My first day on the site was my future husband’s last.We seemed to have a lot in common and talked by phone for hours. I lived in remote central Montana, and he lived an 11-hour drive away in Nebraska.”Eventually, though, they decided their relationship was worth more than the things keeping them apart, and Werner moved to a part of Nebraska that’s difficult to find even by GPS.Some of the men and women I met were hitched and some were single.Some were in their 20s, young and searching, and some were much older.Traveling in a covered wagon across California and through the Scott Mountains, the Sharps arrived near Fort Jones on Christmas Day of 1854 with chickens, pigs and the first turkeys to be introduced to the county.After renting land for a time, they purchased the gulch in 1857 and planted 500 acres of grain.Today, as South Texas becomes more urban, ranching and farming are still vital to the region’s economy.Numerous crops are grown in District 34 including sorghum, citrus and cotton with a yearly economic impact of over billion.
“It’s been a challenge with our blended family — we both have kids from previous relationships — and me not working a full-time (paying) job.
I was looking for the pastoral version of a romantic cheat-sheet, a farmer’s guide to successful matches.
For six months, I called long distance and drove back roads to talk to farmers and ranchers about dating and marriage.
Sharps Gulch was established in October of 1857 by early pioneers of Scotts Valley, William and Augusta Sharp.
After trying his luck mining in California’s booming gold country and farming in the San Joaquin Valley, William Sharp moved his family north looking for better land and a better life.