Bill Thomsen at White Horse Ranch
Warren Thomsen (1883-1958)
On February 16, 1883, William Warren Thomsen was born in Pilot Rock, Oregon
to William Green Thomsen and Lydia Alcott Thomsen.
The Thomsen family moved to the Vale, Oregon area where sometime after
that date Bill was raised and schooled through High School. Later on he
attended Portland Business College, Portland, Oregon for two years. He
later returned to Vale, Oregon where he did freighting with a jerkline
team, hauling freight to the old town of Watson, Oregon. Also, at this
time Bill hauled materials to build the Oregon Shortline Railroad between
Vale, Oregon and Crane, Oregon.
Then he acquired a ranch Southwest of Vale, Oregon known as “Dry Creek”,
which is now under the waters of the Owyhee Reservoir. He managed mainly
horses and some cattle until the reservoir filled with water. Although
it put him out of his own ranching business, Bill and his younger brother
Ross went to work for the Miller and Lux Cattle Company, better known
as the PLS Company (Pacific Land & Livestock) in the fall of 1924. Bill
transferred from the Whitehorse Division to Quinn River, Nevada where
he served as the Buckaroo Boss on the Quinn River/Blackrock Division.
In 1927, the Miller and Lux Cattle Company started going out of business
and began selling all of the ranches in Nevada. Bill was then transferred.
Bill and his younger brother Ross bought a small ranch near Harney City,
which they operated as partners.
Bill Thomsen was one of the great Buckaroos of the early 1900’s as well
as a good Buckaroo Boss to work for. All of his men went with him as he
was transferred to different divisions, Ross Thomsen, Shirley Scoggins,
Frank Larenzano, Weaver Bond, Pete Fordyce and Waltzy Elliott.
Bill Thomsen passed away at the age of 76 in 1958.
Bill Thomsen was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame in September
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