Greetings from Long Hollow Ranch!
Since you asked! During the winter season we have decided to take the opportunity to introduce you to the folks on the Long Hollow Ranch staff.
We’ll begin with Dick, who manages the business operations of the ranch.
Dick was born and raised in Longview, Washington and grew up in a rural neighborhood near Kelso, where he attended school. He and his wife Shirley later moved to a small farm on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in 1963.
Dick comes from a background of working with livestock. Even though he did not grow up on a farm, he was active in high school agriculture classes and FFA. After two years of college, followed by his marriage to Shirley, he got more serious about raising purebred cattle. After a few years raising sheep and hogs, they were eventually dropped from the program and we concentrated on raising registered Polled Hereford cattle. We were always on the lookout for the perfect place to raise those cattle. It was in 1984, in partnership with some friends, that we purchased the Long Hollow Ranch.
Dick’s entire working career was in the paper manufacturing business. He worked for Longview Fibre Company for five years, transferring to a new Crown Zellerbach facility in 1966 where he worked until he retired on December 31st, 1999. During Dick’s tenure, the company changed ownership a number of times, having been subsequently owned by James River and Fort James. It is now Georgia Pacific.
Dick was a Quality Manager, prior to spending his last 20 years as Manager of Product Performance and Development, which involved managing new product development and representing the manufacturer and consumer. In the meantime, he and his partners established LHR, LTD, the Oregon S Corporation, which now owns and operates Long Hollow Ranch.
In the late 1990s, the Corporation decided to add dude ranching to the operation. So, after retiring from the paper industry and teaching, Dick and Shirley moved to the ranch in the spring of 2000 to help in the development of the business and the remodeling of the buildings to accommodate guests. The business has grown since 2000 and we are thrilled to be celebrating yet another year at Long Hollow Ranch.