A volunteer describing ownership and management of “the cattle dipping vat.
I am the youngest son of the elder Kerns. During my active years of cattle ranching I was an 'interest owner' of the Dipping Vat properties on the Rocky Bottom, Little Horn River.
As I recall, the original owners were, Boyd, Fulller, Kerns and Powers. My sons still have a 'share ' of this property. In the 60's, 70's, and 80's, an annual meeting of the 'share holders' of that property would meet in the kitchen of Dave and Barbara Fuller, to discuss past and future plans pertaining to the management of The Dipping Vat. Your dad (,Jo Anns) I knew him as Sonny, would always eloquently read the minutes of the previous meeting, give a financial report of expenses, income and bank balance. We would then discuss the operation plan for the coming year, review needed repairs on the facilities, and charges for Dipping Vat use, by members and non-members. Coffee and pie would follow. We would then talk about the weather, cattle prices, and about the new land owners that were taking over, general cowboy gossip.
The reason for this email, do you have any idea as to where those old minutes , if such exists, might be found? Dave and Bud Fuller, your father, my father and Ray Powers are all deceased. My brother and a Fuller have not a clue as to where such might be? As I recall, your brother, was in attendance at these kitchen meetings, a time or two. Anyway, if you could give me any insight on this, I would be most indebted to you, such as a piece of pie and a cup of coffee, at and my kitchen table. The Dipping Vat is a very interesting small part of our ranching heritage,and such documents would be another chapter. I believe the Vat was constructed around 1910. A parasite causing mange had become a significant health problem and all cattle had to be dipped once a year, and were quarantined, if not. Jo Ann , if your time allows, and you find this of any interest to you, I would welcome any knowledge of this matter you may possess and wish to share.
Sincerely, youngest Kerns
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