The Cattleman's Pages of History
We have now started the 104th year of publication of The Cattleman magazine. Each month, we take a few minutes to look back in history to find the interests of cattle raisers at the time. We have reprinted the text of these items as they appeared in the issue. Any additional comments from the editor appear in brackets.
The Cattleman cover was a photograph of Aberdeen-Angus cattle, grazing on what looks to be lush grass.
➤ Two of the most popular inspectors in the employ of the Cattle Raisers Association of Texas [TSCRA] were T.J. Poston and E.W. Nicodemus, located at the Fort Worth market. “Last year they recovered for members 450 cattle, but their record for 1918 may surpass that of 1917. Mr. Poston was inspector for the Association at Chicago for a number of years and was transferred to Fort Worth in 1910. Mr. Nicodemus has been employed 3 years as Mr. Poston’s assistant. He has now enlisted in the Army to help capture the world’s most famous gang of cattle thieves, the Kaiser and his armies, who, it is estimated, stole one million head of live stock in Belgium and France.”
➤ File under “Wait, what?” An ad for the Thomas School for Girls, advertised as a Boarding and Day School with first-class advantages and careful supervision, also offered to take “ten small boys under 12… as boarding pupils under most careful supervision and strict discipline.”
➤ An important civil case was pending in El Paso regarding a shipment of hides, in transit from Mexico, that was seized by the county inspector. TSCRA supported the inspector due to the thousands of meat animals being slaughtered for their hides by marauding bands or independent bandits, and the carcasses left to rot. The case was set for trial that November.
The Cattleman cover featured a painting by Tom Ryan, titled “Sixty Years in the Saddle.” The subject was “long-time cowboy Porter Myers, still working at the 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.”
➤ Tom Ryan also took top honors in the third annual Cowboy Artists of America exhibition in Oklahoma City that June. Chosen as the best oil painting was “Patching His Saddle.” Ryan was awarded a $3000 purchase prize.
➤ Armstrong Ranch announced an average weight gain of 508 pounds for its Santa Gertrudis bulls in a 140-day test. Ten of the 86 animals tested gained over 600 pounds each, with 1 gaining an impressive 665 pounds.
➤ Frank Reeves, writer, photographer and frequent contributor to The Cattleman, shared his thoughts about the Texas Cowboy Reunion, saying, “Professional cowboys are not permitted to participate during the three-day rodeo at Stamford. The will and skill of range-wise cowboys in riding and roping events is highly competitive. Backed by a genuine desire to make a good impression on the spectators, this adds a charm and fellowship plus a dash of daring that is unknown and not expected in the professional field of rodeo performance.” The first event was held in 1930 and is still held annually. Visit the website at texascowboyreunion.com for more information.
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