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Sheep and Wool

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

A news item in the June 12, 1901, issue of the Rawlins Semi-Weekly Republican, entitled “Sheep and Wool,” is the inspiration for this week’s Postcard from the Past. Enjoy.

State Sen. John T. Williams of Converse County has sold 150,000 pounds of wool for 12 cents.

It is reported from central Wyoming sheepmen are losing a good many sheep from some kind of poisonous weed, which they are at a loss to discover.

The secretary of the interior approved 54 permits to pasture 150,000 sheep in the Big Horn Forest Reserve from June 1 to Sept. 30.

In correction of the Cheyenne Leader’s report of the shipment of the Cosgriff brothers’ train of wool from Fort Steele last week, it might be well to say the price received for the clip was 11 and one-half cents per pound, and the wool was shipped to the purchasers instead of sent on consignment.

Rumsey and Jackson have closed negotiations with the Union Pacific for 14,000 acres of railroad lands in Carbon County. The Cronberg brothers of Medicine Bow have purchased 19,000 acres. 

Sheepmen are beginning to realize it is absolutely necessary for them to own some land in order for them to protect themselves.

Secretary Snow of the State Board of Sheep Commissioners has had George Beckstead arrested in Evanston for bringing in a band of sheep from Utah without complying with the state inspection laws. 

Snow ordered the sheep to be placed in quarantine, but the owners drove them off the quarantine grounds. A posse has been sent in pursuit, and the guilty parties will be prosecuted.

A German sheepherder called on his lady love in Casper, and she relieved him of $120 he had saved up intending to send to his aged mother in the old country.

Two herders, W. W. Linn and Robert Howard, in charge of sheep belonging to the Butterfield brothers of Utah, were attacked by 12 masked men last week, while they were attending the flocks between Smith’s Fork and Henry’s Fork about 20 miles southeast of Fort Bridger. 

One of them, William Linn, received two bullets through the arm, badly shattering the bone. He has been sent to the Salt Lake City hospital. The other herder is wounded in the thigh, and he is not considered serious. 

The mob also killed the horses and a number of sheep and burned all of the camp equipment.

Sheep lost

Lost on trail from Bitter Creek to Efell, presumably between Wamsutter and Bull Springs, during the first week in April, were 320 ewe lambs branded T along the back and young ewes branded Circle T and TR, connected all in red paint and very plain brands. 

One hundred dollars will be paid for information leading to their recovery or one dollar per head for the sheep themselves. 

Communicate with the owner, Robert Taylor, Efell PO, Casper, WY, reads a classified advertisement in the same newspaper.

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