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James Raser (b. 1855 - d. 1946) was [[Louis Gerlach]]'s forman for the [[Gerlach Land and Livestock Company]].
James Raser (b. 1855 - d. 1946) was [[Louis Gerlach]]'s forman for the [[Gerlach Land and Livestock Company]].


Census data indicates that he was born 1856 and that he was postmaster at [[Deep Hole]] in 1894.  He is listed in the 1910 and 1920 census.
Census data indicates that he was born 1856 and that he was postmaster at [[Deep Hole]] in 1894.  The 1900 Census<ref>[https://archive.org/stream/12thcensusofpopu943unit#page/n1249/mode/1up 1900 Census, Salt Marsh]</ref> lists his birth year as 1855. He is listed in the 1910 as living in [[Leadville]], though his birth date is listed as 1850<ref>[https://archive.org/stream/13thcensus1910po859unit#page/n784/mode/1up 1910 Census, Salt Marsh]</ref>.  He is also listed in the 1920 census.
 
In 1896, the Weekly Nevada State Journal wrote: "Jim Raser, the Roop County [[Great_Boiling_Spring#Borax| borax]] king, arrived on the N-C-O last evening fat and jolly as ever".<ref>"[https://www.newspapers.com/image/18112865/?terms=Harrell%2BBorax Brevities]," Weekly Nevada State Journal, p. 5, February 22, 1896.</ref>


Van Norman writes: "He (Raser)  hired on as a general manager when he was twenty-nine years old (about 1884); the fired him when he was fifty-eight (about 1913).  He spent twenty-nine years on that spread and managed it as his own."  However, the May 5, 1901 Reno Evening Gazette article stated that he resigned after 11 years, presumably he rejoined the ranch at a later date.  The Nevada State Journal, Saturday, [http://newspaperarchive.com/nevada-state-journal/1908-01-25/page-8 January 25, 1908], Page 8 mentions Raser as the manager.  
Van Norman writes: "He (Raser)  hired on as a general manager when he was twenty-nine years old (about 1884); the fired him when he was fifty-eight (about 1913).  He spent twenty-nine years on that spread and managed it as his own."  However, the May 5, 1901 Reno Evening Gazette article stated that he resigned after 11 years, presumably he rejoined the ranch at a later date.  The Nevada State Journal, Saturday, [http://newspaperarchive.com/nevada-state-journal/1908-01-25/page-8 January 25, 1908], Page 8 mentions Raser as the manager.  


Van Norman writes that Gerlach died in 1913, but [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18658192 James Gerlach's Find A Grave page] states he died in 1921.  Van Norman goes on state that after Gerlach's death, Gerlach's son-in-laws fired Raser.
Van Norman writes that Gerlach died in 1913, but [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18658192 Louis Gerlach's Find A Grave page] states he died in 1921.  Van Norman goes on state that after Gerlach's death, Gerlach's son-in-laws fired Raser.


"Wednesday December 8, 1920 James Raser, the well known stockman and foreman for the Gerlach Cattle Company had his leg broken last Saturday at Deephole, and Dr. Kennedy, of this place was called to attend him. While helping to brand cattle his horse fell with him, falling on his left leg and breaking it just above the ankle and otherwise bruising him." ([http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&id=6494 Surprise Valley Record]).  Van Norman writes: "It was a bucking horse that put the cane in his hand.  A horse threw him right-there at the Deephole ranch.  He never did walk the same again.  After that, he rode the buckboard a lot.  He had to get around to keep things going.  There was no workman's compensation back then."
"Wednesday December 8, 1920 James Raser, the well known stockman and foreman for the Gerlach Cattle Company had his leg broken last Saturday at Deephole, and Dr. Kennedy, of this place was called to attend him. While helping to brand cattle his horse fell with him, falling on his left leg and breaking it just above the ankle and otherwise bruising him." ([http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&id=6494 Surprise Valley Record]).  Van Norman writes: "It was a bucking horse that put the cane in his hand.  A horse threw him right-there at the Deephole ranch.  He never did walk the same again.  After that, he rode the buckboard a lot.  He had to get around to keep things going.  There was no workman's compensation back then."


Thornton states that Raser discovered gypsum at [[Empire]].
Thornton states that Raser discovered gypsum at [[Empire]].
A 1999 water rights filing by [[Bright Holland Corporation]] states that Raser lived at [[Granite Ranch]] in 1894 and patented the land under patent 7627<ref>[http://images.water.nv.gov/images/Proofs/Vested/V09000/V09124.pdf Proof Of Appropriation of Water for Irrigation], 1999.</ref>.


== References ==
== References ==
<references/>
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37917020 Find A Grave]
* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=37917020 Find A Grave]
* Reno Evening Gazette "[http://newspaperarchive.com/reno-evening-gazette/1901-05-08 May 8, 1901]," Raser resigns: "James Raser for the past eleven years superintendent for the Gerlach  Live Stock Company at Deep Hole has resigned his position and S S Dean will hereafter be In charge."
* Reno Evening Gazette "[http://newspaperarchive.com/reno-evening-gazette/1901-05-08 May 8, 1901]," Raser resigns: "James Raser for the past eleven years superintendent for the Gerlach  Live Stock Company at Deep Hole has resigned his position and S S Dean will hereafter be In charge."
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* Nevada State Journal, Thursday, September 18, 1941, Page 4
* Nevada State Journal, Thursday, September 18, 1941, Page 4
* Clarence. J. Thornton, "[http://contentdm.library.unr.edu/u?/unohp,1205 Ch. 3: Ranch Life in Northern Nevada and Eastern California]," University of Nevada Oral History Project.
* Clarence. J. Thornton, "[http://contentdm.library.unr.edu/u?/unohp,1205 Ch. 3: Ranch Life in Northern Nevada and Eastern California]," University of Nevada Oral History Project.
[[Category:Biographies]]

Latest revision as of 11:11, 25 July 2018

James Raser (b. 1855 - d. 1946) was Louis Gerlach's forman for the Gerlach Land and Livestock Company.

Census data indicates that he was born 1856 and that he was postmaster at Deep Hole in 1894. The 1900 Census<ref>1900 Census, Salt Marsh</ref> lists his birth year as 1855. He is listed in the 1910 as living in Leadville, though his birth date is listed as 1850<ref>1910 Census, Salt Marsh</ref>. He is also listed in the 1920 census.

In 1896, the Weekly Nevada State Journal wrote: "Jim Raser, the Roop County borax king, arrived on the N-C-O last evening fat and jolly as ever".<ref>"Brevities," Weekly Nevada State Journal, p. 5, February 22, 1896.</ref>

Van Norman writes: "He (Raser) hired on as a general manager when he was twenty-nine years old (about 1884); the fired him when he was fifty-eight (about 1913). He spent twenty-nine years on that spread and managed it as his own." However, the May 5, 1901 Reno Evening Gazette article stated that he resigned after 11 years, presumably he rejoined the ranch at a later date. The Nevada State Journal, Saturday, January 25, 1908, Page 8 mentions Raser as the manager.

Van Norman writes that Gerlach died in 1913, but Louis Gerlach's Find A Grave page states he died in 1921. Van Norman goes on state that after Gerlach's death, Gerlach's son-in-laws fired Raser.

"Wednesday December 8, 1920 James Raser, the well known stockman and foreman for the Gerlach Cattle Company had his leg broken last Saturday at Deephole, and Dr. Kennedy, of this place was called to attend him. While helping to brand cattle his horse fell with him, falling on his left leg and breaking it just above the ankle and otherwise bruising him." (Surprise Valley Record). Van Norman writes: "It was a bucking horse that put the cane in his hand. A horse threw him right-there at the Deephole ranch. He never did walk the same again. After that, he rode the buckboard a lot. He had to get around to keep things going. There was no workman's compensation back then."

Thornton states that Raser discovered gypsum at Empire.

A 1999 water rights filing by Bright Holland Corporation states that Raser lived at Granite Ranch in 1894 and patented the land under patent 7627<ref>Proof Of Appropriation of Water for Irrigation, 1999.</ref>.

References

<references/>

  • Find A Grave
  • Reno Evening Gazette "May 8, 1901," Raser resigns: "James Raser for the past eleven years superintendent for the Gerlach Live Stock Company at Deep Hole has resigned his position and S S Dean will hereafter be In charge."
  • Sessions S. Wheeler, "The Black Rock Desert," p 159.
  • Oddie Van Norman, Wes McGirr, "I Rode For Gerlach," Old West Magazine, Fall, 1974. (Nevada Historical Society has a copy)

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