Scott Rubert's canyon feed lot is four miles north of Medicine Lodge. This feed lot has excited the admiration of every cattleman who has seen it. The coldest blizzard that blows will not disturb the comfort of the cattle under its sheltering and protecting cliffs. The photo was taken just after the heaviest snow storm this winter. While snow covers the surrounding country, none can be found within the canyon where the cattle eat their daily rations as if all the world was a winter resort.
Across the mouth of the canyon, Elm creek's lipid waters flow unceasingly, and the cattle can eat and drink to their fill without feeling the chilling blasts of the severest storms. Last winter was of unprecedented severity in this country, yet Mr. Rubert fed 350 cattle in this canyon without losing a single animal. At the home ranch, Mr. Rubert has about 700 acres, mostly agricultural land on which he raises feed for winter. A few miles east is his summer pasture of 2000 acres.
Mr. Rubert believes there is more money in a small bunch of cattle properly cared for than in large herds. He seems to keep only as many cattle as he can raise feed for.
Thanks to Ellen (Knowles) Bisson for finding, transcribing and contributing the above Medicine Lodge Cresset article to this web site!
It is one of a series of articles published together on 2 March 1900 under the title of Barber County Profiles: Men Who Have Taken a Prominent Part in Developing the Stock Industry in Barber County.
It was transcribed from Kansas State Historical Society microfilm reel #M 870. If a photo is indicated in the above text, the microfilm itself has a photo of the individual or property.
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