The Scott Brothers

Some of the history of the Scott Brothers was written about in Where Have All the Sheep Gone? Sheep Herders and Ranchers in Arizona – A Disappearing Industry new information on them have come to light.  There were four brothers, Raleigh, Robert, James and George, of which three definitely have connections to sheep.  Their uncle, Felix, was also a sheep man.  All the Scott’s were from Oregon.  Robert and James came after their uncle, Felix, and encouraged George to follow them to the Arizona territory.  Besides the name of the fourth brother, Raleigh, little is know of him.  More research may unearth new information on him and add to the Scott story.

More is known about George than the other brothers.  George had originally set up his camp in Forestdale, then moved to an area just south of Show Low.  A few years before he came, the Mormons had built a log cabin at Forestdale.  This was 1870.  George had the cabin taken apart, numbered each log, then the logs were moved to his new camp and put back together.  On this land the brothers built Scotts Reservoir to insure a water supply for their livestock.  It is known that James had his camp near Pinedale and Robert owned land where the Scotts Pine Meadow is located today.

George married the widow of the father of Sante Jaques, Anna Christina Jaques.  Jaques is well documented in the abovementioned book.  It was Scott who introduced young Jaques to sheep.  George had 16,000 sheep.  He would trail his sheep each winter to the Salt River Valley, but first he would burn his pasture land to rid it of the small trees beginning so they would not get a foothold on his pasture.  In the Salt River Valley, George had 320 acres which he kept in alfalfa which allowed his sheep to have winter feed.  In good years, he would sell his lambs to eastern markets prior to heading the ewes and rams back up the trail to summer grazing leases.

Before the Pleasant Valley War, the sheep trail was forged by the sheep herders and the sheep.  There was no exact trail.  Then a mile wide stretch of land was established for the herds.  The trail began in east Mesa, cross the Verde River at Blue Point and then up the Mogollon Rim to their summer grazing in the White Mountains.  If the land was dry because of dry winter conditions, the sheep would be taken by railcar to the White Mountains. George had grazing leases on the Apache Reservation.

Many locations are named after the Scotts and other sheep men in this part of Arizona- Scotts Reservoir and Scotts Pine Meadow, (Joseph) Sponseller Lake and Mountain, and Morgan Flat after William Morgan.

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