David (Allen) "Jiggs" Catterson
David (Alan) "Jiggs" Catterson (1915-1978)
Widely known as Alan or Jiggs Catterson, he was born in Lawen Oregon,
twenty Miles Southeast of Burns, OR on December 16, 1915 . He grew up
in the Lawen area and attended High School at Crane, OR. He had two brothers,
Bill and Buster. His Grandparents were pioneers in the area, they started
a homestead at Lawen in 1886.
Alan married Grace Ann Sebring in November, 1934. They had two children,
Allene (Mrs. Larry Dunn) and Frank and they both live in the area.
In his early years Alan rode a horse almost every day to earn a living.
He owned two saddles in his life time; one a D.E. Walker and the other,
a Hamley. He used a J.S. Garcia made spade bit, spurs with big rowels
and Mexican Pesos for conchos on the spur straps, made in the 1800s.
Alan always used a rawhide reata. He also made rawhide reatas, quirts
and hackamores. He worked for Miller and Lux ranches in his early years
and worked for Bill Thomson (Buckaroo
Hall of Fame inductee, 1997) at the Island Ranch in the late 1930s
and early 1940s, then for the Mann Lake Ranch and area around Diamond,
OR in the 1940s.
He ran wild horses for the Bureau of Land Management (in the days before
they used planes or helicopters) in the Skull Creek area. The Stinking
Water area had big horse corrals there and he spent a lot of time in that
area gathering wild horses. Some he rode as saddle horses and some he
broke to work and sold to area ranchers. Wild horses were abundant on
the Steens Mtn. and around Harney Co. area.
One time he won the bronc riding at Diamond, OR and received a palomino
horse and $75. If ranchers had any horses that would buck, he would buy
them. He soon put together a string of bucking horses, and put on rodeos
in Vale, Lakeview, Burns and Sisters OR. Later, he was able to to buy
his own ranch near Lawen.
Alan liked drawing horses and western sketches. He was an all-around buckaroo.
Horses were his life, he could ride them and work them too. He died in
Burns, OR, June 3, 1978. He was inducted into the Buckaroo Hall of Fame
Compiled for the Buckaroo Hall of Fame by Dorothy Hammond and Frank Catterson.
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