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.
In March of 1918, Cattle Raisers were preparing for the upcoming convention, held in Dallas March 19-21. Then, as now, we were proud of our heritage. A brief history printed in The Cattleman began, “Nowhere can be found a more fitting illustration of that familiar old truth, ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow,’ than in the constant and steady growth of the Cattle Raisers Association of Texas [now TSCRA]. Founded more than forty-one years ago, by a little band of earnest pioneer cattlemen, it has weathered the storms of passing years and grown from a small district organization to one of nationwide prominence. Some marvel at this growth, but when we look back over its record of service, we realize that it would be more remarkable had it not reached its present position of prominence.”
➤ Along with the expected business meetings were a mind-boggling number of social events including a special reception for the ladies, followed by a tea. There was also a “smoker” at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. [An archaic term for a men’s social event, whether there was smoking or not.] There were balls and dances in all 4 ballrooms of the Adolphus Hotel — on all 3 nights!
The Cattleman cover used a painting, “Texas”, by James Boren, art director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. “Wide expanses and open spaces have a way of leaving their mark on a man and [the cover] will appeal to all who seek the tranquility which comes from being in contact with the great outdoors.”
➤ It was convention month again, that year in San Antonio. Scheduled speakers included Texas Governor John Connally, and The New Christy Minstrels [popular 60s folk band, famous for such songs as “Green, Green”, “This Land Is Your Land” and “Abraham, Martin and John”] were expected to perform.
➤ Ben Carpenter [past president, 1966-1968], challenged cattlemen to stay informed on the rapidly changing conditions that directly affected the profitability of their operations. Acknowledging the enormity of this, TSCRA included in the convention program four symposiums designed to expose the cattlemen to an in-depth understanding of these factors. Topics addressed were brucellosis, improving calf crop income, understanding tomorrow’s beef market and changes in agricultural labor laws.
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