The ancestors of Sam Donaldson and Elnora Jorgensen immigrated from Denmark and Scotland and settled in Utah in the late 1860's and '70s. Evenually they moved to the Mormon Colony , Colonia Diaz, Mexico. Too quickly they were forced to flee back into the States leaving all behind as they were caught in the middle of the Mexican Revolution. Sam and Elnora stayed in Hachita, New Mexico to build a cattle ranch and raise their 9 children. The C/ Ranch grew and remained in the family for 65 years. This is the story of their survival in the unforgiving regiona of America's southwest. Brief summaries are included of the lives their children.
I am the oldest daughter of James and Nadine Donaldson. I served in Germany as a member of the US Air Force and later, using the GI Bill, graduated from Brigham Young Universiy in 1985 and taught elementary school in Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. I am the mother of five children and seven granchildren and live in Lander, Wyoming where my husband, Robert Wood, and I enjoy the great hunting and fishing!