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 November 1919 cover of The Cattleman showed a herd of Herefords in a photograph identified only as by “Hildebrand.”
➤ McCall’s magazine and The Cattleman teamed up to offer a special one-year rate — $1.25 for both magazines. One hundred years later, we wonder how this pairing came about!
➤ “An attempt at tail grafting, an experiment unique in livestock circles, will be undertaken at Monroe, La., by E. S. Eby, owner of a Jersey heifer which lost its tail while in transit to Nashville to be placed on exhibition. The heifer is the most promising of the herd which he sent to the Memphis and Nashville fairs, and was debarred from competing on account of the loss of the tail.
The remainder of the herd captured five ribbons at the Nashville fair and eleven at the Memphis fair. A veterinary surgeon will attempt to graft another tail on the stump left after the accident and restore the heifer to the prize-winning class.”
The cover of The Cattleman used a painting by artist Mark Storm, Houston. The painting “features the great cattle feeding industry of the Southwest. Storm portrays a steer with all the rich feed he wants pausing to look at a blade of grass that seems pretty tempting.”
➤ A pithy statement that simply filled up a column read, “Don’t blame beef prices for inflation; blame inflation for beef prices.”
➤ Karl E. Snyder reviewed several books, including one by Julia K. Garrett, Green Flag Over Texas. Snyder wrote: “To most Texans, independence is a word associated with Sam Houston, San Jacinto, and the separation of Texas from Mexico in 1836.
“Earlier, however, beginning in 1810 but not concluded till much later, another revolution began to run its fitful course, the revolution which separated Mexico from Spain. When Father Hidalgo raised the flag of revolution near Guanajuanto, the fervor of change covered all the northern provinces of New Spain including Texas. But it is interesting to note that the defeat of the first impulse to revolution also came from Texas.
“The United States was much interested in the activities going on in the Spanish provinces at this time and did all possible to forward the separation from Spain. Some of the episodes of these diplomatic exchanges presented in the book are most interesting to read. The material covered in the work is very sparsely covered in most histories; it is a book which fills an historical period with much light.”
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