Lasson Ranch in Birdseye, Utah—1877 to 2003
In 1868 at the age of fourteen, Ole Lasson emigrated from Sweden to America with his parents, and siblings, who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sweden. With his mother and father, Ole traveled across the plains on a train to Benton, Wyoming. There they joined the John G. Holman wagon train. Ole walked most of the 400 miles to Salt Lake City. He and his mother cared for his father Ola Lasson who was sick the entire journey. Ola died and was buried near Devil’s Slide--near the Wyoming/Utah border. Ole arrived in Salt Lake City on September 21, 1868.
Ole worked two years for a farmer for $10.00 a month and saved $200.00, which he used to start his cattle herd. He moved to Fairview, Utah where his older brother Andrew was working. There he homesteaded about 30 acres of ground in what is now Birdseye, Utah. He lived on and worked the land for seven years and in 1877 finally received the deed to the property. This was the beginning of the Lasson Ranch in Birdseye, Utah. Ole was a good worker and money manager and bought more property as it became available. Eventually, he owned a sizeable ranch.
Ole married Cynthia Philinda Terry on August 14, 1879. He and Cynthia lived in a dugout on the ranch property until they built their home (later known as the Old Place). They lived on the ranch until their seventh child was born, then they lived winter months in a home in Fairview, Utah and summer months on the ranch.
Ole’s ninth child out of ten was Bernard Grant Lasson who helped Ole work the ranch. Before Bernard went on his mission, he bought 45 head of cattle and forest permitsfrom a neighbor. At that time, Ole gave Bernard the Ed Simons Meadow. While Bernard was on his mission, his brothers cared for his cattle.
When Bernard returned from his mission, he met and married Callice Hansen in 1931. Times were hard, so Bernard and Callice moved out to the ranch. At first they lived in the Old Place and then they built their own home where they raised their five children.
Ole died in 1938 and divided his property among his children so they would have their own ranches. Eventually, Bernard bought additional property from two of his brothers and leased some of his brother Glen’s property. Life on the ranch was hard work with joys and disappointments, but they loved it. It provided a livelihood for Callice, Bernard, and their family and taught them many of life’s lessons.
In 1972, Bernard and Callice moved to Orem. Their five children: Calvin, Eugene, Elaine, Mary, and Richard, took over the ranch and ran it for 31 years as Lasson Land and Investment Company. Bernard felt greatly relieved to have the strain and worry of ranch life removed from his shoulders. When Callice and Bernard moved, Richard and his wife Carol lived on the ranch for two years. After they moved to SLC, the ranch house was used as a rental. Eventually, Calvin bought Elaine’s share of the ranch and took over managing the ranch with help from other partners. The ranch provided a great opportunity for children and grandchildren to experience the hard work of ranch life and to enjoy many fun times together: family reunions, Easter egg hunts, horseback rides, picnics, etc.
It was a bitter-sweet day when the family sold the Lasson Ranch on July 1, 2003.
Posted lovingly by Carol and Richard Ole Lasson