Ron & Vonda Teichert
The Teichert Ranch began the day my great-grandfather died. My great grandfather, Adolf Teichert, fought in 3 Prussian Wars. After the 3rd one he decided that was enough so he brought his wife and young son and came to America. They lived in New York, Kansas, and Colorado before they eventually settled on a homestead on the Snake River Bottoms in Idaho, just north of American Falls.
Adolph and his wife both had jobs working for the railroad while trying to produce food from the homestead (chickens, eggs, pigs, fish, garden produce, and an occasional deer if they could borrow a rifle from the neighbor). That’s where my grandfather, Herman Teichert, grew up. He was the youngest of 6 kids.
When Grandpa was 9, his father became ill shortly after Christmas. The Doctors decided to operate on him on New Years Day and he died in surgery. So, all of a sudden, his mother was left a widow with with 6 children. The relatives back in Germany offered to take care of them if they would come back. Great-grandma replied that she didn’t want her sons fighting for the Kaiser. (Grandpa later fought for the United States against the Kaiser in WWI.) Instead, they all went to work, mostly on cattle ranches. Grandpa learned the skills of the cowboy, and later the cowman, from the men he worked with and for on these ranches. He once reported that often he would make more on the weekends catching wild horses on the desert or riding broncs in the rodeos than he did working all week.
As a young adult he tried a couple of other things for a while. The first was shoveling coal for the steam engines on the railroad. After that he went to work for a mining company in the Alaska Panhandle. He spent about 9 months in Alaska. When they shut down the mining operations for the winter he headed back to Idaho. When he went to cash in his payment for working at the mine there was some problem in the national economy that made it impossible for him to get cash, but he could trade for cattle. So, he traded for cattle and as he reported, “I was in the cattle business.”
Over the years he gradually built up his own herd while continuing to work for other outfits. In 1917 he and my Grandma married just before he was drafted into the army and sent to France in WWI. My dad, Herman Jr. was born while Grandpa was still in France. They continued to grow their operation based in the Snake River Bottoms until 1927 when they were forced to relocate as the waters of the American Falls Reservoir covered their homestead. They found a new ranch in Cokeville, WY where our current operation is now located. Grandpa has other grandsons and great-grandsons who are also in the cattle business.