Potrero Opriesto, Santa Cruz Island

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Potrero Opriesto, Santa Cruz Island



In the News~

October 21, 1919 [SCICo]: “We would like very much this fall to repair fences enclosing the Potrero Opriesto at Christy and Llano at Scorpion. These as well as the Potrero Norte, whose fence is in good condition are very fine potreros but have been badly overstocked and are in ruinous condition. We believe that if these fences were put in good shape and all stock kept out of them this winter infact until the seed had formed and fallen next summer it would give them a change to recuperate.”


November 4, 1919 [SCICo] “I will visit Christy this week and see what is needed for the Potrero Opriesto and then put in one requisition for all of it.”


November 23, 1919 [SCICo] “In repairing the fence of Potrero Opriesto at Christy is there any objection to running the fence from the North east corner of Campo Supremo. This would enlarge the Potrero Opriesto and would not cost any more than to repair the fence at Campo [Juantalo?]. The posts of Campo Opriesto are still good. Our requisition B206 accompanying this report I have asked for wire, iron tape to make fence clamps, and staples. The wire is for the Potrero Opriesto and the clamps and staples are 200# staples for Potrero Opriesto, 100 Campo Vallata and 200# staples for Potrero Llano. The fend clamp material is 1000# for Potrero Opriesto, 800# Potrero Llano, 400# Campo Vallata.”


December 1, 1919 [SCICo] “At Christy the Campo Supremo is now plowed and the Campo Precioso is being plowed. The old wire is being torn off the fence of the Potrero Opriesto and the posts set preparatory to rebuilding this fence.”


December 15, 1919 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence of the Potrero Opriesto is being rebuilt and the washout at Campo Nuevo walled up.”


December 22, 1919 [SCICo] “At Christy the washout at Campo Nuevo has been walled up and work is progressing on the fence of the Potrero Opriesto.”


December 28, 1919 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence of the Potrero Opriesto is being repaired, cattle watched and some very thin ones fed from the old alfalfa stacks.”


January 5, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the men are working on the fence of the Potrero Opriesto, feeding a few cattle from the old alfalfa stack and catching sheep.”


January 11, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the men are working on the fence of the Potrero Opriesto.”


January 19, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence of the Potrero Opriesto is being repaired. The repair work on these fences I might say practically amounts to building new fences using the old posts most of which we reset turning them upside down.”


January 26, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence of the Potrero Opriesto is being repaired. Most of this fence is being rebuilt but there are some stretches where with a little repairing it will last for several years.”


February 2, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence of the Potrero Opriesto is being repaired, the roof of the Casa Vieja is to be repaired this week and Friday January 30 we ran corridas of Barley Canyon and the level country between Christy and Forneys. We caught about 40 coludos [long-tailed sheep] and about 20 long wooled sheep.”


February 2, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the roof of the Casa Vieja is being repaired and the same at the Potrero Opriesto.”


February 16, 1920 [SCICo] “... at Christy roofs building, etc. are being repaired and posts set for the fence from Potrero Opriesto to the corner of the Campo. In regard to the fences at Christy, from what I can learn from the men, they last about four or five years only. If this is a fact it seems to me useless extravagance to put in as large a number of stringers between posts as we are placing on the fences in other parts of the island. I have therefore told the foreman of that ranch to put the stringers two feet apart instead of one. This will give the fence sufficient rigidity for as long as the current life of the wire ___ much in the saving of labor and material.”


March 1, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the fence at Campo Supremo and Potrero Opriesto is being built, barrels cleaned, and cattle moved.”


March 8, 1920 [SCICo] “At Christy the men are working on the fence of the Potrero Opriesto and moving cattle to the region between Forneys and Hazzards.”


June 14, 1920 [SCICo] “I believe that we will have to come to barbed wire on the Island as Mauri tells me the cattle have broken the new fence of the Potrero Opriesto in eight places already. I believe that a strand of barbed wire on top for the cattle and one on the bottom for the hogs would cause no damage if we left one or possible two fence riders primarily looking over the fences.”