LINCOLN OCEAN andLINE SHACK TALESCOLLECTION ONEAt 22, after his wife of four years died, Lincoln Ocean bought a cowpony and a used saddle in 1913 and lived the life of a cowboy until his death in 1976. Along the way he picked up many skills andMoreLINCOLN OCEAN andLINE SHACK TALESCOLLECTION ONEAt 22, after his wife of four years died, Lincoln Ocean bought a cowpony and a used saddle in 1913 and lived the life of a cowboy until his death in 1976. Along the way he picked up many skills and experiences in eight western states, working temporarily as a bartender, sheriff’s deputy, mayor, and a water commissioner among other odd jobs, always returning to the saddle.Tragedy hardens the hearts of some men, but it opened Ocean’s, giving him vision beyond the narrow horizons within which most of us live.
With keen curiosity and sharp observation he could read the hearts of men as skillfully as the signs of nature, and his unique abilities enabled him to spice up life in humorous and ingenious ways, and occasionally interrupt the plans of greedy and dishonest men. Through his eyes you will meet the best and worst of characters, and learn some of the ‘range savvy’ so typical of the men who put steaks and hamburger on our tables.His greatest talent developed, not with ranch stock, but with men.
Any rancher he ever worked for would welcome him back in a heartbeat, for Oceans presence seemed to keep both humor and peace flowing freely. He learned to interpret the signs left by man and beast, and could predict with amazing accuracy what another might think or do in a given situation. Although he always had a revolver and a thirty-thirty handy, he found his diplomacy and craftiness worked better than bullets and fists.The last years of his life were spent in semi-retirement, living in the Manzanita Shack, high up in the transition zone between sagebrush and pine. Still on the payroll, he prowled the ranges of the Diamond J, running off predators, reporting on range conditions, hunting and fishing when he felt like it, and mostly writing his memoirs.
What this man saw from his saddle eventually leaked out of his soul onto scraps of paper of every size and kind, as he recalled and recorded the twists and turns of his trail through life. His tales contain insights and comments about the West, ranchers and their spreads, the men he worked with, their lifestyles and adventures along with captivating descriptions of what happened.Enjoy looking through this rare and unique window into the lives and lifestyles of working cowboys who lived after barbed wire and paved roads ended the days of the open range.The Friends of Lincoln Ocean