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 showed approximately two dozen penned Herefords crowding in at a feed trough.
➤ John B. Kendrick, well known Wyoming ranchman, U.S. Senator and president of the American National Live Stock Association, made a visit to Matagorda County in March, 1879, to purchase steers.
“While I was inspecting the young cattle,” says Governor Kendrick, “I was asked by the manager of the ranch if I cared to buy some older steers. The owner, I was told, had a number of six-year-old steers that he would sell, although he was not anxious. He was going to hold them until he got his price, he declared.
The manager impressed upon me that I need not hope to buy unless I was willing to pay the owner’s price. I asked the figure and was told that he wanted $15 a head. Think of it — $15 a head for six-year-olds, and today calves are bringing $35.00!”
➤ It was reported that “Col. Charles Goodnight has sold his ranch in Armstrong County for $160,000. [He] is the owner of the largest herd of buffalo in the country and has successfully crossed the buffalo with the Angus cow, producing what is known as “cattalo.”
The July cover used a painting by Wayne Baize, an artist who is no stranger to the association. “Alamo 136 stands out in spring pasture at R.H. Linam’s R-E Ranch near Lorena, Texas, on this month’s cover of The Cattleman.” Still painting, you can see more of Baize’s art at cowboyartistsofamerica.com.
➤ In a review of Dallas Stoudenmire: El Paso Marshal, by Leon C. Metz, Karl E. Snyder wrote: “The subject of the biography became marshal of the village of El Paso at the time when the railroad was just coming into the town in the early 1880s. No one had succeeded in being marshal of El Paso for more than a few months before Stoudenmire accepted the job.
He held the job for some two years, cleaned up the town, as the saying goes, and was killed in a shootout with some of the disgruntled element of the town.
“While it is never true on the TV westerns, it is very often true in the historical record that it is difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Stoudenmire cleaned up the town all right. But some of the persons defeated weren’t too bad. And Stoudenmire was certainly only incidentally wearing a white hat. But then, there are many persons today who had rather look back with a certain nostalgia to the time when one could shoot an enemy and get the whole thing over with instead of breaking him bit by bit extra-legally, politically, or in other devious ways.”
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