Nebraska Shorthorn Breeders' Association
The Nebraska Shorthorn Breeders' Association was organized
January 22, 1903, by a meeting of breeders called at Lincoln,
Neb., for this purpose. A Constitution and By-Laws were adopted
at this meeting, and the following officers elected:
L. C. Lawson, Clarks, President
L. J. Hitchcock, Falls City, Vice President
A. B. Heath, Republican, Secretary
W. G. Saddler, Juniata, Treasurer
The Association has made rapid progress in growth, there being
now near 200 members, representing the good herds from every
county in the State. In January, 1884, there was an organization
of Shorthorn breeders effected, with J. B. Dinsmore as
President; Richard Daniels, Vice President; O. M. Druse,
Secretary; and J. O. Chase, Treasurer.
This organization remained in active working condition for three
or four years, then ceased to hold meetings and soon passed out
of existence. The present Association has all evidences of an
active and useful career before it.
Lucius C. Lawson, President Nebraska Shorthorn
Breeders' Association, was born in December, 1850, in Crawford
County, Pennsylvania; moved to Tama County, Iowa, in 1865, with
his parents. In 1873 came to Nebraska, locating at Clarks,
Merrick County, the present site of Willow Springs Stock Farm,
where he conducts the breeding of registered Shorthorn cattle,
trotting bred horses and Berkshire swine. Mr. Lawson is an
enthusiastic Nebraskan, and fully imbued with the spirit of
Alfred B. Heath, Secretary, was born in Ohio in
1851; moved with his parents to Illinois in early childhood,
where he remained till of age, when he came to Nebraska,
locating in Harlan County. Here his ambition for successful
farming and stock raising is being amply fulfilled on a fine
tract of 1,200 acres of rich Nebraska land. This farm is located
near Republican City, is stocked with Shorthorn cattle and other
improved breeds of farm animals. As Secretary of the Nebraska
Shorthorn Breeders' Association, Mr. Heath has been able to
bring the membership up to nearly 200.
William G. Saddler, Treasurer, was born in
Kentucky, in 1844; was raised on a farm and received his
education in the public schools of his native state. Was a
soldier in the civil war, at the close of which he returned to
farming, and in 1875 moved to Putnam county, Indiana, where he
again engaged in farming until 1883, when he moved to Adams
county, Nebraska, and located on a farm near Juniata, where ho
now resides, engaging in farming and breeding Shorthorn cattle.
Mr. Saddler is one of the prosperous farmers of Central
Nebraska. He has eight sons and one daughter. His wife was Susan
T. Hale of Kentucky.
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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