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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Appendix P: South Pasture Livestock Grazing Chronology, 1942-1969

 

1942-1944
Ray Shelden
Unofficial grazing rights in return for watchman duties during World War II.

 

1944
First Special Use Permit
37 acres
50 cattle, horses
free--watchman duties

 
1945-1950
?
 

1950
37 acres
50 cattle, 12 horses
$5.00 fee

Regional Director Merriam noted that granting Shelden a grazing permit in exchange for unpaid watchman services violated Section 321 of the Economy Act, June 30, 1942, 47 Stat. 412, 40 U. S. C. 303b. (Regional Director to Superintendent Mount Rainier, 7 August 1950, File "L3019, Grazing S. U. P.s 1943 - 1955," WHMI.)

 

1951
37 acres
25 cattle
$97.50--Forest Service rate

"Numbers of stock have been considerably reduced as [Shelden] no longer has horses, pasture acreage has been reduced by changed fencing, no grazing longer permitted on Mission Tract, and some acreage in the 37 acre tract in woods and weeds." (Superintendent Whitman National Monument to Superintendent Mount Rainier, 23 July 1951, File "L3019, Grazing S. U. P.s 1943 - 1955," WHMI.)

 

1952
37 acres
25 cattle
$126.00--Forest Service rate

Fenced off five acres of southwest rocky area for winter feeding, "for better pasture management." ((Superintendent Whitman National Monument to Superintendent Mount Rainier, 11 September 1953, File "L3019, Grazing S. U. P.s 1943 - 1955," WHMI.)

 

1953 - 1954
37 acres
25 cattle
$105.00--.85 per AUM (animal unit month)

 
1955-1956
?
 
1957
37 acres
25 cattle
$127.00
 
1958-1959
?
 
1960
37 acres
25 cattle
$105.00
 

1961
35 acres
20 cattle
$102.00

"It has been necessary to decrease the amount of pasture land by approximately 2 acres to accommodate the mill pond which is now in the process of construction." (Superintendent Whitman National Monument to Regional Director Region IV, 16 August 1961, File "L3019, Grazing (includes S. U. P.)," WHMI.)

 
1962-1963
35 acres
20 cattle
$102.00
 

1964
35 acres
20 cattle
$180.00

Since the price per animal unit month had not been appraised since 1956, a reappraisal was made at $1.50 per AUM. "The average price in the area [is] between $3.00 - $5.00 per AUM. The lower price they suggested for our permittee took into consideration the special conditions he must agree to perform." (Acting Superintendent Whitman Mission to Regional Director Western Region, 31 August 1964, File "L3019, Grazing (includes S. U. P.)," WHMI.)

 
1965-1969
37 acres
20 cattle
$180.00

Did You Know?

picture of sawmill sign

The mission at Waiilatpu had a sawmill supplying it with needed cut lumber. It was located in the Mill Creek drainage. Lumber was needed for the split rail fences and finishing the houses built at the mission.