Simpson’s party as they worked their way from Camp Floyd (near Salt Lake City) to the foot of the Sierra Nevada before returning, exploring alternative trails as they went.

    Petersen’s writing is clear, well-organized, and will be satisfying to serious scholars and arm-chair historians alike. The reader was struck by the amount of work the author put into assuring the accuracy of his findings. In some cases, he returned to sites two, three, or more times to evaluate and reevaluate findings against the contents of the original 1859 logs maintained by the members of the expedition. Using modern global positioning technology, Petersen provides future researchers with the coordinates of every campsite, landform, and checksite that he could accurately determine during his research.

    One of the things appreciated by this reader was the manner in which the work was presented. The author presents Simpson’s (and others) original text as it pertained to each days travel, side-by-side with his findings, and when physical landmarks are mentioned, the author photographed those landmarks from as near the same vantage point as they were likely noted by the expedition. Very nicely done.

    This is an excellent addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the history of the American West.

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