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Opposite Page Oregon cattleman Darrel Bagley, an inspiration to all, passed away in January of 2017 at the age of 90. Above The Bagleys had Quarter Horse production sales at the ranch (Darrel with a stallion). Left Cutting – professional photo by Pam Olsen. Bottom Darrel and some bulls. the low spots to get out of the wind. We’d get off our horses and break frozen snow away from their heads so they could see and get some air.” Darrel married his childhood sweetheart after a stint in the Army and came home to take over the ranch. He raised cattle and horses, bought and sold horses, broke horses for people, and worked for other farmers and ranchers as he and Ruth struggled to make ends meet. Their children, Larry and Diann, grew up riding and taking care of cattle. Later he bought a ranch in the mountains near Eagle, Colorado and ran 200 cattle on BLM and FS allotments with 4 other ranchers. He and his kids did the range riding. The 4-H program at Eagle was a little barn on a vacant lot where a few kids showed steers, but the town folks wanted it moved out of town. Darrel talked another rancher into selling a piece of land to the county for a Fairgrounds. He and his neighbors cleared the ground, built the Fairgrounds, and started a 4-H steer show. He also started a Little Britches Rodeo and became president of the NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 95


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