To those that have asked, wanted to ask, or may someday ask, this is a brief summary of the formation of the A bar C Ranch of 2017
“In the later nineties, I bought the ranch of “Dad” Abbott in Krumpf Lake Valley and the A Bar C brand…” said J.M. Gentry. Based on this article, other articles and documents, the best estimate is the A bar C Ranch came to be owned by the Gentry’s in 1897.
The actual ranch was started by Christopher Abbott.
Abbott migrated from Ireland in 1825. He came in from Canada and landed in Michigan, made a venture for gold in California in 1849. No one knows how he fared, but he did go back to Michigan to repay his debt. He eventually found his way to the Sandhills and filed a homestead 12 NE of Hyannis in 1887, built a sod house, and began acquiring land through various means. Christopher Abbott had 3 kids, Harry, Arthur J, and Frances. Harry was killed by Indians at the age of 19. Frances married Tom Monaghan (Monahan) the spelling was changed later. They had Elizabeth, James H, and Alice. Frances was widowed at an early age. Later she remarried a fellow (John McVicar Gentry) whom made his way into the country with Arthur Abbott after a cattle drive to the Dakotas. J.M. worked for Christopher for a spell before marrying Frances and eventually purchasing the ranch that laid in the “Home Valley” of the current A bar C. He ran cattle together with Arthur Abbott and Jim Monahan on lands at the head of the Middle Loup. He and Monahan bought Abbott’s interest in 1912 and summered cattle together until 1926 when they made an agreeable division of the land. Many of these lands were old homesteads the Kincaiders had sold out to the ranchers.
J.M. and Frances had two kids of their own, Carver and Raymond. The two brothers eventually split the ranch after J.M.’s death. I don’t know much about this exchange. Raymond kept the A bar C brand and continued expanding his part of the original ranch. Raymond married Betty (James) and had two kids, Ardyss and John. He remarried after Betty’s death to Marguerite (Dunkel) and had one son, Robert William.
Robert (Bob) was born in 1934, upon returning to the ranch after school in Michigan he partnered with his Dad (Raymond) to run the A bar C. Sometime near 1960 Bob took on a lease from Walter Anderson’s share of the old Dumbell. He later leased more ground from Ambler Rothwell. He and his Dad continued to work together until about 1970 when Raymond leased the A bar C land to Earl Monahan and moved to Alliance. About the same time, Walter Anderson leased his part of the Dumbell to Ed and Josiah “Si” Wearin and Bob Gentry. Walter died and his land went into an estate which eventually sold . Bob purchased the southeast portion of the old Dumbell. Bob did not renew the Rothwell lease and continued to run the A bar C. He later added lands from various purchases, including Dean and Sharline Haney’s land east of the Whitman oil. This was land that had been split between Carver and Raymond Gentry years ago. He also purchased land descended from Evelyn Brenneman, which was also land from Carver Gentry. Land from Gary Hoyt was purchased, and several transactions from Wearin Brothers which was land from the old Dumbell Ranch that come from Ethel Wearin (Anderson). Bob also purchased land from Albert Carpenter at an estate sale. This is how the A bar C came to be what it is today. Eric and Emily are the 5th generation of Gentry’s to call her home.