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Nebraska Sandhills CC Ranch Inc.

Beth Gibbons Crawford, Neb.

In 1895, John Ramsey Wysong, traveled by horseback with his horses, from Missouri. Mr. Wysong took out homestead papers and settled on 160 acres of land in south eastern Cherry County in Nebraska. Several years later, in 1899, Emma Lacretia Robertson came from Ohio to Cherry County where her Aunt Sara was living. She homesteaded on 160 acres which joined Mr. Wysong’s 160 acre track of land. The couple met and married on December 19, 1904. They had two children, John Zachariah and Revia Jane and continued to live on and improve the land.

Rex Leroy Chase moved to Cherry county from South Dakota in the early 1900s and homesteaded with his mother Mary Adiah Chase and his siblings when he was 8-years-old. Rex and Reva Wysong married March 18, 1927. They had six children, John Leroy, Kenneth Harold, Erma Leone, Garold Thomas Clark, Emma Adiah and Robert Holly. Garold and Robert have both passed away. John lives in Washington, Erma is in Nebraska and Emma lives in Florida.

Kenneth married Carolyn E. Babbitt, from Ainsworth, on June 2, 1957. They became parents of three children; Jaquline Kay, Julie Jean and Patricia Sue. Carolyn loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her husband, her children, her grandchildren and life on the ranch. One of her passions was working in her yard and garden especially with her roses. She died January 6, 1997 of Lou Gerighs Disease. Kenneth continued operating, improving and expanding the ranch.

The first homestead was a timber claim then a section of Kincaid land, Ken Chase explained. The family continued to buy and land expand their holdings. Ken remembers his grandparents had 3,200 acres. The ranch now encompasses 12,000 acres. Ken said they planted many trees around the homestead for windbreaks. “The buildings,” Ken explained, “are all new since 1947.” He said he would have to count but figures there are over 30 windmills on the ranch. They put up hay and feed cattle and still have four saddle horses on the place.

Originally the Wysongs and then Chases used draft horses to cut the hay and put up the stacks for winter feed. Ken said, “We had no tractors of any kind when I was a kid.” He continued, “We did all the work with horses.” The Chases bought about a dozen good horses from the Claud Paine estate auction in the spring of 1943.

A big out of control Sandhills fire which began March 3, 1943 burned some of the land on the Chase Ranch, along with many more ranches. Ken said he remembers being in rural elementary school, when the fire broke out, which was dismissed so the older boys could help fight the raging fire.

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The Chases raised registered polled Hereford cattle. Their cattle did good on performance testing in Skyler and Ogallala. Ken and Carolyn both were officers serving on the Polled Hereford board.

“Our first tractor was a John Deere D and then a C Farmall purchased after WWII.” In the early 1950s the family got another C Farmall with a sweep attached. In 1950 they purchased an H Farmall but continued to use some horses on the place. Ken said, “The horses were for when the snow was too deep for the tractors.”

Julie lives at home and helps her father on the ranch. Nearby lives Patricia and her husband, Terry Shoemaker who married June 25, 1988. Terry and Patricia have three children: Leah Ann attends Curtis School of Agriculture, Clint Curran is a sophomore at Sandhills High School in Dunning, Neb., and little Terra LaRae is 3- years-old. Terry and Patricia live in the house that Rex and Revia built in 1947. They help manage and work on the CC Ranch. Jacquline Studenmaier has one son Chase Tanner who is a senior at Harrison High School in Sioux County, Neb. Jacqueline is a Registered Nurse living in Crawford, Neb., and working as a nurse in the Chadron Hospital.

The CC Ranch continues to operate after 114 years. They keep a busy schedule tending cattle, fencing, checking windmills, putting up hay to feed the livestock and putting down deep roots in the beautiful Cherry County Sandhills.

In 1895, John Ramsey Wysong, traveled by horseback with his horses, from Missouri. Mr. Wysong took out homestead papers and settled on 160 acres of land in south eastern Cherry County in Nebraska. Several years later, in 1899, Emma Lacretia Robertson came from Ohio to Cherry County where her Aunt Sara was living. She homesteaded on 160 acres which joined Mr. Wysong’s 160 acre track of land. The couple met and married on December 19, 1904. They had two children, John Zachariah and Revia Jane and continued to live on and improve the land.

Rex Leroy Chase moved to Cherry county from South Dakota in the early 1900s and homesteaded with his mother Mary Adiah Chase and his siblings when he was 8-years-old. Rex and Reva Wysong married March 18, 1927. They had six children, John Leroy, Kenneth Harold, Erma Leone, Garold Thomas Clark, Emma Adiah and Robert Holly. Garold and Robert have both passed away. John lives in Washington, Erma is in Nebraska and Emma lives in Florida.

Kenneth married Carolyn E. Babbitt, from Ainsworth, on June 2, 1957. They became parents of three children; Jaquline Kay, Julie Jean and Patricia Sue. Carolyn loved the Lord Jesus Christ, her husband, her children, her grandchildren and life on the ranch. One of her passions was working in her yard and garden especially with her roses. She died January 6, 1997 of Lou Gerighs Disease. Kenneth continued operating, improving and expanding the ranch.

The first homestead was a timber claim then a section of Kincaid land, Ken Chase explained. The family continued to buy and land expand their holdings. Ken remembers his grandparents had 3,200 acres. The ranch now encompasses 12,000 acres. Ken said they planted many trees around the homestead for windbreaks. “The buildings,” Ken explained, “are all new since 1947.” He said he would have to count but figures there are over 30 windmills on the ranch. They put up hay and feed cattle and still have four saddle horses on the place.

Originally the Wysongs and then Chases used draft horses to cut the hay and put up the stacks for winter feed. Ken said, “We had no tractors of any kind when I was a kid.” He continued, “We did all the work with horses.” The Chases bought about a dozen good horses from the Claud Paine estate auction in the spring of 1943.

A big out of control Sandhills fire which began March 3, 1943 burned some of the land on the Chase Ranch, along with many more ranches. Ken said he remembers being in rural elementary school, when the fire broke out, which was dismissed so the older boys could help fight the raging fire.

The Chases raised registered polled Hereford cattle. Their cattle did good on performance testing in Skyler and Ogallala. Ken and Carolyn both were officers serving on the Polled Hereford board.

“Our first tractor was a John Deere D and then a C Farmall purchased after WWII.” In the early 1950s the family got another C Farmall with a sweep attached. In 1950 they purchased an H Farmall but continued to use some horses on the place. Ken said, “The horses were for when the snow was too deep for the tractors.”

Julie lives at home and helps her father on the ranch. Nearby lives Patricia and her husband, Terry Shoemaker who married June 25, 1988. Terry and Patricia have three children: Leah Ann attends Curtis School of Agriculture, Clint Curran is a sophomore at Sandhills High School in Dunning, Neb., and little Terra LaRae is 3- years-old. Terry and Patricia live in the house that Rex and Revia built in 1947. They help manage and work on the CC Ranch. Jacquline Studenmaier has one son Chase Tanner who is a senior at Harrison High School in Sioux County, Neb. Jacqueline is a Registered Nurse living in Crawford, Neb., and working as a nurse in the Chadron Hospital.

The CC Ranch continues to operate after 114 years. They keep a busy schedule tending cattle, fencing, checking windmills, putting up hay to feed the livestock and putting down deep roots in the beautiful Cherry County Sandhills.