A Hard Worker Who Refused To Be Bullied
Around 1900, Link Hannon, filed on what is now referred to as the Lockhart Ranch. Life for Link, his wife Emma, and two children in the Dryhead was hard. Link was a hard worker and refused to be bullied. This is why some of his neighbors liked him and some did not. Doc Barry was one who distrusted him and accused Link of robbing the sluice boxes of his Hidden Canyon Gold Mining operation. In June of 1904, the Free Press reported that Link Hannon had been arrested several times for various charges ranging from forging a bill of sale, to grand larceny, to assault. All of which he was acquitted of.
Fierce, Desperate Battles
Link knew nothing of these plans and went to the nearby homestead of an old bachelor, Joe Davis, to mow hay. He took his little boy and girl with him, the boy was sitting on his lap on the mower and the girl following on Link’s horse. Link was mowin’ away, thinking about how nice life was and how much he loved his kids when Davis spotted the liquidators riding for ‘em at full tilt.
“There’s a war party comin’ Link!” he yelled. “Git under cover!” Link stopped his team, looked at the hills around him, then stepped down from the mower and walked over to his horse and pulled his rifle from the scabbard.
He fired first at what looked to him to be the head of a man hiding behind a rock. It was, too – a man named Strong; from Crooked Creek. Link missed Strong’s head, but did knock his cap off. One of the liquidators was a rancher’s wife who rode her horse sidesaddle and carried her shootin’ irons in her lap, ready for action.
A couple more shots were fired and Link Killed a horse and everybody decided they’d make smaller targets if they dismounted and hid behind the rocks. Link just kept firin’ away, but didn’t hit anything more except a liquidator named Morris. Link’s slug ploughed a furrow across Morris’ back and snipped off his suspenders and Morris had an awful time tryin’ to run away ‘cause his pants kept fallin’ down."
Out of the Dryhead
This was a large company that had several ranches in several parts of British Columbia. After two years, Links hard work paid off and he became the manager of one of the several ranches at Canoe Creek. He proved himself to be a capable ranch manager; very little ever got by his attention. He ran a neat and tidy ranch. All buildings and fences were always in good shape.
Did You Know?
The Lockhart Ranch - the best preserved historic homestead - in the Bighorn Basin was owned by noted author Caroline Lockhart. Starting with 160 acres in 1926, she added land until she controlled over 6,000 acres. More...