O.V. (Oscar) Haise

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

O.V. (Oscar) Haise was born January 26, 1915, in Russell, Russell County, Kansas. At the age of three, his family moved to Crowley, Colorado, where they homesteaded near the small town. By the time Oscar was eight, he was learning to break colts at a neighboring ranch. From that time, he "cowboyed" in the area. In the winter of 1930, a severe snow storm hit; causing all the cattle to drift ahead of the snow. The next morning, the Haise's stack yard had about 700 head of cattle in it. The next few days were spent helping to return the cattle to their home ranches. One cow was found, when the spring thaw came, in the ditch across the road from the house.

The 30s brought the depression and drought to the plains. Along with the neighbors, Oscar's dad sought any grass they could find for their cattle; Oscar was one of the cowboys who drove the herds north and south following that grass. He told of dragging any form of wood for the camp fires behind a colt to gentle him. Wood was a scarce item, so no matter where it was found, they threw a rope on it and brought it along.

In the early 40s, Oscar, married and with one child, moved his family to California, where he worked at a number of ranches. He was at the Santa Margarita ranch when it was purchased by the government for Camp Pendleton. He broke colts on Santa Rosa Island, for the Vale Brothers. During this time, the Haise's had another child, a son, Roger who lives in Berryville, AR. Oscar also worked for the Newhall Land and Farming Co., then became a brand inspector in Modoc County, California

Over the years, he was never far from a horse. After his move to Berryville, AR in 1973, Oscar raised and trained registered quarter horses. He was a cattleman with a good herd of cattle, as well. Following the death of his wife, Georgia, in 1995, Oscar returned to his son-in-law's ranch in Modoc County, California. Here, he "came out of retirement" and helped with the cattle and ranch work until poor health forced another retirement.

Haise went to be with the Lord, August 10, 2009, in Alturas, CA. A memorial service will be held at the Likely, CA Fire Hall, August 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m. He is survived by his son, Roger and wife Clara, Berryville; daughter, Jacqueline and spouse, Ken McGarva, Likely, CA; grandchildren, Ed Haise of Green Forest, Lisa Huff of Oklahoma, Ross McGarva and wife Kelly, Lakeview, OR, Shane McGarva and wife Sally, Likely, CA, Rhonda Morris and spouse Clark of Lakeview, OR; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter also survive.