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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

arrel Bagley’s parents homesteaded in the sandhills of eastern Colorado in 1906. He was born December 3, 1926 and grew up helping his dad farm with horses. Darrel, his mom and siblings did most of the ranch work while his father taught school. Blizzards were common. “Dad would get up early to go to school and listen to our radio to get weather reports from Denver. If it was going to be bad he’d shake us awake and tell us to go gather the cattle,” said Darrel. “One pasture was 3 miles away. We had to get the cows rounded up before the blizzard hit. If we didn’t have them gathered before it hit, they piled up in The Story of Oregon’s Darrel Bagley BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS FAMILY PHOTO On Mother’s Day, 2017, friends and family gathered at the Cowboy Church at Lemhi, Idaho for a celebration of life to honor a great rancher/cowman who inspired us with his courage, astute knowledge of cattle and ranching, and dogged determination. D 94 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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