purchasing until we found it necessary or advisable to sell all our grade or
unregistered cattle. This we did in the year 1917. Then we transferred all our interests
on the forest to Strawberry Valley except the interests we had sold. J.C. Whiting became
interested in running his pure bred cattle with us.
The first few years that we ran cattle on the Reclamation in Strawberry Valley, it was either Moroni or Fred and their families that went out there to take care of the cattle. Later on, one or two of my boys and Willie Whiting went out there to herd the cattle. After Willie Whiting died, the Whiting family lost interest in the cattle and the range. Then my boys did most all the herding of the cattle after that time. Sometimes I would go out there and stay with part of the children. The girls liked to go out there and ride the horses as much as the boys.
On Sunday afternoons, while I was very busy all other days, except Sunday, Sarah and I could be seen on the road and headed towards Strawberry Valley with the rest of the children. Sarah would take fresh bread and other cooked or uncooked dainties and other supplies that she thought the children would like. I don't think the children ever got homesick staying out with the cattle as I did staying with sheep when I was a boy.
Sarah and I felt that we should always see the children, at least once a week. Years passed and conditions changed. The boys and the girls married. Yet I don't think the time ever came when they did not like to go to the home on the range.
I think it quite fitting that I mention in this story, that Harold was only seventeen years old when it was his desire to go out to different stock shows to exhibit cattle. I quite liked his ideas he expressed and his reasons why he should take our cattle to exhibit them.
He was young and needed some experience before he took our herd out, so we arranged to let him go out the following year on the show circuit with the John H. Seeley Short Horn Cattle from Mt. Pleasant. Harold enjoyed his trip that year very much. The next year, he felt that he should take our cattle.
From that time on and up to the year of his death Harold always had a car or two of cattle out on exhibition during the summer show season. Most generally one or two of his brothers would be with him. (Oftimes, they had hogs to exhibit as well as cattle). Sometimes he took with him such boys as Joe Muir, Howard Brown, Hyrum Turnbow, Neil Winterton Earl Carlile, and others.
I remember his saying to me one day: "Father, I am not going out into the world to show cattle only. I want to also be a good representative of the State of Utah and the Mormon people. I don't want a boy with me that uses profane language or uses tea, coffee, whiskey or tobacco. I want them to set an example worthy of the name of Latter-day Saints. "Harold really meant what he said, because it was only a few years later when he found one of the boys with him had broken the promise that he had made to Harold to not touch tobacco while on the trip if he be allowed to go with Harold. They were on the North West circuit and when Harold wrote home, he asked that we meet the train at Ogden and that we have another boy to go with him to California.
Since Harold's death, we have sometimes slipped a little and have not always lived up to the high ideals that Harold followed. I hope we will never forget the example of that boy who was so dear to me. I am still glad I have other boys I love. I think they are wonderful.
Neil Winterton related to me the following story. He said that he was in the Temple. When the brother officiating heard the name "Winterton" he said, "Are you related to Harold Winterton?" Neil replied, "He was my cousin." Then the brother took time to relate to him his experience and remembrance of Harold Winterton.
He said, "It was after dark one night, when I went into the show grounds. I noticed a large crowd of men gathered together. I went over to investigate the reason for the gathering. There I saw Harold Winterton in the center of the crowd talking to them about the Book of Mormon." (Harold always liked to have with him a Bible and a Book of Mormon.)
A short time after Harold's death, I received a letter from a lady in California. She had read of Harold's death and wanted to tell us her story. In short, it was about as follows:
She had met Harold at the show and though it was the first time in meeting her, he had recognized she had a good heifer to be shown but she was not educated in the art of curling and trimming up the heifer, so the heifer would look the best. Harold volunteered to help her dress up the heifer. This he did, and thus made it possible to get the heifer placed in line where she rightfully belonged. Thus the lady wrote, "He helped me to win a championship. He lost a championship, but gained a friend." She spoke very highly of his unselfish attitude and said she would never forget him.
Harold never lost for us any money on the show circuit and he and the others of my boys and girls have made for Winterton Brothers many friends and done much to make the name of Winterton a popular name.
I have always thought that one of the greatest aspirations we should have as breeders of purebred livestock is a good name: To be a man that is thought to be honest, truthful and reliable; a man of good judgment who knows good cattle; a man that can be depended upon; a man that will deal fairly with his neighbors. No man can please everybody and there are many people who through jealousy will give you a bad name. I think it should be our motto: "To do unto others as we would have them do unto us." Sometimes we can be more fair with people than the law would demand of us. As an example, I tell the following:
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