Thursday, July 29, 2010

William E. Madsen ~ Sheep Camp and Trailers

This photo will bring back fond memories for many of you.    Bill McGugin dropped by for a visit and brought these pictures  to share with us.  The old Madsen Sheep Camp building was torn down a few summers ago. Bill is a grandson of William E. Madsen.  His mother was Virginia Madsen McGugin Derr. 
William E. Madsen became a master craftsman in making sheep wagons; noted for their durability and good looks.   Many of the "Home On the Range" wagons he built were made to last and served on various sheep ranges in Utah and surrounding states.  It is felt that he pioneered the development of the modern "camper" since he built the first camper seen in central and southern Utah.  His skill as a cabinet maker and wheelwright was recognized and appreciated by those who wanted quality and workmanship.

Will's home, yards and corrals were always neat, clean, well painted and attractive.  He had an orderly, well arranged way with everything he did.  He was a quiet, friendly man, well liked by everyone.
Will's three sons, Bill, Bob and Jay followed in the footsteps of their father in acquiring and developing hand skills.  (excerpts from Madsen Family History)

Here is a fun picture of Will with one of his sheep camps and with Hamilton Elementary School and cookshack in the background.

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