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OGDEN MAN PINES FOR HIS LOST SADDLE

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It's a tangled tale of lost love - a divorce, a garage sale and an Ogden man, now in his golden years, pining for the object of his affections, which he hasn't seen for more than 40 years.

Living in Ogden in 1940, Harold Mack was married to a woman whom he remembers was named Margaret. Around the same time, he had a saddle made for himself, a hand-tooled dark-brown beauty that became Mack's pride and joy.Just when it looked like Mack, Margaret - and the saddle - would ride off into the sunset together, trouble began to brew. Margaret decided to turn Mack out to pasture, and she hit the dusty trail, taking Mack's beloved saddle with her.

Some time later, Mack guesses before 1947, a transaction took place at an Ogden area garage sale between Margaret and someone who would never know they were buying a "saddle-napped" piece of goods.

And so it is that now, at age 85, Mack still yearns for the love of his life - his saddle. His family is helping him search for it.

"It's all he talks about," said Mack's daughter, Karen. "He reminisces about it all the time. He'll be 86 in November, and we want to buy the saddle back from whomever has it, for sentimental reasons."

The saddle was handmade by Cross' and is described as being dark brown with the name "MACK" tooled into the cantle. Anyone with information on Mack's lost love is urged to call 257-4252. He'll be waiting . . .