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Book details Southern Oregon ranchers and ranching

More than 40 years of stories about ranchers and ranching in Southern Oregon are included in a new book, “Ranchers and Ranching: Cowboy Country, Yesterday and Today,” by Klamath County writer Lee Juillerat.

Stories that originally appeared in the Klamath Falls Herald and News, Range Magazine and other publications are included in the 280-page book.

“Ranchers and Ranching” contains more than 150 stories, many about men and women who work on ranches, along with firsthand accounts of multiday and day-long cattle drives.

Juillerat retired from the Klamath Falls Herald and News but continues to freelance for regional publications, including the Mail Tribune.

Most of the stories in the book are from Klamath and Lake counties in Oregon, and Modoc and Siskiyou counties in California.

The book was made possible by D.L. “Jack” Nicol, former manager of the MC Ranch that was headquartered in Adel. A few years ago Nicol, co-author of the book “Bill Kitt: From Trail Driver to Cowboy Hall of Fame,” approached Juillerat about collecting ranching-related stories into a book as a way to preserve the region’s ranching history.

“Realizing the great contributions Lee has made to the history of the area through his newspaper and magazine articles over the years, a compilation of his work in book form seemed a fitting way to keep the stories alive,” Nicol wrote in the book’s foreword.

“Jack believes it’s a way to preserve stories that otherwise might be lost or forgotten,” Juillerat said in a press release.

The earliest story in “Ranchers and Ranching” is about Ora “Orie” Summers, a Klamath Indian who lived on the Klamath Marsh when Juillerat conducted an unusual interview with him in 1974. Other stories include tales of riding on a six-day cattle drive in Nevada with a group of Surprise Valley ranchers, features about generations of the O’Leary family of Paisley, the Hussas in Cedarville and Flournoys in Likely.

Also included are stories of ranchers and cowboys at the ZX and J-Spear ranches, Lakeview-area ranching neighbors/World War II veterans Don Hotchkiss, Jim Ogle and Walt Leehman, as well as stories about “Oreo cookie” cows, MC Ranch buckaroos, Scottish Highland Cattle, Louie L’Amour, “zorses,” the Cowboy Dinner Tree, sheepherding on the Black Rock Desert, and Eastern Oregon’s buckaroo tradition at Whitehorse Ranch. Colorful personalities include Hippy Burmister, Cactus Smyth, Aggie Wall, Nellie Tackus and Dees McKee.

The book is available at various locations in Klamath Falls or by emailing Juillerat at 337lee337@charter.net. The cost is $30.

Cattle-drive photo from the book “Ranchers and Ranching: Cowboy Country, Yesterday and Today,” by Klamath County writer Lee Juillerat