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Gang Ranch - the Real Story

Alsager, Judy

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ISBN 10: 0888392753 / ISBN 13: 9780888392756
Published by Hancock House, Surrey, 1995
Used Condition: Very Good ++ Soft cover
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In 1978, the famous (and HUGE) Gang Ranch near Williams Lake, British Columbia was taken over for the first time in its 100 year history, by a Canadian owner - Alsager Holdings. THESE 288 pages recount the ten year roller-coaster ride of this family/business operation. Was the ranch a BIG operation ? At one time it had a new calf crop of 2,385 head. Meet Old Jimmy Rosette, Oren Alsager, Phil Gisler, Cowboss Lonnie Jones, Bull 107, Karen Stoughton, Warren Farrell, Thaddeus Harper, Tall Timber, and Pearl St. Jacques - among dozens of others. Section of mostly colour photos and center. Two pages of MAPs right after title page. Author has signed title page. Cond : Paper wrapper is a rose-burgundy colour w/ white lettering. Cover photo shows Oren Alsager seated on Tall Timber in the middle of an early snow. Corners and edges mostly sharp. Spine fine, colours bright, binding tight. No names, marks, tears, bumps, nor stains. Light crease - back cover. Minimal soiling. Almost giftable !! Quote (p.106) : " ._._. contemplating the latest calamity. One of our Hereford bulls was stranded in the snow in remote Relay Valley, which was at the far end of the ranch, high up in the mountains. There was nothing for ._._._. ." Size: 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 007568

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Title: Gang Ranch - the Real Story

Publisher: Hancock House, Surrey

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Softcover

Illustrator: Colour Photographs

Book Condition:Very Good ++

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 2'nd Printing.

Book Type: Trade Paperback

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The Gang Ranch--British Columbias sprawling and legendary million-acre cattle empire--at long last came under Canadian ownership in 1978. Judy Alsager, one of the owners, takes us on a sincere and moving journey of breathtaking scenic images through the tumultuous times that see the Ranch rise proudly from its previous comatose state to become a thriving, exciting operation once again. She shares with us the heartache and desperation of the Alsager family as a bizarre series of events brings the Gang Ranch toppling down without warning, thrusting the family into an alien labyrinth of legal and banking malfunctions. This is an honest account of what actually transpired to tear the Alsager family apart and how the Gang Ranch was wrested away from the familys grasp, resulting in the tragic loss of one of Canadas grandest and most historic assets.

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Judy Alsager now lives upriver from the Gang Ranch on her 130-acre farm on the bank of the Fraser River, halfway between Williams Lake and Quesnel. She has survived 10 years of court battles and bankruptcies, a divorce, and raising her four children, and has never once looked back on her association with the Gang Ranch with regret.

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