Nebraska Improved Livestock Breeders' Association
The Improved Live Stock Breeders' Association has been in
existence for twenty-one years in continuous organization, being
organized in February, 1882, under the name of the Nebraslia
State Stoclf Breeders' Association. Its inception may be
credited as the outgrowth of an association of breeders of
thoroughbred stock which was organized at Omaha in 1879, for the
purpose of importing new and valuable strains of improved stock
into Nebraska and the Western stock ranges. This Association,
while representing the breeding interests of breeders of
thoroughbred cattle, sheep, swine, poultry and pet stock,
assumed in its purpose the commercial feature of handling
breeding stock for the Western trade, one of the objects being
to establish a public live stock exchange at Omaha, which was
then the recognized gateway to the new stock raising districts
and farm lands of Nebraska and the country west.
It was planned that this Association hold public exhibitions and
sales of livestock for the mutual welfare and advantage of
breeders and dealers in the improved breeds, the important
purpose being to encourage a more general interest in the
distribution of pure blooded stock among the common herds and
flocks of the Western country.
The Association, under the title of "The Nebraska State
Breeders' Association," made excellent progress in livestock
improvement. Many good herds were established in the State, and
a general interest was awakened in the securing of better bred
animals. In 1884 the Association was under the following
officers: C. H. Walker, President; L. C. Todd, J. H. Hayden, J.
V. Wolfe and E. P. Savage, Vice Presidents; John R. Harvey,
Secretary and Treasurer. The annual meetings in the early
history of the Society were actively participated in and good
programs were presented.
The Association has been one of the most influential
organizations in the State, in the matter of livestock
improvement. It has gathered into its membership the breeders
and promoters of all breeds of improved animals. It promises
more in the matter of effective work in the general upbuilding
of agriculture and the livestock industries of Nebraska than any
special or separate organization can hope to accomplish. Its
work has no bounds and its influence extends out to every
feature of livestock improvement and farm advantage.
The following is a list of the officers of the Nebraska Improved
Livestock Breeders' Association, commencing with 1893:
- President, Elijah Filley; Secretary-Treasurer, H. S.
1894 - President, Elijah
Filley; Vice Presidents, W. G. Whitmore, Mrs. A. M.
Edwards, C. H. Searle and T. J. Hitte;
Secretary-Treasurer, H. S. Reed
1895-President, C. H. Searle;
Vice Presidents, Elijah Filley, J. V. Wolfe and Thomas
Secretary-Treasurer, H. S.
1896-President, C. H. Searle;
Vice Presidents, C. H. Elmendorf, Mark M. Goad, S.
McKelvie and G. H. Ballinger; Secretary-Treasurer, T. J.
1897-President, W. G.
Whitmore; Vice Presidents, A. L. Sullivan, G. H.
Elmendorf, J. Mandlebaum, C. H. Ballinger and F. E.
Wheeler; Secretary-Treasurer, Wm. Foster
1898-President C. H.
Elmendorf; Vice Presidents, W. G. Whitmore, C. H.
Searle, I. W. Chappell, Charles Walker and Wm. Foster;
Secretary-Treasurer, S. McKelvie
1899-President, C. H.
Elmendorf; Vice Presidents, W. G. Wtiitmore, H. A.
Talcott, C. H. Wallier and I. W. Chappell;
Secretary-Treasurer, H. F. McIntosh
1900-President, C. H.
Elmendorf; Vice Presidents, E. H. Andrews, L. L. Young,
Col. M. W. Harding and M. M. Coad; Secretary-Treasurer,
H. F. McIntosh
1901-President, L. L. Young;
Vice Presidents, Phil Unitt, E. B. Day, Col. M. W.
Harding and E. Z. Russell; Secretary-Treasurer, H. F.
1902-President, W. A.
Apperson; Vice Presidents, O. P. Hendershot, Wm. Ernst,
Thomas Mortimer and Robert T. Anderson;
Secretary-Treasurer, E. Z. Russell
1903-President, Wm. Ernst;
Vice Presidents, S. McKelvie, T. A. Geivens, O. P.
Hendershot and T. L. Norval; Secretary-Treasurer, E. Z.
A. L. Haecker, Professor of Dairy Husbandry,
Experiment Station, University of Nebraska, since 1896, was born
in Iowa in 1872. His boyhood was spent on his father's farm in
Wisconsin; graduated from Minnesota School of Agriculture in
1895; during a leave of absence from the University of Nebraska,
in 1900, secured degree B. S. A. at Iowa Agricultural College.
William Ernst, President Nebraska Improved Live
Stock Breeders' Association, one of Nebraska's most progressive
and up-to-date farmers and livestock breeders, came from Germany
in 1866, where he was educated for an agriculturist under
private instruction. After quitting school he received, at a
cost of $250.00 per year, a position at a model farm, to get
familiar with manual farm labor, book-keeping, etc. At this
place he remained two years, paying $500.00 for the privilege.
He next took a two-year course at the Agricultural College at
Pattern, Hanover, and at the veterinary school of Dr. Abelman of
the same place. After graduating from these, he received a
position as volunteer on an estate of the Duke of Mumter, or, in
other words, was permitted to hold a very responsible position
without pay for two years more. Leaving this place, he received,
for the first time, a salary, managing an estate for a rich
nobleman, one Her von Lupke. His last work in Germany was the
independent managing of a large estate, from which he retired to
come to America, which Mr. Ernst pronounces, "The country of my
choice; the best country on earth." After coming to America he
worked for five years on a farm in Illinois, then came to
Nebraska, where he has engaged in farming for himself the past
Mr. E. Z. Russell, of Herman, Secretary of the
Improved Live Stock Breeders' Association, was born in 1866 near
Florence, Neb., from which place he removed with his parents to
Omaha in 1877. Attended the public schools, and later was
book-keeper with the Standard Oil Co. for five years, which
position he resigned in 1888 to engage in farming, which he has
followed since. Mr. Russell is an enthusiastic breeder of swine;
he takes an active interest in pushing, the livestock
organizations, and his energy and ability are well known.
A Condensed History of Nebraska for fifty years to date,
Compiled by Geo. W. Hervey, Editor, and Published by Nebraska
Farmer Co., Omaha, Nebraska, 1903.
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