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12:18 pm - Wed, July 4 2012
Lonnie LaFave said:
My father was Eugene ("Dutch") LaFave. He worked on the ranch when he was about 17 years old. He is the 2nd from the left in the picture of the cowboys on horseback, and also 2nd from the left in top row of the picture of cowboys in the group picture.
12:10 pm - Thu, April 4 2013
Jack said:
The Mulehead was an important part of Gregory County's and South Dakota's history. Itt was started by the Jackson Bros.(Frank, Graydon and Ernest) whose father was Gov. of Iowa and Pres. of the Royal Union Ins. Co. The brothers also started Old and New Dallas and Winner which effectively killed the town of Lamro.
My grandmother, Stella McMullen, was an attendant in Orr and Vinnie Unglub's wedding at the Mulehead as Orr was the Jackson Bros. cattle boss. Grandma Stella related that they danced for three days. Appaerently it rained the day of the wedding and the gumbo was so bad no one could leave.....that, according to Grandma Stella.
I also visited with Curly Haisch, who owned the the Mulehead for many years. I quizzed about the Mulehead having electricity before the towns in the area. He related that there was a large artesian well up in the river hills that run a water wheel that powered a generator. He said they had found the waterwheel up in one of his pastures. The Mulehead, while run by Curly was a destination goose hunting camp from the forty's until the early 70's.
02:09 pm - Wed, July 17 2013
Gary Nelson said:
I am wondering if anyone can identify the man standing on the left side behind the littel boy on the group picture at mule head ranch.
I am wondering if my father worked at the ranch when he was in his early 20's
Thanks
Gary Nelson
04:02 pm - Wed, October 2 2013
Steve LaFave said:
I am wondering if it may be possible to get an original copy or at least a good quality reproduction, of the first photo?

In response to Gary Nelson's question, photo #2 was published in the Argus Leader back in the 40's or 50's (I have an original copy) and also in the recent book, 'Images of America, Gregory and Charles Mix Counties'.

Front row: Herman Stamer, Shorty Phillips, Fritz Schemmer, Hank Stamer, Archie Turgeon, Jake Schemmer
Middle Row: George Marty, Mr. Bear, Ernest Jackson, Adolf Stamer, Graydon Jackson, Erhart Pepkie
Back Row: Charley Slater, Dutch LaFave (my grandfather), Orr Unglaub, Grant Smith, Frances Turgeon

FYI to Jack, Vinnie Unglaub was Dutch LaFave's sister.
10:50 am - Sun, November 10 2013
Chuck Lucas said:
I have a photo of the ranch buildings from a different angle. My grandfather's brother, Ira Lucas, was said by the family to have been a foreman at the ranch.
01:18 pm - Wed, March 26 2014
Ruthanne Whitely said:
My grandparents moved to the Mule Head ranch in the 1920s I think. I grew up hearing about the Mule Head Ranch.
My cousins and I are hoping to put together a reunion for early September and wonder what accommodations might be available at the Lodge. We visited the location a number of years ago but there were no people around to ask questions of. The small group of emus in one of the paddocks did not have much to say.
Any help or suggestions you might send me would be most appreciated.
Thank you.
Ruthanne Whitely

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