Irish Sheepherders Of Lake County Oregon

Denis Lane

Starting in the spring of 2006 I will be photographing the present day Irish American Rancher. This web site will show the descendants of the original Irish sheepherders, as they work and ride on the same lands their ancestors trailed sheep and how they are indeed
"Gods Guardians of the Range"
Site is still under contruction
© Photographs by Jim Deely 2006

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Denis C. Lane

Denis C. Lane, an Adel Rancher for 43 years, died in lakeview Friday, April 3, 1953. He had been rushed here from his ranch after being stricken with a heart attack at work in the fields.
Mr. Lane was born January 15, 1894, in Ireland and at death he was 59 years old. He had been a Lake County Resident for 45 years and a rancher at Adel for 43 years.
Mr. lane was married at Medford, Oregon, in 1920 to Gertha Clark, who survives. In addition to Mrs. Lane, who resides at Adel, Mr. Lane is survived by a son, John lane: by a daughter, Mrs. Clara Morris: and by one grandson, all of Adel.
Mr. Lane was a member of the Catholic Church and the Elks Lodge.
Rosary was read at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the Ousley-Osterman Chapel. The funeral mass held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, with Father james O'Conner officiatting and interment was at the odd Fellows Cemetary.
Pallbearers were Adin Bonner, Jere Egan, Harry Anthony, Mike Sullivan, Maurice Murphy and Antone Sutz.

Tom laneRanch Horse Dennis lane
Tom and Denis Lane
L X Ranch sign Lanes
Ranch horse at the Lanes Ranch branding Michelle Lane roping during April branding
Tom Lane with Daughter Andrea
Tom and his daughter Andrea Otley who lives and works on the Lane Ranch

Joe Lane Heeling a calf at the lanes Branding April 2006
Joe Lane, Denis son

Danny lane
Danny Lane Tom's son
Tom, Dennis and Michelle at April 1 2006 Branding
Michelle with Uncle Tom and Dad
Andrea Lane heeling a calf at the branding March 19, 2006 1920 Dennis Lane
Deenis lane 1920's herding sheep

John Lane¹s father, Denis C. Lane, was among the earlier arrivals. Denis emigrated from County Cork to Lake County in 1912, when he was 12 or 13. He worked in New York City as a box boy until he earned enough money to buy a train ticket to travel to Lake County, where he was employed as a desert
herder by Irish sheepmen who had arrived earlier. Lane eventually cobbled together enough money and sheep to go into partnership with Tim Murphy in 1918. Lane soon bought out his partner and gradually expanded his land holdings and sheep numbers.

Sheep were kept at Lane¹s Adel area ranch during the winter, where they were fed hay until March. Then, two bands of sheep, each with about 1,000 ewes, were trailed to the nearby Eastern Oregon desert for lambing. Rambouillet was the breed of choice because they produce large amounts of wool and add weight easily. Wool was the primary source of income. Each June, the sheep and lambs, with each band now totaling more than 2,000 animals, were trailed about 80 miles to graze in forested pastures. June was
also the month for shearing. Wool was taken to Lakeview and sent by train to mills. During the summer grazing, the family hayed at the ranch.

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John Robert Lane

79, died March 14, 2003 at his home in Adel.
  Mr. Lane was born Jan, 24, 1924 in Lakeview to Denis and Gertha ( Clark) Lane,
  He was raised on the family ranch and attended Adel Grade School before graduating from Lakeview high School.
  He married Marie Suty on Oct, 11, 1952.
  After the death of his father in 1953, he assumed operation of the family ranch. His sons Denis and Tom later became partners.
  Mr. Lane was a member of the Adel School Board for many years and was influential in the Adel Community Hall being moved to school property, where it was more accessible to youth and adults.
  He donated the property that was the building site for St. Richard Catholic Church in Adel.
  In recent years, he was honored with the Lake County Senior First Citizen Award and the Lake County Stock growers Stewardship Award.
  Along with raising cattle and horses, he liked to be outdoors and spending his leisure time hunting and fishing. In his later years, he was committed to improving grazing condition and protecting the environment.
  Survivors include his wife, Marie Lane of Adel; sons and daughters-in-law Denis and Cindy Lane of Plush, and Tom and Paula Lane of Adel:sister Clara Young of Roseburg: grandchildren Lori Ansley and her husband Ronnie and John Lane of Boise, Idaho, Joe and Michelle of Plush, Andrea Otley and her husband Dusty and Daniel Lane of Adel: and many nephews' nieces and friends.