Mark & Tami Rietmann, Brad Anderson
Triangle Ranches is a “Century Family Farm” located in Morrow and Gilliam counties. Beef cattle and wheat are the commodities raised by Don Anderson & Brad Anderson of Arlington and Mark & Tami Rietmann of Heppner. Brad manages the farming, while Mark and Tami manage the cattle. Don’s Great Grandparents homesteaded in 1892 near Arlington, Oregon where wheat is grown and cattle graze in the spring on the bluffs near the Columbia River. Don’s Grandfather Wash McKinney, known as a real stockman, purchased his first Hereford cattle in 1927. The cow/calf operation today is predominately Hereford. Triangle Ranches markets their cattle through the coop, Country Natural Beef.
Mark & Tami Rietmann live on the cattle ranch near Heppner, Oregon. Tami & Brad’s Great Grandfather Anson Wright came to Morrow County in 1872. His parents Albert and Julia (Barry) Wright came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail in 1853. Anson was only 12 years old when he stayed in the old log cabin on Rock Creek looking after sheep while his father and older brothers would go to The Dalles for supplies. He took out his homestead in 1881 and raised sheep and cattle. Anson’s son Walter and (wife) Mildred eventually made the switch to cattle. Their daughter Patricia married Don Anderson and later on in 1969 combined the cattle herds and began running the century farms as one.
Today Triangle Ranches continues on as a family ranch. The cattle graze Anson’s original homestead, a forest service allotment and leased land from Morrow and Grant Counties OHV Park. Tami and Mark have two daughters, Shelley McCabe & Shanna Sallee. Together with their husbands Adam McCabe and Mike Sallee, they often come home and help out. It takes the whole family to keep the ranch going whether it is harvesting wheat or moving cattle.