From Bantry to Reese
Patrick Walsh, was a pioneer cattleman of Lander County who built up a large fortune in livestock along the Reese River through hard work and honest business ability. Patrick was a shrewd buyer and seller of livestock and even in the last hours of his life was planing a number of cattle deals.
Pat was an Irish immigrant born in Bantry Bay ( 1844 ) whose first American job was carrying law books upstairs for a New York Lawyer. The lure of gold and silver attracted him to the west and he ended up in the boom camp of Eureka, Nevada about 1869. When the mining boom started to fade, he turned to cattle ranching.
After working for his half brother, Cornelius W. Crowley for a time, Patrick bought him out and from one simple home ranch soon increased his holdings in both cattle and sheep.
In 1909, Patrick's ranch property included 10,000 acres of hay land, and at it’s height the Walsh Ranch extended for more than 20 miles along the Reese River.
Patrick served at one time as Lander County Commissioner and being an ardent Democrat took an interest in local and state politics.
His fame is incorporated in the celebrated Supreme Court case of Walsh v. Wallace, in which the Nevada Supreme Court rejected the doctrine of riparian rights for that of the doctrine of appropriation for beneficial use in state water law.
Pat was described on his final trip to his parish as an affectionate husband and father, an exemplary citizen, and a faithful follower of the teachings of his church. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, whose members were there to escort him at the end.
Patrick was the head of two familes in his life, starting with his first wife, Mary Mahoney with whom he had 2 sons and 2 daughters. After Mary’s pre-mature passing, a proud husband to Pauline Walti and father to the 2 sons they had together, and stepfather to her two daughters from a previous marriage.
This situation led him to comment many times about, " my children, your children, and our children. "
He died on June 8th, 1929 of complications from pneumonia after traveling by horse to visit the graves of two of his sons near Austin who had passed away some years before.
St. Augustine's Catholic Church
Always with the gloves !
What was Patrick's nickname used by family & friend when speaking to others about him ?
the old man
Answer: the boss
One of the Walsh Ranch Branding Irons
- Quarter Circle D -
Thanks to our Nevada Cousins for letting us take this photograph !