The Cattleman's Pages of History
We are now in the 106th year of publication of The Cattleman magazine. Each month, we look back through the pages of history to find items of interest from and about the cattle raisers of the time. We have reprinted the text in quotes as it appeared in the issue.
The Cattleman cover was a photograph of a cowboy mounted on his horse. Judging by the buck tied to the saddle horn, he has obviously had a successful hunt.
➤ The Jersey Show herd of Ed C. Lasater, Falfurrias, repeated its record of former years at the Northern Dairy Shows, winning six out of the thirteen first prizes offered in individual classes, and four out of six herd and group prizes at the Wisconsin State Fair.
➤ With a headline that read “State Fair Will Stage Nation’s Greatest Stock Show,” The Cattleman announced: “After an intermission of two years, during a part of which time the grounds and buildings were patriotically turned over to
‘Uncle Sam’ for the training of aviators, the gates of the fair grounds at Dallas will swing open… The [fair] has long been recognized as the greatest of all State Fairs and present favorable conditions make safe the prediction that past records will be surpassed.”
➤ The Blue Hog Breeding Company advertised “Sapphire” swine (Blue Hogs) for sale, stating that [they are] “actually blue in color. The Blue Hogs are no longer an experiment. We have bred them successfully for twelve years before offering any for sale. They mature quickly, grow very large and the females are the most prolific breeders on earth.”
September was the Horse Issue in 1969 and The Cattleman cover used a painting by Tom Ryan of Lubbock, who at that time had already contributed two covers to the magazine. “Passing By” was owned by and reproduced through the courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Max D. Shriber of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
➤ Included in this issue was an interview with Ryan about Western art. When asked for the story behind our cover painting, Ryan said, [It is] “primarily the passing of the West, the cowboy West. It was late evening on the 6666 Ranch
and these three cowhands were hurrying off over the range. I caught the impression that here was a sign that the West, too, was departing from the scene. So, I painted sort of a ‘closing’ scene, the figures and the earth almost a silhouette, using the cloud as a sort of curtain descending.”
➤ It was the 60s, a decade known for “X-ins” as much we have “X-aloozas” and X-cons” today. Cattle Raisers were no exception as The Cattleman reported on “The Texas Angus Beef-In” held at Rocky Creek Ranch in La Grange that August. The main speaker at the event was Dr. Frank Orts, extension department of Texas A&M, College Station.
➤ The range reports were dry, dry, and dry. From the High Plains region: “Talk about being dry — it’s so dry in the Plains south of the Canadian that mud hens on most ranches have forgotten how to swim.” East Texas’ take on the situation was: “It is so dry in East Texas, farmers and ranchers don’t even joke about it anymore.”
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