Jack & Teresa Southworth
The ranch was homesteaded in 1885 as Jack’s great grandfather had a small sawmill and needed some hay for the oxen he used at his mill. Jack’s grandfather, Ed Southworth and his brother, Webster, turned the 160 acre homestead into a cattle ranch by homesteading additional land and acquiring other homesteads that were sold. In addition to the ranch they operated the original Seneca Post Office as well as a store. In the early 1900’s they served as a stagecoach stop and served meals to travelers and proided hay for the stagecoach horses. The state record low temperature was set here in Bear Valley on February 10, 1934 at 54 degrees below zero.
Our philosophy is to manage the grass first. We want a dense stand of healthy, palatable perennial grasses with some shrubs. We want our streams to be lined with willows and good habitat for fish and beaver. We want our forested land to be park-like with trees, mostly Pine, of various ages. We want our cattle to function well in our environment. The cows need to raise a calf every year and their steer offspring need to do well in the CNB finishing lot and make tender, delicious beef.