Kerry and Kathleen Mower live on a small, forty-acre homestead in the area of historic Hyer, New Mexico. We say small because in the wide open ranch spaces of New Mexico, forty acres is very small! The community of Hyer no longer exists, but there are remnants. Several old properties around ours show the foundations of old homesteads. We occasionally find old bottles, tin cans and rusted car parts. Hyer was a very small community that existed around original homesteads and to serve a gold mine in the nearby San Pedro Mountains. Our closest community is Stanley, still a very scattered place, with a number of people who live much like we do. We bought this property in 1994.
Kerry has a Phd. in animal health and works as a wildlife biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. He specifically handles the wildlife disease issues for the department as well as wildlife restraint. He is now just a few years away from retirement and working full time on the homestead.
Kathleen has been the homemaker for the family and, in addition to being the full-time presence on the homestead, has homeschooled our children for twenty-two years. We have four beautiful children. Three grown-up boys and one teen-aged daughter still at home. We have three wonderful daughters-in-law and five fabulous grandchildren.
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