Great-Granddad’s Long Ride

Jan 25
Jan Swan Wood

The Last Roundup for Dick

Jan 19
Jan Swan Wood

Temptation with a Hammer

Jan 17
Jan Swan Wood

Fat Cow Training

Jan 7
Jan Swan Wood

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Great-Granddad’s Long Ride

January 25, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

My dad was a great storyteller and brought my family’s history to life for me. One of the stories he told me was about my great-granddad Swan and a long ride he took looking for blizzard drifted stock. This would have probably been in the 1910-15 era, but I’m not sure. My great-grandparents ranched in […]


The Last Roundup for Dick

January 19, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

My ongoing dilemma of working for Dick because I needed the paychecks didn’t end when the nice registered cows were hauled away. I had decided I was done with his nonsense, but he called and begged, so I helped him with his commercial cows. I don’t know where he’d had them running, as I’d never […]


Temptation with a Hammer

January 17, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

The saga of working for Dick continued after the preliminary day. The cows had to be gathered after a few weeks to sort the bull calves off so he could haul them home. Those nice cows walked right into the corrals and they sorted fine. The bull calves, who were big boys, loaded into his […]


Fat Cow Training

January 7, 2023
Jan Swan Wood

Day working is sort of a feast or famine way of making a living. I must have been in a time of famine, probably had something like medical bills to pay, when I agreed to go to work for a guy that called. His reputation as a womanizer was well known, but at almost 40, […]


Meeting Quigley

December 26, 2022
Jan Swan Wood

We’d bought a place back in my home country that was right along the county road. Just across that road was a pasture that my Uncle Paul owned. He wasn’t really blood kin, but, he’d always been Uncle Paul. He was a stock contractor. During the summer he ran his bucking horses in that pasture […]


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