- Evon Zartman Vogt Ranch House
Infobox_nrhp | name =Evon Zartman Vogt Ranch House
Ramah, New Mexico
lat_degrees = 35 | lat_minutes = 7 | lat_seconds = 14.74 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 108 | long_minutes = 29 | long_seconds = 0.1 | long_direction = W
locmapin = New Mexico
architect= Evon Zartman Vogt
architecture= Bungalow/Craftsman, Other
February 04, 1993
governing_body = Private
refnum=92001819 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service] The Evon Zartman Vogt Ranch House is a historic house in the
U.S. stateof New Mexico. It was constructed in 1915, in the foothills of the Zuni Mountainsone mile (1.6 km) southeast of Ramah, New Mexico. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Placeson February 04, 1993.
Evon Zartman Vogt, born in
Upper Sandusky, Ohioin 1880. He entered the University of Chicagoin 1902, where he became a member of Delta Upsilonfraternity. In his junior year, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which necessitated a change of climate. Hence, he moved to the Territory of New Mexicoand worked on a ranch on the slopes of Mount Taylor, near the railroad town of Grants. After a long vacation in Europein 1914 he returned to Chicagoand married Shirley Bergman, and brought her to their new residence in Ramah, New Mexico. They built their house of sandstoneand adobe, raised four children, and as the largest sheep ranchers in New Mexico experienced both fortune and as well as economic privation through the 1920s and 1930s.
Evon, known by all as "Skeeter", and by the Navajo as "Pesoteaje" ("Little Fat Pig"), was the first Custodian of
El Morro National Monument, also known as Inscription Rock, 10 miles (16 km) southeast of their ranch. He also founded the first newspaperin that part of New Mexico, the "Gallup Gazette" (which became the "Gallup Independent"), was the Master of Ceremonies for many years of the Gallup Ceremonial, and served as Agent for the Ramah Navajo Reservation. Evon died in 1943; his widow, Shirley, maintained the ranch as a guest/dude ranch during the 1950s and lived there until her death in 1986.
The Vogt Ranch House is still owned and occupied by Evon Vogt's direct descendants. His eldest daughter, Barbara Vogt Mallery, wrote an acclaimed book about her parents' lives entitled "Bailing Wire and Gamuza" in 2003. The book was awarded one of the "Southwest Books of the Year 2004" by the
Arizona Starnewspaper. Barbara's elder brother, Evon Zartman Vogt, Jr. (1918-2004), a noted anthropologistand former Co-Master of Kirkland Houseat Harvard University, acquired his interest in cultural anthropology thanks to the many local cultures with which the family interacted on a daily basis.
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