Early Sublette County Brands Project
The Bud Jorgesen Ranch
 Jonita-     How long have you been on this ranch?
 

 Bud-         1942 - 49 years.
 

 Jonita-     What kind of animals do you run?
 

 Bud-         Cows, primarily Hereford.
 

 Jonita-     How did you come to have the ranch?
 

 Bud-        My Grandad bought it frcm a Simon Off and then he transfered it to my
                  dad and then on to me.
 

 Jonita-     OK, how many brands do you have on this ranch?
 

 Bud-        Cross Box, R Cross, Fear Box, Bar DO, Jug... 5 kids, one of them got 2
                 brands ...6 brands.
                 There is more than that, Bud... Fear Box...Box Fear, Keystone, Slash
                  Keystone, R Cross, Bar DO, Jug, Sheep..... that's it, ...7 brands.
 

Jonita -     From what stream do you irrigate?
 

Bud-         New Fork.
 

Jcnita-      Who are your neighbors and what are their brands?

Bud-         Floyd Bridge, LAR, Stan Murdock, 2 Bar A, Steve Kanskis' 2N Bar
                 and Diamond Bar.  That's all the immediate neighbors I know.

Jonita-      Now, what is the main ranch brand?  And where is it located on the
                  animal and what it is?

Bud-         Slash Keystone K - left ribs.

Jonita-     What is the earmark?
 

Bud-         Under bit, right ear, wattle left neck.
 

Jonita-     How long have you had this brand?
 

Bud-     Since 1935.
 

Jonita- Where did you get the brand and any history on it?
 

Bud-     It was the original, I drew it up.  My dad helped me; I was only 4 years old.
 

Jonita- Oh, ok, that's kind of neat.  Where did you get your branding irons?
 

Budd- Oh....
 

 ?      - You should tell them about how you sold that steer and cow to get it.
 

Bud-     I guess we made the branding irons.
 

Jonita- OK, so what did you do to get your brand?
 

Bud-     The first two cows I sold were 2 bum calves.  I sold them in Omaha for $111.01
             and I bought 4 heifer calves, a brand and a saddle for that $111. (laughs)
             In 1935-36.
 

 Jonita- Hmmml Has this brand been a good brand and why?
 

 Bud--    Yes, you can see it and it's easy to draw.  It's made with bars
.
 Jonita- Do you plan to keep the brand in the family?
 

 Bud-     Yes
 

 Jonita- Now, do you want to tell about the other brands and where they came from?
             Who they belong to, I guess.
 

 Bud-     Well, Cross Box is my dad's brand which we're still using--Carl is using it.
               He originally drew it up--when I don't know, whether it was 1915 or 1925, he
               got it recorded.  And then the UP used it a lot.  The 11 Cross--My dad bought
               a permit and a bunch of cattle from Bert Clark and got it.

 Jonita- Who has it now?

 Bud-    Nels has it, and then the old OX Fear and Spear Box I bought from Wendy
            Olson when I bought his cattle and permit up Green River and uh, transfer goes
            to Nels and Carl.  And Jug and Bar DO I brought from Dick Liman and we
            transfered those to Julie and Carol.

 Jonita- And who has what?

Bud-     Julie has Bar DO--Carol has Jug.
 

Jonita- OK, Bar DO, that was the old Luman brand, right?
 

Bud-     and the Jug was, too.
 

Jonita- and the Jug, both of them.

Bud  -   um. hm ... Then what we call the Sheep, on the left hip, Dad bought that brand
             at Thermopolis;  then we transfered to Scott in 1975.

 Jonita- When do you usually brand?

 Bud-     In later April or May.

 Jonita- Who helps you brand?

 Bud-     We do it as a family and with sometimes a little hired help.

 Jonita- Describe a typical branding day.  What the family members do?

 Bud-    Uh, at the present time?

 Jonita- Yes, and get to the latest. (laughs)

 Bud-     Julia usually runs irons, Nels runs the knife..or ropes, Carol and Scott usually
              wrestle although they change off with Nels to run the knife or whatever, to..or
              rope, if they can get Dad to quit roping.  Dad likes to do the ropin.

Miry-    Carol used to vaccinate all the time didn't she?
 

Bud-     Who?
 

Mary-    Carol.
 

 Bud-     She was as good branding with the irons, too, as Julia was..Yeah, those two
              girls could really.....

Jonita- What do you get to do, Mary Caroline?
 

Mary-  Cook!  I get to cook.
 

Jonita- Describe your branding work.  So you rope your calves and drag them in.....

 Bud-    Yeah, we bunch our cattle in the open usually and hold them on horseback and
             then drag em in branding the calves the same as their mothers and turn them
             back with their mothers when they're done.

Jonita- OK, has your branding procedure changed over the years?
 

Bud-     Not too much, no.
 

 Jonita- Ok, do you want to tell about how Rex used to do it out there? On the desert
             and mountains?
 

 Bud-    Yeah,  he'd hire a crew of about 12 kids and about 4 of us would hold up and the
             others would .... a couple of sets of wrestlers and he'd usually drag em in and
             somebody'd cut them and run the knife and somebody'd brand them and more or
             less the same manner we do it now.
 

Jonita- Do you remember any of how he called the brands off?  Like Dad said he'd
             called the Tiger Tracks and of course you wouldn't remember the Henneks, but
             the Short Line and Red Willies was for Loos.  Do you remember any of those?
 

Bud-     I can't remember any of the nicknames.  No, He pretty much called them
             straight when I was there.  He sure used to ..be particular about the ear marks.
             They had to be exactly right .... cause I done that for a number of years ... and I
             uh, I made one mistake..and that was all.  I never done it again. (laughs)
 

Mary-  Julia said she learned how to brand through Rex and that he'd do it right the
             first time.

Jonita- Do you have any good stories about branding?

Bud-     Just a lot of hard work, lot of fun, if we got tired enough, we didn't get into
             mischief in the afternoon; otherwise we'd find something to do to antagonize
             somebody.

Jonita- Ok.

Bud-     Get each other bucked off, or whatever, you know.